Prophet Pearls #28 – Metzora (2 Kings 7:3-20)

Prophet Pearls Metzora, 2 Kings 7:3-20, Metzora, 2 Kings, haftarah, Keith Johnson, leprosy, tsara'at, nehemia gordon, parashah, Parsha, two seahs, barley, torah, tanakh, yehovah, prophet pearlsThis week, Nehemia Gordon and Keith Johnson discuss the Prophets portion of Metzora covering 2 Kings 7:3-20. The duo strongly connects aspects of this ancient prophecy and its unimaginable fulfillment to 21st century headlines. The names of the cities and rulers have changed, but the themes of social justice, economic theory and crowd control read current. Adding to the hot-off-the-press feel is the fact that the major players (the lepers, the Arameans, and the king) were all just conjecturing. Only the prophet, the one paying closest attention to God, knew what was happening. In addition, Gordon sheds light on the physical and spiritual aspects of leprosy (tsara'at), the value of barley as a commodity, and the nuances of call/proclaim/qara. Gordon closes with a prayer for hearts to accept the word of God—even when its fulfillment is beyond our imaginations.

"Then they said to one another, "We are not doing right. This day is a day of good news, and we remain silent." 2 Kings 7:9

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6 thoughts on “Prophet Pearls #28 – Metzora (2 Kings 7:3-20)

  1. WOW! There’s no ambiguity in this story. No grey areas and the situation reminds me of the Israelite woman with the issue of blood. She was an outcast loved by the ones who loved her. Yet, she found herself as these two lepers did, in a life or death situation. OH! how I dislike this but this is exactly where God can “do his thing” with no ambiguity at all. So with them, it was with her but the difference is seen clearly in the second story with her, as her faith (belief in what God says) grows out of a desperate situation until there is nothing left but the turning to Almighty God and what He says and has said. The faith of these two lepers is shrouded for me if there actually was any but for her and her plight, the story of faith as it unfolds, shouts from the rooftops. Yet the lessons surrounding the theme of faith abounds. What a great story espounded upon by two great men in history. You two have an ability to take a most tragic historical event and completely make a “hoot” out of it. I was rolling listening to you two. Even with sickness and perhaps a lackluster recording situation, the funtimes studing God’s word came forth! Love it! Please don’t stop and blessings as you continue to press through the blessing that is Torah Pearls. Amein, Shalom Shalom

  2. We have examples in the Tanakh where people in fact do bow down to angels (Gen 19:1), peasants (Gen 23:7), kings (1Ki 1:53), mothers (1Ki 2:19), and brothers (Gen 33:3). Where things get confusing is when you translate the word “bow down” as “worship”, but in Hebrew there is a clear distinction.

  3. Amen about truth not being found in the debates.

    I’ve come to a place where I’m no longer willing to engage in debates, but rather I’m more than happy to engage in an open and honest discussion on any topic. The key differences are the attitudes and goals of the participants. Rather than seeking to “learn” somebody else something, or to “convert” them, I simply wish to understand their perspective (i.e. why they think the way they do), and for them to understand mine. This way, we can understand the things each other says, does and believes, and even if we disagree with some of them, we can have a tangible, meaningful relationship.

    I think this is what I like the most about Keith and Nehemia’s partnership!

  4. If we were still stoning false prophets, then I would imagine that we’d have fewer false prophesies emerging.

    Then again, they used to stone women like me. Or more accurately – women like I once was.

    Thank God for my being a new creature – and thank God (as written by Isaiah the prophet) for him who bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

    I couldn’t sleep, and so I decided to write this comment while still nighttime – instead of waiting till the morning light. And that’s good news. Who believes the report?

    Signed – a former outcast
    Grafted.

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