The Honor Of Lepers
Why sit here until we die?
2 Kings Chapters 6 & 7
- YaHuWaH is presenting to the minds of many, divinely appointed precious gems of truth, appropriate for our time. YaHuWaH has rescued these truths from the companionship of error, and has placed them in their proper framework. When these truths are given their rightful position in YaHuWaH’s great plan, when they are presented intelligently and earnestly, with reverential awe by YaHuWaH’s servants, many will conscientiously believe because of the weight of evidence, without waiting for every supposed difficulty (which may suggest itself to their minds), to be removed.
COUNSEL FROM COLOSSIANS 1
Along with Paul, this is our prayer for those that are searching for Yahusha’s end time truths.
9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cause to pray for you, and the desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;
10 That ye might walk worthy of the Master unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of YaHuWaH;
12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light;
13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son.
A Lesson From the Lepers
This is a very interesting Scriptural account about some lepers that were definitely not part of society. However, at the end of the story, everyone is grateful for these four beggarly lepers. You would be too.
The details in this story reveal the ‘new day’ begins with ‘dawn’ … not ‘sunset’ the day before. We might feel lepers have nothing to contribute to us or society; that they are not educated, refined in culture – and certainly they don’t seem to care for others because they are so needy themselves.
As we begin our search, there may be some questions:
- Would you be wondering how these four rejected lepers of society could possibly understand when YaHuWaH’s new 24-hour cycle begins?
- Do they have knowledge that would contribute to our understanding?
- Will we choose to learn something from the lepers?
- Or, will we learn something we were not expecting?
We Should Know By Now
- After a thorough examination of YaHuWaH’s Calendar for day-start, month-start, and year-start, there should be a good understanding that His Covenant of the Day begins with LIGHT – in the morning – the moment when night is over and the new day enters.
- With over 35 Bible Testimonies, (along with the strongest witness in the ministry of Yahusha), these shouldn’t be any reason, or need, to examine yet another ‘day-start’ study.
- However, this Leper Study has a special purpose for those aligning with the Eternal Calendar. The experience of the Lepers is one that many of us will go through in these last end times.
THE LEPERS HAVE SOMETHING TO TEACH US!
2 Kings 6:30-31
King Jehoram’s Threat to Elisha
30 And it came to pass, when the king heard the words of the woman, that he rent his clothes; and he passed by upon the wall, and the people looked, and, behold, he had sackcloth within upon his flesh.
31 Then he said, YaHuWaH do so and more also to me, if the head of Elisha the son of Shaphat shall stand on him this day.
Question: Which day? A ‘day’ that ends at sunset, or a ‘day’ that ends with the break of daylight?
2 Kings 6:32-33
Elisha Has No Fear
32 But Elisha sat in his house [on that day], and the elders sat with him; and the king sent a man from before him: but ere the messenger came to him, he said to the elders, See he how this son of a murderer hath sent to take away mine head [this day]? Look, when the messenger cometh, shut the door, and hold him fast at the door: is not the sound of his master’s feet behind him?
33 And while he yet talked with them, behold, the messenger [of the king] came down unto him [this day]: and he said, Behold, this evil is of YaHuWaH; why should I wait for YaHuWaH any longer?
2 Kings 7:1
What was Elisha’s Response?
1 And Elisha said, “Hear the word of YaHuWaH. Thus saith YaHuWaH, 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.
2 Then a lord on whose hand the king leaned answered the man of YaHuWaH, and said, Behold, if YaHuWaH 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.
Question: Is King Jehoram’s referral to ‘this day’ the same as Elisha’s referral to his ‘tomorrow’?
2 Kings 7:3-5
The Lepers Have a Plan
3 And 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?
4 If 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.
5 And 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.
2 Kings 7:6,7
The Syrians Flee
And why did the Syrians flee in such terrified haste?
6 For YaHuWaH 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 Yisra’El hath hired against us the kings of the Hittites, and the kings of the Egyptians, to come upon us.
