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3/20/2013

BREAKING THE SIEGE

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2Ki 7:3 And there were four leprous men at the entering in of the gate: and they said one to another, Why sit we here until we die? 2Ki 7:4 If we say, We will enter into the city, then the famine is in the city, and we shall die there: and if we sit still here, we die also. Now therefore come, and let us fall unto the host of the Syrians: if they save us alive, we shall live; and if they kill us, we shall but die. JehoramThe son of ahab and jezebel was evil. He did not fear God but he feared the people whochose God over Baal so he appeared to be a reformer and put away baal publicly and worshipped baal privately. let us never forget that God said way back in Exodus 34:7 when Moses met with God on Mount Sinai, that He would allow the sins of the fathers to be, "… upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation." Let’s not bring the curse upon our children and grandchildren, should the Lord tarry in His coming, for future generations. Raise them to fear and serve the Lord.

The famine in Israel was more the result of sin in the camp than of the siege of the Syrian Army. Israel would not have been in this position had they continued to serve the Lord, because God had brought the Syrian army in an attempt to wake them up and bring them back to God.

 The famine was so bad that the Jews of Samaria had resorted to cannibalism just to survive. 

In 2 Kings 6:25-28 we read of the severity of the famine, "And there was a great famine in Samaria: and, behold, they besieged it, until an ass’s head was sold for fourscore pieces of silver, and the fourth part of a cab of dove’s dung for five pieces of silver. And as the king of Israel was passing by upon the wall, there cried a woman unto him, saying, Help, my lord, O king. And he said, If the LORD do not help thee, whence shall I help thee? out of the barn floor, or out of the winepress? And the king said unto her, What aileth thee? And she answered, This woman said unto me, Give thy son, that we may eat him to day, and we will eat my son to morrow."

not as uncertainly.“Brethren.

 Insurmountable Odds.“I therefore so run.”

 -The greatest people of God has always had something inside of them that was hungry for more of a work of the Spirit. thou art my God. when I have preached to others. contentment with our spiritual state is a mark of inward blindness.“O God.

 Philippians 3:13 14 -. not as one that beateth the air:” “But I keep under my body. -Complacency is the enemy of the soul. early will I seek thee: . 

-Spiritual satisfaction leads to spiritual paralysis and our soul atrophies and becomes useless.

-Spiritual complacency is a vice that must be fought against every single day of our lives.”

1 Corinthians 9:26 27 -. Spiritual satisfaction can lead us to a place of spiritual poverty.“My soul thirsteth for God. forgetting those things which are behind.
Entrapment in the Past.
 Fear of the Future. This siege locked them down no food or water could get in and nothing could get out. and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means. but low aim is. Soon some just accepted what looked to be their fate. and reaching forth unto those things which are before. 

Psalm 42:2 -. 

 Abraham Lincoln -. I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do.3/20/2013 BREAKING THE SIEGE 2 Jehoram answered back if God has not helped you I surely cannot .” “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. I myself should be a castaway. so fight I.

-Contentment with earthly goods is the mark of a saint.“Failure is not a crime. Our own spiritual complacency keeps men from striving toward the great places of the Kingdom of God. for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?”

Psalm 63:1 2 -. Why fight it we are going to die anyway? Lets just eat our children.”

-Yet there are some things that creates a sense of spiritual complacency for men.
Overwhelming Losses.

Benhadad cut off all communication from the outside world.3/20/2013 BREAKING THE SIEGE 3 my soul thirsteth for thee. surrounded Samaria and was intent on conquering it. They are true to life because they are drawn from the stuff that life is made of:
One moment the singer stands on the rock of hope. my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land. the next fear threatens him. Often we seesaw back and forth between confidence and collapse. where no water is. Benhadad.
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-The city of Samaria had been overtaken by an enemy army and by a famine. King of Syria. the next he is shaking.

-God’s greatest were those whose longing for God consumed them. One minute faith thrills him.
 
-All of our struggles and all of our victories should have one common purpose and that is to create within. Their fear exacerbated the whole situation. The people on the inside of the city were driven by their hunger to become cannabalistic. one minute he is shouting. an insatiable hunger for God.” “To see thy power and thy glory. 
 
