by Joe Alain

Seeing the Invisible
Joe Alain
2 Kings 6:17

''And Elisha prayed, and said, 'Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.' Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha'' (2 Kings 6:17). When Elisha's servant looked outside the city walls of Dothan the first time, all that he saw was horses of flesh and blood and chariots of iron (2 Kings 6:15). But when he looked the second time, what he saw was horses and chariots of fire! It was the same young man and the same eyes but now his eyes had been opened to the unseen spiritual army of God. This page from the biography of Elisha is a striking demonstration of the reality and power of the unseen spiritual forces that surround us. The real powers of this world are the invisible powers. Our need is to have our eyes opened to the presence and might of God's invisible forces.

A Declaration of War (Situation)
Our story begins with a declaration that war had begun (6:8). The Syrians were the perennial enemy of Israel. The Bible tells us that the king of Syria, Ben-Hadad, was taking counsel with his trusted advisers (6:8). Undoubtedly, they were discussing strategies and troop movements. All of this information of course was highly classified.

But every time Ben-Hadad planned to pounce down upon Israel, the king of Israel
received a warning and foiled Ben-Hadad's plans (6:9-10). This scenario repeated itself so many times that Ben-Hadad concluded that he had a traitor in his cabinet (6:11).

A White House Leak
The king of Syria summoned all of his servants and advisers and demanded to know
which one of them was leaking their war plans to the king of Israel. Ben-Hadad was angry and frustrated. He was essentially saying, ''somebody in this room is selling us out! Who is it?'' Finally, in the back of the room one of his servants got up the nerve to speak and he told the king that the problem was not among his ...

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