“Therefore they arose and fled in the twilight, and left their tents and their horses and their donkeys, even the camp just as it was, and fled for their life. 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. 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 7:7-9 NASB
As a believer in Jesus Christ, I am set apart from the world. My values have become different than those of the people around me who do not know the Lord. As our culture devolves, I have become like the leper. Where once my values and those of my faith, established the nation, those values are now out of favor. In the vacuum that remains, people are looking out for themselves and the people are governed by the pursuit of gratification. I am pushed to the fringes of the village and told I am unclean.
In our upside down world, those not touched by the salvation of our Great God seek external solutions for internal problems, which have multiplied. Demands are given, laws proposed, and hope is placed on a fix that will make all the problems go away. Meanwhile the people are starving for answers.
In the Antecedent of the passage above, Samaria is starving. They are under siege. God intervenes and the enemy is driven away in the night, leaving everything behind. Four lepers enter the camp and find all the booty. They clothe and feed themselves, until they are convicted of the need to share the good news.
As a modern day leper, with the mark of God in my life, I have found the bounty in the camp as the enemy sin has been defeated. I am enjoying great peace, freedom from condemnation, and great joy. I have a destiny in Heaven, and abundant life in this world. I am blessed with the presence of God. Most of all I have a divine empathy, that surpasses all human understanding. I see the needs of others and the ties that bind. I belong to God, and my identity is no longer restricted to my race, my sex, or my affiliations. I am a believer before I am anything else.
I am grieving over the violence that has gripped our nation. I am also grieved over the reality that we as a nation will likely not find any solutions from this time of struggle. We will go through this again. Only Jesus can bring down the walls that separate. Only He can transform the hearts of all men and women.
I am enjoying the spoils of my salvation, the profound joy of life in Christ, filled and transformed by the Holy Spirit. I must go to the gate and tell of such a great find. We believers must go and tell the others of the great transformation of heart, the uniter of souls, who saves us from our sins. We must present the Gospel, the great, message of equality in Jesus!
It is a time to pray, it is a time to seek the Lord and share all that we know of our Great God. We have found the truth. We have the love of God, in endless supply.
Believers, use every opportunity to reach out. Pray for the demonstrators, pray for the police officers. Remember that those on both sides of this are human beings, all with daily life concerns, life stresses, and needs. Search yourselves for the sin that separates you from others. Racial bias is sin, plain and simple.
Believers, fellow lepers, rejoice in the great bounty that we have found and run to the gate and tell the others! Some will listen, come to the camp and be fed!
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