“We do not well”


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.

2 Kings 7:9

Israel was under siege by the Syrian army.

It led to a severe famine.

Parents were forced to eat their children to survive.

Prices were exorbitantly high – people even paid for a dove’s dung.

But Elisha the prophet predicted within 24 hours, all will be normal again.


Four lepers were stranded outside the city gate. They won’t be let in because of their disease.

They were despised and outcast by society.

They decided to surrender to the Syrians. At least they might get some food.

They approached at dusk.

God made their footsteps like a mighty army thundering and the Syrians fled hastily.

Leaving all the spoils of war – including food and water.

The lepers were shocked and feasted in it, keeping beautiful robes and tunics for themselves.

Then they realised, their guts clenching with a pang of guilt.

“We do not well.”

They had to share the good things with the dying people in the city.

And they did.

There is a powerful lesson for you and me here.

For those of us who have received God’s gracious salvation, are you sharing the Good news?

Or are you keeping it to yourself and leaving this sinful dying world bound for hellish flames?

“We do not well,” was their cry. Have to come to that place yet?

Evangelism is simply this: One beggar telling another beggar where to find bread.

Let’s share the Good News to our world that urgently needs the Bread of Life, Jesus.

2 thoughts on ““We do not well”

  1. Seems the lepers treated the people inside the city better than the people treated them. I’ve been talking to some J.W.’s witnesses lately, hoping to be able to share the REAL Jesus with them. For some reason, it seems intimidating. I need to get over that and just treat them like people who want to help, but who have been entrapped and need true salvation that ISN’T accomplished by WORKS.

    1. Yes, I agree. The lepers did the right things, taking the higher road even though they were outcast. Words don’t count for much with some people. But love radiating from Christians, have a huge impact on people’s lives. God bless you with His wonderful love as you reach out!

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