Bullets From The Bible 12-17-17
Naaman had leprosy and there was no cure. Naaman caught wind that there was a prophet in Israel in that could cure him, so he found the prophet. The prophet didn’t even come out to see him, but Instead told him to go dip seven times in the Jordan river. Naaman was furious at the response of the prophet.
Naaman had some very wise servants. Naaman’s servant tried to talk some sense into him. Notice what the servant said,
2 Kings 5:13, “And his servants came near and spoke to him, and said, “My father, if the prophet had told you to do something great, would you not have done it? How much more then, when he says to you, ‘Wash, and be clean’?”
“Wash and be clean” is so simple that it disappointed and angered Naaman. He preferred any number of other rivers as opposed to the Jordan river. Yet the servants talk some sense into him. Naaman would have been willing to any number of great things that the prophet would have asked...yet “wash and be clean” was so simple that he didn’t like it. Why would he not “wash and be clean”? It wasn’t what he expected, but if it works why not?
So notice what Naaman does,
2 Kings 5:14 says, “So he went down and dipped seven times in the Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God; and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.
Naaman couldn’t heal himself.
The king couldn’t heal Naaman.
The other rivers couldn’t heal Naaman.
Yet when Naaman obeyed God’s simple commands he was cleansed of his leprosy.
Sometimes salvation is so simple that men reject it. Some want salvation to come their own way. Some want some great and grand way of being saved. Some don’t want to obey God at all. Yet when we simply obey what He has commanded we are forgiven of our sins. “Wash and be clean” is simple...yet if it is what God command then it is the only way.