Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean. 2 Kings 5:14
Naaman was a captain of the King’s army in Syria.
He was an honorable man, and also was mighty in valor, but he was a leper.
The Syrians brought away a young captive girl in battle, a little maid from Israel, and she waited on Naaman’s wife.
This little girl told her mistress that it was too bad that Naaman wasn’t in Samaria where there was a great prophet, because he would be made well if only he could find this prophet.
Some men told Naaman about what the little maid said.
Word got out to the King of Syria that there was hope for Naaman’s leprosy to be cured.
The King sent Naaman to Israel with silver, gold, and clothing, and a letter for the King of Israel.
When Naaman brought the letter to the King of Israel, the King of Israel wondered why the King of Syria would send a leper to him to be cured? He wasn’t God,and couldn’t heal Naaman. He thought the King of Syria was trying to start a battle.
However, Elisha, the Prophet, heard that the king of Israel had torn his clothes, and was concerned about this event leading to war. So, Elisha sent messengers to tell the King of Israel to send Naaman to him.
Naaman drove up to Elisha’s house in his chariot with horses and men, expecting to see Elisha at the door. But, Elisha only sent a messenger to the door to tell Naaman to go dip in the Jordan seven times, and his flesh would be clean.
Naaman didn’t like this deal. He expected to speak with the Prophet, and He expected the Prophet to pray, and for God’s hand to strike him and cleanse him. Things weren’t the way he thought they should be. Naaman was ready to go home without dipping in the Jordan. Besides, he thought there were rivers he could dip in back in Syria, that were cleaner than the Jordan.
That;s when Naaman’s servants spoke to him, and told him that if the prophet had asked him to do some great thing, would he have done it? How much more than should he do this simple thing, to wash and be clean?
Naaman went and dipped himself seven times in the Jordan, and his flesh became like the flesh of a little child.
Many of us want to do things our own way, and we miss out on a lot of things.– Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.
Just like this story, faith is a simple thing with great consequences. Just believe in the Lord Jesus and You will be saved. Yet, many people will refuse to do this simple thing.
Just as Naaman needed to hear the message of how to be healed, we need to hear the message, and tell the message, of how to be saved.
Romans 10:17 17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Allow God to work through you, and for you, and in you!
Dear Lord, this story of Naaman has such a good message with it. You made it simple for us to be saved, just as You made it simple for Naaman to be cured of leprosy. Some of us are like Naaman, expecting Your mighty hand to strike us and cleanse us. You gave Naaman good advice through his servants,– to go and do the simple thing, and see what God will do! Thank You for doing such amazing things in my life, and for forgiving me of my sins! Amen.
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