Open Our Eyes Lord
Read 2 Kings 6: 1-20
The company of the prophets said to Elisha, “Look, the place where we meet with you is too small for us. 2 Let us go to the Jordan, where each of us can get a pole; and let us build a place there for us to meet.”
And he said, “Go.”
3 Then one of them said, “Won’t you please come with your servants?”
“I will,” Elisha replied. 4 And he went with them.
They went to the Jordan and began to cut down trees. 5 As one of them was cutting down a tree, the iron axhead fell into the water. “Oh no, my lord!” he cried out. “It was borrowed!”
6 The man of God asked, “Where did it fall?” When he showed him the place, Elisha cut a stick and threw it there, and made the iron float. 7 “Lift it out,” he said. Then the man reached out his hand and took it.
I love how God is always at work. Whether in the simple things of life or in the miraculous. Why did this happen? Just maybe this was a sign given to Elisha’s servant for something else that would blow his mind even more. Let’s continue in 2 Kings 6…
Elisha Traps Blinded Arameans
8 Now the king of Aram was at war with Israel. After conferring with his officers, he said, “I will set up my camp in such and such a place.”
Can I speak a truth to you today? When we see the world at odds with Christians today, this isn’t anything new. All throughout the history of God’s chosen people, nations have been at odds with those who call upon the One true God…the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
This story in 2 Kings depicts a group of people called the Arameans.
The Arameans ) were an ancient Semitic-speaking people in the Middle East in the 1st millennium BC. Aram today is what we know as Syria. Why was the king of Aram at war with Israel? It was all about territory.
Let’s continue on with verse 8 of 2 Kings 6…
9 The man of God sent word to the king of Israel: “Beware of passing that place, because the Arameans are going down there.” 10 So the king of Israel checked on the place indicated by the man of God. Time and again Elisha warned the king, so that he was on his guard in such places.
11 This enraged the king of Aram. He summoned his officers and demanded of them, “Tell me! Which of us is on the side of the king of Israel?”
12 “None of us, my lord the king,” said one of his officers, “but Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the very words you speak in your bedroom.”
Do you understand the power of God at work here? Elisha did not have the King of Aram’s bedroom bugged. This was a supernatural working of the Spirit of God in the prophet Elisha’s life.
13 “Go, find out where he is,” the king ordered, “so I can send men and capture him.” The report came back: “He is in Dothan.” 14 Then he sent horses and chariots and a strong force there. They went by night and surrounded the city.
15 When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?” the servant asked.
16 “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
17 And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
18 As the enemy came down toward him, Elisha prayed to the Lord, “Strike this army with blindness.” So he struck them with blindness, as Elisha had asked.
19 Elisha told them, “This is not the road and this is not the city. Follow me, and I will lead you to the man you are looking for.” And he led them to Samaria.
20 After they entered the city, Elisha said, “Lord, open the eyes of these men so they can see.” Then the Lord opened their eyes and they looked, and there they were, inside Samaria.
Oops. The Israelites had the Aramean army right where they wanted them! In Samaria, in what today is Palestine.
21 When the king of Israel saw them, he asked Elisha, “Shall I kill them, my father? Shall I kill them?”
22 “Do not kill them,” he answered. “Would you kill those you have captured with your own sword or bow? Set food and water before them so that they may eat and drink and then go back to their master.” 23 So he prepared a great feast for them, and after they had finished eating and drinking, he sent them away, and they returned to their master.
So the bands from Aram stopped raiding Israel’s territory.
This is a spiritual battle with obvious conflict between light and darkness playing out before our eyes. Ninety-nine percent of what is going on is beyond what we can sense with our senses. The “real” reality is being played out in the spirit realm, just beyond our senses. Elisha prayed God would provide spiritual eyes to his servant, who was then able to see the army of angels that were there to fight the battle.
Maybe you find yourself in a battle of some sort today, or maybe it has been the entire last year!
I’m here to tell you that you are not alone in your battle!
Don’t be weary. The Lord of heaven’s armies is ready to move.
And move on your behalf. Whatever it is your facing.
And be prepared, things may get worse before they get better.
There have certainly been times in my life when I prayed for God’s intervention and things got worse before they got better. Seriously Lord. I really am trusting you for this. But things are not really improving!
What do we do in that case? We press in.
When it seems like the balance is teetering in the wrong direction, it’s time to press in and push in the spiritual reality.
“Do I bring to the moment of birth and not give delivery?” says the Lord. “Do I close up the womb when I bring to delivery?” says your God. (Is 66:9)
No. He doesn’t.
We cannot forget the power that has been given us through the shedding of the blood of Christ. Our Prince of victory has forever overthrown the enemy. The victory won requires the devil to flee—he has no choice, his power has been crushed.
Look again with me at verse 17 –
And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. (2 Kgs 6:17)
Sometimes we may not finish this story when we read it. Because it seems like the punch line is: God’s all around us, fighting for us in the heavenlies…in the spiritual realms.
But when we read through to verse 20 how does this story end? Maybe how we would expect. After all, in many places in the O.T. if you are not on God’s side things didn’t end well.
But in this story, let’s look again and how God moves…
What’s the punch line? Or, the 2nd punch line?
So the bands from Aram stopped raiding Israel’s territory.
When Aram saw the power of God at work on behalf of the Israelites, they stopped raiding Israel’s territory.
When the enemy see’s God at work, he has to flee.
I am not saying that the enemy is going to stop pestering us. But I believe from this story that the more we live in victory, knowing that the Lord of Angel Armies is on our side, the less influence the enemy will have on our lives regardless of what we are going through.
I want to close this message with a special time of prayer.
If the enemy is messing with you right now…and I don’t care how big or small it is, I’m inviting you to the altar or the front rows so I can pray for you…