Carry Your Dirt With You!
By David Julen
Main Characters: – Naaman – A powerful general from Aram (modern-day Syria) who has leprosy – Elisha – Hebrew prophet used by God to heal Naaman
Are you willing to listen to new voices about finding help? Carry Your Dirt With You! Explore the life of Naaman: how humility, obedience and a commitment to walk daily with the Lord can bring healing to our lives. Main Characters: – Naaman – A powerful general from Aram (modernday Syria) who has leprosy – Elisha – Hebrew prophet used by God to heal Naaman A Sign of Hope in Aram: II Kings 5:1-5 Encounter in Israel with God’s Prophet, Elisha: II Kings 5:8-14 Note the King of Israel’s name is not even given. This is the Biblical writer’s way to show where the true power lies: with the Lord’s representative, Elisha.
Two internal factors that could have prevented Naaman from receiving help:
Naaman is incensed that Elisha does not come out to meet him but simply tells Naaman to bathe in the muddy Jordan River. Here we see Naaman’s pride reasserting itself. Pride can prevent us from finding and receiving the help we need. (Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall – Proverbs 16:18). Pride can cause us to want to get help only on our terms. We fall back to our familiar rivers (Abana and Pharpar – verse 12) or patterns, instead of stepping out to something new. Shame Shame can be the flip side of pride. To bathe in the Jordon River would expose his diseased flesh for all the world to see. It would not be covered up by robes and armor. In order to begin theA Sign of Hope in Aram: II Kings 5:1-5
Naaman was a powerful man, favored by God but with a tragic disability. Initially, Naaman’s humility is revealed by his willingness to listen to his wife’s slave’s news about the healing prophet (Elisha) in Israel. Are you open to hearing from different sources about healing?