|Naaman Leaving for Samaria|
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Naaman’s wife had a young Israelite maid servant who had been captured in one of their raids.
This insignificant girl remembered the man of God in Israel who had worked many miracles.
She told her mistress, “If only my lord were with the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy.”
Word went to Naaman, and he asked the King for permission to travel to Samaria.
The King said, “Yes, and I will write the king of Israel a letter telling him to cure you of your plague.”
When Naaman arrived with the letter, the King of Israel tore his garments and declared, “I am not a God to heal leprosy, and this King of Syria is trying to pick a quarrel with me.
When Elisha heard that the King had torn his clothes, he sent word that Naaman should come to his humble abode, but Elisha sent his servant to meet Naaman with the prophetic message.
“Go and wash in the Jordan River seven times and you will be healed.”
This message did not set well with Naaman, and he was very angry and offended, for he knew the Jordan River was muddy, and there were better rivers in his land.
He expected Elisha to wave a magic wand, say some incantations, or perhaps thunder and lightening would flash and boom he would be well.
In his rage, he almost missed his miracle, because of his pride. His servants approached him and suggested that this was a simple command, and if the prophet had asked him to do a difficult thing he would have joyfully cooperated. So why not do this uncomplicated easy instruction to wash and be clean?
As Naaman cooled down, he decided to obey the prophet’s message, and as he dipped the six times, on the seventh washing, he was made entirely whole.
Naaman glorified the God of Israel and said that he would no longer sacrifice to any God, except the God of Israel.
That day, there were unexpected prophets. The young maiden servant, who gave her testimony that spoke truth to Naaman.
Then there was Elisha’s servant who was the spokesman, and Naaman’s servants who convinced him to obey the prophet’s directive.
Each had their part to play as they were prompted to speak out “Truth.”
Like Naaman, God asks of us to do simple things, and we become agents of the Lord.