by Clarence E. Macartney

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Chariots of Fire (1 of 18)
Chariots of Fire-Elisha's Servant
Clarence E. Macartney
2 Kings 6:l7

When the young man looked the first time, all that he
saw was horses of flesh and blood and chariots of
iron. But when he looked the second time, what he saw
was horses and chariots of fire. The same young man,
the same eyes; but now his eyes had been opened.

A true man of God is worth more to a nation than a
battleship, a regiment of soldiers, or a squadron of
bombers. This truth is illustrated in the history of
the prophet Elisha, the first man to whom was given
that great title, the "man of God."

Ben-hadad, king of Syria, the inveterate and
congenital enemy of Israel, had invaded the country on
several occasions. But every time he was about ready
to pounce down upon the king of Israel and capture his
army, the king of Israel received warning and withdrew
his army to a safe fortress. This happened so many
times that Ben-hadad came to the conclusion that there
was a traitor in his camp. He summoned his officers
and captains, and demanded of them to know which of
them was for the king of Israel. One of his officers
said to him, "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."

When Ben-hadad learned this, he saw that the real
enemy whom he must capture first of all was not the
king of Israel, but the prophet Elisha. One of his
spies informed him that Elisha was staying in the town
of Dothan. Benhadad immediately put his army on the
march for Dothan. All through the night the army
marched, and the chariots rolled toward that
stronghold. Before the sun had risen, Dothan was
completely surrounded by the Syrian army.

Early in the morning the servant of Elisha, probably a
student in the school of the prophets taught by
Elisha, went up on the wall of the stronghold to take
a look. What he saw there filled h ...

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