The king of Syria was frustrated. Through God-given information, the prophet Elisha had revealed the king of Syria’s attack plans to the king of Israel. Frustrated, the king of Syria sought out Elisha. When the king of Syria discovered that Elisha resided in the city of Dothan, he sent his army to the city. Now, before Elisha and his servant stood the Syrian army. However, Elisha was not afraid. He knew God was with them. God had sent help.
After God opened the eyes of Elisha’s servant to see horses and chariots of fire in the mountain, it was time to deal with the Syrian army before them. Elisha prayed, “Please strike them with blindness.” God answered Elisha’s prayer. Suddenly the Syrian army was without sight. They struggled to understand which way to go. Elisha told the men that they were in the wrong city and going the wrong way. He told them that he would lead them to the one they sought. The men followed Elisha.
Elisha led the men to Samaria. When they arrived in Samaria, Elisha prayed, asking God to open the men’s eyes. When God opened their eyes, they realized they were in Samaria before the king of Israel. The king of Israel asked if he should kill them, but Elisha told him no. Instead, they made a feast, giving them food and drink. After this, the Syrian army returned home, and they did not raid the land of Israel again.
Resource: 2 Kings 6:8-23 (Continuation of the previous post…)
- The Syrian army came ready to attack Elisha, but they were unexpectedly struck by blindness. How do you think they felt?
- Have you ever had someone plan to fight or attack you, but before they could something happened to intervene? What happened? How did you feel?
- Elisha led the blinded Syrian army to the king of Israel. The king of Israel thought to kill them. How do you feel when you have the advantage to hurt your enemy? What do you desire to do?
- Elisha told the king of Israel to not kill the Syrian army; instead, he told the king to give them food and drink. Have you ever been in a situation where you could have executed judgment based on what a person had done, but instead you chose to do something good? What happened?
- Because of the kindness shown by Elisha and the King of Israel, the Syrian army stopped attacking the lands of Israel. Have you ever been kind to your enemy? What happened?
And when the Syrians came down against him, Elisha prayed to the Lord and said, “Please strike this people with blindness.” So he struck them with blindness in accordance with the prayer of Elisha. And Elisha said to them, “This is not the way, and this is not the city. Follow me, and I will bring you to the man whom you seek.” And he led them to Samaria. As soon as they entered Samaria, Elisha said, “O Lord, open the eyes of these men, that they may see.” So the Lord opened their eyes and they saw, and behold, they were in the midst of Samaria. As soon as the king of Israel saw them, he said to Elisha, “My father, shall I strike them down? Shall I strike them down?” He answered, “You shall not strike them down. Would you strike down those whom you have taken captive with your sword and with your bow? Set bread and water before them, that they may eat and drink and go to their master.” So he prepared for them a great feast, and when they had eaten and drunk, he sent them away, and they went to their master. And the Syrians did not come again on raids into the land of Israel. 2 Kings 6:18-23 ESV
- All battles are not won with swords. Sometimes, the best weapon is an act of kindness.
- When others are in a position of weakness, consider how you would desire people to treat you if you were in that position and execute that treatment on the person in the position of weakness.
- What you give to others in love, God gives to you.
Father God, during our daily battles with people, help us to remember to battle in love and kindness. When we receive the upper hand, give us the wisdom to execute a solution according to your will. We ask this in Jesus’s name. Amen.
What was the most important lesson you learned from this story, and how will you execute it in your life?