Today, David Brakke (the lead pastor at Maltby Christian Assembly), began a new series called “Be Contagious” – focusing on the importance of giving away all that we have been given.
The Bible reads, “Then [the lepers] said to one another, ‘We are not doing right. This day is a day of good news. If we are silent and wait until the morning light, punishment will overtake us. Now therefore come; let us go and tell the king’s household.’ So they came and called to the gatekeepers of the city and told them, ‘We came to the camp of the Syrians, and behold, there was no one to be seen or heard there, nothing but the horses tied and the donkeys tied and the tents as they were.’ Then the gatekeepers called out, and it was told within the king’s household. And the king rose in the night and said to his servants, ‘I will tell you what the Syrians have done to us. They know that we are hungry. Therefore they have gone out of the camp to hide themselves in the open country, thinking, When they come out of the city, we shall take them alive and get into the city.’ And one of his servants said, ‘Let some men take five of the remaining horses, seeing that those who are left here will fare like the whole multitude of Israel who have already perished. Let us send and see.’ So they took two horsemen, and the king sent them after the army of the Syrians, saying, ‘Go and see.’ So they went after them as far as the Jordan, and behold, all the way was littered with garments and equipment that the Syrians had thrown away in their haste. And the messengers returned and told the king” (2 Kings 7:3-10, ESV).
It was the lepers who found the treasure. Those who had the least were given the most – and given a choice whether to share it with others. They lived outside the city walls. Outcasts. And yet they were the ones, by chance, to first discover God’s miraculous victory over the enemy. And they knew that it was wrong to keep it to themselves. They knew that a city, as undeserving as they were, would die without nourishment.
Pastor David asked, “Have we hoarded the gospel for so long that we have lost all wonder and gratitude?