The Lepers Bring Good News

Now there were four men who were lepers at the entrance to the gate. And they said to one another, “Why are we sitting here until we die? If we say, ‘Let us enter the city,’ the famine is in the city, and we shall die there. And if we sit here, we die also. So now come, let us go over to the camp of the Syrians. If they spare our lives we shall live, and if they kill us we shall but die.” So they arose at twilight to go to the camp of the Syrians. But when they came to the edge of the camp of the Syrians, behold, there was no one there. For the Lord had made the army of the Syrians hear the sound of chariots and of horses, the sound of a great army, so that they said to one another, “Behold, the king of Israel has hired against us the kings of the Hittites and the kings of Egypt to come against us.” So they fled away in the twilight and abandoned their tents, their horses, and their donkeys, leaving the camp as it was, and fled for their lives. And when these lepers came to the edge of the camp, they went into a tent and ate and drank, and they carried off silver and gold and clothing and went and hid them. Then they came back and entered another tent and carried off things from it and went and hid them.

Then they said to one another, “We are not doing right. This day is a day of good news. If we are silent and wait until the morning light, punishment will overtake us. Now therefore come; let us go and tell the king’s household.” 2 Kings 7:6-9.

Four lepers who realize they have nothing to lose go to throw themselves on the mercy of the Syrian army. God spooked the army and they fled the area, leaving all their provisions. As the Lepers eat their fill, they realize it is not right that they horde all this for themselves while people in the city are starving.

We also have good news, but most of us keep it to ourselves. God has made peace with the world through the blood of His son. He is no longer holding our sins against us, and it changes everything. But will they believe us?

They won’t if it hasn’t changed everything for us. If we still hold the sins of others against them, and still horde our own sins, how are we different? Why should they want what we have found?

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