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September 17, 2018

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Reading along with us in Isaiah & 2 Kings? Here’s today’s reading:

2 Kings 5 (ESV)

Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master and in high favor, because by him the Lord had given victory to Syria. He was a mighty man of valor, but he was a leper. Now the Syrians on one of their raids had carried off a little girl from the land of Israel, and she worked in the service of Naaman’s wife. She said to her mistress, “Would that my lord were with the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy.” So Naaman went in and told his lord, “Thus and so spoke the girl from the land of Israel.” And the king of Syria said, “Go now, and I will send a letter to the king of Israel.”....Continue Reading

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  1. 13But his servants came near and said to him, “My father, it is a great word the prophet has spoken to you; will you not do it? Has he actually said to you, ‘Wash, and be clean’?” 14So he went down and dipped himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the word of the man of God, and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.

  2. This account about Namaan is one of my favorites in all the Bible. Namaan is like a typical person, great ability coupled with a hidden flaw that he cannot solve without God’s power and it is only when Namaan accepts God’s provision will he be healed. Interesting that God uses a Israeli servant girl to set him in the right direction. Through his interaction with Elisha, Namaan learns that humility not pride is the thing that works with God, and once he submits to the prophets direction, He is healed. And you’ve got to love the true and innocent faith of Namaan when he asks for an exception to go before the Aramean god with the king of Aram. Can I be there because I am serving my master because I see now that the true God is the God of Israel? And shame on Gehazi for corrupting the whole thing by making it seem like it’s about money when Elisha had made it clear that it wasn’t. But Gehazi’s punishment shows how serious his little lying, manipulating act in fact was. What a powerful story with many great lessons!!!

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