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Saturday, June 25, 2016

R U Withholding Good News? (2 Kings 7:9)

"And they said to each other, 'We are not doing rightly. This is a day of good news, and we are keeping it to ourselves. If we wait until daylight, punishment will overtake us. Let us go at once and report this to the royal palace."

Bad news on every channel. If reporters today didn't have bad news, they wouldn't have news at all. They go from one crisis to another, and then withhold the good news when the bad news has been resolved. So it was in Elisha's day. The Arameans were besieging the city. Food supplies were nonexistent. Four lepers sat at the edge of the town paralyzed by fear. They decided that, since all options meant death, they might as well take the only option that could possibly mean life. Off they went to the Aramean camp. They found an abandoned camp and an embarrassment of riches. They ate, they drank, and they hid their bounty. Then they remembered the condition of the Israelites. They decided that the good news was too important not to share. Starving people needed food, trapped people needed release, and dying people needed hope--so off they went.

The world is filled with bad news; we, however, have good news. We have the Bread of life to feed the hungry, we know the Liberator who sets people free, and our story gives hope to the dying. R U withholding good news?

Questions for today's Chronological Bible reading:
2 Kings 7:3-20
  • In what ways does Elisha's prophecy of 7:1 come to pass?
2 Kings 8:7-15
  • What causes Elisha to grieve when he prophesies over Hazael?
  • What does this tell you about God's prophet?
2 Kings 13:14-21
  • Why does Jehoash stop with three strikes, and what are the consequences of stopping?
  • What do the bones of Elisha tell you about Elisha's power to heal?
2 Kings 13:24-25; 13:12-13; 14:15-23; 2 Chron. 25:25-28
  • Look at the divided kingdom timeline at the front of your Bible. How many kings come and go during this period, and how long is this period?
2 Kings 15:1-5; 2 Chron. 26:1-21
  • What causes Uzziah's downfall?
  • What does Prov. 3:34 say about his problem?
  • Why is this such a dangerous sin?
Turning Truth into Prayer
From whom are you withholding Good News? Ask the Lord to show you those who need to hear that good news. Ask Him as well to make you conscientious to share good news with others in despair who are trapped by sin.