Dave Burnette's Commentary

2 Kings Chapter 7

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Jeremiah
Date Penned: (586 BC)
Overview: A History of the Kings of Israel and Judah (c 1-25)
Theme: A Divided Kingdom (c 1-17)
Message: Four Lepers Discover the Abandoned Camp (v 1-20)

2 Kings 7 Commentary 

(7:1-2) God's Word Comes to Pass - When Elisha prophesied God's deliverance, the king's officer said it couldn't happen. The officer's faith and hope were gone, but God's words came true anyway.

(7:4) A Lesson in Faith - Sometimes we become preoccupied with our problems and overestimate our enemies when instead we should be looking for opportunities. Rather than focusing on the negatives, we should expect God to be faithful in all situations. To say that God cannot rescue someone or that a situation is impossible demonstrates a lack of faith.

(7:2) An Officer that Helps the King - "A lord on whose hand the king leaned" could also be translated, "An army officer who assisted the king.'

(7:3-10) Remembering Others - The lepers discovered the deserted camp and realized that their lives had been spared. At first they kept the good news to themselves, forgetting their fellow citizens who were starving in the city. The Good News about Jesus Christ must be shared, too, for no news is more important. We must not forget those who are dying without it. We must not become so preoccupied with our own faith that we neglect sharing it with those around us. Our "good tidings," like that of the lepers, will not "tarry till the morning light."

(7:13) A Desperate Situation - According to the law, lepers were not allowed in the city but were to depend on charity outside the gate (Leviticus 13:45-46; Numbers 5:1-4). Because of the famine and the presence of the Syrian army, their situation was desperate.

(7:19-20) God's Provision - God, not worthless idols, provides our daily food. Although our faith may be weak or very small, we must avoid becoming skeptical of God's provision. When our resources are low and our doubts are the strongest, remember that God can open the windows of heaven.


Dave Burnette's Life Application

Go and Tell Others


Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter, making application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Today we continue the book of 2 Kings with Chapter 7.  In our text, we see the account of the four lepers who discovered the abandoned camp. What catches my eye is how, once these lepers found this camp of supplies, they remembered those they left behind who were still starving. In making an application, we see that we who have been saved and are enjoying the blessings of God have an obligation to tell others we know how Jesus Saves. We must pay this debt; the apostle Paul proclaimed in the Bible. How could I be so selfish as not to tell others what the Lord did for me when I heard the Gospel and was Saved. No matter how you look at it, if saved, you must share the Gospel. How about you? Do you see the obligation to share your testimony with others? Let us learn from our text today and the story of the lepers who found the life-saving provisions at the camp with the obligation to tell others who will perish without someone reaching them and showing them the way.


2 Kings 7

2 Kings 7

 1Then Elisha said, Hear ye the word of the LORD; Thus saith the LORD, To morrow about this time shall a measure of fine flour be sold for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, in the gate of Samaria.

 2Then a lord on whose hand the king leaned answered the man of God, and said, Behold, if the LORD would make windows in heaven, might this thing be? And he said, Behold, thou shalt see it with thine eyes, but shalt not eat thereof.

 3And there were four leprous men at the entering in of the gate: and they said one to another, Why sit we here until we die?

 4If we say, We will enter into the city, then the famine is in the city, and we shall die there: and if we sit still here, we die also. Now therefore come, and let us fall unto the host of the Syrians: if they save us alive, we shall live; and if they kill us, we shall but die.

 5And they rose up in the twilight, to go unto the camp of the Syrians: and when they were come to the uttermost part of the camp of Syria, behold, there was no man there.

 6For the LORD had made the host of the Syrians to hear a noise of chariots, and a noise of horses, even the noise of a great host: and they said one to another, Lo, the king of Israel hath hired against us the kings of the Hittites, and the kings of the Egyptians, to come upon us.

 7Wherefore they arose and fled in the twilight, and left their tents, and their horses, and their asses, even the camp as it was, and fled for their life.

 8And when these lepers came to the uttermost part of the camp, they went into one tent, and did eat and drink, and carried thence silver, and gold, and raiment, and went and hid it; and came again, and entered into another tent, and carried thence also, and went and hid it.

 9Then they said one to another, We do not well: this day is a day of good tidings, and we hold our peace: if we tarry till the morning light, some mischief will come upon us: now therefore come, that we may go and tell the king's household.

 10So they came and called unto the porter of the city: and they told them, saying, We came to the camp of the Syrians, and, behold, there was no man there, neither voice of man, but horses tied, and asses tied, and the tents as they were.

 11And he called the porters; and they told it to the king's house within.

 12And the king arose in the night, and said unto his servants, I will now shew you what the Syrians have done to us. They know that we be hungry; therefore are they gone out of the camp to hide themselves in the field, saying, When they come out of the city, we shall catch them alive, and get into the city.

 13And one of his servants answered and said, Let some take, I pray thee, five of the horses that remain, which are left in the city, (behold, they are as all the multitude of Israel that are left in it: behold, I say, they are even as all the multitude of the Israelites that are consumed:) and let us send and see.

 14They took therefore two chariot horses; and the king sent after the host of the Syrians, saying, Go and see.

 15And they went after them unto Jordan: and, lo, all the way was full of garments and vessels, which the Syrians had cast away in their haste. And the messengers returned, and told the king.

 16And the people went out, and spoiled the tents of the Syrians. So a measure of fine flour was sold for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, according to the word of the LORD.

 17And the king appointed the lord on whose hand he leaned to have the charge of the gate: and the people trode upon him in the gate, and he died, as the man of God had said, who spake when the king came down to him.

 18And it came to pass as the man of God had spoken to the king, saying, Two measures of barley for a shekel, and a measure of fine flour for a shekel, shall be to morrow about this time in the gate of Samaria:

 19And that lord answered the man of God, and said, Now, behold, if the LORD should make windows in heaven, might such a thing be? And he said, Behold, thou shalt see it with thine eyes, but shalt not eat thereof.

 20And so it fell out unto him: for the people trode upon him in the gate, and he died.