- Only someone outside the siege can help-"25 There was a great famine in the city; the siege lasted so long that a donkey's head sold for eighty shekels [a] of silver, and a quarter of a cab [b] of seed pods [c] for five shekels. [d] "
Siege (meaning : the act or process of surrounding and attacking a fortified place in such a way as to isolate it from help and supplies, for the purpose of lessening the resistance of the defenders and thereby making capture possible) doesn't kill people immediately like in a battle, but forces them to surrender slowly by cutting off their supplies, cutting them off from what could sustain their physical life. Siege, as I think more of it, seems to be a state wherein, you cannot help yourself from inside your fort or your area. A country in siege can only be helped if they've got someone outside of the siege who can probably attack the enemy surrounding their city and thereby freeing them. In case they even think of fighting the battle from the inside, all they are going to do is exhaust their resources. In essence their own strength cannot help, they WILL NEED external help. Sometimes, situations in life are like a siege, you feel locked up in full pressure, probably in your emotions, in your health, in your finances and the list could be endless. However no matter how worse the situation gets, there is a way out, as the people in Samaria find later in this episode.
- Things we counted worthless becomes valuable-"a donkey's head sold for eighty shekels [a] of silver, and a quarter of a cab [b] of seed pods [c] for five shekels. [d] " When in a life's storm, we'll find that the people you were counting of much worth and working to please them are nowhere to be seen to help, but in that mess there still stand a few people who we didn't care much about when things were going good, and they're worth so much now, just because they are there for you and with you. It changes our perspective for value drastically.
- If we don't have an answer to our problem, we cannot blame the cause on someone else-The king of Samaria, couldnt provide a solution to 2 women's dilemma in this episode and instead goes ahead and blames Elisha and resorts to taking his life!!! That doesn't make sense, Elisha had nothing to do with the siege.Blaming Elisha and trying to kill him would have sought nothing for victory or freedom for the king. Sometimes we do this and still find no answer, only make oursleves more bitter, more trapped, and giving in to the enemy's game plan of making us helpless.
- What economy is all about?-When the king reached Elisha to kill him "1 Elisha said, "Hear the word of the LORD. This is what the LORD says: About this time tomorrow, a seah [a] of flour will sell for a shekel [b] and two seahs [c] of barley for a shekel at the gate of Samaria." Seems impossible right, but it is possible, when you're NOT thinking the way the enemy wants you to think(trapped), when you don't depend on the limited resources within the boundaries which the enemy is trying to bind you in, when your strength in the situation comes from outside, from someone who has authority over all authorities, anything becomes POSSIBLE. No difficult situation can stand before that realisation of having a Wonderful, Powerful, Living, Loving, Allknowing, Omnipresent Almighty GOD.
- Unwanted people, wanted by God -In olden days, leprosy was treated as a curse and the lepers were sent out of the city gates forever, there they lived and died, no one cared for them, no houses, no provisions except if someone be kind so as to throw something down from the city wall. These were the people who would accomplish God's miracle of overturning Samaria's economy. Read about their endeavour and you will find, the worthless unwanted people of Samaria were the ones whom God used to bring forth His word to pass.
Conclusion: During painful times in life, when you're like in a siege trying to find an answer which is almost seeming impossible to you, take heart, look for the answer not in blame, but in Jesus Name. The Name above all names. If you've been treated as useless, untouchable, unworthy, take heart, you're of much worth for God to do the missions that are normally impossible.