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Kingdom Warrior - Part 6, Unlikely Heroes
Ricky Page - September 10, 2017

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Pastor Ricky filled in for Pastor Miles today, who is away this weekend supporting his mom who is ill with cancer.

Many people have felt themselves to be disqualified from being Kingdom Warriors. But the truth is that no Christ follower can be disqualified.

During this Kingdom Warriors series, it has come to light that many people have felt themselves to be disqualified from being Kingdom Warriors. But the truth is that no Christ follower can be disqualified, no matter your current circumstances, your past, your fears, or anything else that seems to stand in your way. You are not alone. People all around you are experiencing the same feelings that you are, so don’t disqualify yourself!

Maybe you feel that you can be a Kingdom Warrior once you get your act together - but that is a lie planted by your spiritual enemy who seeks to silence you, to rip you off from knowing the truth of God’s Word, and to destroy you, rendering you useless for God’s kingdom. He wants you to sit and do nothing to further the kingdom of God! If that has been your practice, at the end of today’s message, there is one simple thing that you can do to take hope and begin.

Our passage today is from 2 Kings 7, and the context is that King Solomon has died and the kingdom has split into the northern and southern kingdoms. The northern kingdom, Samaria, protected their capital by building an impenetrable wall. Because their wall could not be felled, their Syrian enemies laid siege to the city by camping out around it. No one was able to pass in or out of the city, and thus the people were starving. The citizens complain to the king, who blames Elisha, but Elisha encourages the people that their circumstances are about to change, due to the actions of four unlikely heroes.

Now there were four leprous men at the entrance of the gate; and they said to one another, “Why are we sitting here until we die? If we say, ‘We will enter the city,’ the famine is in the city, and we shall die there. And if we sit here, we die also. Now therefore, come, let us surrender to the army of the Syrians. If they keep us alive, we shall live; and if they kill us, we shall only die.” And they rose at twilight to go to the camp of the Syrians; and when they had come to the outskirts of the Syrian camp, to their surprise no one was there. For the Lord had caused the army of the Syrians to hear the noise of chariots and the noise of horses—the noise of a great army; so they said to one another, “Look, the king of Israel has hired against us the kings of the Hittites and the kings of the Egyptians to attack us!” Therefore they arose and fled at twilight, and left the camp intact—their tents, their horses, and their donkeys—and they fled for their lives. And when these lepers came to the outskirts of the camp, they went into one tent and ate and drank, and carried from it silver and gold and clothing, and went and hid them; then they came back and entered another tent, and carried some from there also, and went and hid it.

Then they said to one another, “We are not doing right. This day is a day of good news, and we remain silent. If we wait until morning light, some punishment will come upon us. Now therefore, come, let us go and tell the king’s household.” So they went and called to the gatekeepers of the city, and told them, saying, “We went to the Syrian camp, and surprisingly no one was there, not a human sound—only horses and donkeys tied, and the tents intact.” And the gatekeepers called out, and they told it to the king’s household inside. 2 Kings 7:3-11

In Biblical times, leprosy was thought to be extremely contagious, and thus the afflicted were cast out of society. In this passage, four lepers are living just outside of the city. They realize that if they remain where they are, they will die from starvation, but if they enter the city, their circumstances will not improve. Facing certain death with either of the first two options, the lepers realize that a third option is the only one that offers them a slim chance at life: to approach the enemy camp.

1. A Kingdom Warrior recognizes that he has nothing to lose.

And they rose at twilight to go to the camp of the Syrians; and when they had come to the outskirts of the Syrian camp, to their surprise no one was there. (v.5)

Their best chance at survival was to wait until the sun went down, when the enemy camp would likely have eaten and be tired. They had no other plan than this – not to die!

For the Lord had caused the army of the Syrians to hear the noise of chariots and the noise of horses—the noise of a great army; so they said to one another, “Look, the king of Israel has hired against us the kings of the Hittites and the kings of the Egyptians to attack us!” Therefore they arose and fled at twilight, and left the camp intact—their tents, their horses, and their donkeys—and they fled for their lives. And when these lepers came to the outskirts of the camp, they went into one tent and ate and drank, and carried from it silver and gold and clothing, and went and hid them; then they came back and entered another tent, and carried some from there also, and went and hid it. (v. 6-8)

These four unlikely heroes were successful because the Lord caused them to be successful; He gave them favor. These men were not miraculously healed but they have come across life, food, and wealth to save them. Are you recognizing the blessings that God places in your life, even if things are not going perfectly the way you planned? Sometimes it takes humility to receive what God brings to us.

Then they said to one another, “We are not doing right. This day is a day of good news, and we remain silent. If we wait until morning light, some punishment will come upon us. Now therefore, come, let us go and tell the king’s household.” So they went and called to the gatekeepers of the city, and told them, saying, “We went to the Syrian camp, and surprisingly no one was there, not a human sound—only horses and donkeys tied, and the tents intact.” And the gatekeepers called out, and they told it to the king’s household inside. (v. 9-11)

Notice that these men almost immediately realize that the goods and food they find are not only for their own benefit, but for the benefit of their city under siege – even a city that has shunned them. They receive the gifts and share the gifts.

2. Kingdom warriors share the goodness.

The blessings God has given you – material things as well as spiritual gifts – are not only for your own blessing, but for the blessing of others. Enjoy the goodness of God, but don’t forget to pass it on.

Because the Lord allows us the privilege of being the bearers of good news, Pastor Ricky invited us to take part in one simple challenge this week: think of one person who needs the love of God and invite him or her to church. Participating in this challenge makes you a Kingdom Warrior, regardless of the response you receive!

Kingdom Warrior

This 9-part series examines scriptures that look into God’s Kingdom and our place within it. In Part 6, Pastor Ricky recounts the story of four unlikely heroes in 2 Kings to relay how we should conduct ourselves in difficult situations.

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