A lesson from the
story of Naaman
If you are not familiar
with the story of Naaman, please read it first of all. It may be found in the
Bible, 2nd Kings 5:1-14 (or 1-27)
You can find it here
http://tinyurl.com/3yqjt3 or see
Naaman was an important
and powerful guy. But he had leprosy (or some other nasty skin disease) and, on
the advise of his wife's Israeli slave girl, he went to Elisha, Yahway's prophet
in Israel, for healing. He was expecting a great show, befitting his rank and
position, but he was disappointed and angry that Elisha didn't even appear in
person, merely sending his servant to tell Naaman what to do. Naaman stormed off
in a rage.
By so doing Naaman was
letting his pride get in the way of an encounter with the living God. Thank God
that his servants had the good sense, and the courage, to tell him to catch
himself on. He swallowed his pride and was healed, and acknowledged the
sovereignty of God.
Sometimes we can very
easily let our pride, or our arrogance, or our fear of making fools of ourselves
come between us and a healing encounter with God. Be alert to this in your life!
(16 October 2007)
The passage from 2 Kings 5 from Bible Resources.org
Passage 2 Kings
Naaman Healed of Leprosy
1 Now Naaman was
commander of the army of the king of Aram. He was a
great man in the sight of his master and highly
regarded, because through him the LORD had given
victory to Aram. He was a valiant soldier, but he
had leprosy. [a]
2 Now bands from
Aram had gone out and had taken captive a young girl
from Israel, and she served Naaman's wife.
3 She said to her
mistress, "If only my master would see the prophet
who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his
4 Naaman went to
his master and told him what the girl from Israel
had said. 5 "By all
means, go," the king of Aram replied. "I will send a
letter to the king of Israel." So Naaman left,
taking with him ten talents [b]
of silver, six thousand shekels [c]
of gold and ten sets of clothing.
6 The letter that he
took to the king of Israel read: "With this letter I
am sending my servant Naaman to you so that you may
cure him of his leprosy."
7 As soon as the
king of Israel read the letter, he tore his robes
and said, "Am I God? Can I kill and bring back to
life? Why does this fellow send someone to me to be
cured of his leprosy? See how he is trying to pick a
quarrel with me!"
8 When Elisha the
man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn
his robes, he sent him this message: "Why have you
torn your robes? Have the man come to me and he will
know that there is a prophet in Israel."
9 So Naaman went with
his horses and chariots and stopped at the door of
Elisha's house. 10
Elisha sent a messenger to say to him, "Go, wash
yourself seven times in the Jordan, and your flesh
will be restored and you will be cleansed."
11 But Naaman
went away angry and said, "I thought that he would
surely come out to me and stand and call on the name
of the LORD his God, wave his hand over the spot and
cure me of my leprosy. 12
Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus,
better than any of the waters of Israel? Couldn't I
wash in them and be cleansed?" So he turned and went
off in a rage.
servants went to him and said, "My father, if the
prophet had told you to do some great thing, would
you not have done it? How much more, then, when he
tells you, 'Wash and be cleansed'!"
14 So he went down and
dipped himself in the Jordan seven times, as the man
of God had told him, and his flesh was restored and
became clean like that of a young boy.
Kings 5:1 The Hebrew word was used for various
diseases affecting the skin-not necessarily leprosy;
also in verses 3, 6, 7, 11 and 27.
Kings 5:5 That is, about 750 pounds (about 340
Kings 5:5 That is, about 150 pounds (about 70
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