05 Mar 2 Kings 7:8-9; Ephesians 2:1-5; Romans 6:23
8 When these lepers came to the outskirts of the camp, they entered one tent and ate and drank, and carried from there silver and gold and clothes, and went and hid them; and they returned and entered another tent and carried from there also, and went and hid them.
9 Then they said to one another, “We are not doing right. This day is a day of good news, but we are keeping silent; if we wait until morning light, punishment will overtake us. Now therefore come, let us go and tell the king’s household.”
2 And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, 2 in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. 3 Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. 4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),
23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
These lepers discovered the Syrian camp was deserted and realized they had been delivered from certain death. They also quickly noticed there was enough food and provisions that the entire city was saved. We, too, have been delivered from a dire situation – from certain death. Paul tells us in Ephesians that we were “dead in our transgressions (sins).” Many don’t recognize the seriousness of the situation. Or perhaps think there is time to clean it up (and mistakenly believe they can on their own). But make no mistake, sin always leads to death. However, as Christians, we know the Good News of God’s deliverance. And like these lepers, we need to share it. The only hope to be delivered from certain death is Jesus. Someone you know needs to hear this news!