God’s Unfailing Help
2 Kings 6:24-33 GNV
24 Some time later King Benhadad of Syria led his entire army against Israel and laid siege to the city of Samaria.
25 As a result of the siege the food shortage in the city was so severe that a donkey’s head cost eighty pieces of silver, and half a pound of dove’s dung cost five pieces of silver.
26 The king of Israel was walking by on the city wall when a woman cried out, “Help me, Your Majesty!”
27 He replied, “If the Lord won’t help you, what help can I provide? Do I have any wheat or wine?
28 What’s your trouble?” She answered, “The other day this woman here suggested that we eat my child, and then eat her child the next day.
29 So we cooked my son and ate him. The next day I told her that we would eat her son, but she had hidden him!”
30 Hearing this, the king tore his clothes in dismay, and the people who were close to the wall could see that he was wearing sackcloth under his clothes.
31 He exclaimed, “May God strike me dead if Elisha is not beheaded before the day is over!”
32 And he sent a messenger to get Elisha. Meanwhile Elisha was at home with some elders who were visiting him. Before the king’s messenger arrived, Elisha said to the elders, “That murderer is sending someone to kill me! Now, when he gets here, shut the door and don’t let him come in. The king himself will be right behind him.”
33 He had hardly finished saying this, when the king arrived and said, “It’s the Lord who has brought this trouble on us! Why should I wait any longer for him to do something?”
The test of any advanced culture is whether the culture has successfully SOCIALIZED their children.
Anthropologist Margaret Mead
Deuteronomy 28:53-57 GNV – 53 “When your enemies are besieging your towns, you will become so desperate for food that you will even eat the children that the Lord your God has given you. 54 Even the most refined man of noble birth will become so desperate during the siege that he will eat some of his own children because he has no other food. He will not even give any to his brother or to the wife he loves or to any of his children who are left. 56 Even the most refined woman of noble birth, so rich that she has never had to walk anywhere, will behave in the same way. When the enemy besieges her town, she will become so desperate for food that she will secretly eat her newborn child and the afterbirth as well. She will not share them with the husband she loves or with any of her children.
2 Kings 3:1-3 GNV – 1 In the eighteenth year of the reign of King Jehoshaphat of Judah, Joram son of Ahab became king of Israel, and he ruled in Samaria for twelve years. 2 He sinned against the Lord, but he was not as bad as his father or his mother Jezebel; he pulled down the image his father had made for the worship of Baal. 3 Yet, like King Jeroboam son of Nebat before him, he led Israel into sin and would not stop.
Confrontation is the act of exposing people to what is wrong for the purpose of CONVICTION, CORRECTION and life CHANGE.
Great leaders love people enough to tell them the truth even at the risk of REJECTION and DISAPPROVAL.
The primary barrier to African-American advances is not DISCRIMINATION but EMPLOYABILITY.
Nurturing African American Competencies & Potential
High School Dropout – 25% unemployment
High school Graduation – Average $10/hour
College Graduate – Average $24/hour
Post-College Graduate – Average $34/hour
Skilled Trade (electrician, plumber, concrete finisher, electrical engineer) – $34/hour
If you do not excel ATHLETICALLY, your MASCULINITY is questioned.
Making good grades is acting WHITE.
One million African-American males try out annually for high school sports
400,000 make the high school team
4,000 make the college team
35 make it in the NBA; seven start
The average career in the NBA is 4 yrs and in the NFL is 3 Yrs
One million black males are trying out for SEVEN full time jobs.
One hundred thousand jobs are presently available for ENGINEERS.
Less than 2,000 African-American males QUALIFY.
The average career lasts 40 years; average pay is $100K annually.
The King’s statement is:
1. An Humbling Statement
2. A Helpful Statement
Psalm 60:11 GNV – Help us against the enemy; human help is worthless.
3. A Hopeful Statement
Psalm 37:23-24 NLT – 23 The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. 24 Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand.
INVITATION– My Help Comes from the Lord