II. King 6:8,17
The weapons of a “man of God” are nost carnal, but spiritual according to (II.Cor.2:4) ”For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;”
Elisha was able through his spiritual insight to save the king of Israel, “not once nor twice” from the trap set for him by the king of Syria “ (v. 9, 10).
They go to spy the prophet out, and come back, saying, “Behold he is in Dothan.” Therefore a great host is sent by night to compass the city and capture the man of vision.
This praying man is a mightier obstacle to the king of Syria than the army of Israel “Then saith Pilate unto him, Speakest thou not unto me? knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee? “Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above:” (Jh.19:10,11).
What power lies within the reach of that one who is in favourable contact with God! Elisha was a man whose eyes God had opened to see invisible things, but he had a servant who was spiritually blind. A “young man” who had just lately come into office after the deceitful Gehazi had gone out a leper.
There are Unseen Realities. Elisha said, “They that be with us are more than they that be with them” (v. 16).
This man of God lived by faith and endured, like Moses, as seeing the forces that are invisible “By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible. “ (Heb.11:27).
We look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are unseen and eternal.
To have this vision that discerns spiritual things is to be saved from the fear of man, and to be always confident of victory in the Name of Jesus. “Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world. ” “If God be for us, who can be against us ? ” (Rom. 8. 31).
These spiritual things are not created by faith, but revealed to faith, as light does any earthly object.
Did not our Lord believe that there were more than twelve legions of angels ready at His bidding to defend Him? (Matt. 26: 53).
Some Men are Blind to spiritual Realities. When Elisha’s servant saw that host of Syrians compassing the city he said, “Alas, master ! how shall we do ? ” (v. 15).
Like the unbelieving spies, this young man could only see with those carnal unanointed eyes which can never see God’s way of deliverance “And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possesse it, for we are well able to ouercome it.” (Num.13:30).
The heavenly host was also there, but the servant had no eyes to see it. (4.) To him their condition was hopeless. “The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God” (1 Cor. 2. 14).
Spiritual blindness, if it does not lead to fear and despair, will certainly lead to pride and self-confidence.
“How shall we do ?” Shall we surrender to these forces of evil that are round about us, or shall we make a desperate effort to escape? “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”
Shall we allow ourselves to become captive to the power of this world, or shall we fight them in our own strength ? Uttered or unuttered, this is all the salvation that the unenlightened know
The Lord Alone can Give this New Vision. “Lord, I pray Thee, open his eyes that he may see” (v. 17). Elisha did not argue with his servant; he knew that spiritual things could only be seen through spiritual eyes “Things which eye saw not…God hath revealed unto us through the Spirit” (1 Cor. 2: 10).
Secret things belong to God, “Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.” (Amos..3:7).
Those hidden treasures of spiritual strength-mountain full of horses and chariots of fire can only be seen and trusted by those who have received the holy eye-salve of Him who has all power in Heaven and on earth “ I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending,saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty Almighty.” (Rev.1:8).
No amount of learning or scholarship will ever be able to do the work of this eyesalve, which is the Holy Spirit. It is the Spirit that quickenth.”for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.” (Mt.16:17).
Spiritual Sight Might be Given in Answer to Prayer.“ Elisha prayed, and said: Lord, I pray Thee, open his eyes.” How confidently that man can pray who lives and moves with opened eyes, as in the presence of God, and among the realities of eternity.
It is easy for the man of God to pray the prayer of faith. Blessed is that servant who has such a Master. “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” Ja.5:17) your heavenly Master’s will that your eyes should be so opened that you might see clearly those unfailing forces that are for you, that you might be more than conquerors ?
To pray a servant’s eyes open, that he may see that cloud of witnesses, with which he also is compassed about, “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,” (Heb.12:1).
Opened Eyes Brings Rest and Satisfaction. The Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw the nountain full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha. Before he could only see the enemy round about the city.
The host of God was there, not to preserve the city, but the man of faith. Jesus said, “Ye are the salt of the earth” (Mt.5:17)
What a revelation this w as to that young man trembling with fear, and what a cure it would be for all his doubts and alarms ! He could now truly say, “God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid” (Isa.12:2).
This great saving vision now centres round the Cross of Christ. It is there on Mount Calvary, the opened eyes can see the hellconquering chariots of God’s mercy, grace, and power.
This is the vision that delivers from the fear of death and the fear of man, that brings peace and rest to the soul, that inspires to praise and service, and with the hope of eternal victory. “Believe, and thou shalt see ! ”