Once upon a time there were four men. Let’s say, one was tall, the other short, and the last two were average height – some young, some old. They were close. Collectively, not one of them was worthy, not yesterday, and not today. Their purpose in life was gone. Soon they would be dead. Their souls had come off their feet. But their faith didn’t deteriorate like their flesh.
They understood the scripture, “As my days are so shall my strength be…” The morning dew of each day meant no competing with the beggars for the crumbs that fell from the Masters table or fighting the dogs for morsels. Water was held only in their dirty cupped hands and food was tossed…never served. At no time, would there be a dinner invite. They were lepers.
When life changed, they understood life will always be about living and dying. “Now there were four leprous men at the entrance of the gate; and they said to one another, ‘Why are we sitting here until we die? If we say, “We will enter the city,” the famine is in the city, and we shall die there. And if we sit here, we die also. Now therefore, come, let us surrender to the army of the Syrians. If they keep us alive, we shall live; and if they kill us, we shall only die.’” 2 Kings 7:3-4
They stepped out in faith with stubby toes, worn-out heels, disjointed hands, withered fingers and thicken facial skin hiding their handsome faces, and pressed toward to mark. They forgot those things which were behind them. Today, the morning dew was the dawning of new day – ‘Nesheph.’
Suddenly, as they moved…”The Lord had caused the army of the Syrians to hear the noise of chariots and the noise of horses–the noise of a great army; so they said to one another, ‘Look, the king of Israel has hired against us the kings of the Hittites and the kings of the Egyptians to attack us!’ Therefore they arose and fled at twilight, and left the camp intact–their tents, their horses, and their donkeys–and they fled for their lives.”
“And when these lepers came to the outskirts of the camp, they went into one tent and ate and drank, and carried from it silver and gold and clothing, and went and hid them; then they came back and entered another tent, and carried some from there also, and went and hid it.”
A table was spread in the wilderness, as God promised. His word says, “Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price…”
“Then they said to one another, ‘We are not doing right. This day is a day of good news, and we remain silent. If we wait until morning light, some punishment will come upon us. Now therefore, come, let us go and tell the king’s household.’”
The king did not believe the lepers. So the king sent his officer, the same officer who mocked the Prophet Elisha just the day before. Elisha had told him, “Tomorrow about this time a seah of fine flour shall be sold for a shekel, and two seahs of barley for a shekel, at the gate of Samaria.” “So an officer on whose hand the king leaned answered the man of God and said, ‘Look, if the Lord would make windows in heaven, could this thing be?’ And he said, ‘In fact, you shall see it with your eyes, but you shall not eat of it.’” 2 Kings 7:1-2 The people stormed the gates of Samaria and the officer in charge of the gate was trampled to death – He never tasted it.
God wastes nothing. He used those who were rejected, neglected and despised to fulfill His prophecy…‘Man shall not live by bread alone…’