Spy In Our Midst

When the king of Aram was waging war against Israel, he conferred with his servants, “My camp will be at such and such a place.”

But the man of God sent word to the king of Israel: “Be careful passing by this place, for the Arameans are going down there.” Consequently, the king of Israel sent word to the place the man of God had told him about. The man of God repeatedly warned the king, so the king would be on his guard.

The king of Aram was enraged because of this matter, and he called his servants and demanded of them, “Tell me, which one of us is for the king of Israel?”

One of his servants said, “No one, my lord the king. Elisha, the prophet in Israel, tells the king of Israel even the words you speak in your bedroom.”

So the king said, “Go and see where he is, so I can send men to capture him.”

When he was told, “Elisha is in Dothan,” he sent horses, chariots, and a massive army there. They went by night and surrounded the city.

2 Kings 6:8-14

Elisha appears to have had a better relationship with King Joram than Elijah had with Joram’s father Ahab. Joram had made small reforms in Israel but he still followed the example of Jeroboam I, which was still evil. Though Joram still walked in disobedience to Yahweh, Yahweh used Eliahs to extend opportunities of grace to Joram.

In this instance, God used Elisha to reveal the plans of the King Ben-hadad of Aram (his enemy) to Joram in order to help Joram avoid possible traps. This so frustrated the Ben-hadad, he was sure he had a spy in his court. His servants were aware of Elisha (a chapter earlier he had healed their commander, Naaman), so they were sure it was Elisha that was revealing the king’s plans to Joram. God seemed to be trying to get King Ben-hadad’s attention in addition to King Joram’s.

We can be like this often as well. We may mistake the work that God is doing as the actions of others around us. Instead, we should be sensitive to recognizing when God is at work in a situation and listen to what He is saying.

  • How might God be trying to get your attention today?

Published by llongard

I grew up in northeast Wisconsin. After high school, I moved to Minneapolis, MN to attend North Central University and graduated 1992 with a degree in Biblical Studies and Humanities. I spent most of the next fifteen years in the Twin Cities area until my family and I moved to Indiana in 2007. For most of the first seventeen years after college, I was involved in university ministry either as a volunteer, bi-vocational, or full-time campus minister. Through those years, I also worked in the main street marketplace as a retail manager/trainer and as a service representative in the insurance industry. I've also worked in various education roles. Most recently, I have been working on various projects addressing homelessness in Indianapolis and as team lead for Diakonos Community, a Communitas International missional initiative. Through this ministry, we seek to build missional communities in Indianapolis that serve and bring the life of Christ to those on the margins of society. Our strategy is to collaborate with community agencies that serve those in need and share Christ through meaningful relationships. I am blessed with a wonderful wife, three amazing daughters, and two cats (can't forget the cats, LOL). As a family, we enjoy camping, hiking, gardening, and going to the YMCA together. I also enjoy fishing, riding bicycle, and being involved in whatever my daughters are doing. Though I have not lived in the Green Bay area for over 20 years, I am still a major Packer fan.

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