There is a very interesting little story hidden away in 2 Kings Chapter 6. In the Bible we read of powers and principalities and battles in the spiritual realm yet only a few glimpses of this realm are given. The passage before us in this study, in 2 Kings 6:8-23, is one of those times. It is a passage where we get to see the unseen and glimpse at how the angelic realm participates and interacts with the human realm. Through this story we shall also see our constant need to have our spiritual eyes opened… Let’s have a look.
How to frustrate a king and win every war
2 Kings 6:8-14 Now
the king of
The passage before us starts with the king
Now, put yourself in the king of
Before going on we should bring this back
home a little more. You see, all Christians are in a battle and all Christians
have an enemy that hates them. “The
thief”, Jesus said, “comes to steal,
kill and destroy. But I have come that you may have life!” (John 10:10) Our
enemy is subtly planning his strategy. He
comes to rob us of our hope, kill our faith and destroy our witness for God.
His means of attack may differ from the king of
Where are you looking?
2 Kings 6:14-17 When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Alas, my lord, what shall we do?” the servant asked. “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” And Elisha prayed, “O LORD, open his eyes so he may see.” Then the LORD opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
So the king of
But look now at the response of his master Elisha for he replies ‘Do not be afraid. Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” Is Elisha crazy? Does the lift not go to the top floor anymore? Do not fear…? There is more with us than with that entire army…? Strange words indeed. Does Elisha know something that no one else knows or is it time he retired and took things easy? And why, for that matter, is he always so calm?
And Elisha prayed, “O LORD, open his eyes so he may see.” Then the LORD opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
Wow! They were protected all along but the
servant didn’t know it! He couldn’t see it. All around Elisha were thousands of
angels surrounding and protecting him. What an
amazing scene. And what an awesome glimpse into the supernatural we are given
here. If any harm is to come to Elisha or his servant then the armies of
Now, what the servant of Elisha had to learn is the same lesson that the servant of the Lord has to learn today. Our great need is to have our eyes opened. Is this not what the Apostle Paul would always pray?
Eph 1:16-17 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.
Eph 1:18-19 I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.
Eph 3:17-19 And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
What is our need? To have our eyes opened spiritually! They are opened when we are saved but there is a continual need to ask the Lord to give us further spiritual sight and revelation. As Paul prayed above, we need to see His power, His protection, His love, and His inheritance in those that believe.
So I guess the question is, what happens if we don’t see these things? Well, let me ask it another way… What was the servant like when he couldn’t see what Elisha could? You see, Elisha was perfectly calm and his servant was a mess simply because of what they could and couldn’t see. The servant, as long as he stayed close to Elisha, was completely safe because of the angelic protectors but he certainly forfeited his peace and well being by focusing on the things he could see instead of focusing on the things that are unseen. The same goes for us.
God’s protection is upon us and our worry and unbelief does not change that. We are as protected when we stick close to Jesus as the servant was when he stayed close to Elisha. But our sense of peace is dependant upon what we can see spiritually.
So what about you? Is your current cry ‘alas my master! What can I do?’ or are you hearing the words ‘Do not fear! Those that are for you are greater than those against you’? Ask the Lord to continue to open your eyes to His truth and presence in your life so that you can see things clearly. But you have to desire it. And always be honest about where you are at. If you are honest with the Lord about what you can and cannot see, and truly desire to know His ways and truth then He will see to it that you see things more clearly.
 A few years ago, after the devastating tsunami in the
 Yet no matter how many plans he devises or tries to implement, God is always one step ahead! Nothing takes God by surprise. And if he does allow Satan to implement some of his mayhem, as He did with Job, there is always a purpose and God is able to bring good out of it. How frustrating this must be for Satan to see his plans ultimately come to nothing! He thought he was onto a winner in getting Jesus crucified… He thought he had actually killed the son of God! He probably rejoiced for a couple of days… only to witness Him rise on the third day and find that that death would be the very means by which he himself would be judged!
 Same with the Lord Jesus. Complete panic-proof! Nothing could shake him or make Him fear because He knew His Father and He knew His protection. Even on the night He was arrested He said He could call on 12 legions of angels if He needed (Matt 26:53. The Bible Knowledge Commentary states that ‘A Roman legion numbered about 6,000 soldiers.’ This was angelic protection of about 72,000 angels!)
 I have read some amazing stories connected with the war of
independence in 1948 in
 And just to get an idea of whether this would be a fair fight, you may remember that when the Assyrian army came against Judah and King Hezekiah, the Lord sent His angel to take out the entire 185,000 Assyrian army (See Isaiah 37). So, no, a large army of men versus even one angel is not a fair fight. Elisha was well protected! And so are we. We should remember what the Bible says about these angels for ‘are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?’ (Heb 1:14) And ‘he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.’ (Psalm 91:11)
 I always find this verse fascinating. An inheritance is something that is left to us when someone dies. Well, God has an inheritance as well and He isn’t interested in houses, cash or cars. It is called a glorious inheritance. The inheritance that God the Father receives through the death of His own Son is us! Amazing that we would matter so much to Him!
 While I’m not going to go into verses 18-24 in any depth, it is worth pointing out a few things in the fine print… These verses present a fantastic example of what the New Testament says in Romans 12:14-21 which
 God uses all things to protect us. I read a little story recently
of a Christian boy in
 There is a great story that I would like you to read. It is in Mark 8:22-26. Please go read it. No, actually go and please read it now. Back? It is a great story because it is not at all usual for a healing of Jesus to not completely work the first time! But here was this man, who Jesus had touched and healed of blindness, who could only see say