Students At The Old Testament Seminary by Rex Yancey

Students at the Old Testament Seminary
Rex Yancey
2 Kings 6:8-18

We are looking today at Elisha and one of his students enrolled in the school of the prophets. I have chosen to call this school the Old Testament seminary.

I am sure this student was bright and could see with his physical eyes and relate to the world around him. However, he could not see with his spiritual eyes. He had to learn that there are unseen forces in this world.

There are some things that can only be seen through the eyes of faith. While the destructive forces remain invisible, the destruction they leave behind is undeniable.

Benhadad, King of Syria, had invaded Israel several times. But every time he was about to give the fatal blow, the King of Israel received warning from the man of God and withdrew his army to a safe fortress.

I want us to see three main things from this story that is relevant to our lives.

1. THERE IS A GUIDING FORCE ABOVE US.

-2 Kings 6:12 "And one of his servants said, none, my lord, O king: but Elisha, the prophet that is in Israel, telleth the king of Israel the words that thou speakest in thy bedchamber."

-Benhadad realized that he was going after the wrong person. Instead of capturing the King of Israel, he needed to capture Elisha, the man of God.

A true man of God is worth more to a nation than a battleship, a regiment of soldiers, or a squadron of bombers. Elisha was the first man who was given the title Man of God.

-One of the things we learn from this text is that you do not mess with a man of God. The miracles included in these passages of scripture indicate that the power of God stands behind the prophet of God.

-The opposite can also be true. There are preachers

today like Jeremiah Wright, Louis Farrakhan, and others who preach hatred and damnation on anyone who does not follow them and their philosophy.

-There are preachers today who never, ever, mention sin in their sermons because it might affect their att ...


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