2 Kings 6: The siege of Samaria begins


The prophets under Elisha decide to build a new home. One loses his axe head in the Jordan, and Elisha is able to make it float to get it back. In the meantime the King of Syria decides to wage war against Samaria and Elisha tells the king, don’t go to where the king of Syria is camped. The king of Syria wants to know why his plans keep failing and is told that Elisha the prophet is to blame because he keeps warning the king of Israel. So the king of Syria sieges Dothan where Elisha is. A young servant of Elisha wanted to know what they were going to do and Elisha said, don’t worry, we have more on our side. And Elisha asked the Lord to open the young man’s eyes and he saw the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire to protect Elisha.  Elisha then asked the Lord to make the Syrians blind. Elisha then leads the Syrians to where they are supposed to go and that is right into the hands of the king of Israel. The king wanted to know if he should smite them. Elisha said no, feed them and send them home. Later, the king Ben-hadad of Syria besieged Samaria. Things got so bad that people started eating their kids. When the king heard of this he rent his clothes and went about in a sackcloth. He orders the head of Elisha to be brought. So he locked the door.

In other words:

Samaria is sieged by Syria and the king wants Elisha killed.

Favorite bit:

2 Kings 6:17 – And Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and behold, the mountain was full or horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.  (very cool imagery)

Most interesting bit:

2 Kings 6:25 – And there was a great famine in Samara: and, behold, they besieged it, until an ass’s head was sold for fourscore pieces of silver, and the fourth part of a cab of dove’s dung for five pieces of silver. (I wonder what dove’s dung is used for. Is it something you eat? – Wikiepedia isn’t very helpful here - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dove%27s_dung)

Least favorite bit:

2 Kings 6:28,29 – And the king said unto her, What aileth thee? And she answered, This woman said unto me, Give thy son, that we may eat him to day, and we will eat my son tomorrow. So we boiled my son, and did eat him: and I said unto her on the next day, Give thy son, that we may eat him: and she hath hid her son.

Moral Lesson Learned:

People will do just about anything when they are desperate (2 Kings 6)