Miracles and Elisha

Today’s Reading: 2 Kings 6:1-7:20, Acts 15:36-16:15, Psalm 142:1-7, Proverbs 17:24-25

I have always loved the miracle stories in the Bible. Several of the miracles done through Elisha point back to the Exodus and some point forward to Christ. II Kings 6-7 contains the miracle of the floating axe head, the trapping of an entire army, followed by a remarkable story of rescue from a siege.

In the siege story, I really admire the reasoning of the lepers who discovered the abandoned camp:

Now there were four men with leprosy sitting at the entrance of the city gates. “Why should we sit here waiting to die?” they asked each other. “We will starve if we stay here, but with the famine in the city, we will starve if we go back there. So we might as well go out and surrender to the Aramean army. If they let us live, so much the better. But if they kill us, we would have died anyway.”

They clearly understood that something good could happen (they could eat and live) and that the worst thing that could happen was their deaths, which were going to happen shortly anyway if they did nothing.

How often do I face a “nothing left to lose” scenario and still not take action?


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