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Elisha and the army of fire - part 2

2 Kings 6:18-23
When God delivers the Syrian army into the control of Elisha by making them blind, the prophet shows mercy.
Contributed by Richard Gunther
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In part one of this story, Elisha and his servant found their city surrounded by a small army of Syrian soldiers who had come to capture the prophet. – Slide 1
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But God’s unseen army was there too to protect Elisha – a powerful army of fire. – Slide 2
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God had revealed His army of fire to Elisha and his servant. It was invisible to everyone else. – Slide 3
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As the Syrian army marched towards Elisha’s house, the prophet calmly prayed to the one true God. ‘Lord, make these Syrian soldiers lose their sight.’ – Slide 4
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Suddenly the whole Syrian army became blind. They fumbled around, bumping and barging into each other. – Slide 5
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They tripped, stumbled and dropped their weapons. ‘Where is the prophet’s house?’ they asked. ‘Where did Elisha go?’ – Slide 6
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‘This way! This way!’ Elisha shouted. ‘I know who you are looking for and I will lead you to him. – Slide 7
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He walked down to road towards the city of Samaria with the Syrian army stumbling along behind him. It was a long journey and a very strange sight. – Slide 8
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The Israelites in Samaria, where the King of Israel lived, were amazed to see the Syrian army being led into their city by Elisha. – Slide 9
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Elisha walked through the city gates and then prayed. ‘Lord, please open their eyes so they can see again.’ – Slide 10
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At once the enemy soldiers could see and they stared around in amazement. – Slide 11
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Then they saw where they were! ‘Help! We are in the city of Samaria, surrounded by Israelites, and we have no weapons.’ – Slide 12
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The King of Israel was excited. He had the enemy soldiers just where he wanted them. ‘Shall I kill them?’ he asked Elisha. – Slide 13
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‘No,’ Elisha insisted. ‘You didn’t capture them. You didn’t have to fight them.’<br/>‘What shall I do with them then?’ the King asked. – Slide 14
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‘Feed them,’ said Elisha. ‘Give them food and drink and show them kindness and mercy. Then send them home.’ – Slide 15
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So the King of Israel ordered that all the food in the city be made available to the enemy soldiers. – Slide 16
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When the soldiers had eaten and were full they were told they could leave. They left at once and never came back. – Slide 17
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Elisha did what Jesus tells Christians: do good to your enemies, be kind to those who mistreat you and show love to those who hate you. – Slide 18
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