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Topic: Obedience (01/31/05)
TITLE: Leprosy Healed Through Obedience
By Annette Agnello
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disease one person could catch from another one. That is why lepers were usually kept outside of
the camps. But for some reason Naaman was the commander of the Syrian army in spite of his
illness he also had close contact with the king as seen in 2 Kings 5:1,4-5. He also still had contact
with his wife and her servant he had captured from Israel in spite of his illness.
That slave girl was important, If it had not been for her Naaman would have never have gone to
Israel in the first place. She knew the prophet in Samaria, and she knew he could heal her master’s
leprosy. Even though there are no other biblical stories of Elisha healing someone of leprosy he
must have done it before for the slave to know it was possible.
Hope will cause you to go to extremes. It took Naaman to an enemy land to meet this prophet to
receive the promised healing. His king sent him to another king thinking no one less could do such
a mighty thing as heal his commander. This put the King of Israel in a panic 2 Kings 5:7 to be
rescued by Elisha in verse 8.
When Naaman reached Elisha’s house he was insulted that the prophet would neither invite him in
his home or come out to see him. Instead he just sent the message to him in 2 Kings5:10 Go wash
in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored to you, and you shall be clean.” (NIV)
Naaman was very mad. The idea of becoming clean in a dirty river made no sense to him he
would have left very angry still with his illness. His servants talked sense to him saying: “...if the
prophet had told you to do something great, would you not have done something great, would
you not have done it? How much more then, when he says to you, ‘Wash and be clean’?” 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. 2 Kings 5:13-14 (NIV)
His pride very nearly kept him from receiving his healing. It would have kept him from accepting
the God of Israel as the only God in all the world. He was healed through obedience if he had not
dipped seven times in the Jordan he would have gone to his grave still a leper.
God met his need because of his obedience. If we walk in the promises of God and obey his
directions to us he will meet our needs as well.
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