God always has a Witness to Himself….He always has a Remnant.
I have always been amazed at God’s Witness.
Even in the worst of times, He has had a sanctified witness to Himself….in the places and circumstances where they would be heard,…… if any have ears to hear,…and believe.
Samaria, the capitol of Israel, is being besieged by the king of Syria….and because no one could come in or out….there was famine:
2 Kings 6:25 “And there was a great famine in Samaria; and, behold, they besieged it, until an ass’s head was sold for fourscore pieces of silver,….”
It had gotten so bad, they were eating the dead,….boiling the flesh off, rather than starve.
The situation was hopeless….as far as sight was concerned.
But, as usual, they had forgotten God….
….but not Elisha, the prophet….for he was in the city, too.
He was gathered with the (spiritual) elders of the city….waiting upon the Lord.
(This is an amazing thing….the Lord putting Elisha in the very same circumstances…..for God could have sent him away from this place, but God had him there….gathering the spiritual of the city, to pray with him.)
Now the king, becoming angry….sent a messenger to kill Elisha….and the king followed behind….wanting to see it.
The king could have gone to Elisha, before this…..and asked him to ask God to do something….
….but instead, the king blamed Elisha….because he did not do “something” without him having to come to him and ask.
(Are we this way with God, not willing to seek Him and His Will for us?
Going through things we do not need to, because we refuse to humble ourselves?)
The king did not want to humble himself and ask….therefore Elisha waited….
(This is a sad commentary on authorities which will not seek God….
….the people suffer, while they refuse to humble themselves at God’s correction)
But now the wait was over….the king’s foot is at the door where Elisha is…..
….he is finally in the right place, even though it is for the murder of the very man he needs,….. to speak to God for the city.
But before he can carry out his will….God speaks through Elisha.
It shames the king….but it is the saving of the city.
2 Kings 7:1 “Then Elisha said, Hear ye the word of the Lord; Thus saith the Lord, To morrow about this time shall a measure of fine flour be sold for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, in the gate of Samaria.”
And it happens…..just as Elisha says….
(It is an interesting story….
That very night, four lepers who are outside the city….go out to the Syrian camp….”if they die by famine, or by Syrian…what is the difference”.
But they find that the Syrians have fled,….having heard noises which they thought were an army.
They were so terrified by the noice….which God has done….that they left all their food, clothes, and loot!
The lepers tell the watchman, who tells the king, who sends to see if it is true….and what God has said through Elisha, comes to pass)
2 Kings 7:16 “And the people whet out and spoiled the tents of the Syrians, so a measure of fine flour was sold for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, according to the word of the Lord.”
How easy it is for God to work,…..when we seek His Will!
Many years later:
When Nebuchadnezzar had come to Jerusalem and carried away captives….the best of the young men….educated, and well spoken…
….Daniel was one of these….he was called to make this Gentile king aware of God…and His claims on all people…even monarchs.
Daniel was in the palace of Babylon.
Still, there were many left in Judah.
Jeremiah was one of these….called to make God’s people, aware of God’s claims.
If they would submit….God would keep them in the land.
But if they refused…and sought out others to deliver…..then some would surely be destroyed…and the rest, carried away captive.
Jeremiah was in Jerusalem.
And then, when Nebuchadnezzar came the second time and took the carpenters, and workman away….Ezekiel was among them….called to make God’s captive people aware of God’s claims…even in Babylon.
Ezekiel was in the work camps of Babylon.
God’s Witness was a complete one….so was the revelation to these men of the sin of Israel….
Jeremiah 2:11, 13 “Hath a nation changed their gods, which are yet no gods? But My people have changed their glory for that which doth not profit.
For My people have committed two evils; they have forsaken Me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns that can hold no water.”
After so many times of deliverance, so many times of power, so many times of God manifesting His Presence…..yet they “have forsaken Me”.
Again and again, these three,….in different places, under different circumstances….stood with God…and declared His Will.
Some believed….some refused. But they were faithful….in their place….to the people they were called to.
God always has a remnant of believers…..always has a witness…..because our God is Able.
When Christ came to earth….it was not to the Sanhedrin that the angels came….but to Shepherds,….who having heard….went to see…
….and having seen Jesus….
….went away rejoicing and “made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child” (Luke 2:17).
God always has His remnant…..
and today……that could be me….it could be you.
Are we ready to speak His word faithfully….in the place we are called….to the people we are called to?