The Sermon What Do You Stretch For? by David McGee
Mar 24, 2019
What Do You Stretch For? (37:18)
Referenced Scriptures: 2 Kings 6:24-33; 2 Kings 7:1-20; Luke 6:6-11
The scriptures below are from the WEB Bible.
2 Kings 6:24-33
24) It happened after this, that Benhadad king of Syria gathered all his host, and went up, and besieged Samaria.
25) There was a great famine in Samaria: and, behold, they besieged it, until a donkey‘s head was sold for eighty [pieces] of silver, and the fourth part of a kab of dove‘s dung for five [pieces] of silver.
26) As the king of Israel was passing by on the wall, there cried a woman to him, saying, Help, my lord, O king.
27) He said, If Yahweh doesn‘t help you, whence shall I help you? out of the threshing floor, or out of the winepress?
28) The king said to her, What ails you? She answered, This woman said to me, Give your son, that we may eat him today, and we will eat my son tomorrow.
29) So we boiled my son, and ate him: and I said to her on the next day, Give your son, that we may eat him; and she has hid her son.
30) It happened, when the king heard the words of the woman, that he tore his clothes (now he was passing by on the wall); and the people looked, and, behold, he had sackcloth within on his flesh.
31) Then he said, God do so to me, and more also, if the head of Elisha the son of Shaphat shall stand on him this day.
32) But Elisha was sitting in his house, and the elders were sitting with him; and [the king] sent a man from before him: but before the messenger came to him, he said to the elders, See you how this son of a murderer has sent to take away my head? behold, when the messenger comes, shut the door, and hold the door fast against him: isn‘t the sound of his master‘s feet behind him?
33) While he was yet talking with them, behold, the messenger came down to him: and he said, Behold, this evil is of Yahweh; why should I wait for Yahweh any longer?
2 Kings 7:1-20
1) Elisha said, Hear you the word of Yahweh: thus says Yahweh, Tomorrow about this time shall a measure of fine flour be [sold] for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, in the gate of Samaria.
2) Then the captain on whose hand the king leaned answered the man of God, and said, Behold, if Yahweh should make windows in heaven, might this thing be? He said, Behold, you shall see it with your eyes, but shall not eat of it.
3) Now there were four leprous men at the entrance of the gate: and they said one to another, Why sit we here until we die?
4) If we say, We will enter into the city, then the famine is in the city, and we shall die there; and if we sit still here, we die also. Now therefore come, and let us fall to the host of the Syrians: if they save us alive, we shall live; and if they kill us, we shall but die.
5) They rose up in the twilight, to go to the camp of the Syrians; and when they were come to the outermost part of the camp of the Syrians, behold, there was no man there.
6) For the Lord had made the host of the Syrians to hear a noise of chariots, and a noise of horses, even the noise of a great host: and they said one to another, Behold, the king of Israel has hired against us the kings of the Hittites, and the kings of the Egyptians, to come on us.
7) Therefore they arose and fled in the twilight, and left their tents, and their horses, and their donkeys, even the camp as it was, and fled for their life.
8) When these lepers came to the outermost part of the camp, they went into one tent, and ate and drink, and carried there silver, and gold, and clothing, and went and hid it; and they came back, and entered into another tent, and carried there also, and went and hid it.
9) Then they said one to another, We aren‘t doing right. This day is a day of good news, and we hold our peace: if we wait until the morning light, punishment will overtake us; now therefore come, let us go and tell the king‘s household.
10) So they came and called to the porter of the city; and they told them, saying, We came to the camp of the Syrians, and, behold, there was no man there, neither voice of man, but the horses tied, and the donkeys tied, and the tents as they were.
11) He called the porters; and they told it to the king‘s household within.
12) The king arose in the night, and said to his servants, I will now show you what the Syrians have done to us. They know that we are hungry; therefore are they gone out of the camp to hide themselves in the field, saying, When they come out of the city, we shall take them alive, and get into the city.
13) One of his servants answered, Please let some take five of the horses that remain, which are left in the city (behold, they are as all the multitude of Israel who are left in it; behold, they are as all the multitude of Israel who are consumed); and let us send and see.
14) They took therefore two chariots with horses; and the king sent after the host of the Syrians, saying, Go and see.
15) They went after them to the Jordan: and, behold, all the way was full of garments and vessels, which the Syrians had cast away in their haste. The messengers returned, and told the king.
16) The people went out, and plundered the camp of the Syrians. So a measure of fine flour was [sold] for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, according to the word of Yahweh.
17) The king appointed the captain on whose hand he leaned to have the charge of the gate: and the people trod on him in the gate, and he died as the man of God had said, who spoke when the king came down to him.
18) It happened, as the man of God had spoken to the king, saying, Two measures of barley for a shekel, and a measure of fine flour for a shekel, shall be tomorrow about this time in the gate of Samaria;
19) and that captain answered the man of God, and said, Now, behold, if Yahweh should make windows in heaven, might such a thing be? and he said, Behold, you shall see it with your eyes, but shall not eat of it:
20) it happened even so to him; for the people trod on him in the gate, and he died.
6) It also happened on another Sabbath, that he entered into the synagogue and taught. There was a man there, and his right hand was withered.
7) The scribes and the Pharisees watched him, to see whether he would heal on the Sabbath, that they might find an accusation against him.
8) But he knew their thoughts; and he said to the man who had the withered hand, "Rise up, and stand in the middle." He arose and stood.
9) Then Jesus said to them, "I will ask you something: Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good, or to do harm? To save a life, or to kill?"
10) He looked around at them all, and said to him, "Stretch out your hand." He did, and his hand was restored as sound as the other.
11) But they were filled with rage, and talked with one another about what they might do to Jesus.
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