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Things Aren’t Always What They Seem 2 Kings 6:8–23

  

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Elisha  Prayed

“O LORD, please open his eyes that he may see.”

Horses and Chariots of Fire 

       Elisha prayed, O LORD, please open his eyes that he may see. So the LORD opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full off horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. II Kings 6.17 ESV 
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Elisha  Prayed

 

“O LORD…

 

Horses and Chariots of Fire

“Then Elisha prayed and said, “O LORD, please open his eyes that he may see.” So the LORD opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.”

II Kings 6.17 ESV

 

 

Things Aren’t Always What They Seem

2 Kings 6:8–23 ESV

Pastor William Bertsche

Sunday, August 8, 2010

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Bulletin – Sunday, August 8, 2010

 

Welcome Pastor Raouf Boulos
Invocation Dr. Hutz Hertzberg
“Blessed Assurance” Hymnal 572

 

Scripture Reading Selections from Psalm 119:1–16 (ESV) Tamara Colón

Blessed are those whose way is blameless,

  who walk in the law of the Lord!

Blessed are those who keep his testimonies,

  who seek him with their whole heart,

    who also do no wrong, but walk in his ways!

Oh that my ways may be steadfast in keeping your statutes!

  Then I shall not be put to shame,

    having my eyes fixed on all your commandments.

How can a young man keep his way pure?

  By guarding it according to your word.

With my whole heart I seek you;

  let me not wander from your commandments!

I have stored up your word in my heart,

  that I might not sin against you.

Blessed are you, O Lord;

  Teach me your statutes!

In the way of your testimonies I delight as much as in all riches.

  I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways.

I will delight in your statutes;

  I will not forget your word.

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Things Aren’t Always What They Seem

2 Kings 6:8–23

Pastor William Bertsche

 

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Pastor to People

 I’m looking forward to a time in Chicago where January flies by as quickly as July. I think I’ll be waiting a long time. C.S. Lewis noted how “little reconciled” humans are to time—we are regularly amazed at how quickly time flies or drags. Lewis saw in that a hint that humans are destined for eternity—a time without time, so to speak. In fact, Ecclesiastes 3:10 tells us that God has “set eternity in the hearts of men.” Perhaps in God’s mercy He has done this to hinder us from getting too comfortable in time and indifferent towards our eternal state. May Moses’ prayer be ours: “Teach us to number our days that we may present to You a heart of wisdom.”

For His glory,

Pastor Bill Bertsche


 

Sermon Notes – Sunday, August 8, 2010

 

THINGS AREN’T ALWAYS WHAT THEY SEEM

2 Kings 6:8–23

Pastor William Bertsche

 

2 Kings 6:8–23 ESV  click

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Horses and Chariots of Fire

8Once when the king of Syria was warring against Israel, he took counsel with his servants, saying, “At such and such a place shall be my camp.” 9But the man of God sent word to the king of Israel, “Beware that you do not pass this place, for the Syrians are going down there.” 10And the king of Israel sent to the place about which the man of God told him. Thus he used to warn him, so that he saved himself there more than once or twice.

11And the mind of the king of Syria was greatly troubled because of this thing, and he called his servants and said to them, “Will you not show me who of us is for the king of Israel?” 12And one of his servants said, “None, my lord, O king; but Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the words that you speak in your bedroom.” 13And he said, “Go and see where he is, that I may send and seize him.” It was told him, “Behold, he is in(C) Dothan.” 14So he sent there horses and chariots and a great army, and they came by night and surrounded the city.

15When the servant of the man of God rose early in the morning and went out, behold, an army with horses and chariots was all around the city. And the servant said, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” 16He said, “Do not be afraid,(D) for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” 17Then Elisha prayed and said, “O LORD, please(E) open his eyes that he may see.” So the LORD opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of(F) horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. 18And when the Syrians came down against him, Elisha prayed to the LORD and said, “Please strike this people with blindness.”(G) So he struck them with blindness in accordance with the prayer of Elisha. 19And Elisha said to them, “This is not the way, and this is not the city. Follow me, and I will bring you to the man whom you seek.” And he led them to Samaria.

20As soon as they entered Samaria, Elisha said, “O LORD,(H) open the eyes of these men, that they may see.” So the LORD opened their eyes and they saw, and behold, they were in the midst of Samaria. 21As soon as the king of Israel saw them, he said to Elisha,(I) “My father, shall I strike them down? Shall I strike them down?” 22He answered, “You shall not strike them down. Would you strike down those whom you have taken captive(J) with your sword and with your bow?(K) Set bread and water before them, that they may eat and drink and go to their master.” 23So he prepared for them a great feast, and when they had eaten and drunk, he sent them away, and they went to their master. And the Syrians did not come again(L) on raids into the land of Israel.

“…Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature,…For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance,(L) but the LORD looks on the heart.”

1 Samuel 16:7. ESV

 

 

LORD

PLEASE CAUSE OUR EYES TO SEE!

 

 

 

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