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Week 19 Day 3
There is more at work in this world
than meets the eye
or can be understood
by the human mind
Elisha was a prophet of miracles
maybe that's an indication
that the times in which he lived
in order for people to believe in God
Even though the Old Testament is an account
of the chosen people
there are many stories wherein God dealt kindly
with people outside the Jewish faith
people with whom they were not to associate
Naaman is one such story
Why would God provide healing
for the commander
of an enemy army?
This is just one more surprise in a book of surprises
Maybe the faith of Naaman made him whole
just as Jesus said
about those he healed
Where there is faith there can be healing.
TWO MIRACLES Feeding friends and curing the enemy of leprosy. II Kings 4 & 5
42A man brought in bread of the firstfruits, twenty loaves of barley bread, and newly ripened grain in his knapsack. And Elisha said, "Give it to the people, that they may eat." 43But his servant said, "What? Shall I set this before one hundred men?" Elisha said again, "Give it to the people, that they may eat." 44So he set it before them; and they ate and had some left over.
1Now Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Syria,
was a great and honorable man because by him the Lord had
given victory to Syria. He was also a leper. 2The Syrians had
gone out on raids, and had brought back captive a young girl
from the land of Israel. She waited on Naaman's wife. 3Then
she said to her mistress, "If only my master were with the
prophet who is in Samaria! He would heal him of his leprosy."
4And Naaman went in and told the king. 5Then the king
of Syria said, "Go now, and I will send a letter to the king of
Israel." So he departed and took with him ten talents of silver,
six thousand shekels of gold, and ten changes of clothing.
6He brought the letter, which said, "Be advised, that I have
sent Naaman to you, that you may heal him of his leprosy."
7When the king of Israel read the letter, he tore his clothes
and said, "Am I God, to kill and make alive. See how he seeks a quarrel with me."
8When Elisha the man of God heard the king had torn
his clothes, he sent to the king, saying, "Please let him come to me, and he shall know there is a prophet in Israel."
9Then Naaman went with his horses and chariot, and stood at the door of Elisha's house. 10Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, "Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored to you." 11But Naaman became furious, and said, "Indeed, I said to myself, 'He will surely come out to me, and wave his hand and heal the leprosy.' 12Are not the rivers of Damascus better than all the waters of Israel?" So he turned and went away in a rage.
13His servants came near and spoke to him, "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'?" 14So he went down and dipped seven
times in the Jordan; his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean. This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV
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