We Do Not Well If We Do Not Tell
2 Kings 7:9Then they said one to another, We do not well: this day is a day of good tidings, and we hold our peace: if we tarry till the morning light, some mischief will come upon us: now therefore come, that we may go and tell the king’s household.
Intro: Notice the conditions of the land in chapter 6 that leads up to our text in chapter 7.
- The Destruction – vs. 25 “And there was a great famine in Samaria…they besieged it…”
- The Diet – vs. 25 “…asses head; a cab of dove’s dung…” What they were living on was disgusting.
- The Destitution – vs. 26, 27 “…the king said, “Whence shall I help thee…?”
- The Depravity – vs. 28, 29 They were boiling and eating their own children
- The Despair – vs. 30 “…upon the wall, and the people looked, and he had sackcloth upon his flesh.”
- The Doubt – 7:2 “…If the Lord would make windows in heaven, might this thing be?”
This brings us to the story of our four lepers.
I. Their Inevitable Death – vs. 3 “And there were four leprous men…”
- Vs. 3 why sit we here until we die?
- Vs. 4 We are going to die; somewhere, someday, of something.
II. Their Incredible Discovery – vs. 8 “They did eat and drink…”
They came upon more food and drink than they could eat.
More than they had ever seen.
They didn’t deserve it.
What they were enjoying came from God.
God did it. (see verse 6)
- James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
III. Their Irrational Distraction – vs. 8 “…and carried thence silver, and gold, and raiment, and went and hid it…”
They were dying of leprosy, and they were hiding gold and silver and raiment.
The entire city was dying of starvation, and they were hoarding gold, silver and raiment.
Men were dying. Women were dying. Children were dying.
Parents were eating their own children.
And they were concerned about gold. And silver. And clothing.
They were dying, everyone around them was dying, and they were materialistic, greedy, and selfish.
IV. Their Intriguing Deduction – vs. 9
They made several powerful statements in verse 9.
A. We do not well.
When most people would have thought they were doing wonderful, they realized they were not.
What most people would have considered being “well off” became aware of how wrong they were.
They didn’t need someone to preach to them about the foolishness of their materialism and selfishness.
Today, it takes a visiting evangelist preaching five nights in a row to get most people to say “we do not well.”
They knew it was wrong.
B. This day is a day of good tidings, and we hold our peace.
They knew that this news needed to be shared TODAY.
Not tomorrow; not next week, but THIS DAY!
- John 4:35 Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.
C. If we tarry…some mischief will befall us…
But it was their realization in verse 9 that fascinates me.
- They didn’t realize that “we do not well” because the city was dying.
- They didn’t realize that “we do not well” because the men and women were dying.
- They didn’t realize that “we do not well” because the children were dying.
- They realized that “we do not well” because THEY were dying.
They had the solution to the problem.
They had the answer to the needs of the entire city, and they were keeping it for themselves.
Their realization was that THEY were dying. And they were the only ones that knew where the food was!
D. Now therefore come, that we may go and tell the king’s household.
They realized it was a job for all of them.
They didn’t nominate one to go.
They didn’t promise to pray and send support for one to go.
They all went.
- Vs. 10 so they came, and called unto the porter…
- Vs. 10 and they told them…
- Vs. 11 and they told it to the king’s house within…