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DON'T SIT THiERE AM DIE
II Kings 7
In II Kings 7:3: "Now there were four men with leprosy at
the entrance of the city gate; and they said to each other, 'Why
stay here until we die?' If we say, 'We'll go into the city, the
famine is there and we will die; and if we stay here we will die.
So let's go over to the camp of the Aramoans and surrender. If
they spare us, we live; if they kill us, then we die."'
At dusk they got up and went to the camp of the Arameans.
When they reached the edge of the camp, not a man was there for
the Lord had caused the Arameens to hear the sound of chariots
and horses and a great army. So they said to one another, 'Look,
the king of Israel has hired the I-littites and the Egyptian king
to attack us.' So they got up and fled in the dusk and abandoned
their own tents and their horses and donkeys. They left the camp
as it was and ran for their lives.
"The men who had leprosy reache] the edge of the camp and
entered one of the tents. They ate and drank and carried away
silver and gold and clothes, and went oFf and hid them. They
returned and entered another tent and took some things from it
and hid it also."
Do you ever think that what you do has little impact? You're
wrong. In God's drama of redemption and love, seemingly small
roles are really large and with everlasting impact. Hlow large
a role in the history of God's kingdom did the simple farm couple,
the mother and dad of Billy Graham, play? We talked last week
about the Sunday School teacher who witnessed to a uneducated shoe-
shop apprentice whose name was D. L. Moody. What about the Gideon
who placed the Bible in a New Orleans hotel picked up by suicidally,
depressed young nightclub comic? Carl Bates read that Bible, met
its Lord and became one of Southern Baptists' greatest preachers.
In II Kings 6 and 7 is a bit of heavy history involving a
king and a prophet and God. And yet in the midst of it all, in
all this interp ...
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