‘… they said to each other, ‘What we’re doing is not right. This is a day of good news and we are keeping it to ourselves. If we wait until daylight, punishment will overtake us. Let’s go at once and report this to the royal palace.’ 2 Kings 7:9 (NIV)
Ben-Hadad, king of Aram, besieged the city of Samaria and all seemed lost. The siege had lasted so long that there was a severe shortage of food (famine) in the city. Four social outcasts (lepers) sitting at the city gate decided to go over to the Aramean camp and surrender. Their reasoning was that if they were spared then all would be well, if not at least their deaths would be swift.
When the four men arrived at the enemy camp they found it deserted. They saw an opportunity to acquire some food and wealth for themselves. They raided a couple of tents; eating and drinking, and taking any valuables and hiding them. They could have continued, but their consciences made them question what they were doing and they said ‘What we’re doing is not right.’
What they say next is very insightful and resonates across the millenia, ‘This is a day of good news and we are keeping it to ourselves.’ The four lepers risked being disbelieved when they went back to the city of Samaria with the good news. They may have even risked death. Being social outcasts, would they even be welcomed?
As Christians we are called to share the Good News, not keep it to ourselves. It may cost us. We may be disbelieved or ridiculed. Our messaage may not even be welcomed by those with whom we share it. What we must keep in mind is that ‘… this is a day of good news’ and we have a message worth sharing.