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Topic: GAMBLE (04/14/16)
- TITLE: Hitting the Jackpot
By Lois Farrow
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The scene that had met their astonished eyes when they came to the camp would long be remembered. Clothes and food were lying in disarray in the tents, water bottles lay abandoned, swords and helmets were strewn along the paths leading into the desert.
Misshapen hands had grabbed hungrily at the scattered food. Never had they seen such plenty. For years the famine had been severe and there had been so little to eat that they were used to surviving on scraps. Now they stuffed themselves hurriedly, an assault on their empty stomachs. Their eyes rested again on the stuff that surrounded them in such abundance. How could they let all this go? And were the owners of these belongings, the Aramean army, coming back any time soon? They must hurry and hide their loot.
But the soldiers didn’t come back. What was going on?
They sat to discuss the matter.
“This is a day of good news,” said one, “we shouldn’t keep it to ourselves. Let’s go at once and report it to the royal palace.”
Leprosy barred them from the city, but they shouted the news to the gatekeepers, who relayed it to the Palace, where the wonderful news was greeted with scepticism.
“It’s a trap,” said the king. “The Arameans know we are starving; they have set a trap.”
“Let’s send a few men,” advised one of his officers. “They can check it out and tell us.” If they come back alive, he thought to himself.
So the king sent two chariots with their drivers to find out what happened. Sure enough they found the Aramean army had fled, scattering belongings and equipment as they went. They brought the news back to the king, who commanded the town criers to broadcast the message. People poured out of the city to plunder the abandoned camp. So much food was brought back that it was sold the next day extremely cheaply, as the prophet had said it would be.
The four lepers sat and watched the crowds streaming back into the city laden with food, clothes, and military equipment.
“Remember,” said one to his companions, “that only yesterday we said if we go into the city we die, if we stay here we die, let’s go to the enemy camp and see if they will have mercy. Our gamble paid off, God made the enemy flee, and now look, everyone has food to eat, including us. I’m so glad we didn’t keep the good news to ourselves.”
Based on 2 Kings chapter 7.
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