Saturday, July 2, 2016

Not How Shall We Save Ourselves, But Who Shall Save Us

"And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do?" (2 Kings 6: 15)

Gehazi, the servant of Elisha (a type of our Savior Jesus Christ), stood at the doorstep of their home.

And he saw the entire Syrian army. They were mad. They were ready to destroy Elisha with impunity.

Why? Because Elisha knew the Syrian king's plans

"Therefore the heart of the king of Syria was sore troubled for this thing; and he called his servants, and said unto them, Will ye not shew me which of us is for the king of Israel? 12And one of his servants said, None, my lord, O king: but Elisha, the prophet that is in Israel, telleth the king of Israel the words that thou speakest in thy bedchamber. 13And he said, Go and spy where he is, that I may send and fetch him. And it was told him, saying, Behold, he is in Dothan. 14Therefore sent he thither horses, and chariots, and a great host: and they came by night, and compassed the city about." (2 Kings 6: 11-14)

How would you have reacted?!

The normal fleshy reaction is "What am I going to do?"

Notice particularly Gehazi's sharp fear: "How shall we do?"

The servant was convinced was convinced that the prophet and he could so something, but they were not sure what.

The truth is, there was nothing that he could do.

Instead of doing something, Elisha prayed ... for the servant's eyes to be opened:

"And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them. 17And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha." (2 Kings 6: 16-17)

It's not about how we do something, or anything.

It's about who we see!

Elisha--"God Saves"--took Gehazi's eyes off of himself and to focus on the LORD!

It's not about "How shall we save ourselves" but "Who shall save us!"

And we have a Savior today!

"And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins." (Matthew 1: 21)

"Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence." (Psalm 91: 3)


"For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. 4But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, 5Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; 6Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;" (Titus 3:3-6)

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