Dr. Tony Evans is the founder and senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, founder and president of The Urban Alternative and author of over 100 books, booklets and Bible studies. The first African American to earn a doctorate of theology from Dallas Theological Seminary, he has been named one of the 12 Most Effective Preachers in the English-Speaking World by Baylor University. Dr. Evans holds the honor of writing and publishing the first full-Bible commentary and study Bible by an African American. His radio broadcast, The Alternative with Dr. Tony Evans, can be heard on over 1,400 radio outlets daily and in more than 130 countries. Dr. Evans’ sermons are also streamed and downloaded over 20,000,000 times annually.

god knows what you like he knows our


and he has compassion when we come home

come back home as quickly as possible

though your sins being scarlet

they shall be white as snow though they

be red like crimson they shall be his


so whatever inheritance whatever god

still wants to do for you

to you through you in you don’t lose


jesus christ broke the curse so don’t

ever talk about you being cursed again

if you know jesus christ

the curse the consequence of the law is


the greatest miracle of all is when you

dip yourself in the blood of jesus


for the forgiveness of sins and the gift

of eternal life

how many of you like puzzles anybody

like putting together puzzles okay

well today we’re going to have a puzzle

and we’re going to see

the protrusions and the indentations

of this puzzle come together

to address the issue of irreversible


can they be reversed is there the


that things could be different although

they look like they can’t be

gehesa is elijah’s servant

elijah has just instructed

naaman how to be healed seven times into


naaman dips down seven times

comes up totally healed and then turns


offers elijah money

clothes silver gold

well worth in today’s dollars over a

million dollars

naaman says elijah because you gave me

the secret to this healing

i’m going to make you a millionaire

in verse 16 elijah

turns him down i can’t take your money i

can’t take your clothes it’s not about


and he turns down the money

gaheza sees him turn down the money

to which gajesa says you got to be out

of your mind

you didn’t heal this man you offered him

well over a million dollars

and you’re going to turn it down

so when naaman leaves

gaheza goes after him when gaheza

catches up with

naaman he says to him

my master sent me

and he told me to catch up with you

because we got two seminary students

he calls them sons of the prophets we

got two students

who need who need a scholarship to get

through school

who needs some clothes because they poor

seminary students and so

he sent me to get a little something

something from you let me have a talent

and some of the clothes

so before i get any further let me tell

you what’s going on now

the bible calls it the sin of


covetousness is desiring

and plotting to take something that is

not yours to have

that’s covetousness ascending forward is


going after something that is not

legitimate for you to have

in an illegitimate way

colossians 3 5 calls covetousness

idolatry it is the worship of another


because you don’t believe your god is

the source so you go to an illegitimate

means to get it


jesus said in luke chapter 12

about the covetous man you don’t have to

turn there

he said be aware of every form of greed

it comes in different shapes and

different forms and you know you’re a

covetous person

when you plot to get something you’re

not authorized

to have in an illegitimate way through


he says elijah sent me elijah didn’t

send him anywhere

not only that but there was a


mistake that gaheza made

he said elijah sent me he uses elisha’s


he uses god’s name

but he leaves out a phrase that

elisha said when he was offered the


because in chapter 5 verse 16 elijah

said as the lord lives

before who i stand

before who i stand it means to whom i’m


in other words elijah knew he was not

just accountable

to other folk he was accountable to god

and god would see what he was doing

even if no man saw it so gaheza

says elijah sent me and as god lives

but not before whom i stand

he lost sight of a divine accountability

so he comes and he says

show me the money i got some seminary

students here elijah sent me to help

naaman is glad to oblige

so naaman goes and naaman

uh and hands it to giza

two talents some clothes he’s the ghost

takes it to his house and hides it

he then goes to elijah and elijah says

where you been

jesus says i ain’t been nowhere

elijah says did not my heart go with you

when you went to naaman

and when you connive to get this how you


this elijah

has scoped him out

and this is what elijah tells him

therefore verse 27

the leprosy of naaman shall cling to you

and to your descendants forever

so he went out of his presence

a leper as white

as snow let’s look at the consequences

of his decision consequence number one

a personal curse leprosy

and it was incurable

and unreversible

according to leviticus chapter 13 verses

45 and 46

when you got leprosy you now had to move

outside the camp because it was

contagious so you would

you would you could you could give

somebody else leprosy

and there was no way to fix it it was

irreversible as we saw last week




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the kingdom

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perhaps there’s somebody here today who

