Thursday, May 13, 2010

Naaman's False Notions

2Ki 5:9 So Naaman came with his horses and with his chariot, and stood at the door of the house of Elisha.
2Ki 5:10 And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, Go and wash in Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be clean.
2Ki 5:11 But Naaman was wroth, and went away, and said, Behold, I thought, He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of the LORD his God, and strike his hand over the place, and recover the leper.
2Ki 5:12 Are not Abana and Pharpar, rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? may I not wash in them, and be clean? So he turned and went away in a rage.
2Ki 5:13 And his servants came near, and spake unto him, and said, My father, if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it? how much rather then, when he saith to thee, Wash, and be clean?
2Ki 5:14 Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.
2Ki 5:15 And he returned to the man of God, he and all his company, and came, and stood before him: and he said, Behold, now I know that there is no God in all the earth, but in Israel: now therefore, I pray thee, take a blessing of thy servant.
2Ki 5:16 But he said, As the LORD liveth, before whom I stand, I will receive none. And he urged him to take it; but he refused.
2Ki 5:17 And Naaman said, Shall there not then, I pray thee, be given to thy servant two mules' burden of earth? for thy servant will henceforth offer neither burnt offering nor sacrifice unto other gods, but unto the LORD.
2Ki 5:18 In this thing the LORD pardon thy servant, that when my master goeth into the house of Rimmon to worship there, and he leaneth on my hand, and I bow myself in the house of Rimmon: when I bow down myself in the house of Rimmon, the LORD pardon thy servant in this thing.
2Ki 5:19 And he said unto him, Go in peace. So he departed from him a little way.

Naaman Thought:
*That Elisha would greet him at the door. But Elisha sent his servant instead.
*That Elisha would make a big to do and call on God for healing. But Elisha told him to go dip in the Jordan.
*That Abana and Pharpar were better rivers than the Jordan. But Elisha said it is the Jordan or nothing.
*That Elisha should receive a gift from him. But Elisha didn’t work for the Syrians.
*That he could worship God in the house of the pomegranate god. (Rimmon) But God demands complete allegiance.

Obviously, Naaman was wrong on all counts. We have in our minds the way things ought to be and align our agendas accordingly. But the ways of God are so much higher than our ways, and His thoughts so far above our thoughts.

I think that God delights in working "outside the box" so that all may see that it is He that is in charge and not us, that miracles are wrought on His terms, not ours.

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