It was a desperate time for the city. An enemy army had surrounded it on all sides and no one in the city could leave.
At first, things were okay. They had plenty of food stored up and the water supply was abundant.
That all began to change as the weeks went by.
The situation was getting extreme, to the point that people were eating anything – donkey heads and dove excrement were going for a hefty price.
Then the saddest state of human existence reared its ugly head – cannibalism. They began on the defenseless and innocent – the children.
Mostly ignored by everyone in the city were four diseased stricken men outside the city wall. They were banished and quarantined from the rest. They lived by the garbage dump and survived on what they could scavenge.
But with the horrid conditions inside the city, very little garbage was being thrown out; certainly nothing worth eating.
The four men were also in a desperate situation with no scraps to find they decided to go into the invading army camp. Their reasoning was this, “Why should we sit here waiting to die?” they asked each other. “We will starve if we stay here, but with the famine in the city, we will starve if we go back there. So we might as well go out and surrender to the Aramean army. If they let us live, so much the better. But if they kill us, we would have died anyway.” 2 Kings 7:3-4
They thought it would be better to be a prisoner of war and eat what little would be given than to face certain death outside the city wall.
Unknown to these men and everyone in the city, the invading army had fled the scene believing that they had heard the sound of horses and chariots from an even bigger army hired by the occupants of the city. However, there was no cavalry coming to the rescue.
When the sick men arrived they found the enemy camp abandoned hastily. It seems that they had retreated so quickly they left everything behind.
The men found clothing, weapons, money, and most importantly – food!
They dined and collected and dined and collected some more. They stuffed their faces and slept in the tents. They lived liked kings.
Finally, they said to each other, “This is not right. This is a day of good news, and we aren’t sharing it with anyone! If we wait until morning, some calamity will certainly fall upon us. Come on, let’s go back and tell the people at the palace.” 2 Kings 7:9
Their good news was the invaders were gone and an abundance of food and goods were left behind for the taking.
It seems to me that I have some Good News too.
The enemy, Satan, has you cornered up and starving to death with sin and no hope for the next day.
You gratefully eat the scraps tossed at you by the world – a world that is also starving to death. You will die because your sin will kill you. Ezek 18:4 says this is my rule: The person who sins is the one who will die.
I have Good News for you! The enemy is defeated! Jesus has died for sin, risen from the grave, victorious and we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. Rom 8:37
It is written “Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord God, “That I will send a famine on the land, Not a famine of bread, Nor a thirst for water, But of hearing the words of the Lord.” Amos 8:11
Don’t keep the Good News to yourself. Spread it to those that are starving.