Saturday, April 14, 2018

2 Kings 5:13-14

13 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’!” 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.

 

This is a wonderful story about the healing of Naaman, but it is also a story that several times allows servants to figure prominently within the events that unfold. We learn in the opening verse that Naaman was a foreigner, a commander in the army of the King of Aram, and afflicted with leprosy. A Israeli servant girl to Naaman’s wife told him about the prophet Elisha who could heal him.

Naaman found Elisha and was told to wash seven times in the Jordan to be healed, but Elisha’s instructions seemed too simple to be true. It took Naaman’s servants to convince Naaman to give the washing a try, and Naaman was healed.

Naaman was grateful to Elisha and expressed his faith in God. He tried to give Elisha a gift in thankfulness, but Elisha refused. One more servant in the story – this one, Gehazi, a servant of Elisha, tried to get some of the goods for himself. Of course Elisha found him out, and Gehazi was afflicted with Naaman’s leprosy. Several good servants of the foreigner, Naaman, and one not so good servant of the prophet, Elisha. God knows who we are, and by our goodness or lack thereof, we either stand or fall.

 

Prayer

Guide me, Lord, in whatever I undertake today, that I may do what is good in your sight, what is helpful and kind and right. I delude myself if I think you do not see my actions or the state of my heart and judge me accordingly. Let me give you the praise in Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

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