1 Corinthians 13; 2 Kings 7:3-20; Jonah 2
Times were desparate in Israel. The Syrians had set seige to Samaria. The Israeli people were surviving in part because of canibalism. There seemed to be no hope. Four men with leprosy decided that if they went into the city or stayed where they were, they would die. If they approached the Syrians they would either be killed or be fed – so, taking their only chance they headed for the Syrian camp. They discovered that the Syrians had fled. There were no people but food, silver, gold and all the trappings of the camp were there. They started hauling off the loot and then realized there was a city full of starving people. “Then they said to one another, ‘We are not doing right. Today is a day of good news, and we remain silent. If we wait until morning light, some punishment will come upon us. Now therefore, come, let us go and tell the king’s household.'” (2 Kings 7:9) The hopeless situation became one of joy and hope to the people. Upon hearing the news they rushed the camp and ate and brought food back. This story is a reminder that we are to share good news when we have it. We live in a time when we see people without hope. While they don’t resort to actual physical cannibalism they tear others down and attack who they are as people. We have good news to share with those who oppress and those who are oppressed. Jesus can make a difference. To the oppressor, Jesus gives hope. No longer does the oppressor need to put others down in order to feel good about themselves. To the oppressed, Jesus gives hope. There is freedom in Christ. There is strength to overcome. To those of us in Christ, Jesus gives hope – and a command. Share this good news. Bring hope to the oppressor and to the oppressed. Let them see the joy of Jesus in our words and in our lives.
Lord, it’s too easy for me to stay silent when I should be sharing this great news. Give me the strength to tell others of Your love and of Your grace.