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For those who have never experienced the dial-up connection speed of the classic 56k modem, it would sometimes take 5-10 minutes to connect to the World Wide Web and many times it would fail, making you start the process all over again. Those were dark days for browsing the internet and sending/receiving emails! Hahaha! What a different world we live in today as we now walk around with supercomputers in the palm of our hand, and if it takes 5 seconds to load a web page, or if an email does not send immediately it feels like forever! Today the “FCC has defined broadband, or fast internet, as internet with download speeds of at least 25 Mbps and upload speeds of at least 3 Mbps since 2015.” Many people geek out on download speeds but did you know that there was an Old Testament character who had a download speed that crushed 25 Mbps.
Today’s Thought was inspired from a passage that is not widely preached or read…2 Kings 6:24-30 (NLT) which says:
“Some time later, however, King Ben-hadad of Aram mustered his entire army and besieged Samaria. As a result, there was a great famine in the city. The siege lasted so long that a donkey’s head sold for eighty pieces of silver, and a cup of dove’s dung sold for five pieces of silver.
Forgive the introduction but can you say EWWWWWW… “a cup of dove’s dung sold for five pieces of silver!!!” That must have been one long siege that not only was it worth so much, but that the people were actually so hungry that they ate dove’s feces!!! Yuck! Okay, back to the passage…
“One day as the king of Israel (Jehoram) was walking along the wall of the city, a woman called to him, “Please help me, my lord the king!”
He answered, “If the Lord doesn’t help you, what can I do? I have neither food from the threshing floor nor wine from the press to give you.” But then the king asked, “What is the matter?”
She replied, “This woman said to me: ‘Come on, let’s eat your son today, then we will eat my son tomorrow.’ So we cooked my son and ate him. Then the next day I said to her, ‘Kill your son so we can eat him,’ but she has hidden her son.”
When the king heard this, he tore his clothes in despair. And as the king walked along the wall, the people could see that he was wearing burlap under his robe next to his skin.”
2 Kings 6:24-30 is one of the most disturbing passages ever! I cannot believe that the two women even discussed the idea of killing their children, and then worse yet eating them! But if that’s not sick enough, the fact that one of the women did kill her son with and eat him with the other woman is absolutely unbelievable!!! I believe if I were in that situation, I would sacrifice myself first! Disturbing!!!! I looked up this passage in a commentary and they pointed out that God warned Israel that this curse would come upon the Israelites if they rejected the covenant they made with Him, I don’t have time to unpack this, but check out Deuteronomy 28:52-53 for the context. But what I wanted to point was what King Jehoram said in 2 Kings 6:31:
“May God strike me and even kill me if I don’t separate Elisha’s head from his shoulders this very day,” the king vowed.”
God promised back in Deuteronomy that a curse was coming if the people disobeyed Him but instead of blaming God, King Jehoram decided to take it out on the Prophet Elisha that the siege happened and was ready to kill him! It was 2 Kings 6:32-33 (NLT) that blew me away when I read it the other morning!
“Elisha was sitting in his house with the elders of Israel when the king (Jehoram) sent a messenger to summon him. But before the messenger arrived, Elisha said to the elders,
“A murderer (the King of Israel) has sent a man to cut off my head. When he arrives, shut the door and keep him out. We will soon hear his master’s steps following him.”
While Elisha was still saying this, the messenger arrived. And the king said, “All this misery is from the Lord! Why should I wait for the Lord any longer?””
Did you catch it?? Elisha got an instant download from God that danger was approaching! How amazing is that? The Prophet Elisha was so connected to God that he received an immediate alert that danger was coming for him. In the post, ★ Thought for the Day – The Holy Spirit is Our Spider Sense ★, we looked at how the Holy Spirit is our “early warning system” about the activities of the enemy, similar to how Spiderman, The Holy Spirit is “Our Spider Sense.” Just like Elisha, when we have a connection to the Holy Spirit, we will have his protection. Long before Elisha, God revealed in Job 33:14-18 (NLT) that:
“For God speaks again and again, though people do not recognize it. He speaks in dreams, in visions of the night, when deep sleep falls on people as they lie in their beds. He whispers in their ears and terrifies them with warnings. He makes them turn from doing wrong; he keeps them from pride. He protects them from the grave, from crossing over the river of death.”
God is always speaking to us; the question is are we listening? Just like God had promised Israel that He would bless them if they would obey, the same is true for us. In Joel 2:12-13 (NLT), the prophet gave A Call to Repentance…
“That is why the Lord says, “Turn to me now, while there is time. Give me your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning. Don’t tear your clothing in your grief, but tear your hearts instead.” Return to the Lord your God, for he is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He is eager to relent and not punish.”
And just a few verses late in Joel 2:28 (NLT), the Lord made this promised:
“Then, after doing all those things,
I will pour out my Spirit upon all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy.
Your old men will dream dreams,
and your young men will see visions.”
The amazing thing is that throughout history, God has been speaking to us, calling us back to Himself, desiring a relationship with you and I! You may be saying to yourself, these passages are all from the Old Testament well I am glad you asked. In Acts 2:17 (NLT), as Peter was addressing the people on the Day of Pentecost, he quoted Joel 2:28!
“‘In the last days,’ God says,
‘I will pour out my Spirit upon all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy.
Your young men will see visions,
and your old men will dream dreams.”
I truly believe that we are living in the last days and that God is pouring out His Spirit for all who will seek Him… Today, you have the choice, will you open the book and find out for yourself!
I love the Bible and all that it offers…HOPE, LOVE and the PROMISE that God will never leave us or forsake us, as well as the truth of Romans 10:13 (NLT)…
“For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.””
The choice is yours!
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