June 2014

“We are not doing right. This day is a day of good news, and we remain silent. If we wait until morning light, some punishment will come upon us. Now therefore, come, let us go and tell the king’s household.” 2 Kings 7:9

Those were turbulent times in Israel; the people of Israel disobeyed God and went after other gods and the enemies oppressed Israel. It was the time when Ben-Hadad, the King of Aram besieged Samaria. There was severe famine in the Land which caused women to eat their own children. The demand was so greater than the supply that a donkey’s head was sold for eighty shekels of silver. When the King saw this he humbled himself and Prophet Elisha said that God will take away the famine and provide them food the next day. Four lepers who were at the city gate in Samaria (Lepers were not allowed inside the city), knew that they won’t get inside the city, decided to go out of the city borders, only to find that God had caused Ben-Hadad to run away pulling back his siege on Israel and they had left all the food and their valuables there. The Lepers decided to take those possessions but they didn’t stop at only taking for themselves and that’s when this conversation found in 2 Kings 7:9 takes place. A year back as I was walking down the beach, a palm reader named Ramathai called me to come and do palm reading to know my future. I replied her and said “I will pray for you”. She said that even all her friends left her. She shared her problems and I prayed for her telling her about Jesus. While I opened my eyes, I could see tears running down her face. That day I realized that there are so many people in this world are in need of Jesus and I should take every opportunity to share the love of Jesus with them without hesitation. We, who have known the truth, who enjoy all the gifts and mercies of God in Christ Jesus and the joy of salvation through him stay away from sharing the good news even when opportunities were given because of our hesitations although we know that people desperately are in need of Jesus. The Lepers could not go out of that place since they knew the suffering of the people inside the city and the people in the city needed what they have seen. They were the same people who neglected them, but still they chose to share the good news with them. They also spoke within themselves that they cannot stay till daylight as the punishment will overtake them reflecting the warning from Ezekiel 3:17-20. That day those four insignificant lepers saved Israel from destruction by sharing the good news. We can also share the good news of Jesus that we have with us to save others from destruction. Sharing the gospel is the duty of every Christian. A wonderfully cooked food will become spoilt if we just put it inside the box and a candle is of no use if it is hidden in a basket. Christian life will become unfruitful when we refrain ourselves from sharing the good news.
If we are aware of this love so rare,
And if we truly care,
Won’t we dare to share?

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