|Naaman Thought This was Foolish, But - - Why Not?|
Waters of Salvation that Heal
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2 Samuel chapter 5 Relates the story of the Israelite slave girl in the house of Naaman. She told her mistress, “If only my master would go to the prophet in my land, God would heal him of his leprosy.”
The prophet heard of this and said, “Tell him to come to me.” Naaman went with his soldiers, his horses and chariots and stopped at the door of Elisha’s house. Elisha sent a messenger to say to him, “Go, wash yourself seven times in the
11 But Naaman went away angry and said, “I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, wave his hand over the spot and cure me of my leprosy. 12 Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of
There are times we want God to answer our prayers the way we think they should be answered. We want the Minister of God to anoint us with oil, and pronounce us healed.
Naaman’s soldiers convinced him to at least try what the prophet asked him to do.
When God tells us to pray for our city and I will save them, we often get angry and think God should punish them for their sin. We think they do not deserve to be blessed.
Perhaps God sent you to Open Door Church, and you questioned to yourself, “These people are fanatics, and they are perhaps not as proper as the nice people at a church you once attended.”
But what happened to Naaman when he obeyed? God saved him (healed him) body, spirit and soul, and he declared that the God of Israel was the true God.
The second incident is recorded in John chapter 5.
On the Sabbath day in
You might think these people were superstitious waiting for an “Angel to stir the water.”
No they truly believed, because they were witnesses to others who had been healed by leaping into the moving water.
There are people in your neighborhood lamenting this same question. I have NO person to put me in the living waters.
What can we learn from these stories?