One thing really neat about the Bible
is that it is always teaching and showing
us new ideas concerning eternal truths,
often couched in story form.
For instance, right now we are reading
the marvelous story of the four lepers
sitting outside the gate of Samaria
(found in the seventh chapter of Second
Here are four lepers, probably with some
horrible, physical disfigurations and noted to
be spiritually unclean according to the religious
laws of the land at that time.
They must have been sitting outside the city
for several days because they were literally
staving to death. In all their misery, they no doubt
had engagedin their own little pity party. Suddenly,
one of the speaks up and says...
"Why sit we here until we die. We will stave if we
stay here and will stave if we go back into the city,
so we might as well go out and surrender to the
Syrian army. If they let us live so much the better;
but if they kill us, we would have died anyway."
So these four lepers rose to their feet, went out
into the Syrian camp and found it totally abandoned,
with an abundance of food and treasures galore
Oh, ye that feel leprous and downtrodden, let us
not be afraid of our future, instead, let us stand
on our feet, and with the Lord's help, get moving
and go forward. Go forward with faith and trust
in our Lord.