The situation was desperate. Samaria had been besieged by the king of Syria (2Kings 6:24). Nobody gets out of the city. Nobody gets in. More importantly, nothing gets in. Not food . . . not water . . . nor anything else necessary for sustaining life. What’s more, the siege had occurred during a time of famine in the land (6:25) so the situation inside the walls went from bad to worse really fast — so much so that mothers were engaging in cannibalistic practices with their children (6:28-29). Dark, dark times. Hopeless times. But it’s in such times, that we’re reminded there are windows in heaven.
But Elisha said, “Hear the word of the LORD: thus says the LORD, Tomorrow about this time a seah of fine flour shall be sold for a shekel, and two seahs of barley for a shekel, at the gate of Samaria.” Then the captain on whose hand the king leaned said to the man of God, “If the LORD Himself should make windows in heaven, could this thing be?” (2Kings 7:1-2a ESV)
Twenty-four hours. That’s all it would take, prophecies Elisha. Twenty-four hours for the siege to be lifted and for the supply of food to so outweigh the demand that buying in bulk would only cost shekels. And the king’s captain says, “Really? Impossible! Even if the LORD Himself should make windows in heaven, how could it be?”
Cue the windows. Draw the curtains. Throw open the shutters. Open wide . . . and watch the glory of God come down!
Bottom line is the LORD spooks the marauding Syrian army. They hear sounds in the night and, thinking them to be mercenary armies somehow hired by Israel, they flee leaving everything behind. Literally . . . everything is left behind. Horses, donkeys, and tents filled with enough food, clothing, and silver and gold, so that an army could outwait a city (7:6-8). And it’s there for the taking. More than anyone could have imagined. Easier to get than anyone could have thought but twenty-four hours earlier. All the result of windows in heaven.
Incredible story. Unbelievable. Abundance available to everyone who had been in captivity. Nothing they needed to do but leave the safety of the city walls and venture out into the abandoned camp and reap of the spoils. How could this be? Windows in heaven.
Sounds like another incredible story. A story of those besieged by sin. Held captive by the lust of their flesh and the darkness of their world. Though unaware of their desperate plight, people trapped and without any means to free themselves . . . even feeding on themselves, and on others, in order to satisfy a soul hunger that can only be satisfied by windows in heaven.
“I am the bread of life. . . . This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is My flesh.” ~ Jesus (John 6:48-51 ESV)
The windows of heaven opened . . . the King of Heaven come down . . . that people might be freed from the siege of sin . . . and that they might drink of living water in abundance . . . and feed on the food of eternal life without measure. All without cost to the captive . . . accessible to all who believe, and, by faith, leave the death-sentence of their “safe city” and wander out to see the LORD’s provision. Provision not found in tents filled with food and money, but found in a blood stained cross . . . found in an empty tomb . . . found in a risen, ascended and living Savior. Heaven’s best given for sinners such as I. All because there are windows in heaven.
O’ what wondrous grace! O’ what a wonderful Savior!
To God be all the glory for windows in heaven!