As in our study of Jonah. Jonah was very reluctant to do what God told him to do.
This is a story about another man who was reluctant to do what a man of God told him. 2 KINGS 5
Naaman, commander of the army for the king of Aram, was a great man in his master’s sight and highly regarded because through him, the Lord has given victory to Aram. The man was a Brave warrior but he had a skin disease.
Naaman learn’ t from a young Isrealite girl he had taken home after a victory of battle, as a present for his wife as a slave. The young girl settled in well with Naaman and his wife, and one day Naaman’s wife confided in her about Naaman’s skin disease. The young girl had not forgotten her back ground and Told her about a Prophet of God named Elisha. Naaman’s wife told Naaman what the young girl had said, and Naaman repeated it to the King.
The King offered to help by sending a letter and present to the King of Israel, to help Naaman be cured. This is all in 1 Kings 5
The King of Israel was horrified as he read the letter, and tore his clothes. But when Elisha heard about this he sent a message to the king. “Why have you torn your clothes? Have him come to me and he will know there is a prophet of God in Israel.
Naaman came with his horses and chariots and stood alone at the door of Elisha house. Elisha did not come out he sent a messenger to tell Naaman ” go wash seven times in the Jordan river and your flesh will be restored and you will be clean.
Self importance must have risen inside Naaman he was angry. He must of thought doesn’t he know who I am why should I wash in a dirty old river.
Isn’t that just like today, people want instant everything. Naaman just wanted to be healed, he was far to important then to wash seven times in a river.
It never hurts to take advice. One of Naaman servant said Gently ” If he had asked you to do something hard, you would have gladly tried it. Why not follow his advice when it is something easy.
Naaman realize that he had been full of his own self importance, so he went and washed seven times as the prophet had asked.
Well what do you know the skin was restored and became like the skin of a young boy and he was clean. Naaman went back to the prophet’s house, this time Elisha came out to meet him.
Listen to what Naaman said “Your God is the only true God, I will worship Him too”.
Naaman offered gifts, bu t Elisha tells him ” I am only God’s servant He was the one who healed you I don’t want anything from you”
The servant girl witnessed, Naaman Servant spoke up because they knew what was right.
We are His witnesses, God Our Lord and Our Friend is the Healer.
Let us be more diligent, fervent in spirit, and willing to serve.
We hope you have, like all of us learn t from this story, if we are asked to do something by God, Do it with all your heart, never worry about what people might think.
Even the simplest thing God asked us do do, can lead to many lives being changed.
Not only was Naaman healed he also wanted to worship the One True God.
O F J