2 Kings 6* The sons of the prophets enlarge their habitations, Iron madeto swim. (1-7) Elisha discloses the counsels of the Syrians.(8-12) Syrians sent to seize Elisha. (13-23) Samaria besieged, Afamine, The king sends to slay Elisha. (24-33)1-7 There is that pleasantness in the converse of servants ofGod, which can make those who listen to them forget the pain andthe weariness of labour. Even the sons of the prophets must notbe unwilling to labour. Let no man think an honest employment aburden or a disgrace. And labour of the head, is as hard, andvery often harder, than labour with the hands. We ought to becareful of that which is borrowed, as of our own, because wemust do as we would be done by. This man was so respecting theaxe-head. And to those who have an honest mind, the sorestgrievance of poverty is, not so much their own want anddisgrace, as being rendered unable to pay just debts. But theLord cares for his people in their smallest concerns. And God'sgrace can thus raise the stony iron heart, which is sunk intothe mud of this world, and raise up affections, naturallyearthly. 8-12 The king of Israel regarded the warnings Elisha gave him,of danger from the Syrians, but would not heed the warnings ofdanger from his sins. Such warnings are little heeded by most;they would save themselves from death, but will not from hell.Nothing that is done, said, or thought, by any person, in anyplace, at any time, is out of God's knowledge. 13-23 What Elisha said to his servant is spoken to all thefaithful servants of God, when without are fightings, and withinare fears. Fear not, with that fear which has torment andamazement; for they that are with us, to protect us, are morethan they that are against us, to destroy us. The eyes of hisbody were open, and with them he saw the danger. Lord, open theeyes of our faith, that with them we may see thy protectinghand. The clearer sight we have of the sovereignty and power ofHeaven, the less we shall fear the troubles of earth. Satan, thegod of this world, blinds men's eyes, and so deludes them untotheir own ruin; but when God enlightens their eyes, they seethemselves in the midst of their enemies, captives to Satan, andin danger of hell, though, before, they thought their conditiongood. When Elisha had the Syrians at his mercy, he made itappear that he was influenced by Divine goodness as well asDivine power. Let us not be overcome of evil, but overcome evilwith good. The Syrians saw it was to no purpose to try toassault so great and so good a man. 24-33 Learn to value plenty, and to be thankful for it; see howcontemptible money is, when in time of famine it is so freelyparted with for any thing that is eatable! The language ofJehoram to the woman may be the language of despair. See theword of God fulfilled; among the threatenings of God's judgmentsupon Israel for their sins, this was one, that they should eatthe flesh of their own children, #De 28:53-57|. The truth andthe awful justice of God were displayed in this horribletransaction. Alas! what miseries sin has brought upon the world!But the foolishness of man perverts his way, and then his heartfrets against the Lord. The king swears the death of Elisha.Wicked men will blame any one as the cause of their troubles,rather than themselves, and will not leave their sins. Ifrending the clothes, without a broken and contrite heart, wouldavail, if wearing sackcloth, without being renewed in the spiritof their mind, would serve, they would not stand out against theLord. May the whole word of God increase in us reverent fear andholy hope, that we may be stedfast and immovable, alwaysabounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that our labour isnot in vain in the Lord.
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