“When the lepers arrived at the edge of the camp, they went into one tent after another, eating and drinking wine; and they carried off silver and gold and clothing and hid it. Finally, they said to each other, ‘This is not right. This is a day of good news, and we aren’t sharing it with anyone! If we wait until morning, some calamity will certainly fall upon us. Come on, let’s go back and tell the people of the palace.’ So they went back to the city and told the gatekeepers what had happened…” — 2 Kings 7:8-10
Four leprous men were living in desperate times. Their economic circumstances were hopeless. They had nothing to eat and no where to turn to alleviate their hunger. There was death in the city because of the siege of the Arameans. The people of Samaria had resorted to cannibalism and eating dove’s dung.
These men also faced health problems that were hopeless. Their lives were falling apart–literally. No one could help them. No one really cared. They were outcasts…an unwanted nuisance and scourge to society. What could they possible contribute to anyone’s good?
Then, it happened–surrender! These men asked the question that we all need to consider: “Why should we sit here waiting to die?” (7:3) In considering their options, the only possible way our was surrender.
As they set out for the enemy camp, God did something wonderful. He caused the Aramean army to hear the noise of an invading army! How wonderful! God can take helpless, hopeless men who are willing to surrender and turn them into an army!
Without fighting, without effort, God laid the entire fortune of the Aramean’s in the lap of these four leprous men. What grace this is! What demonstration of the power of a sovereign God! Beginning at the very outskirts of the camp there were riches beyond the ability of these men to exhaust. All they could do was bury the excess!
Wham! The tone changes quickly. Conviction comes to these celebrating men. “This is not right” is all that these lepers can think about. Hope has come to the hopeless, life has come to the lifeless, and now was not the time to keep quiet!
It has been said that, “Witnessing is one beggar telling another beggar where to find bread.” This was the commission of God to these four leprous men. The had to tell the good news before someone else died needlessly.
The parallels and applications of this story are more than obvious for the church in our generation. We must stop sitting around waiting to die! There is a world out there that is terribly lost in its sin and settling for a diet of dove’s dung.
Surrender is our only option. Jesus Christ is Lord and we must recognize His rightful place in our lives. Repentance and surrender is our reasoned response to a holy God. When we commit to surrender and sharing the Good News, we will find the provision of God more than adequate. Even on the “outskirts of the camp” there is abundance beyond our ability or imagination.
This is the day of good news and we must be sharing it. Jesus Christ is God’s one and only Son! He died on the cross, shedding His blood as payment for our sin! He rose again to conquer the grave and offer us the free gift of eternal life!Jesus is coming again soon take His redeemed ones to Heaven, forever. God desires that His goodness and glory be revealed. Will we continue to run and hide what we have found or will we share it with those in such need?
It is our choice, but remember, we can make our choices but we do not get to choose the consequences. Disobedience has its price.