feels like you’re living under a curse

this thing won’t go away it’s affected

every area of your life

there’s no cure

you are a leper

no solution but not only that

he says you shall be a leper and your


not only that

he tells them it’ll never change forever

let’s fast forward to chapter 8

verse 1. now elijah spoke to the woman

whose son he had restored to life

saying arise and go with your household

and sojourn wherever you can sojourn

for the lord has called for a famine

and it will even come on the land for

seven years

so the woman arose and did according to

the word of the man of god and she went

with her household

and sojourned in the land of the

philistine seven years

at the end of seven years the woman

returned from the land of the


and she went out to appeal to the king

for her house and for her field

now the king was talking with gegiza

the servant of the man of god saying

please relate to me

all the great things that elisha has


as he was relating to the king how he

had restored to life the one who was


behold the woman whose son he had

restored to life appeared

to the king for her house and for her


and yehiza said my lord o king

this is the woman and this is her son

whom elijah restored to life when the


asked the woman she related to him so

the king

appointed for her a certain officer

saying restore

all that was hers and all the produce

of the field from the day that she left

the land

even until now i got a question what in

the world

is gaheza doing in the palace

what is he doing in the past this boy is

a leper

leviticus chapter 13 verse 44 and 45

says lepers have to be segregated from

the congregation

but now he’s talking

to the king and if you’re going to

protect anybody

it’s going to be the king now only

is he talking to the king he is a

liaison between elijah and the king

because he now has a job

he’s still called the servant of elijah

so he is standing between elijah and the


when he’s been condemned to be outside

due to leprosy

come on now i need some more pieces to

this puzzle because

chapter 5 and chapter 8 don’t make sense

enter a woman

a woman whose son had been raised from

the dead

we’re told in those first few verses of

chapter 8 that this woman the


son was raised from the dead by elisha

in the first three verses of chapter


you see the phrase seven years seven

years seven years

and seven is the number of completion

over a seven year period

the woman is first meets elijah and gets

a miracle the raising of her son

seven years later she comes to the king

what happened in the seven years oh

another piece of the puzzle

there’s a famine in chapter 6 verses 25

and following there was a great famine

in samaria while he’s talking about her

okay wait a minute i gotta put this

puzzle together i got a leper

who appears no longer to be a leper i

got a woman

i got a prophet and i got a famine

how do these pieces hook up how do these


come together how is he talking to the

king like nothing is wrong

how does the woman show up while he’s

talking about the woman

why does this seven year gap show up

chapter seven

verse 3

now there were four leperous men

at the entrance of the gate

and they said to one another why do we

sit here until we die

in other words we’re in a hopeless

situation and we’re just sitting here

waiting to die

if we say we will enter the city then

the famine

is in the city and we will die there so

we go there there’s nothing to eat there

so we’re gonna die there but if we sit


we’re gonna die here so we are

dead men regardless

now therefore since we’re going to die

anyway why don’t we go

to the camp of the arameans

if they spare us and we live if they

kill us

we’re going to die so we’re going to die

anyway so let’s go over there to that

army that’s against israel

and let’s ask them if they’ll give us

some food they may kill us

but we’re going to die anyway we’re in a


that’s unfixable so they’ll arise at


and they go into the camp because the

camp has food this is the enemy of

israel and they’re keeping food from


verse six for the lord had caused

the army of the airmen to hear a sound

of chariots

and a sound of horses even the sound of

a great army

so they said to one another behold the

king of israel

has hired against us kings of the

hittites and kings of the egyptians

to come against us therefore they arose

and fled

in the twilight when they

took a chance they discovered

god had already gotten rid of the


if they would have stayed outside and

done nothing they would have never


what god had already done he had already

scared the aramean army so that they


and when they fled well i said stay with

me now

stay with me now when they fled they

left all that stuff behind

because when they fled the lepers come

verse 8 they entered the tent

and they ate and drank and carried from

their silver

and gold and clothes and went and hid


and they returned and entered another

tent and carried from there also

and went and hid them verse 9

then they said to one another stay with

me here

we are not doing right

this day is a day of good news

but we are keeping silent

if we wait until morning light

punishment will overtake us

now therefore come let us go

tell the king

household rewind

when e giza took

that which was not his to take

elijah says to him just before he

sentences him

is it time

for you to have silver gold clothes this

that and the other he said it’s not

wrong that you wanted it

it’s wrong that you wanted it in this


