2 Kings Chapter 5:20-6:23

Seeing What God Sees


We have been working our way thru 2 Kings on Wed pm - 

A) Sunday in-depth look at Elisha-


B) We saw a couple of Sunday’s ago – Story of Namaan Syrian General


C) Great man / Honorable man / Mighty man of Valor – {Self made man –But a Leper


D) NO CURE – doomed – {Servant go see Elisha


So Namaan goes to Israel to see Elisha – Caravan load of gold and silver – Garments

A) He is going to approach this the way that he doesn’t everything else – Make it happen


B) Elisha doesn’t even come out to meet him –

1) Go wash – 7 times – Namaan is Furious


C) Servant – If he would have told you to do something great …………………


D) Namaan Humbles himself – goes to wash

1) He is cleansed


Great lesson in how God resist the Proud and gives grace to the humble

A) Namaan rushes back to Elisha and wants to give him a gift a present


B) Elisha refuses the gift: Can’t pay God – you can’t buy grace.


C) Namaan wants some dirt – Wants to take some of Israel home with him – {Values have changed.

1) He is now going to worship Jehovah.


D) Namaan is more excited about the dirt he is bringing back than the silver & gold

1) He is now more excited about eternal things than all the treasures this world has to offer.


E) The story of Namaan is a great story- Ended there awesome – but it doesn’t

1) The story is tainted by Gehazi the Servant of Elisha {Covetous servant


F) Gehazi is earthly minded – Gehazi thinks Elisha is wrong not to take the money

1) He sees this as an opportunity to capitalize on the grace of God                          2 Kings 5:20

But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said, "Look, my master has spared Naaman this Syrian, while not receiving from his hands what he brought; but as the LORD lives, I will run after him and take something from him."

Now can you hear the disdain in Gehazi’s voice here. Naaman this Syrian,

A) Gehazi doesn’t see Namaan as a brother now – but as a Syrian


B) Interesting that Gehazi – uses the phrase that Elisha says in V.16  as the Lord lives –

1) but leaves off the last part – before whom I stand.


C) See we know that God lives – but do we stand in his presence.


D) Because Gehazi has no real desire to be surrendered to the Lord in that way

1) Gehazi Sees Namaan as someone he can get something from – not give something to.


E) So he runs after Namaan's Chariot and catches it

1) Amazing how fast someone can run when there are pursuing money.

                                                RD v.21-27



Talk about being Busted


A San Diego Police officer  pulled a car over and told the driver that because he had been wearing his seat belt, he had just won $5,000 in the statewide safety competition. "What are you going to do with the money?" asked the policeman. "Well, I guess I'll going to go to driving school and get my driver's license," he answered.

 "His wife who was sitting next to him in the passenger seat – said Oh, don't listen to him," "He's a smart aleck when he's drunk."

This woke up the guy in the back seat, who took one look at the cop and moaned, "I knew we wouldn't get far in a stolen car." At that moment, there was a knock from the trunk and a voice said, "Are we over the border yet?"



27 Therefore the leprosy of Naaman shall cling to you and your descendants forever." And he went out from his presence leprous, as white as snow.


Now why did God Judge Gehazi so harshly here.

A)Gehazi is presenting a picture here of a God who is in need.


B) God hates that – TV preachers– We are going to go off the air – if you don’t give

1) Great go off the air! {Don’t prop up


C) Listen God is not about to file bankruptcy!

1) And yet there are those who make it seem that way.




God is a giver – He paid the price – Finished

A) Nothing we can do to add to the work of God


B) But when a person or ministry makes God seem like He is in need – Biggest insult in the world


C) God owns cattle on a thousand hills – He doesn’t have need – He meets Needs


Question: Why does God ask us to give – to tithe?

A) Answer not because He the need for us to give


B) But God knows that we need to give – Giving makes us a giver like Him


C) And although God doesn’t need us to help Him do anything – He likes to give us the Privilege or Partnering


D) He knows that things we invest in – Mean more to us. -  He wants us to invest in the Kingdom

1) Building – God can & will miraculously provide

But at the same time – He wants to work thru us!


We see an example of that in the Next story Ch.6

RD V.1-7

A) We looked at this story in our last Sun am time together – from the personal individual pt of view


B) How we can lose that cutting edge – Steps to get it back – {Power that is borrowed – Power of HS

Tonight I want to consider this story from the perspective of what we can glean about building

A) This is great at a time when the nation is suffering from Apostasy – School of ministry is growing


B) There is a need for a larger facility –

1) They are going to start a building project


C) Question could God have miraculously had a new facility appear? Absolutely –

1) But that is not what he chooses to do – Instead these guys are going to work & sweat together


D) But when they are finished – They are going to be closer to the Lord – Closer to each other

1) That building is going to mean so much more to them because of the investment they would make in it


E) Lessons about Building {What is needed


1) There was a WILLINGNESS to Work

. A) These students in Elisha's college knew how to work, and they were not above doing their own work.


B) Willingness to get their hands dirty – God was going to unify in this work


2)  There was a UNITY of Purpose – Nehemiah – they had a mind to work – to pitch in.

1) Our Building project – Aspects that we do.

2) Unified in the work

3) The project was approached in a DISCIPLINED MANNER.

A) They sought Elisha’s counsel before starting the project –


B) Godly counsel – from other Leaders



A) Guy lost his Axe head – Problem – that stopped the work


B) Every expansion project encounters such problems –

1) Hang ups – We need to cry out to the Lord



A) Elisha throws in a stick and the Lord caused the iron to float.


