Thursday, July 03, 2008

Cured of Leprosy

July 3: 2 Kings 5-8


8 But when Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn his clothes, he sent to the king, saying, “Why have you torn your clothes? Let him come now to me, that he may know that there is a prophet in Israel.” 9 So Naaman came with his horses and chariots and stood at the door of Elisha's house. 10 And Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, “Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored, and you shall be clean.” 11 But Naaman was angry and went away, saying, “Behold, I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call upon the name of the Lord his God, and wave his hand over the place and cure the leper. 12 Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them and be clean?” So he turned and went away in a rage. 13 But his servants came near and said to him, “My father, it is a great word the prophet has spoken to you; will you not do it? Has he actually said to you, ‘Wash, and be clean’?” 14 So he went down and dipped himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the word of the man of God, and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.


15 Then he returned to the man of God, he and all his company, and he came and stood before him. And he said, “Behold, I know that there is no God in all the earth but in Israel; so accept now a present from your servant.” 16 But he said, “As the Lord lives, before whom I stand, I will receive none.” And he urged him to take it, but he refused.
2 Kings 5: 8-16

Cured of Leprosy

After hearing that he could have his leprosy cured in Israel, Naaman, the captive of the Syrian army went to his king, who drafted a letter for the King of Israel. “When this letter reaches you, know that I have sent to you Naaman my servant, that you may cure him of his leprosy.”

The King of Israel was stunned, and tore his clothes. How was he to cure this man of his leprosy?

Elisha, hearing the king had torn his clothes, sent his servant to the king to tell him that he should send Naaman to Elisha. Naaman was impressed. He imagined that this prophet, knowing how great he was, would come out to him and make a huge public display of ridding him of his leprosy. When Elisha only sent his servant out to him and told him to wash in the muddy Jordan seven times, he would have returned to Syria in a rage, but his servants implored him to do what the prophet said.

How often are we just like Naaman? Pride is so embedded in our nature that it quickly creeps out when we think we have not been noticed, or even worse, demoted. Thankfully for Naaman, he took the advice of his servants and was healed of his leprosy.

We need to pray daily for grace from the Lord to live our life in a humble manner. Notice how Naaman responded after he was cured of leprosy.

Then he returned to the man of God, he and all his company, and he came and stood before him. And he said, “Behold, I know that there is no God in all the earth but in Israel; so accept now a present from your servant.”
2 Kings 5:15

Here is the real lesson of this passage; we must pray that our actions will not hinder the work of God. Naaman realized that it was God who healed him, and not Elisha. Pray that everything you do and say this day will point to the Lord and not to yourself.

God Bless You,
Linda

All Scriptures are from the English Standard Version of the Bible.

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