‘Friends in High Places ‘
Day 39 “OPEN YOUR EYES”
“So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” 2 Kings 6:16
Tomorrow Tuesday 5th May will be the fortieth day of these Bible notes. I will be drawing this current series of short Bible notes and devotions to a close on the Biblical fortieth day, to focus on other things. These notes will conclude for now anyway with a two-part devotional from 2 kings 6 called “Friends in High Places”.
I wonder how many of us believe that Angels are real? I am not thinking of the plethora of creepy, new age and unbiblical views that are out there today about contacting and channelling your guardian angel. Steer well clear!
What I am referring to is what the Bible calls’ ministering spirits’, powerful beings that we cannot ordinarily see, but who exist to do God’s will, and to help God’s people.
Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation? Hebrews 1:14
These Verses in 2 Kings 6 bring home the reality of these ‘friends in high places’ to Elisha’s servant. It is only when his eyes are opened that He sees what he hadn’t before. He can discern God’s firewall around him, ( vs 17) He sees what Elisha could see, he sees what God wanted him to see, and also what the devil didn’t want him to see! The prophet’s servant is shown the reality of Angelic presence, of a spiritual dimension of which we are often unaware. But before this – things were different!
This incident takes place at a time approximately 2850 – 3000 years ago) when Aramea (or Syria) a powerful kingdom to the North of Israel – was at war ( vs 8) with Israel. Little seems to have changed over the millennia! Israel – then as now was acutely conscious of its smallness & vulnerability. Into the equation comes Elisha -to whom God reveals things( read vs 9- 10). The spirit of prophecy on Elisha helped Israel avoid ambush and battle with the much more powerful Syrian army. Irritated by this the Syrians send out a snatch squad to pick up Elisha ( vs 13-14) In a scene reminiscent of a Hollywood movie, Elisha and his servant wake up to find themselves surrounded by the Syrian army.
his servant is understandably panicked by this, ( vs 15). But Elisha can discern the hoast of heaven surrounding them in these wonderful words
“So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” ( 2 Kings 6:16)
The servant had to have his eyes opened to spiritual realities that he had not seen or known before. Like Mary Magdalene ( John 20) and the two on the road to Emmaus ( Luke 24), this man was kept from perceiving the spiritual realities all around him. Like them, his eyes were “holden” as the King James Bible puts it, to prevent him from seeing what Elisha could see.
We too are so often blind to spiritual and eternal realities. The difference between the angelic host Elisha and his servant saw, from the Guardian angels of the new age is as different as night and day. The angels that surrounded the two of them were God’s ministering spirits. We should never forget that nearer than we can ever imagine. Paul puts it like as he debated with the philosophers of Athens ‘so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; ‘ Acts 17:27
Let us not forget either the very similar confession made by Hezekiah king of Judah in 2 Chronicles 32. words which are so appropriate for us in our day.
“Be strong and courageous; do not be afraid nor dismayed before the king of Assyria, nor before all the multitude that is with him; for there are more with us than with him. With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the Lord our God, to help us and to fight our battles.” And the people were strengthened by the words of Hezekiah king of Judah.