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Series: Finished Works
Sun am 25 August 2013 – Kobus Swart
2 Kings 6:24 to 2 Kings 7:9; Isa. 60:1-5; (Gal. 5:15); (Joel 2:18-27); (Luke 23:43); (John 19:30)
While there are historical facts in the Old Testament, we must read deeper than the history and see the types and shadows. It is extremely relevant for this household at this moment to hear this message, embrace it and see changes.
We are looking at the story in 2 Kings 6 & 7: Samaria was besieged by the Arameans and it caused a famine which resulted in cannibalism in this walled city. (This is a picture of the religious world in which we live. Where there is a famine [no living Word] in religious communities – “walled-in cities” – they are eating and devouring each other; not literally but with their words and their attitude. Paul warned the Galatians: “…if you bite and devour one another, take care lest you be consumed by one another – Gal 5:15).
In those days Lepers were not allowed amongst the people so they stayed outside the city. (Has the church perhaps often treated certain people or groups as diseased, ie. ‘sects’ or ‘cults’, and excommunicated them?). Listen to their thinking outside the gate: “Why do we sit here till we die?” “If we go back into the city, we will die there…” Then they made a significant decision: “Let us go over to the camp of the enemy…” How many Christians have been scared away from their inheritance by the enemy? They got up in the dark, and went to the enemy’s camp.
When they arrived at the camp of the Arameans/Syrians, they discovered that there was no one there (2 Kings 7:5-7). Now look at the mentality of the lepers: When these lepers came to the outskirts of the camp, they entered one tent and ate and drank, and carried from there silver and gold and clothes, and went and hid them; and they returned and entered another tent and carried from there also, and went and hid them (2 Kings 7:8). They indulged – a culture of entitlement! Selfishness – scared they might lose it again. Then they said to one another, “We are not doing right. This day is a day of good news, but we are keeping silent; if we wait until morning light, punishment will overtake us. Now therefore come, let us go and tell the king’s household” (2 Kings 7:9).
In the city, the prophet had spoken the previous day and said that the next day (“tomorrow”) the famine would be broken (2 Kings 7:1). See the Messianic prophesies of the Old Testament in this light (Isa. 60:1-5 & Joel 2:18-27). God will restore to His people what was stolen by satan (see also Amos 9, Haggai 2). All the prophets in the Old Testament said that the Messiah would come and restore what had been lost! Jesus on the cross changed the word from ‘tomorrow’ to ‘TODAY’ (Luke 23:43). The word ‘tomorrow’ that the prophets prophesied throughout the Old Testament changed when He died for the sins of mankind on the cross. We emphasize the finished works of Jesus Christ. Why then still a famine? So many Christians still do not believe in the finished works of Jesus.
The lepers were stuck with a mind-set. See them as people who carry something in God but were misunderstood and pushed out of the religious camp. They were excommunicated from the walled city of religion. The mind-set was that they had nothing and were diseased and isolated. There are still people in this household with a poverty mind-set. It is so easy to blame apartheid and the past. God is making something available that has nothing to do with colour, race or label on it; it is for the sons of God to become overcomers. Do not sit there till you die. Do not wait for a political government to help you. The lepers had to overcome their fears; they went to look at the enemy’s camp. It comes down to this – Christians still believe that satan is powerful. They actually make him strong by what they say about him. That mind-set will keep you away from your inheritance!
Then they made a discovery when they went to the enemy’s camp. The enemy was no longer there but there was an abundance of food, clothes, gold and silver. Where was the enemy? There was as sound released when Jesus said, “It is finished!” (John 19:30). There is a cry in the realm of spirit for Christians who are overcomers at heart to expose the lie of the enemy. The lepers could not believe that the enemy was gone because the Lord caused the enemy to hear a sound. The sound that many Christians have not heard yet is the sound of victory released when Jesus Christ was raised from the dead. Our blessed hope is anchored in the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. The enemy fled. Tackle the fears in your own heart. Avoid the indulgence and the culture of entitlement that we see in South Africa. The lepers ate and drank, carried away gold, silver and clothes and hid them (2 Kings 7:8).
In the last 60 years or more, God released truths about the kingdom and about sonship and the five-fold ministry that had never been released before to that extent. These truths revolutionized the lives that discovered them, but these believers were soon isolated and pushed out of the “camp”. The truths were then also isolated and not released the way they should have been. These revelations are now sounding forth and people realized they must tell the King’s household. God still calls the people in the walled cities the “King’s household”. God looks at every level of maturity and calls it His family. We have a responsibility to share the good news; we cannot keep this for ourselves any longer, let’s tell the King’s household. A break-out is necessary. How do we use those tools to tell the good news to the rest of the King’s household? Let us use even the modern media if necessary. We have to break out of our selfish mind-set and tell the King’s household of the total defeat of satan, the finished works of Christ, the kingdom of God on earth, the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “The kingdom of God has come!”
Why did the king’s household listen to the lepers? They had EVIDENCE!; they had more than just a word. They had food, clothing, gold and silver! What do we model? What do we manifest and demonstrate? We have to enter this third day of God’s grace, we need to see that there is plenty and there is abundance. Stand up and rise to the challenge. There was a sound released on Calvary and we must re-release that sound! Be fearless. The enemy has fled long ago!