Wednesday Sept. 20, 2017
5 10 Elisha sent a messenger to say to him, “Go, wash yourself seven times in the Jordan, and your flesh will be restored and you will be cleansed.” 11 But Naaman went away angry and said, “I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, wave his hand over the spot and cure me of my leprosy. 12 Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Couldn’t I wash in them and be cleansed?” So he turned and went off in a rage. 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.
- Naaman went seeking healing for his leprosy but when the process of that healing was not to his approval he walked away angry and his anger grew to a rage. Naaman considered the means by which he would receive his healing crude and demeaning.
- Now just thing about that for a minute, here is a guy who is afflicted with a horrible disease of the skin, yet he is so very concerned about appearances! Isn’t that just like us today? How many are so focused on how things look that they are missing out completely on the blessing God has for them simply because they have such high standards?
- Is it barely possible that God required Naaman to go wash in the Jordan because God knew this would be an issue that would provoke his pride? You say, “God didn’t do that, Elisha did”. Reality check, Elisha was the servant of the Lord and what that inherently means when properly understood is that Elisha spoke the message of God to Naaman. The requirement to wash in the Jordan was from the Lord.
- Sometimes we choose not listen to the prompting of God because it does not suit our preconceived notions of what His Word ought to say to us. Often times it is our pride that stands between us and our healing, our deliverance, the opportunity God has made available for us.
- But there is something else we also must consider here, Naaman quite possibly wanted to do something to merit his healing. What he had been told re a prophet in Israel healing him – a work of God’s grace, he had decided was something that would require his own personal effort. How many of us make this mistake on an ongoing basis? How many question their salvation because they believe they do not deserve it? Listen to the words of Paul or more precisely the Word of the Lord as communicated through Paul, 3 You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified. 2 I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by believing what you heard? 3 Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh?