September 2021 Featured Article
The Blind Syrians Captured Part 2
Therefore he sent horses and chariots and a great army there, and they came by night and surrounded the city. And when the servant of the man of God arose early and went out, there was an army, surrounding the city with horses and chariots. And his servant said to him, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?”
So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” And Elisha prayed, and said, “Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. So when the Syrians came down to him, Elisha prayed to the Lord, and said, “Strike this people, I pray, with blindness.” And He struck them with blindness according to the word of Elisha. (2 Kings 6:14-18)
Come back again with me to the city of Dothan, this time from the perspective of the Syrian army.
You remember, they were the ones whose location and strategy were being disclosed directly to Elisha the Israelite prophet. Yeah, that would have been a tense week with everyone going in for lie-detector tests.
It comes out that no one is a snitch, except for Elisha’s God. New plan: lets take care of Elisha so we can fight a proper war with Israel. Normally their strategy would have worked—surround the city and demand Elisha’s surrender. What they hadn’t planned on was The Snitch.
Imagine with me. The Syrians have done the research and positioned themselves in such a way that there is no way they can lose. They did everything right. Suddenly they are struck with blindness ‘according to the word of Elisha’. Elisha then leads them to the city of Samaria, about twelve miles away. The commentary in the Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible says the blindness quite possibly a mental blindness or confusion.
After all, the Syrians had already plotted the course to Dothan, they were already there. Elisha leads them on a 2–4-hour hike to the middle of the capitol city. What was going through the Syrians’ heads? They allowed themselves to be redirected and rerouted. (Don’t forget these guys are each under a lot of pressure to determine they aren’t feeding information to Elisha.) I can’t imagine they would have followed the prophet willingly. When they are released from the blindness (physical or mental) they look around and suddenly they are the ones surrounded and held for hostage.
Even more amazing the ones who were their enemies had extended grace and favor. The Syrians were fed a banquet and sent on their way with no retaliation.
Have you ever had everything planned out to a ‘t’ only to wake up and the tables have turned?
Have you ever had the opportunity to turn the tables around and bless the one who opposes you?
Let me tell you it changed the Syrians’ lives!!! So the bands of Syrian raiders came no more into the land of Israel.
Jesus said pray for those who persecute you and bless those who curse you. That’s what He did.
Your kindness and grace can change a life!
Who can you bless today?
**All scripture comes from the NKJV Bible