2 Kings 7

2 Kings 7 has Elisha prophesying about what God was going to do.  The land has been under famine.  There is little to no food and yet Elisha makes this prophecy.  “Tomorrow about this time a seah of fine flour shall be sold for a shekel, and two seahs of barley for a shekel, at the gate of Samaria”.  How could that be?  There is no flour or barley to sell at all, let alone at this kind of price.  But Elisha stands firm on his prophecy and telsl the captain in charge of running things for the king that it will be so, but he won’t be able to enjoy it.

There were four lepers who lived at the entrance gate but couldn’t come into the city because of their disease.  They were starving to death and decided that staying and doing what they had always done wasn’t going to work out, so they came up with the bright idea of heading to Syria to see if they might have a better chance of survival there.  The worst thing that could happen was they would be killed, but they knew they would die if they didn’t do something differently anyway.  So they head off toward Syria and came upon an army encampment, but “when they came to the edge of the camp of the Syrians, behold, there was no one there”. 

It seems God had spooked the Syrian army by making it sound like the enemy was coming to attack them so they ran and left everything behind in their tents.  The lepers ransacked one tent and hid the spoils.  They did a second as well but then decided they better go tell the king what was happening.  He thought it was a setup, and that the Syrians wanted to make it look like they deserted but were merely hiding waiting for a chance to attack.  But he sends a few scouts out and they come back saying what the lepers had shared was indeed true – the camp was empty and there were many spoils to be had.

So they “went out and plundered the camp of the Syrians”. They took all the spoils and carried it back to the city.  The king appointed the captain to have charge of the gate. “And the people trampled him in the gate, so that he died, as the man of God had said”.  The captain dies as the people bring back their spoils.  Elisha’s prophecy comes true.  He had told the captain “You shall see it with your own eyes, but you shall not eat of it”.  That is exactly what happened.  He saw the famine broken by God’s hand, and the spoils gathered, but he died trying to manage the gate and control the crowd.

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