We Remain Silent



Do you remember the four lepers from 2 Kings 7? The guys who had been abandoned outside Samaria? The Syrians had besieged the city (6:24-33), and there was a famine inside. The lepers said they would try surrendering themselves to the Syrian camp (v.4). When they arrived they saw to their utter surprise a totally empty camp, with signs that the army had fled. They could not believe the spoils that were now theirs. They ate and drank the best meals they had had in weeks, and rejoiced over their newfound treasure (v.8).

Then their consciences pricked them, and they said to each other, “We are not doing right. This is a day of good news, and we remain silent. If we wait until morning light, some punishment will come upon us. Now therefore, come, let us go and tell the king’s household” v. 9. They had found food, but their fellow Samarians were starving. They made the decision to go home and share the good news.

As I reread this passage I thought about the lepers’ reaction, and how it can be applied to the church in the 21st century. We too are living in ‘a day of good news’, with the truth of the gospel, and the freedom to share it (at least in this country, for now). Yet how many of us ‘remain silent’? How many times have you passed up an opportunity to tell someone the good news? When did you last tell someone of the danger they are in (eternally) and what the remedy is in Christ?

I would just encourage you to bear the lepers’ words in mind. Don’t keep the good news that you have to yourself! Share it and do not remain silent.



Elspeth McLachlan

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