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Opened Eyes

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Opened Eyes

2 Kings 6:8–12 KJV 1900
8 Then the king of Syria warred against Israel, and took counsel with his servants, saying, In such and such a place shall be my camp. 9 And the man of God sent unto the king of Israel, saying, Beware that thou pass not such a place; for thither the Syrians are come down. 10 And the king of Israel sent to the place which the man of God told him and warned him of, and saved himself there, not once nor twice. 11 Therefore the heart of the king of Syria was sore troubled for this thing; and he called his servants, and said unto them, Will ye not shew me which of us is for the king of Israel? 12 And one of his servants said, None, my lord, O king: but Elisha, the prophet that is in Israel, telleth the king of Israel the words that thou speakest in thy bedchamber.
2 Kings 6:15–17 KJV 1900
15 And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do? 16 And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them. 17 And Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.
As I read and study the Word of God, I am amazed by the insight many people have had…
Spiritual insight to see through eyes not darkened by mortality, but eyes that clearly see the invisible...
Such was the case with Elisha…
In chapter 5, we see the interaction with Gehazi, and how Gehazi was compelled by coveteousness to chase down Namaan to get gifts - talent of Silver and 2 changes of garments...
seems innocent enough, but for the servant of the man of God, materialism wasn’t acceptable...
meany a person has gone wrong in the love of money...
1 Timothy 6:10 KJV 1900
10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
while we are in chapter 6, we find Elisha - still training the sons of the prophets...and also ministering to Joram the King of Israel...
The syrians were making raids into Israel (northern kingdom) and were unsuccessful…
why? because the Lord was giving Elisha the battle plans and Elisha was relaying them to Joram
Joram would then make adjustments to his plans, and the syrians plans would be foiled many times over...
Opened Eyes
1. Opened Eyes Removes Fear
2 Kings 6:15–17 KJV 1900
15 And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do? 16 And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them. 17 And Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.
O if we could have opened eyes… to see the angels of the Lord about us…
There are more of us than of them...
no matter the odds that we can see,
Romans 8:31 KJV 1900
31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
2. Opened Eyes Increases Faith
2 Kings 2:6–15 KJV 1900
6 And Elijah said unto him, Tarry, I pray thee, here; for the Lord hath sent me to Jordan. And he said, As the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. And they two went on. 7 And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went, and stood to view afar off: and they two stood by Jordan. 8 And Elijah took his mantle, and wrapped it together, and smote the waters, and they were divided hither and thither, so that they two went over on dry ground. 9 And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me. 10 And he said, Thou hast asked a hard thing: nevertheless, if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee; but if not, it shall not be so. 11 And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. 12 And Elisha saw it, and he cried, My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. And he saw him no more: and he took hold of his own clothes, and rent them in two pieces. 13 He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the bank of Jordan; 14 And he took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and smote the waters, and said, Where is the Lord God of Elijah? and when he also had smitten the waters, they parted hither and thither: and Elisha went over. 15 And when the sons of the prophets which were to view at Jericho saw him, they said, The spirit of Elijah doth rest on Elisha. And they came to meet him, and bowed themselves to the ground before him.
As we look at the interaction between Elijah the prophet and Elisha the servant, we see how the mantle was passed and it was a visual passing of the baton...
so visual, that Elisha had the faith to attempt a miraculous crossing of the Jordan - is sight of all the sons of the prophets -
His faith had increased...
spiritual insight - Opened Eyes:
Remove Fears
Increase Faith
3. Opened Eyes Embrace Forgiveness
Genesis 50:15–21 KJV 1900
15 And when Joseph’s brethren saw that their father was dead, they said, Joseph will peradventure hate us, and will certainly requite us all the evil which we did unto him. 16 And they sent a messenger unto Joseph, saying, Thy father did command before he died, saying, 17 So shall ye say unto Joseph, Forgive, I pray thee now, the trespass of thy brethren, and their sin; for they did unto thee evil: and now, we pray thee, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of thy father. And Joseph wept when they spake unto him. 18 And his brethren also went and fell down before his face; and they said, Behold, we be thy servants. 19 And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God? 20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive. 21 Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto them.
Remove Fears
Increase Faith
Embrace Forgiveness
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