Elisha the Spy

Once when the king of Syria was warring against Israel, he took counsel with his servants, saying, “At such and such a place shall be my camp.” But the man of God sent word to the king of Israel, “Beware that you do not pass this place, for the Syrians are going down there.” And the king of Israel sent to the place about which the man of God told him. Thus he used to warn him, so that he saved himself there more than once or twice.

And the mind of the king of Syria was greatly troubled because of this thing, and he called his servants and said to them, “Will you not show me who of us is for the king of Israel?” And one of his servants said, “None, my lord, O king; but Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the words that you speak in your bedroom.” And he said, “Go and see where he is, that I may send and seize him.” It was told him, “Behold, he is in Dothan.” So he sent there horses and chariots and a great army, and they came by night and surrounded the city. 2 Kings 6:8-14.

The servants always seem to know what’s up. Whether it is where Elijah is, where Elisha is, and what they can do or what they are doing, the servants always have the information that the Kings and the generals don’t have. And the prophets are Israel’s conduits to God. They are a real threat to Israel’s enemies, and they must be dealt with.

If God has your ear and you are outspoken about it, you are a threat to the wicked. You may be unpopular. It may even cost you your life. But you may be kept in the field if it serves God’s purposes. And the prophet always serves God’s purposes first.

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