by Pastor Lee Hemen
March 13, 2008
Now there were four men with leprosy at the entrance of the city gate. They said to each other, “Why stay here until we die? (2 Kings 7:3)
Herein is an interesting story. The one who allowed the king of Israel to lean on his arm did not believe God, but four lepers discovered for themselves what God could miraculously do. A city was starving to death because they were surrounded by the enemy. There was no way out and no food to be found. Yet, unknown to them, the enemy had been utterly defeated! And people think that God has no sense of humor!
Four men with leprosy decide that they will die no matter what they decide to do. After all, they were lepers and even if there was enough food to feed the people inside of the city, they would not share it with them. They could die at the city gates, or they could die trying to beg for food within the city wall and die where they were not welcome, or they could do the unthinkable. They could go to the enemy and see if they had something to eat. Sure, the enemy might kill them because they were the enemy themselves or because they were lepers, but hey, one way to die is no better than any other way to die. So off they go and the enemy camp is emptied because God had routed them and in their haste the enemy had left their cooked food, wealth, and armor behind! Easy pickings for the hungry and destitute, even a leper!
Is this not just like the spiritually blinded world? The world that views Christianity as something leprous and unsatisfying. The world that would rather die sitting behind its closed-minded gates than venture out to see if God’s message is true or not. Even if leprous “Christians” try to bring them a message of deliverance they will want to stay sinfully and ignorantly safe, spiritually starving to death within the walls of their ungodly lives.
Make no mistake dear Christian, you are seen as the leper in a sinful and degraded world. Yet we lepers must go to the enemy’s camp, discover for ourselves and know that he is utterly defeated, and bring the message of hope back to the walled city of the ignorant masses huddled there! The spiritual famine of the world grows day by day and it is left to those of us who still see that the message of Jesus is the world’s only hope for spiritual hunger: “Then Jesus declared, ‘I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.'” (John 6:35)
Go dear leper into the world today and share some bread with those huddled and hungry behind their spiritually walled lives.
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