1 "Now Naaman was commander of the army of the king of Aram. He was a great man in the sight of his master and highly regarded, because through him the LORD had given victory to Aram. He was a valiant soldier, but he had leprosy".
Naaman was not only "a great man in the sight of his master and highly regarded",he was also great in his own eyes. Naaman thought that the prophet should pay him honor. 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.
Getting washed in the enemies river Jordan was also distastful. a wave of a prophets hand would have been preferable than doing something that went against the grain. He preferred "magic" to transformation. The difference between the two is "exposure" a wave of the hand is discreet, washing in the Jordan is more public.
This really describes the difference between those who are able to receive the grace from God and those who will not. John 3 19"This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed".
2 Now bands of raiders from Aram had gone out and had taken captive a young girl from Israel, and she served Naaman's wife. 3 She said to her mistress, "If only my master would see the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy."
The un named captive servant girl plays an important part in the healing of Naaman the commander of the army of the king of Aram and the ultimate cessation of the raids on Israel.
Due to her intervention for Naaman, there was peaceful contact between the two armies, an opportunity for Elisha the prophet to bring the raids to an end by showing mercy to Aram's army when they found themselves captive in Samaria.
Sometimes it's the movement of little chess pieces that help win the game, the knight and king may have a greater scope on the board but a pawn can move step by step and provide space for greater movement.
Lent I: Love for the Wilderness to Come - Sermon: Lent I Love for the Wilderness to Come Mark 1.9-15 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And ju...
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