Four Happy Lepers

Monday, Jan. 30                            

The O.T. has accounts of happiness shared, too.  One of them is found in 2 Kings 7.  This took place in Samaria, the capital of the Northern Kingdom under King Joram (852-814 B.C.), the fifth king of Israel after the split in 930 B.C.  Israel consistently rebelled against God, practicing idolatry just as their neighbor did.  They were constantly warned by the prophets of coming doom, but to no avail.  So Samaria is under siege.  The inhabitants were starving to death while the Syrians waited patiently for them to surrender.  At this point God stepped in.  All he did was send the sounds of a huge army with chariots and the Syrian troops fled in fear.  Early the next morning four lepers who lived outside Samaria because of their leprosy, decided to surrender to the Syrians instead of dying at the hands of their own people by entering the city.  To their delight They found out that the Syrian army had fled.  Their tents were loaded with food, and the lepers were having a ball.  They ate and drank, and then took gold and silver and clothing and buried them.  They finally came to their senses and said “We’re not doing right, This is a day of good news and we are keeping it to ourselves.  If we wait until daylight, punishment will overtake us.  Let’s go at once and report this to the royal palace.”  God used these four lepers to bring joy to the city.  Their joy was shared.  Their happiness did not diminish; it was enhanced. OK, they at first were selfish.  And they went to report the good news partly out of fear.  But I picture them as being treated as heroes by their own people.  I would like

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