2 Kings 7* Elisha prophesies plenty. (1,2) The flight of the Syrian army.(3-11) Samaria plentifully supplied. (12-20)1,2 Man's extremity is God's opportunity of making his ownpower to be glorious: his time to appear for his people is whentheir strength is gone. Unbelief is a sin by which men greatlydishonour and displease God, and deprive themselves of thefavours he designed for them. Such will be the portion of thosethat believe not the promise of eternal life; they shall see itat a distance, but shall never taste of it. But no temporaldeliverances and mercies will in the end profit sinners, unlessthey are led to repentance by the goodness of God. 3-11 God can, when he pleases, make the stoutest heart totremble; and as for those who will not fear God, he can makethem fear at the shaking of a leaf. Providence ordered it, thatthe lepers came as soon as the Syrians were fled. Theirconsciences told them that mischief would befall them, if theytook care of themselves only. Natural humanity, and fear ofpunishment, are powerful checks on the selfishness of theungodly. These feelings tend to preserve order and kindness inthe world; but they who have found the unsearchable riches ofChrist, will not long delay to report the good tidings toothers. From love to him, not from selfish feelings, they willgladly share their earthly good things with their brethren. 12-20 Here see the wants of Israel supplied in a way theylittle thought of, which should encourage us to depend upon thepower and goodness of God in our greatest straits. God's promisemay be safely relied on, for no word of his shall fall to theground. The nobleman that questioned the truth of Elisha's word,saw the plenty, to silence and shame his unbelief, and thereinsaw his own folly; but he did not eat of the plenty he saw.Justly do those find the world's promises fail them, who thinkthat the promises of God will disappoint them. Learn how deeplyGod resents distrust of his power, providence, and promise: howuncertain life is, and the enjoyments of it: how certain God'sthreatenings are, and how sure to come on the guilty. May Godhelp us to inquire whether we are exposed to his threatenings,or interested in his promises.
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