B) God is going to provide supernatural help when needed –

1) Look forward to hearing the testimony of God’s grace and what he does.


C) But note – once God caused the iron to float –the man had to pick it up.

1) Conceivably, God could have arranged a way for the ax head to appear right in the man’s hand without any effort on his part.


D) But this miracle worked in a familiar way – God did the part only He could do, but He left to man the part that he could do.

1) The man needed to reach out and retrieve the Ax head


Pray for wisdom: Project – God needs to move in the miraculous - - Provision/ approval

A) Project has been moving a long with out any hip cups –


B) But it has been going a snails pace –

1) Part of the way it is now in Vista6mths behind


C) We might be able to do some things that could help speed up the process

1) Need direction – don’t want to strive

2) Not a Politician


C) Pray for wisdom: I know that there are things that only God can do –

1) But I want to make sure that we are doing all that God would have us to do.

2) Sensitivity to know the difference.


D) See God is way more involved in things than we think!

1) The next Story illustrates that perfectly.




The King of Syria is trying to embark upon some surprise ambushes of Israel

A) But each time his plan is carried out it seems that Israel was ready for it.


B) The Syrian King is convinced that there is a traitor in his midst –

1) Until one of his servants possibly Namaan says – It is not a traitor it is Elisha


C) He tells the king of Israel the words that you speak in your bedroom


So the King of Syria dispatches a great army w/ Horses and Chariots to Dothan for one man

A) This is another reason I think the servant might have been Namaan –


B) I am sure if this was Namaan he probably talked about the greatness of Jehovah & his Prophet

1) Consequently the Kings sends a massive group

Big enough to surround the whole city


C) Well early in the morning Elisha’s servant goes out and sees this massive army freaks –

1) Alas – Gadzooks ……………….


When Elisha comes out – He is all calm – He is not alarmed –

A) I am sure the servant is thinking – what is wrong with this guy we have had it.

B) Elisha responds – Hey don’t fear man – those who are with us are more than those with them

1) Again the servant doesn’t get it – “There isn’t anyone with us” –


C) Elisha Prays – open his eyes –


What he sees is an army of Angels

A) We need that spiritual perception – there is any Army of Angels around us constantly


B) The Spiritual battle – Pull back the clouds


C) Quantum Physics – talking other dimensions – they say you are so insightful

1) Christian starts talking about other dimensions and we are nuts ….KOOKS


But it is true right now – in the spiritual realm there is a battle

A) Daniel Prayed – Satan delayed the angel who was bringing the answer– Michael came to the rescue


B) Angels are Ministering spirits – Battling


C) Greater is he that is in us than he that is in the world.





We need to pray for Spiritual perception.

A) Job said I look to the right hand Don’t see you

Look to the left – I don’t see you


B) But I see your work happening all around me!


For that reason Job declared

Job 23:11-12

11 My foot has held fast to His steps;

I have kept His way and not turned aside.

12 I have not departed from the commandment of His lips;

I have treasured the words of His mouth

More than my necessary food. 


C) We need to have that spiritual perception that comes from the Word of God


Unless a person is born again can’t see the kingdom

The things of the Kingdom are nonsense

A) Those who are Born again – Spiritual perception begin to see God’s hand


B) Learn from Studying God’s word that God often moves in the Mysterious


C) So when we are in a tight Jam we need to remember – Jesus words   Hebrews 13:5-6

For He Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you."   6 So we may boldly say:


"The LORD is my helper;

I will not fear.

What can man do to me?"  


Psalm 27:1, 3, 5-6

The LORD is my light and my salvation;

Whom shall I fear?

The LORD is the strength of my life;

Of whom shall I be afraid?

3 Though an army may encamp against me,

My heart shall not fear;

Though war may rise against me,

In this I will be confident.


5 For in the time of trouble

He shall hide me in His pavilion;

In the secret place of His tabernacle

He shall hide me;

He shall set me high upon a rock.


6 And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me;



So this servant's eyes were open to see the Spiritual dimension that Elisha saw – that the Syrians saw

A) Then Elisha prayed that the Syrians would be blinded


                   RD V.18-23



Instead of SMITING them Elisha FED them

Great provision was made for them.

A) Paul the Apostle tells us how we are to treat our enemies.


Romans 12:20-21

"If your enemy is hungry, feed him;

If he is thirsty, give him a drink;

For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head."  


21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.


B) COALS OF FIRE ON HIS HEAD does NOT mean: “I’ll burn him by being good to him; I’ll torture him with kindness”


C) In Biblical times, if the fire in your house went out, you would go from house to house with a pot on your head and borrow some coals in order to rekindle the fire in your house.


D) SO you would place burning coals upon their head - NOT to burn them out, but to WARM them up.


E) They needed the coals because the fire had gone out and things had grown cold.



So the implication here spiritually is that your kindness to them is going to bring them around

A) It is going to get the fire burning in them again


B) You will win them over by good – not destroy them by evil.


C) So Elisha says feed them and send them home

1) result was they didn’t attack again for a while


D) There is a time lapse between V.23-24


4 Things in closing:

1) God is able to deal with those like Gehazi who seek to fleece the flock of God.


Sheep & Goats – We cast out demons –did miracles He will say: Depart from me………


2) God is able to restore the cutting edge


3) God is able to take care of a whole Army.


4) Elisha is a type of Christ in dealing with sinners


In this story we see a picture of Salvation

A) We were blinded eyes opened – he fed us


Song of Solomon  2:4 He brought me to the banqueting table, and his banner over me was love.