2 Kgs 5:1-27
We are introduced to Naaman, the Syrian captain, who was described as a great man and whom through God gave victory to Syria. However, Naaman was a leper despite being a man of valour. One of his maid, a little Isrealite girl, who had been taken captive however told his wife about Elisha, recommending that Naaman would be healed of his leprosy if he would go to see Elisha in Samaria.
So, with a letter to the king of Israel from the Syrian king, Naaman departed. When Israel‘s king received the letter, he tore his clothes saying, how could the Syrian king expect him to heal Naaman of his leprosy, he assumed the king was looking for a quarrel. Elisha however sent message to the king that Naaman should come, and he would know that there’s a prophet of God in Israel.
When Naaman got there in his pomp, Elisha only sent a servant to tell him to go wash seven times in Jordan river and he would be healed. This was not what Naaman expected, he thought Elisha would come meet him, pray to God, touch the leprosy, and he would be healed. He had premeditated how God would act in his mind, and since the new method seemed strange and awkward, he would rather go back home to swim in the better rivers of Damascus. If not for the wise intervention of his servants, Naaman would have missed out on his miraculous healing. It seems as though Naaman’s servants really played important roles in his life, the little girl told him about Elisha, and others encouraged him to do as Elisha said. This tells a lot about his valour and how he had been dealing with the “lowly”, for if they hated him they probably would not want his reproach removed.
So, Naaman went and dipped in Jordan river seven times as advised, and he was made whole. He then returned to thank Elisha, and made a commitment to the God of Israel to only sacrifice unto him. He also wanted to give gifts to Elisha, but the man of God refused, and sent him on his way. However, Gehazi was greedy for gain and pursued after Naaman to collect the gifts, lying that his master had visitors who had need of it. By this act Gehazi brought a curse upon himself, as Elisha’s spirit knew of his action. He and his seed took upon them the leprosy of Naaman from that day on.
Remember God works in diverse ways, he also could use anybody, even the lowly. Do not despise people, do not despise his ways also, doing either of the two could be to your disadvantage.
Some verses to be remembered
vs 3: And she said unto her mistress, Would God my lord were with the prophet that is in Samaria! for he would recover him of his leprosy.
vs 11: But Naaman was wroth, 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 the leper.
vs 14: 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.
vs 27: The leprosy therefore of Naaman shall cleave unto thee, and unto thy seed for ever. And he went out from his presence a leper as white as snow.