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Bible Passage 2 Kings 7

2 Kings 7:1-15: Sharing Good Tidings

Date preached June 9, 2024

In this incident we find solemn teaching concerning the desperate need of the spiritually famished multitudes around us and of our responsibility to tell them of the wonderful provision that God has made for their salvation.


2 Kings 7:2Then the captain on whose hand the king leaned said to the man of God, “If the Lord himself should make windows in heaven, could this thing be?

  • Grammatical Usage: “be” or in the Hebrew, “hayah” meaning, “come to pass.”
  • Literal Interpretation: Then the captain, the king’s right-hand man, responded to the man of God, “Look, even if the Lord were to make windows in heaven, could this really happen?”
  • Contextual/Comparison: God keeps His Word, God continually uses His Word. This story is a great challenge to those of us who have discovered Christ as the Bread of Life and who are surrounded by millions of famished, dying souls who are in danger of the second death (Revelation 20:12-15). Let us look at the words of the four lepers recorded in 9, and notice:



This is a day of good news!” said the lepers, and every Christian can say the same. Every day for 2000 years has been a day of good news, today included (Luke 2:10-11; 2 Corinthians 6:2; Galatians 4:4; 1 Timothy 1:15). We are living in the Day of Grace, when sinners may be sure of a welcome if they will come to the Savior (John 6:37); when He waits to be admitted into the hearts of men and women (Revelation 3:20); when “whoever wishes may come” (Revelation 22:17). In the mercy of God, we have heard the good news and are rejoicing in Christ – and what a privilege it is when we remember that so many of the people we meet are starving, perishing (John 3:16)! They are inside the city, without God and without hope in the world, while we are saved and bound for the Heavenly City – this is the privilege we enjoy.


We’re not doing right…” said the lepers, “we are keeping it to ourselves…”; and this is true of multitudes of Christians who are committing the sin of silence, indeed, the crime of silence! How guilty the church has been down the years! It is 2000 years since Jesus came to Bethlehem and later died on Calvary, yet there are still many millions of souls who have never heard of His love. Thousands of Christians go to church each Sunday and sing of God’s great salvation, but during the week they “keep it to themselves”. This, Christian, is the sin we commit. By our silence we sin against the Lord who depends upon us to proclaim the word of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18-19); we sin against the souls for whom Christ died and who need Him so desperately (1 John 2:2), and we condemn ourselves for our sinful selfishness and expose ourselves to a dreadful danger, of which the four lepers remind us.


We’re not doing right,” said the lepers. “If we wait until daylight, punishment will overtake us.” What is the result of our failure to evangelize? When we “keep it to ourselves” it means fearful loss for the souls around us, for if we do not go to them they will certainly die – spiritually (Romans 6:23). Also, if we “keep it to ourselves” it means fearful loss and punishment for ourselves – please read the solemn words in Ezekiel 33:7-9. David had this in mind when he prayed – Psalm 51:14-15, and referred to the guilt that rests upon the soul who keeps silent when he should speak out. This danger was also referred to by the apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 3:11-15. The sin of silence will result in inevitable “loss” at the Judgment Seat of Christ. How we have failed in the matter of personal evangelism! What can we do about it?


This is indicated in the last part of v. 9 and vv. 10-11:

    1. There must be DETERMINED action. Listen to the four men: “Let’s go at once…” Sharing the gospel with others can be difficult, even more difficult when it involves someone with whom we have close emotional ties. The Bible tells us that some people will be offended at the gospel (Luke 12:51–53). However, we are commanded to share the gospel, and there is no excuse for not doing so (Matthew 28:19–20; Acts 1:8; 1 Peter 3:15).
    2. There must be UNITED action. “Let’s go,” said the lepers. They would do this thing together. It is wonderful what one dedicated person can do, but how much more can a whole church of dedicated witnesses do for the salvation of souls! Look up Mark 2:1-5 (particularly noticing 3).
    3. There must be SACRIFICIAL action. Notice the word in 9 is “go”, not “wait”! (Matthew 28:19). Such “going” involves sacrifice. If, for example, the developing world is to hear, then men and women must be prepared to leave the comforts of home, their good jobs, and go… Who is prepared for this?
    4. There must be VOCAL action. Notice the word “report” in 9. This is something we can all do. Why do we find it so hard to tell of all that our dearest Friend has done for us? Jesus instructed, “Go home to your own people, and report to them how much the Lord has done for you and how he has had mercy on you” (Mark 5:19).
    5. There must be URGENT action. The lepers said, “If we wait…some punishment will result.” The time is short…the lost are dying…the Lord is coming…the opportunity is going (John 9:4).


In vv. 9-12 we are told that the four lepers told the city gatekeepers, who in turn shouted the news and it was reported in the palace. See how quickly the news spread!

  • Conclusion: Will I commit to being a witness at every opportunity?