Bullets From The Bible 12-14-17
2 Kings 5:1-4 says, “Now Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Syria, was a great and honorable man in the eyes of his master, because by him the LORD had given victory to Syria. He was also a mighty man of valor, but a leper. And the Syrians had gone out on raids, and had brought back captive a young girl from the land of Israel. She waited on Naaman's wife.
Then she said to her mistress, “If only my master were with the prophet who is in Samaria! For he would heal him of his leprosy.”
And Naaman went in and told his master, saying, “Thus and thus said the girl who is from the land of Israel.”
Naaman had a lot of things going for him. He was a great and honorable man, he was victorious in battle, he was a man of valor. Yet all of that really didn’t mean much because Naaman was a leper. Leprosy was a disease that ate away at the flesh of a person until they ultimately died. It was very painful and contagious and there was no cure for it. While Naaman had a lot of things going for him in life...they really didn’t matter because he was a leper.
By providence, one of the people that they brought back from battle knew of the prophet in Samaria that could heal Naaman. I cannot imagine the skepticism that Naaman must have had, but he really had no other options so he sets out to find the prophet.
We will look at more of the story of Naaman tomorrow...but for today just remember...Naaman is a man with an incurable disease.
Alright you've got me hooked, waiting for tomorrow...