Syrian Army Struck with Blindness
WEEK 43: Syrian Army Struck with Blindness.
2 Kings 6:17- 18 17 And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha. 18 And when they came down to him, Elisha prayed unto the LORD, and said, Smite this people, I pray thee, with blindness. And He smote them with blindness according to the word of Elisha.
The young man had been looking with physical eyes. The eyes of his understanding were opened, and he saw the heavenly warriors around Elisha. Interesting – Elisha prayed his servant’s eyes would be opened while the eyes of the enemy would be shut.
God’s people need two things if they are going to appropriate God’s resources against the enemy and experience God’s deliverance. (1) They need insight or illumination, eyes to see the mighty power. (2) Provision(s) of God, but they must also believe God and put on their God-given armour that they might take a stand against Satan and his forces.
“Alas, my master! What shall we do”? As Christians, we can be the same way. Too often we don’t take our spiritual warfare seriously. We act as though Satan and his kingdom were asleep or posed no problem to us. We go out unprepared spiritually. Consequently, when faced with some form of spiritual warfare, like Elisha’s attendant was, our response is consternation, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” At least the attendant had the good sense to seek the counsel of the prophet. How quick we are to listen to the advice of the world rather than to meditate on the Word?
By contrast, we see Elisha who surely already knew of the surrounding armies. This was no surprise to him, but more importantly, he was focused on God’s surrounding armies who were greater in strength and numbers.
In all of this, Elisha was calm, relaxed, and confident, not in himself, of course, but in His God. He not only saw the problem, but he saw the solution and knew the God of the solution. Like Hezekiah who would later face the armies of Assyria, Elisha sought to convey the same truth that Hezekiah communicated to his people.
2 Chronicles 32:7-8 7 Be strong and courageous, be not afraid nor dismayed for the king of Assyria, nor for all the multitude that is with him: for there be more with us than with him: 8 With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the LORD our God to help us, and to fight our battles. And the people rested themselves upon the words of Hezekiah king of Judah.
Though the king of Syria had sent a huge force of horses, chariots, and a large army of men to apprehend one prophet, thinking there was no way Elisha could escape, Elisha knew that all the forces of this king were merely the arm of the flesh and no match for the power of God. So Elisha prayed and asked the LORD to strike his opponents with blindness so that they might not see the prophet. This prayer was miraculously answered and Elisha led them into the city of Samaria and into the hands of the king of Israel where they were at his mercy.