Consider what Ben-Hadad did to the people of the city in 2 Kings 6:24-30.How is he like our arch enemy Satan?What does the Bible say about the real cause of men’s tragedies?
Describe how the king of Israel reacted to the tragic condition of his people (26-31). What does the title “king” suggest about his responsibility for the flock under his care? What shows that he proved to be a false shepherd?
Put yourself in the shoes of the women and their young ones described in verses 26-29.What is the significance of a mother and her children (particularly teens) for humanity? What do these tragedies remind us of in modern society?
Think about the Lord God who provided Israel with the prophet Elisha (see 2 Kings 6:8-23).Then meditate on the conversation between Elisha and the king in 6:32-7:1. The name Elisha means “The Lord is salvation.”What does his name indicate about the Lord God who sent Jesus to the dying world?
Read 2 Kings 7:2.The king was “leaning on the arm” of the officer.What does this indicate about the importance of the man as an “officer” serving the king?What do the words he blurted out show us about him?What warning is there for us to heed in Elisha’s answer to the officer?
Second Kings 7:3-11 tells us that the Lord God used the four lepers to spread the good news to the city besieged by the enemies. What can we learn from the lepers?
Second Kings 7:12-20 describes how the Lord fulfilled Elisha’s prophecy.Who benefited from the good news?Who didn’t?What can we learn from this episode?