(Part 1 of 2)
2 Kings 6:24-33… 7:1-20… The story (highlights only)… Note verses 24-25. Ben-hadad (“son of the shouter”) besieged a city. He is a type of the devil besieging the people of God and trying to destroy them by cutting off the abundance of supply. There was a great famine in the land. God’s people were behind walls. Walls can protect, but they also confine. The people feared the enemy and they feared reaching out.
Today, in spite of the fact that a lot of churches are filling up, there is still a famine in our land, a famine of the anointed word. There is no famine of preaching, there is no famine of writing, there is no famine of sermons, and there is no famine of seminars or conferences. The word is getting into people’s heads but not into their hearts. It’s the anointed word that is full of living power (Hebrews 4:12, John 6:33)…
Signs of famine… v. 25… “And there was a great famine in Samaria: and, behold, they besieged it, until an ass’s head was sold for fourscore pieces of silver, and the fourth part of a cab of dove’s dung for five pieces of silver” (KJV). Note verses 25-29. They were buying a donkey’s head for food. This stands for religious stupidity and stubbornness (Psalm 32:9). There are a lot of things going on in religious circles today that can be classed as stupidity. They were also buying dove’s dung. The dove is a type of the Holy Spirit. The dung represents the residue of the dove, or that which the Holy Spirit has rejected. In our text they were selling dung. Preachers today are selling religious literature that the Holy Spirit has rejected. It’s not God’s will that His people live on religious junk food. They were also eating the flesh of their sons. This stands for the spirit of devouring one another. They also sought to kill Elisha. Getting angry at the preacher or prophet will not solve the problem of famine. This is not the way to God’s abundance. You my friend, are in a spiritual famine if you are feasting upon these four things. Notice some words… v. 27… “If the LORD do not help thee, whence shall I help thee?” Note v. 33… “What should I wait for the LORD any longer?” (NASB). This is the attitude that leads to the works of the flesh.
Elisha gives a prophetic word in 2 Kings 7:1. “Then Elisha said, Hear ye the word of the LORD; Thus saith the LORD, To morrow about this time shall a measure of fine flour be sold for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, in the gate of Samaria” (KJV). It wasn’t very long, just one verse. There will never be an abundance until God speaks. The message simply said, “There will be an abundance and your situation will change suddenly.” Note also that prices are a lot lower during a time of the true word. Famine is expensive. God’s word gives hope. God’s word restores. God’s word builds faith. There will always be increase when God speaks. It seems today that our generation has become the slop bucket of six thousand years of sin. Yet, out of this, God is going to take out a generation of people that will manifest the glory of God (Zechariah 10:1-6).
Negative faith… 2 Kings 7:2… “Then a lord on whose hand the king leaned answered the man of God, and said, Behold, if the LORD would make windows in heaven, might this thing be? And he said, Behold, thou shalt see it with thine eyes, but shalt not eat thereof” (KJV). An advisor to the king gives a negative answer to Elisha’s prophetic word: “It’s impossible,” he was saying. Had he lost faith? Was he confessing that God couldn’t do what He said He would do? Had he caved in, in his spirit? Was he depressed and burned out? Leaders need to believe as Abraham believed in Romans 4:18-25. Abraham did not stagger or waver in unbelief at the word of the Lord, but he grew strong and was empowered by faith, as he gave praise and glory to God. He was fully persuaded that God would do what He said He would do. Are you persuaded that God would do what He said He would do? This negative leader in verse 2 was trampled to death under the feet of those who rushed to received God’s abundance.
(To be continued…)
Pastor George Belobaba
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