Destroying Our Enemies

2 Kings 6_20_23_Destroying Enemies

Abraham Lincoln once said, “Do I not destroy my enemies by making them my friends?”

I know it’s not always possible to make friends of our enemies; but, I also know that sometimes it is!  In the days of Elisha, the army of Syria had invaded Israel.  Upon seeing them, the king of Israel asked Elisha this question:

“My father, shall I strike them down?” (2 Kings 6:21)

First, I have to hand it to the king for seeking guidance from God’s prophet.  Because of his willingness to do so, many lives were spared.  For Elisha’s answer likely surprised everyone that day:

“You shall not strike them down. Would you strike down those whom you have taken captive with your sword and with your bow? Set bread and water before them, that they may eat and drink and go to their master.” (v.22)

In essence, Elisha’s answer was “Don’t kill them – feed them instead.”  And that’s exactly what the king did.  Pretty unusual handling of an enemy isn’t it?!  You may wonder what impact it had on the Syrians – was it a good move, or a terrible blunder?  I’ll let you decide after reading the next verse:

So he prepared for them a great feast, and when they had eaten and drunk, he sent them away, and they went to their master. And the Syrians did not come again on raids into the land of Israel. (v.23)

The one who had been invaded fed the invaders, and as a result, they never invaded again.  Pretty amazing what kindness and grace can do.  To whom can you extend an undeserved kindness today? –Dave

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