The king of Syria wanted to fight against the kingdom of Israel. Thus, he had a meeting with his army officials to formulate a plan to attack in certain places. However, God revealed to the prophet Elisha what the king of Syria planned, and Elisha sent a message to the king of Israel. When the king of Israel received Elisha’s message, he warned his men, and they were saved.
Now, the king of Syria was frustrated. He questioned who in his army was a spy. One of his army officers responded that no one in his army was a spy, but instead, it was the prophet Elisha who told the secrets. The officer said that the prophet Elisha even knew what the king of Syria secretly said in his bedroom. Angry, the king of Syria said, “Find Elisha. I will send men to take him.” A servant revealed that Elisha was in Dothan.
When the prophet Elisha woke up one morning and went outside, an army of horses and chariots surrounded the whole city. Elisha’s servant asked, “What shall we do?” Elisha told his servant not to be afraid because there were more with them than with the army from Syria. Then, Elisha prayed and asked God to open his servant’s eyes to see. God opened the servant’s spiritual eyes, and on the mountain, the servant saw it filled with an army of horses and chariots of fire.
Resource: 2 Kings 6:8-17
- Has God ever revealed anything to you that helped save someone from trouble? Share your story.
- Has God ever placed something in your heart that would have saved someone from trouble, but you didn’t share what God said? Why didn’t you share it, and what happened?
- What do you think would have happened if the prophet Elisha had not shared the message with the king of Israel?
- When Elisha ruined the king of Syria’s plan, he immediately questioned if he had a spy among his group. What do you think of the king’s question to his army?
- When the king of Syria realized that it was the prophet Elisha who knew his secrets, he sent an army to capture him. Do you think the king thought about how Elisha knew the information? Why did the king of Syria need a whole army for one person?
- When Elisha woke up the next morning, he was greeted by the Syrian army, but he wasn’t afraid. Yet, Elisha’s servant was afraid of what might happen to them. What was the difference between their reactions? Why do you believe there was a difference?
- The prophet Elisha knew God was with them and ready to help fight this battle. How do you react when you know God is there to fight your battle? Is your attitude the same as the prophet Elisha?
- God opened Elisha’s servant’s eyes to see the army of horses and chariots of fire on the mountain, but the army from Syria could not see. Why?
- What is one thing that you want God to open your spiritual eyes to see?
When the servant of the man of God rose early in the morning and went out, behold, an army with horses and chariots was all around the city. And the servant said, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” He said, “Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” Then Elisha prayed and said, “O Lord, please open his eyes that he may see.” So the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. 2 Kings 6:15-17 ESV
- God gives to us, so we can help someone else. Don’t keep it to yourself.
- God will use unimagined means to help his people.
- If God is with you, it doesn’t matter how big the other person’s “army” is because God’s is always bigger.
- You must choose how you want to respond to situations. Will you respond in faith or fear?
- Faith allows us to see through spiritual eyes. Fear keeps us spiritually secluded.
Father God, thank you for being with us through every trial, test, and tribulation. No matter how bad a situation seems, we thank you that you are ever-present. We thank you that we can trust you for the outcome. We thank you for the victories that have already been won. If we forget what you have done for us, bring it back to our memory and remind us of your sure plan for us in the future. In Jesus’s name, we pray. Amen.
What was your reaction to the army of horses and chariots of fire in the mountain? If you could choose one thing for God to open your spiritual eyes to see, what would you want to see?