Tuesday, 12th October 2021
Rev Daniel Xi An Poon
Section One V1-7 The Faith of the Young Girl
Israel and Syria had been fighting for many years, and the commander of the army, Naaman, was an important man because by him the Lord had given victory to Syria. Naaman was powerful and capable in front of men, but for God, Naaman was a person, who could lead the nation to salvation. Naaman was so victorious on the battlefield, but he had leprosy. It was shameful because it cannot be hidden and cannot be cured at the time. We may see a lot of people being victorious and glamorous from the outside but we do not know how shameful they are on the inside.
V3 “Then she said to her mistress, ‘If only my master were with the prophet who is in Samaria! For he would heal him of his leprosy.’” The young girl spoke out by faith, even though she was a maid of a mighty warrior in an idol-worshipping foreign country, but when she spoke about God, she was full of faith. This young girl must have shown some time of creditability in the past otherwise people would not even listen to her or notice her. She might have already talked about God and testified for God in the past, because even her master, the commander of the army, listened to her. V4-5 “And Naaman went in and told his master, saying, ‘Thus and thus said the girl who is from the land of Israel.’ Then the king of Syria said, ‘Go now, and I will send a letter to the king of Israel.’” The faith of the young girl not only influenced Naaman and his family, but also the king of Syria.
V7 “And it happened, when the king of Israel read the letter, that he tore his clothes and said, ‘Am I God, to kill and make alive, that this man sends a man to me to heal him of his leprosy? Therefore, please consider, and see how he seeks a quarrel with me.’” For the king of Syria, he thought if there was a great prophet, the prophet must be serving the king. But the king of Israel seemed troubled and distressed when he read the letter. The name of the king of Israel at the time was not even mentioned here, whereas Naaman had a whole chapter about him in the Bible. The king of Israel did not see the glory of God that even their enemy wanted to seek Him, instead, he was only filled with fear; he did not see how God created the environment to help him, but only saw death.
The young girl, as a servant maid, had the faith in God. The environment seemed to let her down but her faith in God was the same. Do we see God the same way? Do we only believe in God when everything goes well with us? Or are we willing to continue believing even when the environment comes against us?
Section Two V8-19 The Faith of Naaman
V8 “So it was, when Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn his clothes, that he sent to the king, saying, ‘Why have you torn your clothes? Please let him come to me, and he shall know that there is a prophet in Israel.’” The king of Israel did not believe God could heal Naaman, he only saw his own destruction, but God did not give up on him, He sent Elisha to go talk to him.
V9-12 “Then Naaman went with his horses and chariot, and he stood at the door of Elisha’s house. And Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, ‘Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored to you, and you shall be clean.’ But Naaman became furious, and went away and said, ‘Indeed, I said to myself, ‘He will surely come out to me, and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, and wave his hand over the place, and heal leprosy.’ Are not the Abanah and the Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them and be clean?’ So, he turned and went away in a rage.”
Naaman believed that he was able to be healed, but he was thinking of the ways the false prophets used to do, to shout out and to wave around, instead of what Elisha asked him to do, to wash in the Jordan. A lot of the times when things don’t come out in the way we expected, we would become angry and upset. Naaman was thinking about his past, how he was well respected in front of his own people, and how when he came to Israel, Elisha did not even come out to meet him.
V13 “And his servants came near and spoke to him, and said, ‘My father, if the prophet had told you to do something great, would you not have done it? How much more than when he says to you, ‘Wash and be clean’?’” Somehow even Naaman’s servant knew about God and the prophet of God. The young girl might have made an influence in Naaman’s household that everyone knew about God and believed in the power of God. When the Gospel enter our lives, we will no longer see ourselves the same, we will have the courage and faith to speak out for God. The young girl did not have to say anything, and the servant did not have to say anything, in fact, if something went wrong, they might be punished for what they said to their master. But they had the courage to speak out, and Naaman’s household was able to experience God’s miracle.
It was a shameful experience for Naaman to wash in the Jordan because he had to take off his clothes and expose all his legacy, not only in front of his own people of Syria but also in front of his enemy, the people of Israel. But when he did it by faith, he was completely healed, and he gave glory to God. Elisha did not show his face the entire time, and therefore Naaman was able to see God, not people. V15-16 “And he returned to the man of God, he and all his aides, and came and stood before him; and he said, ‘Indeed, now I know that there is no God in all the earth, except in Israel; now, therefore, please take a gift from your servant.’ But he said, ‘As the Lord lives, before whom I stand, I will receive nothing.’ And he urged him to take it, but he refused.”
V18 “Yet in this thing may the Lord pardon your servant: when my master goes into the temple of Rimmon to worship there, and he leans on my hand, and I bow down in the temple of Rimmon—when I bow down in the temple of Rimmon, may the Lord please pardon your servant in this thing.” When the truth entered our lives, we will have the fear and trembling for God, we will be convicted in sin, in righteousness and in judgement. Why did Naaman know this? The young girl might have already made an influence in Naaman’s heart, and what he heard in the past was revealed in front of his eyes.
The world tries to confuse us with traditions and cultures, we thought we are worshipping God in our heart, but in fear, we did not step out for God. Naaman knew what he did was wrong, and he asked to take home the earth of Israel so he could worship God. Naaman knew God was not an idol, he knew he had to set himself apart for God. V19 “Then he said to him, ‘Go in peace.’ So, he departed from him a short distance.” Naaman had faith and he received the blessing of God. Even though at the beginning he had his own thinking and complaints, but then when he was willing to listen and repent, God’s peace came upon him.
Section Three V20-17 The Greed of Gehazi
Elisha already said in front of all the people, “As the Lord lives, before whom I stand, I will receive nothing.” But his servant Gehazi did not listen, because he was judging Elisha in his heart. Not only he had agreed, but he also disagreed with the decision of his authority. A lot of times when what the authority did or said was not what we expected, we made the judgement and became rebellious. God’s blessings are for us and our generations, but if we don’t see how God is working through our authority, then it would be us, who will suffer in the end. V27 “‘Therefore the leprosy of Naaman shall cling to you and your descendants forever.’ And he went out from his presence leprous, as white as snow.”
Who do we choose to be? The young girl of Israel, who testified for God wherever she went; Naaman, who did not believe at the beginning but chose to repent; or Gehazi, who judged his authority’s decision and was cursed.
Worship: 住在你裡面 Dwell in You https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6LFd0l9ADQ
Prayer & Pursuit
Thank You, Lord, You allowed us to live in this living water, but Lord, we did not let this water flow through our lives. Lord, let us be like the young girl, who shared her faith with the family of Naaman. We don’t want to be a blockage of Your living water, we don’t want to be the dead sea, but we want to be the salt and light for You in wherever we are. Take away our disbelief, our fear, and our untruthfulness; forgive us for our little faith, help us to be convicted in sin, in judgement and in righteousness.