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Conflict With the Syrians

Scripture Passage: 
2 Kings 6:1-33
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INTRODUCTION: This lesson shows the Lord to be in charge even against unthinkable odds and in the most difficult of circumstances. Whether it be an army surrounding you or a horrible famine, God’s grace is sufficient.

  1. THE RECOVERY OF THE AXE HEAD (2 Kings 6:1-7)
    1. The Decision to Build a New Place (2 Kings 6:1-3)
      1. The need (2 Kings 6:1)
        1. The place of dwelling was too strait.
        2. The word strait means narrow or restricted (Job 36:16; Isaiah 49:20; Matthew 7:13-14).
      2. The solution (2 Kings 6:2)
        1. To get wood
        2. To build a place sufficient to dwell
      3. The guarantee (2 Kings 6:3)
        1. One of them requested the presence of Elisha.
        2. Elisha agreed to go.
    2. The Loss of the Axe Head (2 Kings 6:4-5)
      1. Their work (2 Kings 6:4)
        1. They went to Jordan.
        2. They cut wood.
      2. Their emergency (2 Kings 6:5)
        1. The loss of the axe head
          1. While felling a beam
          2. It fell into the water.
        2. The cry of the man
          1. Unto Elisha
          2. It was borrowed (Exodus 22:14).
    3. The Recovery of the Axe Head (2 Kings 6:6-7)
      1. Elisha went to where the axe head was lost (2 Kings 6:6).
        1. He asked, Where fell it?
        2. The man showed him the place.
      2. Elisha threw a stick into the water (2 Kings 6:6).
        1. He cut down the stick.
        2. The iron did swim.
      3. Elisha had the man take the axe head (2 Kings 6:7).
    1. Elisha Revealed the Syrian Movements (2 Kings 6:8-10).
      1. The king of Syria warred against Israel (2 Kings 6:8).
      2. The king of Syria planned the attack (2 Kings 6:8).
        1. Taking counsel of his servants
        2. Planning the place of his camp
      3. Elisha warned the king of Israel of the location of the Syrians (2 Kings 6:9).
      4. Elisha’s warning saved the Israelites (2 Kings 6:10).
        1. The king of Israel heeded the warning.
        2. The Israelites were delivered several times.
    2. Elisha Was Revealed as a Major Syrian Problem (2 Kings 6:11-12).
      1. The plea of the king of Syria (2 Kings 6:11)
        1. His heart was sore troubled.
        2. He inquired who was informing the king of Israel.
      2. One of his servants answered (2 Kings 6:12).
        1. None of your servants are informants.
        2. The prophet Elisha informs the king of Israel.
        3. He tells the words that you speak in your bedchamber (Ecclesiastes 10:20; Psalm 139:1-4).
  3. THE PROTECTION OF ELISHA (2 Kings 6:13-17)
    1. The King of Syria Sent to Fetch Elisha (2 Kings 6:13-14).
      1. The king of Syria sent to locate Elisha (2 Kings 6:13).
        1. They went to spy him out.
        2. They found him in Dothan.
      2. The king of Syria sent to fetch Elisha (2 Kings 6:14).
        1. He sent an army.
        2. They came by night.
        3. They surrounded the city.
    2. Elisha Revealed the Army of God (2 Kings 6:15-17).
      1. The discovery of the servant of Elisha (2 Kings 6:15)
        1. He rose early in the morning.
        2. He saw the army with horses and chariots.
        3. He cried in despair to Elisha.
      2. Elisha calmed his servant (2 Kings 6:16).
      3. The revelation given to the servant of Elisha (2 Kings 6:17)
        1. Elisha prayed for the opening of his eyes.
        2. The Lord opened the eyes of the servant.
        3. He saw the mountain filled with horses and chariots of fire (2 Kings 2:11; Isaiah 66:15).
  4. THE BLINDING OF THE SYRIANS (2 Kings 6:18-23)
    1. Elisha Led the Syrians to Samaria (2 Kings 6:18-20).
      1. Elisha asked the Lord to blind the eyes of the Syrian army (2 Kings 6:18).
      2. The Syrians followed Elisha to Samaria – about 12 miles (2 Kings 6:19).
      3. The opening of their eyes in Samaria (2 Kings 6:20)
        1. According to the prayer of Elisha
        2. In the midst of great confusion
    2. Elisha Sent the Syrians Home (2 Kings 6:21-23).
      1. The confusion of the king of Israel (2 Kings 6:21); shall I smite them?
      2. The treatment of the soldiers of Syria (2 Kings 6:22)
        1. To be treated as captives taken in war
        2. To be given bread and water
        3. To be allowed to go home
      3. The response of the Syrian army (2 Kings 6:23)
        1. They ate and drank their fill.
        2. They went home and came no more into the land of Israel.
  5. THE SIEGE OF SAMARIA (2 Kings 6:24-30)
    1. The Crippling of Samaria (2 Kings 6:24-25)
      1. The siege of Samaria (2 Kings 6:24)
        1. After the preceding events
        2. By Benhadad king of Syria
      2. The famine of the city of Samaria (2 Kings 6:25)
        1. A great famine in the city
        2. As indicated by the prices
          1. An ass’s head for 80 pieces of silver
          2. A quarter of a cab of dove’s dung for five pieces of silver
            1. A cab was a dry measure equal to about two quarts.
            2. Modern “scholars” try to change this passage to refer to something else, but there is no need. This was a time of extreme famine when mothers were eating their own children to stay alive. See another description of famine in Lamentations 4:5 where those “brought up in scarlet embrace dunghills.”
    2. The Woman Who Cried to the King (2 Kings 6:26-29)
      1. She cried unto the king for help (2 Kings 6:26).
      2. He stated his inability to help (2 Kings 6:27).
        1. If the Lord do not help
        2. Then the king cannot help
      3. She told her story (2 Kings 6:28-29).
        1. At the request of the king (2 Kings 6:28)
        2. She told of her agreement with another mother (2 Kings 6:28).
          1. To eat her son one day
          2. To eat the other son the next day
        3. They ate the first mother’s son (2 Kings 6:29).
        4. But the second mother hid her son (2 Kings 6:29).
    3. The Response of the King (2 Kings 6:30)
      1. He heard the words of the woman.
      2. He rent his clothes.
      3. He revealed the sackcloth under his clothes.
  6. THE DECISION TO KILL ELISHA (2 Kings 6:31-33)
    1. The King’s Determination to Kill Elisha (2 Kings 6:31)
      1. The king blamed Elisha for the problems he had caused.
      2. The king determined to kill Elisha.
    2. Elisha’s Anticipation of the King’s Messenger (2 Kings 6:32-33)
      1. Elisha sat in his house with the elders (2 Kings 6:32).
      2. The king sent a messenger to call for Elisha (2 Kings 6:32).
      3. Elisha prophesied of the king’s intent (2 Kings 6:32).
        1. This son of a murderer
        2. Has sent to take Elisha’s head
      4. Elisha planned a response to the king (2 Kings 6:32).
        1. Shut the door behind the messenger.
        2. His master will not be far behind.
      5. Elisha made a proclamation (2 Kings 6:33).
        1. This evil is of the Lord.
        2. There is no need to wait any longer.

CONCLUSION: Elisha spares the king of Israel on numerous times only to have the king blame him for the terrible famine of the land.

David Reagan and Andrew Ray

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 29:4

The king by judgment establisheth the land: but he that receiveth gifts overthroweth it.