Sackcloth Within

2 Kings 6:24
Author: Philip Harrelson
Topics: Burdens, Discontentment, Horror, Isreal, Sackcloth
Series: Old Testament Sermons


II Kings 6:24-30 KJV  And it came to pass after this, that Benhadad king of Syria gathered all his host, and went up, and besieged Samaria.  [25]  And there was a great famine in Samaria: and, behold, they besieged it, until an ass's head was sold for fourscore pieces of silver, and the fourth part of a cab of dove's dung for five pieces of silver.  [26]  And as the king of Israel was passing by upon the wall, there cried a woman unto him, saying, Help, my lord, O king.  [27]  And he said, If the LORD do not help thee, whence shall I help thee? out of the barnfloor, or out of the winepress?  [28]  And the king said unto her, What aileth thee? And she answered, This woman said unto me, Give thy son, that we may eat him to day, and we will eat my son to morrow.  [29]  So we boiled my son, and did eat him: and I said unto her on the next day, Give thy son, that we may eat him: and she hath hid her son.  [30]  And it came to pass, when the king heard the words of the woman, that he rent his clothes; and he passed by upon the wall, and the people looked, and, behold, he had sackcloth within upon his flesh.


-This is one of the most horrific tales that is told in Scripture.  Samaria was under siege and her citizens were literally doing everything imaginable to stave off the attacks of their enemies.

-Samaria was the capital city of the northern ten tribes commonly referred to as Israel.  Jerusalem was the capital city of the southern portion which was composed of two tribes, Benjamin and Judah.

-Samaria, established by Omri, had in her past experienced some great moments.

  • It was the place that the great prophet Elijah had confronted the wicked Ahab and the savage Jezebel.
  • It was the place that God had blinded the Syrian soldiers when they tried to capture Elisha.
  • It was the place that Namaan had gotten violently angry because Elisha refused to come out and meet him to help him get a cure for his leprosy.

-In the end, this is the place that four lepers would find the Syrian armies had fled from their camps and there was enough to sustain the city.  But that is what happened in the end.

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