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When god promises 2 Kings 6&7

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Sermon by Jory Leong @ SSMC Sunday Celebration, 17 Nov 2013. Continuing series on "nameless nobodies in the Bible"

Sermon by Jory Leong @ SSMC Sunday Celebration, 17 Nov 2013. Continuing series on "nameless nobodies in the Bible"

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  • 1. When God promises 2 Kings 6:24-7:19
  • 2. Date: Offender’s name: Offender’s status: Number of victims: Crime: Reason: February 1960 Yi Wucheng Poor Peasant Four Exhumed the victims’ corpses and consumed the flesh To survive
  • 3. Date: Offender’s name: Victim’s name: Relationship with offender: Crime: Reason: February 25, 1960 Yang Zhongseng Yang Ecshun Younger brother Killing and eating victim To survive
  • 4. Date: Offender’s name: Punishment: Crime: Reason: November 30, 1960 Wang Ziyou One ear chopped off, both legs tied with iron wire, 10-kilogram stone dropped on his back, branded with sizzling tool Digging up a potato to eat To survive
  • 5. When God promises 2 Kings 7:1-4 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.” 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!”
  • 6. When God promises 2 Kings 7:1-4 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? 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.”
  • 7. 2 Kings 6:24-7:19        Samaria under siege by Aramean army Terrible famine gripped the city Food became scarce Resorted to cannibalism Elisha prophesied of God’s providence King’s officer doubted Scene shifts to four lepers at city gate
  • 8. 2 Kings 6:24-7:19       Lepers ostracised because of leprosy Asked themselves: “Why stay here until we die?” Weighed their options Decided to enter Aramean camp Aramean army fled in fear Left all their food and supplies
  • 9. 2 Kings 6:24-7:19        Lepers filled their stomach & pockets Returned to Samaria to inform the King King sent messengers to check out Messengers confirmed situation Israelites rushed out to get food & supplies Doubting officer trampled to death Famine ends as prophesied
  • 10. When God promises 2 Kings 6:24-7:19 1. God made a PROMISE 2. Lepers made a CHOICE
  • 11. God made a PROMISE Promise Made - 2 Kings 7:1 "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.” Promise Fulfilled - 2 Kings 7:18 "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."
  • 12. Russell Herman
  • 13. Conditional Unconditional
  • 14. Because He is….. TRUTHFUL Numbers 23:19 “God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?”
  • 15. Because He is….. Hebrews 10:23 “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.” TRUTHFUL FAITHFUL
  • 16. Because He is….. TRUTHFUL 1 John 4:8-9 FAITHFUL “8 Whoever does not love does not know LOVING God, because God is love. 9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.”
  • 17. Because He is….. Psalm 103:19 “The Lord has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all.” TRUTHFUL FAITHFUL LOVING POWERFUL
  • 18. Russell Carter (1849-1926)
  • 19. Lepers made a CHOICE 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?” Options A. Enter the city Consequence? Die B. Remain at the gate C. Go to Aramean camp Live?
  • 20. Lepers made a CHOICE Faced facts Made a choice Moved forward Acted in faith?
  • 21. When God promises 2 Kings 6:24-7:19 1. God made a PROMISE 2. Lepers made a CHOICE
  • 22. “I'll walk with you Wherever you go Through tears and joy I'll trust in you And I will live In all of your ways And your promises forever”

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