Elisha and the Syrians part 2: the Blindness

This next part is funny. Story continued from verse 18 of 2Kings 6.

When the Syrians started coming down towards Elisha, he prayed to Jehovah: “Please, strike this nation with blindness.” So Jehovah struck the Syrians with blindness.

Then Elisha said to the (blinded) Syrians, who couldn’t of course recognize him, “This is not the way, and this is not the city. Follow me, and let me conduct you to the man you look for.”  Basically telling them “You’re in the wrong place. I’ll show you where Elisha is, just follow me.”

Then he took them to Samaria. As soon as they reached Samaria, Elisha prayed again and said “O Jehovah, open the eyes of these that they may see.” Immediately Jehovah opened their eyes, and they got to see; and here they were in the middle of Samaria.

From verse 21: ‘The king of Israel now said to Elisha as soon as he saw them: “Shall I strike them down, shall I strike them down, my father?” But he said: “You must not strike them down. Are those whom you have taken captive with your sword and with your bow the ones that you are striking down? Set bread and water before them that they may eat and drink and go to their lord.”‘

So the king of Israel didn’t strike down the Syrians, he spread a great feast for them, and they ate it then left.

‘And not once did the marauding bands of the Syrians come again into the land of Israel.’

This was a peaceful ending for all involved. What was particularly striking for me was the blindness Jehovah put upon the people who wanted to get Elisha. We can pray to God and ask for anything.

As Jesus later said, Ask anything in my name and you will receive, (as long as it’s in Jehovah’s will.)

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