In the Old Testament, in 2 Kings 6-7, there was a time when the Syrian armies had surrounded the capital city of Samaria, allowing no food to come in. In time the Israelites in the city began to starve. Starvation will make you do crazy things. The Bible says it was so bad two mothers made an agreement. “If you cook your child today we’ll eat it together, and tomorrow, I’ll cook my child.” So, one cooked her child and they ate it, but the next day the other mother skipped town taking her child. Really disgusting, but that’s how bad it was in Samaria.
Outside the walls of the city were 4 lepers. They said, “Why are we sitting here? We’re going to die. Let’s go to the Syrian camp. We know there is food there, and maybe they will have mercy on us.”
So they went, and when they got there they found a deserted camp site – food, treasures, cattle, horses, clothes, gold, silver but no army. God had caused the Syrians to hear the sound of chariots, and armies. They thought the Israelites had hired the Egyptians and the Hittites to fight with them, and they fled thinking it was a surprise attack.
Well, these 4 lepers had the camp to themselves. The Bible says they began to gorge – eating, drinking, making merry, hooting, and yelling with not a soul around to hear. It was a party.
But then they had a sudden realization. Listen to it in 2 Kings 7:9,“…’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.’”
They realized what they were doing wasn’t right. It was a day of good news. To stay silent about this while their friends and family back Samaria went crazy from hunger and death would not be right. They left their treasures and went to tell others so they could all share together.
If we as Christians, stay in the church and keep the gospel to ourselves, it’s not right. This is a day of good news. It is not right to sit and be silent when our friends and family members are dying and hungry for the truth. We too must go.
What is the good news? We were born in sin – all of us. No one had to teach you to lie. It came naturally, right after you took your first step. No one taught you how to get angry, or to be selfish, or to hit or push. That’s called sin. Our sin separates us from a holy God. There is good news however. When we place our faith in Jesus, he takes away our sinfulness. We give to him our sins, and in exchange he gives to us his righteousness. We then stand forgiven and in fellowship with a holy God who now calls us his children. That’s good news.
As we fellowship and enjoy the benefits of our new life, is there at least one you could go and invite to the celebration? Ask and believe for the Lord to help you reach at least one in 2013!
1 Corinthians 9:23 says, “I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings.”