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FRAMEWORKS: 2 Kings 7: End of the Siege of Samaria

 

v.1,2 Elisha prophesies the end to the siege

v.3-5 Four lepers go to the enemy

v.6-8 They find an empty camp

v.9-11 They go back with the news

v.12-15 The king is suspicious but they check the truth

v.16-20 Elisha's prophecy is fulfilled

 

 

v.1,2 Elisha prophesies the end to the siege

PROPHECY [word of knowledge]

v.1 Elisha replied, “Hear the word of the LORD. This is what the LORD says: About this time tomorrow, a seah of the finest flour will sell for a shekel and two seahs of barley for a shekel at the gate of Samaria.” 

v.2 The officer on whose arm the king was leaning said to the man of God, “Look, even if the LORD should open the floodgates of the heavens, could this happen?” “You will see it with your own eyes,” answered Elisha, “but you will not eat any of it!”

 

[Notes: The siege by the king of Aram against Samaria continues but Elisha prophesies there will be food by the next day. When one of the officers denies this can be, Elisha adds that he will see it but not eat it.]

 

 

v.3-5 Four lepers go to the enemy

 

v.3 Now there were four men with leprosy at the entrance of the city gate. They said to each other, “Why stay here until we die? 

v.4 If we say, ‘We'll go into the city'—the famine is there, and we will die. And if we stay here, we will die. So let's go over to the camp of the Arameans and surrender. If they spare us, we live; if they kill us, then we die.” 

v.5 At dusk they got up and went to the camp of the Arameans.

 

[Notes: Four lepers just outside the city gate decide to see if the Arameans might be merciful and go to seek them out.]

 

 

v.6-8 They find an empty camp

 

When they reached the edge of the camp, no one was there, 

v.6 for the Lord had caused the Arameans to hear the sound of chariots and horses and a great army, so that they said to one another, “Look, the king of Israel has hired the Hittite and Egyptian kings to attack us!” 

v.7 So they got up and fled in the dusk and abandoned their tents and their horses and donkeys. They left the camp as it was and ran for their lives. 

v.8 The men who had leprosy reached the edge of the camp, entered one of the tents and ate and drank. Then they took silver, gold and clothes, and went off and hid them. They returned and entered another tent and took some things from it and hid them also. 

 

[Notes: When they arrive at the enemy camp it is deserted after the Lord had confused them into thinking a big army was coming and they had fled. The four lepers start plundering the camp.]

 

 

v.9-11 They go back with the news

 

v.9 Then they said to each other, “What we're doing is not right. This is a day of good news and we are keeping it to ourselves. If we wait until daylight, punishment will overtake us. Let's go at once and report this to the royal palace.” 

v.10 So they went and called out to the city gatekeepers and told them, “We went into the Aramean camp and no one was there—not a sound of anyone—only tethered horses and donkeys, and the tents left just as they were.” 

v.11 The gatekeepers shouted the news, and it was reported within the palace. 

 

[Notes: The lepers have a twinge of conscience and so return to Samaria to tell of what they have found.]

 

 

v.12-15 The king is suspicious but they check the truth

 

v.12 The king got up in the night and said to his officers, “I will tell you what the Arameans have done to us. They know we are starving; so they have left the camp to hide in the countryside, thinking, ‘They will surely come out, and then we will take them alive and get into the city.' ” 

v.13 One of his officers answered, “Have some men take five of the horses that are left in the city. Their plight will be like that of all the Israelites left here—yes, they will only be like all these Israelites who are doomed. So let us send them to find out what happened.” 

v.14 So they selected two chariots with their horses, and the king sent them after the Aramean army. He commanded the drivers, “Go and find out what has happened.” 

v.15 They followed them as far as the Jordan, and they found the whole road strewn with the clothing and equipment the Arameans had thrown away in their headlong flight. So the messengers returned and reported to the king. 

 

[Notes: The king of Israel is suspicious so they send two chariots who went and found it was true.]

 

 

v.16-20 Elisha's prophecy is fulfilled

 

v.16 Then the people went out and plundered the camp of the Arameans. So a seah of the finest flour sold for a shekel, and two seahs of barley sold for a shekel, as the LORD had said. 

v.17 Now the king had put the officer on whose arm he leaned in charge of the gate, and the people trampled him in the gateway, and he died, just as the man of God had foretold when the king came down to his house. 

v.18 It happened as the man of God had said to the king: “About this time tomorrow, a seah of the finest flour will sell for a shekel and two seahs of barley for a shekel at the gate of Samaria.” 

v.19 The officer had said to the man of God, “Look, even if the LORD should open the floodgates of the heavens, could this happen?” The man of God had replied, “You will see it with your own eyes, but you will not eat any of it!” 

v.20 And that is exactly what happened to him, for the people trampled him in the gateway, and he died.

 

[Notes: When the people of the city hear of this amazing supply of food just a short way away, they rush out of the gate and in the stampede the king's unbelieving officer was trampled underfoot and shortly afterwards died. Thus Elisha's prophecy was exactly fulfilled.]

   

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