Then they said to one another, “We are not doing right. This day is a day of good news, but we are keeping silent; if we wait until morning light, punishment will overtake us. Now therefore come, let us go and tell the king’s household.”            2 Kings 7:9 (NASB)

The King of Syria besieged Samaria.  They surrounded and isolated the city.  They waited for surrender.  It would only be a matter of time.  Cut off from food, water, and other supplies, it would only be a matter of time.

Four lepers had camped out at Samaria’s gate.  They realized that their days were numbered.  To enter Samaria would mean death by famine.  To stay put at the gate would also mean death when Syria chose to attack.  So they decided to approach the Syrian camp and hope for mercy.  What they didn’t know was that God had already intervened on behalf of His people.

The Syrian army had fled the night before; convinced that the King of Israel had somehow secured the help of the Hittites and Egypt to fight against the Syrians.  They left immediately when they sense impending danger.

When the four lepers arrived at the camp they found it deserted.  They also found that the army had left quickly without their supplies.  There were treasures and food and clothing for the taking.  The four took what they could carry.  Then they stopped to think about starving Samaria.   The news had to be shared. Samaria would survive.

“Fishers of men” are followers of Jesus.  They’ve tasted the new life and forgiveness that is offered by God through His Son, Jesus.  They have been freed.  This new freedom and life uniquely qualifies them to share the Good News to others.  A “fisher of men’s” new life illustrates the power of the Gospel.  That is why a “fisher of men” must tell others.  Hiding this good news is not good.

So, as a follower of Jesus and “fisher of men,” what are you going to do today?  Hopefully you plan to tell someone about Jesus.  No. Not hopefully.  It’s up to you.  Will you commit yourself to tell someone today?


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