2 Kings 5:1 - Now Naaman, captain of the army of the king of Aram, was a great man before his master and held favor because by him the Lord had given deliverance to Aram. He was also a mighty warrior, but he had leprosy.
Naaman, a man who is described in this text as the captain in the army of the King of Arma. This means he was second in command to the king. A man of great authority and position. A man who was great in battles, highly respected and of great courage.
Even in the midst of being a man of great authority, position and accomplishments Naaman had a problem. He was a leper. He suffered from a dreaded disease called leprosy.
Life is no respecter of person. Regardless of what position we may hold in life or our status in life or society, life's issues attaches themselves to us all. None of us are immune from the challenges, sicknesses, hardship, diseases, heartaches, troubles or adversities of life.
So was it in this text with Naaman who was a great and mighty warrior.
Leprosy-This disease "begins with specks on the eyelids and on the palms, gradually spreading over the body, bleaching the hair white wherever they appear, crusting the affected parts with white scales, and causing terrible sores and swellings. From the skin the disease eats inward to the bones, rotting the whole body.
Leprosy was a diseased that caused one to be separated from society in so many ways.
As a leper, the person clothing was to be torn as a sign of deep grief, they were not suppose to be in contact nor communication with anyone and he or she would have to warn the people that were passing by with the calling out of "unclean, unclean."
Leprosy, a condition in which Naaman found himself with. He was able to give orders to do this or that or not this or not that, but he was unable to heal himself of this horrible disease.
One day while the Syrian troops were raiding Israel, they captured a girl, and she became a servant of Naaman’s wife. As time passed, the girl said to Naaman wife, “If your husband Naaman would go to the prophet in Samaria, he would be cured of his leprosy.”
Naaman informed the King of what the slave girl had said and with the king's permission and a letter from the King of Syria, Naaman heads off to visit the king of Israel with the hope of being cured of his dreadful disease.
After his arrival to the King of Israel palace, the King became outraged and tore his clothing after reading the letter from the Syrian King requesting that he heal Naaman of his dreadful disease called leprosy.
Having heard that the king had rent his clothes in anger, the Prophet Elisha, the man of God, sent word to the king by his messenger stating "let Naaman come to me."
To Naaman unexpected surprise, instead of the Prophet personally coming to meet him and heal him, he sent this message to Naaman with these profound words “Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh will be restored to you and you will be clean.”
Naaman being who he was did not expect this type of response from the Prophet nor this way of being cured of his condition.
The Jordan river was the method in which he would be healed was not Naaman's choice of how he wanted to be healed.
When we are in desperate need of God's help, we can not tell God how to do what He alone knows best to do for us. No, God's way of doing things for us may not be our choice for ourselves, but God's ways are not our ways, neither are His thoughts our thoughts for scripture declares that they are higher.
Because the Prophet did not personally come to greet Naaman nor did He personally laid hands on him and healed him, Naaman became angry at the choice in which the prophet gave him to receive his healing.
The blessing in receiving what is desperately needed from God is to obey. Not my choice, but by God's command is the way to what is needed by us from the Lord.
The Jordan river was the place where the children of Israel crossed into the promised land and where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist.
Are you angry and complaining about the choice God has given you concerning a desperate situation in your life? is God's choice of working on your behalf not your choice of how you want Him to do it?
Well, the Prophet answer to Naaman's healing in the Jordan was not his choice either, but, it was the way ONLY way in which Naamah could receive the healing that he desperately stood in need of.
Because of his position, Naaman felt that the Jordan river was beneath him and that he deserved to personally be healed by the prophet.
The Prophet was God's messenger and He delivered to Naaman, God's message of how God was going to heal him and make him whole.
The choice Naaman was faced with was to obey the Word of God from the Prophet and be healed or reject it and continue on in his same state of being stricken with an incurable disease that will eventually lead to his death.
Realizing that there was no other option given, Naaman obeyed for scripture says in this text in vs#14- So he went down and plunged himself into the Jordan seven times, just as the man of God had said; and his flesh was restored like that of a little child and he was clean.
I am reminded of a story in John 9:6-7 Jesus spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man's eyes. 7-He told him, "Go wash yourself in the pool of Silom. So the man went and washed and came back seeing!
Sometimes we have to do whatever it takes. Desperate situations calls for desperate measure. Not depserate measure in the sense of ungodliness, but desperate in your faith to the point of trusting God for whatever it is that is needed to rectify our situation.
Sometimes, in order to receive what God has for us, we may at times have to look like a fool before people.
The commands of God to do certain things are gonna often make no sense to us and will definitely NOT make any sense to those who do not have a personal relatioship with God.
One thing I have learned in these 19 years of my own personal walk with the Lord is that God will not have his authority nor his position changed or swayed by what I think is the best choice in my relationship with Him.
The only choice God leaves us with on this journey called life is "His way." We can make the choice to go our way but God is not changing His position on the way to delivering and setting us free from the sins that so easily besets us.
It is the will of God that none should perish. Choosing to live according to your way will end in your separation from God. Yes, living according to our way and not God's way that is outlined for us in His Word will cause us to be the cause of our own demise. We have no one to blame for God has shown us his choice for us in His word.
Naaman had the choice to obey what he was told by God's Prophet and live or remain in his diseased condition and die from it.
We too have the same choice. Either we can choose God's way and live now and in eternity or we can choose our way and die in our diseased condition called "sin" and spend eternity separated from God. Yes, the choice is ours!
The choice that is before all of us on today is to live or to die. God's way or our way.
God has offered His Son, Jesus as the only choice by which man can be saved. We can chooseto accept or reject the choice of Jesus that God has put on His display of love through, on calvary cross over 2k years ago. The choice is ours!
Not my choice! Is this your response to Jesus?