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

            demanded miracles

            in order for people to believe in God

 

 

Even though the Old Testament is an account

            of the chosen people

            of Israel 

there are many stories wherein God dealt kindly

            with people outside the Jewish faith

            people with whom they were not to associate

            nor intermarry

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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