Let’s talk about a Little Hebrew girl–What an interesting story:
- An unnamed Hebrew girl of faith
- Naaman– captain of Syria, a Benjamite, the son of Bela
- The great prophet Elisha who had a great reputation
The book of 2 Kings 5 from the Old Testament tells us that the Lord is dealing with a man in a very desperate situation. The story begins with a pagan by the name of Naaman; he was the commander of the army of king of Syria. It is quite remarkable that God used this man, although a heathen, by him the Lord had given deliverance to Syria. He was as rugged as Elisha. Naaman was great with his master and honorable. The Bible says he was a mighty man of valor, but he was a leper.
Leprosy in scripture was a type of sin and incurable by man. This disease was not excluded from society in pagan nations, only in Israel to prevent the spread. However, Naaman tried to cover up his leprosy, although he couldn’t cure it.
The Syrians had gone out by companies and brought back captive out of the land of Israel a little Hebrew girl–a maid, who waited on Naaman’s wife. This unnamed girl was as great as Queen Esther, Ruth the Moabite, Sara, Rachel, Rebecca, and Beersheba. Nonetheless, being a maid, she was unauthorized to give any advice. Contrary to her kingdom status; she uttered a word to the mistress, “Oh if my lord would just go to the prophet (Elisha) in Samaria, he will be healed” This conversation between the Hebrew girl and mistress was overheard, and got back to Naaman. Naaman went and told the King of Syria what the maid had said and the king replied, “So go.” This story depicts that God does use women of faith who believe in healing and the prophets.
The king Syria addressed a letter to the king of Israel telling him that he was sending Naaman that he might heal him. Soon after, Naaman departed taking with him ten talents of silver, six thousands shekels of gold and ten changes of raiment. The king of Israel–an ungodly man with no more power over leprosy than the king of Syria read the letter, He rent his clothes and asked, “why does this man send you to me, am I God to kill or heal a man of leprosy, do you make a quarrel against me?”
When Elisha, the man of God heard that the king of Israel had rent his clothes, he asked, “why did you rent your clothes?” Elisha told the king to send Naaman to him that he shall know there is a prophet. Naaman arrived at Elisha’s door step. It is important to understand that Naaman was coming from a great kingdom of the north whose kingdom was bearing down on Israel and had great victories over them. Therefore, Naaman expected Elisha to lay out the red carpet for him. However, Elisha did not show him any courtesy by coming to the door or inviting him, but sent a messenger to tell him to wash in the Jordan seven times and his flesh would come again to him and he would be clean.
This was an appointment for healing and because of pride, Naaman did not accept the message, nor would he dip in the river. But said, “Why not dip in Pharpar, Abana, or the river of Damascus, and how was the Jordan going to make me clean?” The prophet had insulted him. He was outraged that Elisha didn’t at least answer the door and greet him, but sent a messenger. Naaman was looking for a religious experience. He was looking for the man of God to come out and lay his hands on him, or pronounce the healing. If we would fast forward to today: He may have wanted Elisha to pour some oil on him that he would be healed.
When Naaman turned away, the servant came near to him and spoke to his spirit, “If the prophet offered you healing, regardless to what river, why wouldn’t you accept?” Naaman must have thought about his situation and came to his senses. We know this, because soon after he went and dipped seven times in the Jordan and was clean. He then being in awe, returned to the man of God with two mules, but Elisha refused the offer.
This is a great story, but this isn’t the end. When you get a chance read on, there is so much more involved in this story and so many messages.
A few lessons in this story:
- Women of God — there is a word in your mouth. Stay in the face of God and speak truth for your family and the body of Christ
- The Just shall live by faith – The maid stood on her faith and told her mistress that Naaman could be healed
- The spirit of religion/tradition binds revelation –The Jordan River was not one of those beautiful rivers, but it was where the healing was – Look past what you see in the natural and see in the spirit.
- Don’t miss the blessing by looking for a religious experience
- Accept the messenger – the healing sometimes comes through an ordinary person. We also go directly to God for he is the great physician.
- Pride is the undoing of man (a great sin) – the definition is excessive self-esteem: demanding more than you are worth. Pride – the difference of what you are and what you think you are. Man’s pride runs counter to God’s plan and when they meet they run into a head-on collision. This story is the finest example of a man who is great but still in sin. Naaman had to be healed of pride to receive the healing of leprosy.
- James 4:6
Proverb 6:17; 11:2; 16:18; 29:23
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