Friday, 3 February 2017

The great & the small

7 Baths

Naaman was a Syrian commander & highly regarded. He was in a high place & had friends in high places…but, he had leprosy. Thanks to a raid (& the sovereignty of God in all things) Naaman’s wife had an Israelite slave girl who shared her knowledge of a prophet who heals.

What started out as one man seeking to be healed of leprosy soon sparks an international incident when the Israelite King perceives Naaman’s letter of introduction to be a ploy for a war.

Enter the unconcerned Elisha… not a problem, have him swing by my place. Enter Naaman, although humbled by leprosy, still has much pride.

Elisha doesn’t even greet him but sends a message for Naaman telling him to bath in the not so glorious river Jordan 7 times.

Naaman is offended greatly, he knows of far better rivers so he struts off in defiance. Eventually though, after listening to the advice of his servants, Naaman applies less pride & more humility, washes & is cleansed. 2 Kings 5:1-14.

There is a lesson in that for us today, it’s not just an old story, its relevance & significance comes to bear in the person of Jesus & his messengers(men & women, boys & girls). May you ponder the wisdom of God & be drawn to his process of healing that comes through the message & power of the cross.

As much as there may be a hint or parallel of an  Aesop tale (the lion & the mouse) in this historical account mentioned in 2 Kings  Scripture takes us far beyond an intended lesson regarding morals to the place where restoration begins & ends for both great & small alike, Jesus, the lion & the lamb. 

Psalm 40:4-5. Blessed are those who make the LORD their trust, who do not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods. Many, LORD my God, are the wonders you have done, the things you planned for us. None can compare with you; were I to speak and tell of your deeds, they would be too many to declare.


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