Elisha proclaimed deliverance, but the captain responded with a cynical, unbelieving heart. Elisha told the captain that he would see God’s provision and the people would eat, but he would not eat any of it, for he would die. Enter the four unnamed lepers.
Shockingly, when the four lepers got to see the Syrians’ camp, they found no Syrians. The Lord made the Syrians hear the sound of a great army, so they fled. The lepers eventually went and told the king’s household the news. But the king didn’t believe it. Then one of the king’s servants proposed a reasonable solution: send some men to check it out, and these men found the lepers’ story to be true.
Elisha’s words then came to pass, including what he said about the captain. The rushing mob “trampled him in the gate” and he died (vv. 17,20). God takes unbelief seriously and puts it to shame as He brings to pass His plans and purposes in the world.
Are you hesitant to believe the promises of God? Why or why not?