1 This Day! As you our turning: the subject of the “DAY” has an important place in Scripture. The Bible declares in Proverbs 4:18 that, “…the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.” 1 Thessalonians 5:5 that all believers are children of the Day. Text: 2 Kings 7:1-10,14-20 Then Elisha said, Hear ye the word of the LORD; Thus saith the LORD, To morrow 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 a lord on whose hand the king leaned answered the man of God, and said, Behold, if the LORD would make windows in heaven, might this thing be? And he said, Behold, thou shalt see it with thine eyes, but shalt not eat thereof. 3 And there were four leprous men at the entering in 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 unto the host of the Syrians: if they save us alive, we shall live; and if they kill us, we shall but die. 5 And they rose up in the twilight, to go unto the camp of the Syrians: and when they were come to the uttermost part of the camp of Syria, 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, Lo, the king of Israel hath hired against us the kings of the Hittites, and the kings of the Egyptians, to come upon us. 7 Wherefore they arose and fled in the twilight, and left their tents, and their horses, and their asses, even the camp as it was, and fled for their life. 8 And when these lepers came to the uttermost part of the camp, they went into one tent, and did eat and drink, and carried thence silver, and gold, and raiment, and went and hid it; and came again, and entered into another tent, and carried thence also, and went and hid it. 9 Then they said one to another, We do not well: this day is a day of good tidings, and we hold our peace: if we tarry till the morning light, some mischief will come upon us: now therefore come, that we may go and tell the king’s household. 10 So they came and called unto 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 horses tied, and asses tied, and the tents as they were. 14 They took therefore two chariot horses; and the king sent after the host of the Syrians, saying, Go and see. 15 And they went after them unto Jordan: and, lo, all the way was full of garments and vessels, which the Syrians had cast away in their haste. And the messengers returned, and told the king. 16 And the people went out, and spoiled the tents 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 the LORD. 17 And the king appointed the lord on whose hand he leaned to have the charge of the gate: and the people trode upon him in the gate, and he died, as the man of God had said, who spake when the king came down to him. 18 And it came to pass 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 to morrow about this time in the gate of Samaria: 19 And that lord answered the man of God, and said, Now, behold, if the LORD should make windows in heaven, might such a thing be? And he said, Behold, thou shalt see it with thine eyes, but shalt not eat thereof. 20 And so it fell out unto him: for the people trode upon him in the gate, and he died. 2 Sometimes we do not realize the DAY we are in. We can live in the past- how it was….back in “The DAY.” We can live in the future- some DAY how I would like or hope it could be. We can live in a fantasy day- a DAY of our own making, as we try to stuff it with things or what we imagine a DAY should be and hold. Jesus said in Matthew 6:34 to “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” We need to live in today and not worry about another day. In the text that we just read, we see the how the lepers responded to the day they found themselves. Read Verse 9 again. Can you see the importance of the DAY for the people of Israel. We can all wrestle with the dilemmas of our DAYS. Let us see how the Bible instructs us to recognize and live in our DAY. Isaiah 58:3-5 3 Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not? wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure, and exact all your labours. 4 Behold, ye fast for strife and debate, and to smite with the fist of wickedness: ye shall not fast as ye do this day, to make your voice to be heard on high. 5 Is it such a fast that I have chosen? a day for a man to afflict his soul? is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the LORD? The DAY is not always what we think it is. It is God’s DAY! In Conclusion: There may be a DAY when the family of God lives in selfishness; There may come a DAY when the Body of Christ can not operate as a family; There may come a DAY when the people of God cease to be open to the Holy Spirit and be obedient; There may come a DAY when the promises of God and the living Scriptures of the Word fail- BUT IT IS NOT THIS DAY! 3 Invitation: In 2 Corinthians 6:2, the Bible declares: “(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)“ Is this a day of salvation already for you? Do you want to make it so? New Commitments and commitments to share so it is the day of salvation for someone else. In Psalm 110:3, the Bible declares: “Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth.” Are you “willing” today? The Bible admonishes us in Hebrews 4:7 that there is a day to hear God’s voice: “Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.” Do you want or need to hear God’s voice? Then TODAY we need to have soft hearts before the Lord. Will you respond as the Bible says in Psalm 122:1 “I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD.” Will you be glad and rejoice in the DAY that the Lord has made for us?