Book of Kings

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The leprous men had a chose to make, whether to die or live. In the short dialogue among the four men, (v.3-4) the word die is used five times. The writer uses this technique to emphasis the hopelessness of the situation. In their current state—sitting outside the city gates—death is imminent and the same is happen if they entered the city. Their only hope is to defect to the enemy camp, the Arameans. There is a great chance that the enemy will kill them. Yet, it is still better than the other options. In their current situation, there disease may be to their advantage, for the enemy just might spare their lives since they are of no value to anyone. In contrast to the king’s captain, the leprous men still held out hope that they will survive the famine, as demonstrated by their words, “If they spare our lives, we shall live, (v. 4)” and by their action, “So they arose at twilight go” (v. 5). However, their hope does not appear to be grounded in their faith in Yahweh. Nowhere in the text do the men mention the Lord. The scene changes again. The leprous men are now at the camp of the Arameans. The four leprous men arrived at the camp and discovered it empty (v.5). The Arameans had abandoned their camp because, “the Lord had caused the Aramean army to hear the sound…of a great army” (v.6). There are several other instances where God utilized similar tactics to confound the enemy in order to give the nation of Israel victory over them. God caused the enemy to hear an army in 2 Samuel 5:24, “When you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the balsam trees, then be on the alert; for then the Lord has gone out before you to strike down the army of the Philistines.” In 2 Kings 3:22-23, God used water to confuse the enemy.... ... middle of paper ... ...re of choice meal was sold for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, according to the word of the Lord (v. 16b) In the meantime, the king’s captain, who doubted the words of Elisha, was trampled to death by the people. The king had assigned him to “have charge of the gate” (v. 17a). The good news that there was food must have spread quickly. Possibly, there was someone shouting the good news throughout the city, which would have caused a mass of people to rush toward the city gate in order to be among the first to receive food. To narrative concludes with the repeating of the prophecy. The prediction in verse one is repeated twice in this conclusion (v.16b and v.18). It also details and repeats the means by which the pronouncement against the doubting captain was fulfilled, “the people trampled him to death in the gate” (v.17b and 20b). Synthesis
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