- YaHuWaH had created a miracle that terrified the Syrians to the bone! They fled with only the clothes on their backs!
7 Wherefore 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.
- Which twilight? According to the definitions, this can be ‘evening’ or ‘morning’ twilight. Confirmation follows in verse 12.
2 Kings 7:8
Miracles & Surprises for the Lepers
- Upon entering the camp, the hungry lepers began feasting on all the food and stashing valuable items. However, it is very important to note the honorable thoughts of the lepers!
8 And the these lepers came to the uttermost part of the camp, they went into one tent, and did eat and drink, and carried thence selver, 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.
2 Kings 7:9
Lepers Avoid the Consequences
9 Then 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 [punishment] will come upon us: now therefore come, that we may go and tell the king’s household.
Does it not appear the leper’s ‘day’ ended with the morning light?
2 Kings 7:10
Lepers Share the Good News
10 So 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.
2 Kings 7:11-12
News for King Jehoram
11 And he called the porters; and they told it to the king’s house within.
12 And 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.
- Arose in the night [this is after the former evening ‘twilight’].
2 Kings 7:13-15
King Jehoram Investigates
13 And 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 Yisra’El that are left in it: behold, I say, they are even as all the multitude of the Yisraelites that are consumed) and let us send and see.
14 They took therefore two chariot horses; and the king sent after the host of they Syrians, saying, Go and see.
15 And 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.
2 Kings 7:16-17
The Siege is Over!
16 And 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 YaHuWaH.
17 And the king appointed the lord on whose had he leaned to have the charge of the gat: and the people trode upon him in the gate, and he died, as the man of YaHuWaH had said, who spake when the king came down to him.
2 Kings 7:18-20
Elisha’s Prophecy Fulfilled
18 And it came to pass as the man of YaHuWaH 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:
19 And the lord answered the man of YaHuWaH, and said, Now, behold, if YaHuWaH should make windows in heaven, might such a things be? And he said, Behold, thou shalt see it with thine eyes, but shalt not eat thereof.
20 And so it fell out unto him: for the people trode upon him in the gate, and he died.
Is Everyone’s ‘day’ on the Same Page?
King Jehoram’s ‘Day’
- King Jehoram was the son of the very wicked King Ahab of the northern tribes of Yisra’El.
- Most of the time the kings of Yisra’El followed the pagan ways of worship and led the people to practice these wicked ways.
- Who knows whether King Jehoram was honoring YaHuWaH’s ‘Covenant of the Day’ at this time?!
- Or, will the details in this account reveal the truth about this matter?
When is ‘King Jehoram’s Day’?
The terminology around the events of King Jehoram is given as ‘this day’.
2 Kings 6:26 And as the king of Yisra’El [King Jehoram] was passing by upon the wall …
2 Kings 6:31 Then he said, YaHuWaH do so and more also to me, if the head of Elisha the son of Shaphat shall stand on him this day.
- According to the context, this event is taking place during the Day Season hours, not the evening, or Night Season.
- Jehoram’s threat to Elisha is to be carried out on this day.
- Which day is ‘this day’? A ‘day’ that ends at sunset, or a ‘day’ that ends with the break of daylight.
LET’S EXAMINE THE TWO CHOICES:
When is Elisha’s ‘Day’?
The terminology around the events of Elisha is given as ‘tomorrow’.
2 Kings 6:32 But Elisha sat in his house [on that ‘same day’ of the king’s proclamation], and the elders sat with him … he said to the elders, See ye how this son of a murderer hath sent to take away mine head [this day]? Look, when the messenger cometh, shut the door, and hold him fast as the door …
2 Kings 6:33 And while he [Elisha] yet talked with them, behold, the messenger came down unto him [this day] …
2 Kings 7:1 And Elisha said, ‘Hear the word of YaHuWaH. Thus saith YaHuWaH, 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.
Prophet Elisha’s ‘Day’
- The prophet Elisha would have kept and taught YaHuWaH’s Covenant Laws including the Laws of Moses and the Covenant of the Day. (see Jer 33:20-26)
- He would have understood the day begins with morning <boqer>, or the first light that breaks the day.
