BEING WITH THE HEAVENLY FATHER -
......DEVOTIONS FOR LAMBS.
From Wendy Howard [Editor of Despatch magazine], Sunshine Coast, Qld, Australia.
Access Online http://www.despatch.cth.com.au/Main/index.htm
Getting to know God together.
THE MIRACLE OF NAAMAN.
Once there was a man called Naaman.
His name means “pleasant-ness.”
His story is found in the Old Testament part of the Bible, 11 Kings chapter 5.
Naaman was a Syrian, and quite an important man. He was the commander of the armies of Ben-ha-dad.
This was in the time, long ago, when Joram was the king of Israel.
Poor Naaman got the most awful
of awful diseases, leprosy. Most modern countries today have gotten rid
of leprosy, but some poorer countries still have that terrible disease
even now. Leprosy makes parts of the body rot away, and kills the victim
in a nasty way indeed. Naaman would have been horrified when he found out
he had leprosy. There were slaves in Syria, and the family of Naaman had
a little Hebrew slave-girl. Just an un-important little thing she was.
She told Naaman’s wife about the great prophet of God called Elisha. “He
can cure my master, I know he can,“
the girl said. Well, the powerful man, Naaman, believed what the girl had told his wife, and decided to go and find that prophet Elisha, the Jewish man of God.
So off Naaman went. But the king of Israel was most upset when Naaman asked about seeing the prophet Elisha! He thought that he had only come to pick a fight with the king, so that he could bring his big army and attack the country of Israel. So the king felt it was very important that Elisha should be able to cure poor Naaman.
Let’s have a look at God’s Word now, in 11 Kings :9-14 :
“So Naaman came with his horses and with his chariot, and stood at the door of the house of Elisha. And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, Go and wash in Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be clean. But Naaman was wroth [angry], and went away, and said, Behold, I thought, He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of the LORD his God, and strike his hand over the place, and recover [cure] the leper. Are not Abana and Pharpar, rivers of Dam-as-cus, better than all the waters of Israel? may I not wash in them, and be clean? So he turned and went away in a rage. And his servants came near, and spake [spoke] unto him, and said, My father, if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, would-est thou not have done it? how much rather then, when he saith to thee, Wash, and be clean? 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.”
See how proud Naaman was?
If the prophet Elisha had told him to do some grand and marvellous thing, he would have done it gladly. But it was such a humble thing to do, to go and dip himself in the Jordan river! God’s way is always to smash our silly pride in ourselves. “Humble” means to bow ourselves down, and stop being proud. If Naaman had been too proud to finally go and dip himself in that river, he would never have been cured! But he humbled himself and was cured by the Living God. He tried to reward Elisha, but the man of Almighty God would not take a reward. But the foolish and greedy Gehazi, a servant of Elisha, tried to trick Naaman into giving him the reward instead - and he was stricken with leprosy himself!
Jesus spoke of Naaman and his cure in Luke 4:27.
Here is what Jesus said:
“And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus [Greek for Elisha] the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian.”
I hope you are humble enough to
take Jesus as your own Saviour.
Some people are just too proud to get saved.
It is like being washed by Jesus from all our wrong doing,
and we come out clean from the leprosy of SIN.
Praise the Lord!
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