Ginrich's Devotional Blog

February 18, 2015

Too Simple

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2 Kings 5:9-11 So Naaman came with his horses and with his chariots, and stood at the door of the house of Elisha. And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be clean. 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 Jehovah his God, and wave his hand over the place, and recover the leper

The invitation was sent to Naaman and he came to Elisha. He expected Elisha to see him and heal him. Instead, Elisha sent a messenger to Naaman with the instructions to wash in the Jordan seven times. Naaman took affront at that. Elisha sent a messenger with instructions. Elisha should have come himself. After all, Naaman came all that way to see him. So often our feelings are hurt because we expect the attention of others. We want to know we are known. It’s seen by the way celebrities’ are mobbed. And why would Naaman have to wash in the Jordan River? Aren’t the rivers where he lives good enough for washing? He washed in them all many times and yet he wasn’t healed. So Naaman went away, sad and indignant. This brings us to another question we must consider. How often do we walk away from instructions in the Holy Bible? One I know we walk away from often is to forgive others AS God forgives us. That is total forgiveness without bitterness or resentment. We can’t condemn Naaman for his reactions.


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