06-10-07

Times were bad.  The Syrian army had laid siege to the city of Samaria.  The people were slowly being starved to death.  The people were even beginning to resort to cannibalism of the worst sort, mothers killing and eating their own children.  It was in this desperate time that four leprous men decided they would try something radical.  They figured that since they were about to die anyway, what would it hurt to try and surrender themselves to the Syrians.  The worst that could happen would be a quicker death.  When they got to the Syrian camp, they found it strangely quiet.  In fact, it was outright deserted.  The tents, treasures, and clothing were all still there.  Even better still, there was plenty of food.  The four men began collecting and hoarding some of the treasures when they began to think of the starving people back in the city of Samaria.  Then they said to one another, “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” (2Ki 7:9 NKJV).  Overnight the city of Samaria was transformed from starvation to salvation.  All because of four leprous men who decided to share their treasure.
It all sounds a bit close to home, doesn’t it?  Some of us may feel that we can relate to the life of those four leprous rejects.  There was a day when we too ventured out of our own city of death and stumbled across the riches and bounty of Jesus Christ.  The question remains, will we share the treasure we’ve found?  There’s a whole city starving to hear.