he said it’s not time whenever you have

to connive to get something

god has not given you it’s not because

it’s necessarily wrong to have it

it’s not your time

when you have to be illegitimate to get

it that means you run into

maybe a content problem but definitely a

timing issue because when

the bible says god gives something he

gives no sorrow with it

so if you got to be if you got to be be


to make it happen then what you have

done is that you have misused

the time but now

this table has been laid out because god

had gone before them

and cleared it up so that now there’s

all this stuff

but they they they say well

let’s get this for ourselves let’s take

this for ourselves

and then one remembers and says to the


three no no no no no

been there done that

i’m telling you is that these four

lepers are gaheza and his sons

go back you’re going to be a leper

and so will your descendants

you got to connect chapter five with

chapter eight and somebody’s got to


how he’s now in the king’s court with no


and contagious and how does

these four characters the king elijah

the woman

gaheza and then this central event the


hook up so that he’s now in the king’s


it’s comparing scripture with scripture

the reason that the names are not given

is because he’s living under a curse

what’s the point what is the point

over and over again in chapter eight

seven years seven years seven years

seven years seven years

the time of completion oh let me give

you another word for it

it’s called retest

a retest is when god creates

the exact same situation or a similar

situation to it to see whether you

learned your lesson

called the retest you know the one thing

i loved in school about retest

that means the teacher was giving me

another chance

it does not change my previous grade

but it gives me hope for a better


because it’s a retest notice it’s the

exact same situation

with the exact same stuff silver gold

money closed he says the problem gehesa


it’s not time meaning another time

it will be time but it’s not time now

he gives him a retest if you are in an

un or irreversible situation

you ask god for a retest

lord give me another opportunity to take

the exam again and god

we’ll test and retest and retest again

then retest on top of the retest

until you get the message till i get the


till we get the message while

elijah prophesies at the end of the

seven years that the drought is getting

ready to end

the drought’s getting ready to be over

he prophesies that

that it’s coming to a conclusion

but the officer of the king

says that ain’t gonna happen that ain’t

gonna happen

this this this drought not gonna come

near the end like you’re talking about


so elijah tells him in chapter seven he

said look

now only is gonna come to an end you’re

going to see it

but you’re not going to benefit from it

now look at the end of chapter 7

verse 17. now the king appointed the

royal officer

on whose hands he leaned to have charge

of the gate

but the people trampled on him at the

gate and he died

just as the man of god had said who

spoke when the king came down to him

verse 20 and it happened to him

for the people trampled on him at the


and he died wait a minute when we come

to chapter eight

geezer is talking to the king

wait a minute he’s now the liaison

he not only get his job back because

he’s called the servant of elijah

he’s now the one that the king is

leading on

for information the same thing that the


officer got to use well wait a minute

when the royal officer got trampled

that opened up a job opportunity

and so now the king is leaning on the

former leper

to get information he now has two jobs

he’s the servant of the elijah and he’s

the information center

for the king because if god’s

sovereignty allows it

not only can he reverse your leprosy

he can give you opportunities that you

never thought

could be in your life in your world

and in your future so god

is a god of retest


have you ever felt like you’ve run out

of options

you get up and go has gotten up and gone


you know you you look through the tunnel

and it’s all dark except for the

oncoming train coming your way

hope is gone throwing in the towel

you resigned it’ll never get better

i’ve got good news in spite of how bad

it looks

in spite of how bad you were

to bring it to the point it’s at now

the sins the mistakes the failures the


and you don’t even know how to spell the

word hope anymore

you’ve really set yourself up for god to


um a reversal

he has a boomerang principle

that he loves to operate with his


when he looks like you’ve gone way out

of the way

he knows how to turn that thing around

and bring it back

and change your situation

i know it right now looks like there’s

no way out

i know it looks like right now for many

that you’ve been consigned

to a life of rejection

of failure and it’s unrecoverable

that’s where god does some of his best


that’s where god literally changes his


when we change our direction so

even though it looks like it is


and it is as far as you are concerned

and as far as people are concerned

but since there’s nothing impossible

with god

if you’re still here you’re still alive

you’re still breathing

then you go for that return

because god is able to uh how shall we

say it

make dry bones rise again

he can take the grave and bring life out

of it

he can take yesterday’s

disasters and turn them into tomorrow’s


you don’t give up on god because guess


he has not yet given up on you