Neviim Rishonim:

Melekhim Bet / 2 Kings Chapter 7

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Elisha promises abundant food

7:1 Then Elisha said: "Hear ye Dvar YHVH (יהוה); Thus said YHVH (יהוה), Tomorrow about this time [shall] a measure of fine flour [be sold] for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, in the gate of Shomron.

7:2 Then an officer on whose hand the king leaned answered the man of Elohim (אלהים), and said, Behold, [if] YHVH (יהוה) would make windows in heaven, might this thing be? And he said, Behold, thou shalt see [it] with thine eyes, but shalt not eat thereof.

7:3 And there were four leprous men at the entering in of the gate: and they said one to another, Why sit we here until we die?

7:4 If we say, We will enter into the city, then the famine [is] in the city, and we shall die there: and if we sit still here, we die also. Now therefore come, and let us fall unto the host of the Aram: if they save us alive, we shall live; and if they kill us, we shall but die.

7:5 And they rose up in the twilight, to go unto the camp of the Aram: and when they were come to the uttermost part of the camp of Aram, behold, [there was] no man there.

7:6 For YHVH (יהוה) had made the host of the Aram to hear a noise of chariots, and a noise of horses, [even] the noise of a great host: and they said one to another, Hinnei, the melekh Yisra'el hath hired against us the kings of the Hittites, and the kings of the Mitzrayim, to come upon us.

7:7 Wherefore they arose and fled in the twilight, and left their tents, and their horses, and their donkeys, even the camp as it [was], and fled for their life.

7:8 And when these lepers came to the uttermost part of the camp, they went into one tent, and did eat and drink, and carried thence silver, and gold, and raiment, and went and hid [it]; and came again, and entered into another tent, and carried thence [also], and went and hid [it].

7:9 Then they said one to another, We do not well: this day [is] a day of good tidings, and we hold our peace: if we tarry till the morning light, some mischief will come upon us: now therefore come, that we may go and tell the king's household.

7:10 So they came and called unto the porter of the city: and they told them, saying, We came to the camp of the Aram, and, behold, [there was] no man there, neither voice of man, but horses tied, and donkeys tied, and the tents as they [were].

7:11 And he called the porters; and they told [it] to the king's house within.

Elisha's promise is fulfilled

7:12 And the king arose in the night, and said unto his servants, I will now shew you what the Aram have done to us. They know that we [be] hungry; therefore are they gone out of the camp to hide themselves in the field, saying, When they come out of the city, we shall catch them alive, and get into the city.

7:13 And one of his servants answered and said, Let [some] take, I pray thee, five of the horses that remain, which are left in the city, (behold, they [are] as all the multitude of Yisra'el that are left in it: behold, [I say], they [are] even as all the multitude of the Yisra'elites that are consumed:) and let us send and see.

7:14 They took therefore two chariot horses; and the king sent after the host of the Aram, saying: "Go and see. "

7:15 And they went after them unto Yarden: and, hinnei, all the way [was] full of garments and vessels, which the Aram had cast away in their haste. And the messengers returned, and told the king.

7:16 And the people went out, and spoiled the tents of the Aram. So a measure of fine flour was [sold] for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, according to the Dvar YHVH (יהוה).

7:17 And the king appointed YHVH (יהוה) on whose hand he leaned to have the charge of the gate: and the people trode upon him in the gate, and he died, as the man of Elohim (אלהים) had said, who spake when the king came down to him.

7:18 And it came to pass as the man of Elohim (אלהים) had spoken to the king, saying, Two measures of barley for a shekel, and a measure of fine flour for a shekel, shall be to morrow about this time in the gate of Shomron:

7:19 And that officer answered the man of Elohim (אלהים), and said, Now, behold, [if] YHVH (יהוה) should make windows in heaven, might such a thing be? And he said, Behold, thou shalt see it with thine eyes, but shalt not eat thereof.

7:20 And so it fell out unto him: for the people trode upon him in the gate, and he died.


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Verses 18-20 reemphasize that the king's officer died according to the word of Adonay because of his unbelief. Unbelief robs its victims of blessing and rewards them with death.

Mashiach the Leper
Which may be one way of explaining the perplexing Talmudic statement:

“What is the name of Mashiach? The leper!”
Why would the Messiah be gives this title?
Because that which shames you most may hold the key to your redemption, if you will only muster the courage to embrace it and see it in its most pristine and pure state.
What you have been running away from most, what you have tried to quarantine,

what you are so deeply ashamed of, carries your deepest light.
You need only trace it back to its authentic nature and origin, and then you will discover how this very “leper” is your Moshiach, your prophet and messenger of psychological and spiritual emancipation.
That is why the name given to Mashiach is the “metzorah,” the “leper.”
How will Mashiach heal such an insane world (a “meshugene velt?”) He will show that the healing energy was always there.
We were just misreading the map—the map of ourselves and of others.