The Leper’s ‘Day’
- The Lepers were from Samaria, ruled by King Jehoram.
- We do not know the length of time they were living outside the city gate.
- If the people of Samaria were following King Jehoram’s ways, including how he honored the ‘day-start’ – is it possible the Lepers were following the same pattern?
- Or, were the Lepers practicing al alternative ‘day-start’?
- Or, does it matter?
- Note: The Lepers will have the clues to solve this whole mystery!
When is the Leper’s ‘Day’?
The terminology around the events of the Lepers is given as ‘twilight’ and ‘morning light”.
2 Kings 7:5 And they [the Lepers] rose up in the twilight to go unto the camp …
2 Kings 7:7 Wherefore they [the Syrians] arose and fled in the twilight … [they] fled for their life.
2 Kings 7:8 And when these lepers came to the uttermost part of the camp [after the evening twilight], the [found the camp deserted]!
2 Kings 7:9 Then they said one to another, We do not well: this day is a day of good tidings … if we tarry till the morning light, some mischief will come upon us …
There is more information in the Scriptures for the Lepers than for the King, or for Elisha.
Some of the Facts for the Lepers:
The Lepers Found Bread in Their Time
- Times were tough. The city was under siege.
- People thought they were safe locked behind walls, but they were starving.
- The Lepers were considered ‘unclean’ and tossed outside the city.
- The Lepers had no choice but to go and look for food or die.
- When they looked, food was provided.
- The ‘unclean Lepers’ were the ones that brought the good report of ‘free food’ to those starving inside the walls of the city.
- ‘That day’ the people were thankful for the Lepers.
Leper’s Lesson: If you get, give!
How Does This Testimony Relate To Us?
YaHuWaH’s Children Find Bread at the End times
- In the end times, we will have tough times as well. We may be under siege in a spiritual way.
- Christians feel they are safe locked behind the walls of the church. But, many of them are starving.
- Bible students that are finding newly discovered truths are often considered ‘unclean’ and shunned by fellow church members.
- These dear ones have no choice but to go and search for ‘living bread’ or die spiritually.
- When they search, YaHuWaH provides them with the best ‘bread’.
- Although labeled as ‘unclean’ they attempt to share their treasured food with starving souls in the church.
- Unlike the story of the Lepers, many in the churches/fellowships are not thankful for the ‘living bread’ of the so-called unclean.
Will we be subjected to a ‘Leper’ experience?
Would honoring ‘sunset’ be considered fellowship with ‘darkness’?
COUNSEL FROM EPHESIANS 5:11,13
11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
13 … all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.
What does it mean to reprove others?
COUNSEL FROM 1 THESS 5
1 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.
4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
7 For they that sleep sleep in the night, and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.
6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.
5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
Our Lesson: If you learn, teach!
How easy is it to share what you have learned?
Share gently, like Yahusha, remembering everyone has a choice.
Share what you have found, but …
Allow the Ruach to Convict!
However do remember: When defending what one considers to be sound Biblical principles, (that are considered as fundamental articles of faith), it is important to use sound Biblical arguments that will endure the highest scrutiny.
- Would the worship statutes qualify as a ‘fundamental article of faith’ in these last days?
- Does that link to following our Master completely – according to His Covenant of the Day?
Highest WORDS of Recommendation
1 Peter 3:15 & Col 4:6
1 Peter 3:15 But sanctify YaHuWaH in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.
Col 4:6 Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
The Final Goal: A Peculiar People
1 Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light:
Isa 9:2 The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: (see also Matt 4:16)
Luke 8:17 For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any things hid, that shall not be known and come abroad.
Luke 12:2 For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known.
Mandate For A Peculiar People
2 Timothy 2
2 And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.
7 Consider what I say, and may YaHuWaH give you understanding in all things.
15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to YaHuWaH, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
24 And a servant of YaHuWaH must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient,
25 in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if YaHuWaH perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth … NKJV