So Naaman came with his horses and with his chariot, and stood at the door of the house of Elisha.
2 Kings 5:9
Why is this important?
Read 2 Kings and it will dawn on you! Naaman had a disease, but despite this he won wars and established his ruler.
He was known to by the king to be ‘ill’ with a ‘sickness’ that could be seen (your assignments to find this out.’); noting a prophet in Israel, his ‘leader’ that he aided in being a conquer sent Naaman for ‘healing’.
Healing? Yes, healing. We serve an inexplicable, awesome God, Amen.
Let us read The Word:
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]
Now bands of raiders from Aram had gone out and had taken captive a young girl from Israel, and she served Naaman’s wife. She said to her mistress, “If only my master would see the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy.”
Naaman went to his master and told him what the girl from Israel had said. “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 of silver, six thousand shekels of gold and ten sets of clothing. 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.”
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!”
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.” So Naaman went with his horses and chariots and stopped at the door of Elisha’s house. 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.”
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 handover the spot and cure me of my leprosy. Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Couldn’t I wash in them and be cleansed?” So he turned and went off in a rage.
Naaman’s 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’!” 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.
Then Naaman and all his attendants went back to the man of God. He stood before him and said, “Now I know that there is no God in all the world except in Israel. So please accept a gift from your servant.”
The prophet answered, “As surely as the Lordlives, whom I serve, I will not accept a thing.” And even though Naaman urged him, he refused.
“If you will not,” said Naaman, “please let me, your servant, be given as much earth as a pair of mules can carry, for your servant will never again make burnt offerings and sacrifices to any other god but the Lord. But may the Lord forgive your servant for this one thing: When my master enters the temple of Rimmon to bow down and he is leaning on my arm and I have to bow there also—when I bow down in the temple of Rimmon, may the Lord forgive your servant for this.”
“Go in peace,” Elisha said.
- Pride. Naaman had fought and conquered for his leader. He was accomplished. BUT, he had leprosy. What is leprosy you ask. a contagious disease that affects the skin, mucous membranes, and nerves, causing discoloration and lumps on the skin and, in severe cases, disfigurement and deformities. Leprosy is now mainly confined to tropical Africa and Asia.
- Arrogance. His comment: “I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, wave his handover the spot and cure me of my leprosy. Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Couldn’t I wash in them and be cleansed?” Is itself saying SO very much. Paul in the new Testament says, “Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not make room for the devil.” Yes; the ‘time’ in the New Testament was very far off, this lesson is for us.
- Mind you, with Naaman’s response he was respectfully addressed by someone in his entourage, his servant: Naaman’s 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’!” Naaman was spoken to by a minion. Mind you, as believers we are directed by The Spirit.
“For all who are being led by The Spirit of God, these are sons of God.” Romans 8:14
When he acted as directed (do as The Spirit leads, Amen). BIG question! How do you know when The Spirit directs you?
1 Thessalonians 5:21 says: “Test all things; hold fast what is good.”
Teach me to do Your will, For You are my God; Let Your good Spirit lead me on level ground. Psalm 143:10
For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. Romans 8:14
Many of us are seeking what we must do. It is so painfully simple. But, it needs to be stressed!
LET GO AND LET GOD!
There is much that occured after this account in The Word, but we will focus on the key lessons in this share.
Learn, listen, live…Amen.