Children, last week, we saw how Elisha healed Naaman, the General of Aram. From then onwards, General Naaman believed and followed the Lord, God. But because Elisha\u2019s servant, Gehazi was concerned about his own benefit, was greedy for money and therefore caused the King of Aram to still look down on Israel and did not respect Israel\u2019s man of God, Elisha and the Lord, God.
The King of Aram hence continued to violate Israel and attacked them, gaining possession of their land. There were many times when the King of Aram and his officers discussed to set up their camps in such and such a place, so as to capture the King of Israel. However, many times, man of God, Elisha always foiled the enemies\u2019 schemes by warning the King of Israel. Hence, the King of Aram could not capture the King of Israel. The King of Aram was enraged and summoned his officers, demanding, \u201cIs there a traitor among us who is continually helping Israel? Else, why is it that we cannot capture the king time and again?\u201d One of his officers said, \u201cNone of us helped Israel, my lord the king but there is a very powerful prophet in Israel called Elisha. He knows all the king\u2019s plans and he warned the King of Israel.\u201d The King then ordered, \u201cGo and find out where he is so that I can send my men and capture him.\u201d Later, they found that he was at the city of Dothan. The King of Aram sent horses and chariots and a strong force to surround the city to capture Elisha. When the servant of Elisha woke up the next morning and saw that an army of horses and chariots had surrounded the city, he asked Elisha urgently, \u201cBad news! Bad news!\u201d However, Elisha said, \u201cDon\u2019t be afraid! Those who are with us are more than those who are with them!\u201d Therefore, Elisha opened his servant\u2019s eyes and the servant saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. As the enemy came down toward him, the angels caused them to be blinded, such that they could not recognize Elisha. Elisha came out and led the army to the city of Samaria in Israel. He then opened their eyes again. The King of Israel then prepared the army with bows and swords to kill all the enemies. However, Elisha said, \u201cDo not kill them! Let them eat and drink and later sent them back to where the King of Aram is.\u201d The King of Israel did as he was told and gave the strong Aramean army food and drinks and later sent them back to their country. From then, the King of Aram and the entire army was afraid of Israel\u2019s God and the man of God, Elisha. They did not have the courage to violate Israel again.
1) Although the Aramean army was strong, they were unable to violate Israel because man of God Elisha knew all the schemes of the King of Aram. He told them all to the King of Israel so that the King of Israel and his army were prepared.
2) God told all the enemies\u2019 schemes to man of God, Elisha for 2 reasons: (1) Because God loved Israel, His original intention was to save and protect Israel so that Israel could attain victory at all times (2) Because Elisha is a prophet who loved God and loved Israel (God\u2019s people). Therefore, God revealed Himself to him and through him, saved and protected Israel.
3) Therefore, children, when we are like Prophet Elisha, who had a heart that loved God and loved Man (parents, brothers and sisters, friends), God would tell us about the devil, Satan\u2019s schemes. Therefore, when we pray, our parents, brothers and sisters and friends will be protected by our prayers and not be swallowed up by the devil, Satan (deceived).
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