* Two men in the same business but with two different goals. * Elisha’s end goal was that God would be brought glory. * Gehazi wanted God to get the glory and himself to get the gold. * Gehazi called Naaman “the Aramean,” fully recognizing he was an enemy to Israel. * He may have thought, “Isn’t the wealth of the wicked stored up for the righteous?” * This was true, but the righteous never have to chase it. * Elisha refused the reward - it was not “the time” to receive rewards. * Elisha’s services weren’t for hire - he was simply to obey God’s command. * But Gehazi had witnessed Elisha’s ossum power for a long time and new now he could cash in. * Notice - the reward came to Elisha - he didn’t have to go after it (even though he refused it). * Gehazi had to run after it - and it was his running that proved his motive - he wanted it bad. * Elisha didn’t say receiving a reward was wrong - he just said it wasn’t the right time. * Gehazi wanted Naaman’s stuff so he got Naaman’s stuff. * He got to keep the gold but he had his leprosy to go along with it. * The same will happen to us when we allow our ambition to take the lead. * If God wants us to have something He’ll bring it to us in His time in His way.
2 Kings 5:20-27 (6/1/17)
Don't Run After It
June 1, 2017 • Benham Brothers
2 Kings 2:19-21 (6/2/16)
SALT • June 2, 2016 • Benham Brothers
• If the land would be healed then the spring that fed the land had to be purified - it needed salt. • We are to be salt in our culture if we want to see our land healed. • The aspects of SALT: • 1) Sustains - put it on a steak and it preserves the steak. • 2) Seasons - it brings out the natural flavors of what it’s applied to. • 3) Startles - smelling salts wakes up the unconscious person. • 4) Sanitizes - gargle with lukewarm salt water when you have a sore throat. • 5) Stings - when it’s cleaning it burns. • 6) Sacrifices - it gives its life for what it’s applied to. • 7) Scatters - salt isn’t meant to be put into a pile. • 8) Small - you never just use one crystal of salt - you need a lot of them. • 9) Strengthens - hikers bring salt tablets to give them strength for a long journey. • 10) Melts Slugs - put salt on a slug and watch what happens.
2 Kings 2 & 4 (7/4/14)
Influence • July 4, 2014 • Benham Brothers
* On two ocassions we see the prophet Elisha being called on to fix something that was broken. * 2:19-21 - The land in his city would not yield any produce because the spring that watered the land was bad. * So what did Elisha do? Notice four things: * 1) He didn't focus on the land - he went directly to the spring. This was the source of the problem. * Clean hands come from a pure heart. * 2) He added salt to the water - Christians are called to be the salt of the world. * Salt enhances and preserves the substance of what it's applied to. * 3) He "threw" the salt in the water - he was aggressive with the evil in the water. * We have to get aggressive with the way we deal with any sin in our hearts. * 4) The salt lost its life! Once you put salt onto or into something you never see it again! * 4:41 - There was famine in the land and one of the prophets added an unknown plant to the stew. * The stew became poisonous - there was now death in the pot. * Notice three things: * 1) The very thing that was supposed to nourish now brought death. * The stew itself wasn't bad - it was the one wild root. We can't let this into our hearts either. * 2) There was already flour in the stew, but it wasn't put there by Elisha. * This is just like christians - we need to "mix" in with the world and bring life to it. * 3) Elisha didn't pour the stew out and start over - he used what was already there but just added life to it. * We must bring life to every situation and person we come in contact with - to breathe life! * Salt influences - if we're not influencing the environment around us we're not being salty.
2 Kings 3:16 (5/29/19)
Making a Miracle • May 30, 2019 • Benham Brothers
* These troops were literally on the brink of death from lack of water. * God told them to dig trenches to prepare for water. * Do what? * They had to do work BEFORE the miracle came. * But they did their part, so God did His. * God is in the miracle working business, but oftentimes we don’t see it in our lives because we haven’t done our part. * EX: My book “Living Among Lions” - I needed a miracle. * vs 22-24 - not only did the water give them nourishment but it defeated their enemy.