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July 9, 2017

Presented by Rev. Dr. Duane White
Title: A Day Of Good Tidings
Text: 2 Kings 7:1-13; V. 9

But Elisha said, “Hear the word of the Lord: thus says the Lord, 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.” 2 Then the captain on whose hand the king leaned said to the man of God, “If the Lord himself should make windows in heaven, could this thing be?” But he said, “You shall see it with your own eyes, but you shall not eat of it.” 5 So they arose at twilight to go to the camp of the Syrians. But when they came to the edge of the camp of the Syrians, behold, there was no one there. 6 For the Lord had made the army of the Syrians hear the sound of chariots and of horses, the sound of a great army, so that they said to one another, “Behold, the king of Israel has hired against us the kings of the Hittites and the kings of Egypt to come against us.” 7 So they fled away in the twilight and abandoned their tents, their horses, and their donkeys, leaving the camp as it was, and fled for their lives. 8 And when these lepers came to the edge of the camp, they went into a tent and ate and drank, and they carried off silver and gold and clothing and went and hid them. Then they came back and entered another tent and carried off things from it and went and hid them.
9 Then they said to one another, “We are not doing right. This day is a day of good news. If we are silent and wait until the morning light, punishment will overtake us. Now therefore come; let us go and tell the king’s household.” 10 So they came and called to the gatekeepers of the city and told them, “We came to the camp of the Syrians, and behold, there was no one to be seen or heard there, nothing but the horses tied and the donkeys tied and the tents as they were.” 11 Then the gatekeepers called out, and it was told within the king’s household. 12 And the king rose in the night and said to his servants, “I will tell you what the Syrians have done to us. They know that we are hungry. Therefore they have gone out of the camp to hide themselves in the open country, thinking, ‘When they come out of the city, we shall take them alive and get into the city.’” 13 And one of his servants said, “Let some men take five of the remaining horses, seeing that those who are left here will fare like the whole multitude of Israel who have already perished. Let us send and see.”
Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible, Copyright © 2001 by Crossway

1. It was a message of deliverance from death — 2 Kings 7:4; Gen. 2:15-17; Rom. 5:12; Jn. 11:25; Heb. 2:14,15
2. It was a message sounding too good to be true — 2 Kings 7:19; Jn. 3:3,4; 1 Tim. 3:16
3. It was a message of urgency — 2 Kings 2:9; Lk. 19:5; Is. 1:18
4. It was a message needed — 1 Kings 6:25-29; Rom. 1:16; 2 Kings 7:7-9
5. It was a message for everyone – 2 Kings 7:16; Rom. 10:12, 13
6. It was a message in a day of unparalleled opportunity — 2 Kings 7:8; 2 Pt. 2:12, 13
7. It was a message refused by some — 2 Kings 7:18-20; Acts 24:24,25; Prov. 27:1

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