I am in preparation for a sermon on 2 Kings 7. A date is set. Final preparations are being made. It is a blessing to dwell in a particular part of Scripture.
In 2 Kings 7, God uses four lepers from the town of Samaria to complete his work. Now, it may seem odd that God uses four broken, unhealthy men. The leper’s exclusion from the city places them outside the city gate. The lepers are probably best regarded as the least of the people of Samaria. Why didn’t God send soldiers or guards? Why didn’t God choose healthy and fit men?
Well, there is ample evidence in the Bible that God can achieve much with any count and standing of men. God does not need an army of men – only a handful of faithful men. Consider for instance:
- A shepherd boy slaying a giant (1 person) – see 1 Samuel 17:1-25:7 NIV,
- An entire Christian church founded on an odd assortment of Apostles (12 people) – see Matthew 16:18,
- Gideon is directed to reduce the count of his army (a thousandfold reduction) – see this excellent link that follows the story of Judges 7.
God works through faith. He marches with people of faith. Attributes that a military commander would seek of his fighting men - strength, agility and skill are of no consideration to God. Take heart that no matter your standing God can powerfully use you in his good work.
Note: all links good as at 7 July 2017