-As Benhadad’s army threatened from the outside. Benhadad was named after an idol God Hadad which means God of Storms or Thunder You and I may be in storms and there is a hadad who wants to shut you down. they were dying by the droves on the inside of that great capital city of Israel. the next he is struggling in the quicksands of despair. so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.”

 -The cries from the Psalms are nothing more than the echoes of life. It propelled them onward and upward to heights that the average never see.



 -Those lepers could have continued to live just like they always had. hand to mouth. ostracized by the city. No doubt. but how hungry you are. 
 
-But I want to say to you that sometimes failure and frustration are nothing more than the ushers that God uses to bring men into their greatest destiny. The city would not let them back in because of their leprosy. They were mistakes. The Syrian army would kill them if they came in to their camp. outside of the city. Their bodies were falling apart at the disease of leprosy. God was about to bless any entire city and save them from a certain death.

 -Those lepers had been thrown out of the city for a reason. left to die by the city were four lepers. But something called hunger.
 
-It was certain death for them if they stayed where they were. They were failures. “Why sit we here until we die?”

 -What those four lepers did at that point brings to us some very important principles.It is not how sick you are. They were outcasts. So the Bible says that they asked an important question.

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-But while all of this was going on. Because of their own misfortune.

 PRINCIPLE # 1 -. these men had talked over the situation among themselves and obviously it appeared pretty grim for them too. just trying make ends meet. Lepers in those times were looked up with great disdain. began to stimulate them to dreaming about what God might be able to do if they would go into the army of the Syians.

they found something to work with. w/out Christian faith) 2Co 6:16 And what agreement (unity) hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God. . . so is he.What God blesses us with.

 PRINCIPLE # 2 -. and they shall be my people.It was not how many lepers there were but how united they were.

 PRINCIPLE # 4 -. and walk in them. Daniel brought to life some purpose in his heart and it made all the difference in the world. 

 -There were only four of them. 

-Note Gideon’s Army.It is not how preposterous the method may be but how powerful the God is.

Proverbs 23:7 -. Power in consecration.”

-God has got a plan for our lives.3/20/2013 BREAKING THE SIEGE 5 -These men did not need to take some poison to commit suicide. They were already far spent by their own starvation.

 -God is always taking small things and using them for His purpose. as God hath said.“For as he thinketh in his heart.

The Jawbone
The Little Boy’s Lunch
The Widow’s Oil
The Little Red Cord
 
-Quit crying about what you do not have and start focusing in on what you have been blessed with. we must take it to others. . They did not need to find some cliff to jump off of. I will dwell in them. 
 
-Despite their difficulties.2Co 6:15 And what concord (unity)hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? (untrustworthy. So their situation and their hunger called for immediate action. and I will be their God. but those four decided that together they could shake their world.

 PRINCIPLE # 3 -.

even the noise of a great host: and they said one to another. (taken into the Lord’s favor) 2Co 6:18 And will be a Father unto you. even the camp as it was. that we may go and tell the king's household. and we hold our peace: if we tarry till the morning light. saith the Lord Almighty. and gold. and fled for their life. that to which we indulge an excessive and sinful attachment. division. and carried thence silver. to come upon us. the king of Israel hath hired against us the kings of the Hittites. and ye shall be my sons and daughters. and came again. and went and hid it. and a noise of horses. 8 And when these lepers came to the uttermost part of the camp. and raiment. there was no man there.3/20/2013 BREAKING THE SIEGE 6 Webster says idols are . stay away from) not the unclean thing. severing) saith the Lord. ( boundary. Lo. and entered into another tent. seperation. behold. and carried thence also. Any thing on which we set our affections. they went into one tent. 7 Wherefore they arose and fled in the twilight. and went and hid it. 9 Then they said one to another. some mischief will come upon us: now therefore come. and their horses. 2Co 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them. and be ye separate. We do not well: this day is a day of good tidings. and touch (attach oneself to. and did eat and drink. to go unto the camp of the Syrians: and when they were come to the uttermost part of the camp of Syria. 6 For the Lord had made the host of the Syrians to hear a noise of chariots. and left their tents. .4. and I will receive you. and their asses. and the kings of the Egyptians. 5 And they rose up in the twilight.