Saturday, July 22, 2017

Elisha and Naaman - part 1

Bible 1
In the kingdom of Syria was a mighty army commander called Naaman.
Bible 2
He was commander of the King of Syria’s troops. A very powerful man.
Bible 3
But as strong and fearless as Naaman was, he began to notice small blemishes on his skin. It was the first sign that he was developing the dreaded disease of leprosy. It was a disease that had no cure and would spread across his body. Most people with leprosy died of the disease.

Bible 4
Naaman had led an invasion into Israel and taken Jews as captives to become slaves. One of the slaves was a young girl.
Bible 5
‘I’ll take that one to be a servant for my wife,’ Naaman announced, pointing to the young girl. ‘She can do all the jobs in my house my wife orders her do.’ The Bible does not tell us the young girl’s name.
Bible 6
One day, as the young servant girl was looking after Naaman’s wife, she saw how sad she was because her husband was dying of leprosy. ‘If only Naaman would seek the help of the One True God,’ she said. ‘He has the power to heal him of his leprosy.’

Bible 7
The words of the servant girl gave Naaman’s wife hope. Was there really a cure for her husband’s disease? She sent a servant to the King of Syria to tell him what the little Jewish girl had said.
Slide 8
The King of Syria also knew it was the only hope to save his trusted army commander.
Bible 9
So he wrote a letter to the King of Israel. Along with the letter he sent gifts of gold, silver and fine clothes.

Bible 13
When he arrived outside the house, he waited for Elisha to come out and greet him. ‘How dare he!’ thought Naaman. ‘Doesn’t he know who I am? Nobody keeps me waiting!’
Bible 14
Eventually the door opened. It was not Elisha but his servant Gehazi who came out to speak to Naaman. ‘Elisha says, “Go wash seven times in the River Jordan and you will be made clean.”’
Bible 15
‘What!?’ cried Naaman. ‘That’s crazy! Nobody is cured from leprosy by washing in water!’

Bible 16
Naaman became more and more angry. He had expected Elisha would come out and do something to heal him right then and there. ‘I don’t want to be told to wash in a dirty river in Israel,’ he fumed. ‘I’d prefer wash in one of the rivers in Syria – they have cleaner water!’
Bible 17
Naaman turned his chariot around and started heading back to Syria. He felt humiliated and was in a steaming rage. And he had no intention of doing what Elisha the prophet of God had told him to do.

Elisha and Naaman - part 1
When Naaman has leprosy, a Jewish slave girl tells him that God can heal him.
2 Kings 5:1-12

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