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Right Not To Remain Silent      2 Kings 7:3-7, 7:8-9, 7:12-13, 15-16a      Jan. 30, 2011


Introduction

       It is difficult for me to remain silent when I know someone needs to share the gospel message. Many times I believe the Lord prompts me to ask someone what they know about Jesus. I do not believe it is right not to share good news. Don’t remain silent.

 

1.   Do Not Remain Silent When You . . Realize God Is always at Work. 7:3-7

      A.  You May Seem Hopeless Because You Don’t . . See God is at Work. 7:3-4

3 Four men with a skin disease were at the entrance to the gate. They said to each other, “Why just sit here until we die?

       4 If we say, ‘Let’s go into the city,’ we will die there because the famine is in the city, but if we sit here, we

       will also die. So now, come on. Let’s go to the Arameans’ camp. If they let us live, we will live; if they kill

       us, we will die.”  

 

      B.  You May Seem Hopeless Because You’re . . Surprised God is at Work. 7:5-7

       5 So the diseased men got up at twilight to go to the Arameans’ camp. When they came to the camp’s edge,

       they discovered that there was not a single man there,

       6 for the Lord had caused the Aramean camp to hear the sound of chariots, horses, and a great army. The

       Arameans had said to each other, “The king of Israel must have hired the kings of the Hittites and the kings

       of Egypt to attack us.”

       7 So they had gotten up and fled at twilight, abandoning their tents, horses, and donkeys. The camp was

       intact, and they had fled for their lives.


       The statement, “God works in mysterious ways is certainly true in the story. God used three lepers who had enough faith to allow God to work in their lives. This faith may have been a last resort kind of faith but they found out God was at work in behalf of Israel and them personally. They stepped out and saw God at work. They were pleased and surprised at what they saw. I think God has a sense of humor and certainly used it in this situation. He caused the sound of many chariots, horses and a great army. This is an experience where God did not require the faith of His people before He did His work. He just did what was needed. We need to see God at work through our daily lives. This is especially true when it comes to sharing the news of Christ.

 

2.   Do Not Remain Silent When It Is Best To. . Relate the News To Others. 7:8-9

      A.  When It Is Best To Relate To Others Don’t . . Forget To Do So. 7:8

      8 When these men came to the edge of the camp, they went into a tent to eat and drink. Then they picked up

       the silver, gold, and clothing and went off and hid them. They came back and entered another tent, picked

       things up, and hid them.

 

      B.  When It Is Best To Relate To Others Be . . Faithful To Do So.        7:9

       9 Then they said to each other, “We’re not doing what is right. Today is a day of good news. If we are silent

       and wait until morning light, our sin will catch up with us. Let’s go tell the king’s household.”


      We must relate what we know is “good news,” to others so they can share with us in the blessings. Sometimes we just forget, and that should never be. Have you ever gone back when you left an encounter in which you needed to share? I certainly have. It is interesting how the lepers came to the conclusion they were not doing right. They realized they were not faithful.

They called an action of not sharing a sinful act. It would be good for us to think we sin whwn we don’t share.

 

3.   Do Not Remain Silent . . Research and Make Sure of the Report. 7:12-13

      A.  Research The King’s Thought to see if He Made The Right . . Conclusion. 7:12

      12 So the king got up in the night and said to his servants, “Let me tell you what the Arameans have done to

       us. They know we are starving, so they have left the camp to hide in the open country, thinking, ‘When they

       come out of the city, we will take them alive and go into the city.’”

 

      B.  Research The Servant’s Thought to see if He Is . . Correct. 7:13

      13 But one of his servants responded, “Please, let messengers take five of the horses that are left in the city.

       Their fate is like the entire Israelite community who will die, so let’s send them and see.”


       The King suspected some foul play and a deliberate plan by the Arameans to come back and slaughter the men of Israel. Since a king was trained in battle this thought seemed feasible. The kings conclusion made sense to many people. The text tells us one servant desired to check it out further and the king allowed it. The servant was correct and his insight brought a great blessing to the people.

 

4.   Do Not Remain Silent When It Is Best To. . Return and Share the Joy. 7:15-16a

      A.  Return and Share The . . Joy with The King. 7:15

15 So they followed them as far as the Jordan. They saw that the whole way was littered with clothes and

       equipment the Arameans had thrown off in their haste. The messengers returned and told the king.

 

      B.  Return and Share The . . Jubilation with The People. 7:16a

16 Then the people went out and plundered the Aramean camp.


       Did you ever get to share a truth that brought as much joy as this experience did? This happening caused many to continue to have a life on this earth. Sometimes if we are not silent we may get to share the “good news about Jesus and it will affect some for eternity. That will cause great jubilation because we did not remain silent but proclaimed the truth. Amen? Amen!