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Naaman the Leper

Naaman dipping in the Jordan River


God has the power to heal us from all types of diseases.


2 Kings 5:1-27.


Naaman's Leprosy:

Many years ago, a man named Naaman was the commander of the Syrian army.  But he had leprosy which is a terrible disease that eats away at parts of the body.  However, Naaman was a great man in the sight of the king of Syria, because he was such a valiant and brave soldier.

Some time before they had captured a young girl from Israel, and she served Naaman's wife.  One day she said to her mistress, "If only my master could see the prophet who is in Samaria, for he would cure him of his leprosy."

You can imagine the excitement that house, and Naaman was filled with hope and rushed to tell the king what the girl had said.  So the king of Syria sent Naaman with a letter to the king of Israel, asking him to cure Naaman. With him rode his servants, and many gifts of gold, silver and beautiful clothes.

You Want to Make War?

Do you think the king could cure Naaman?  (Let the children respond).  No, only God can cure diseases!  When the king of Israel received the letter, he tore his clothes in alarm.  Why would the king of Syria think that he could cure leprosy?  "Am I God, and can I kill or make alive?" he spluttered and was sure that the king of Syria was just looking for an excuse to start a war!  And so he tore his clothes and fearfully wondered what he should do.

Do you think that the king trusted in God?  (Let the children respond).  It was just as well that Elisha was the prophet in Israel in Elijah's place, and was filled with God's Spirit and worked many miracles.  When Elisha heard about Naaman he sent the king a message: "Why have you torn your clothes?  Let him come to me, and he shall know that there is a prophet in Israel!"

Go and Wash!

So Naaman went with his horses and chariots and stopped outside the door of Elisha's house.  Instead of eagerly running out to meet him, Elisha sent his servant out to tell Naaman, "Go and wash yourself seven times in the Jordan River, and your flesh will be restored and you will be cleansed."

Naaman was furious at Elisha's words.  He had thought Elisha would surely come out and call on the name of the Lord his God, and wave his hand over his disease, and cure him of his leprosy!  But no, the prophet hadn't even bothered to show his face.  Besides, Naaman fumed, the rivers of his own country were much cleaner than the muddy Jordan.  Why couldn't he wash in them?

Instead of obeying Elisha, he went away in a rage.  Naaman's servants tried to calm him down, saying, "If the prophet had told you to do something great, would you not have done it?"  Finally, Naaman decided to follow Elisha's instructions.  So he went down to the Jordan river and dipped himself in the water seven times, just as the man of God had told him to.   And to his amazement he was healed and his flesh was restored and became clean and fresh like that of a young boy!

I want to Reward You!

Then the mighty warrior of Syria praised the true God of Israel!  Do you think he felt if there was some special power in the water that made him well?  (Let the children respond).  Naaman and all his attendants rode back to Elisha and said, "Now I know that there is no God in all the world except in Israel.  Please accept a gift from your servant."

The Elisha replied, "As surely as the Lord lives, whom I serve, I will not accept a thing."  And though Naaman urged him, he refused.  "If you will not accept anything," said Naaman, "Then please let me take some earth and load it onto a pair of mules, for your servant will never again make burnt offerings and sacrifices to any other god but to the Lord.  "Go in peace," answered Elisha and Naaman started back to Syria.

Gehazi Lies:

After Naaman had travelled some distance, Elisha's servant, Gehazi, hurried after Naaman, for he planned to get something from him.  When Naaman saw him running after him, he got down from the chariot to meet him and asked, "Is everything all right?"  "Yes, everything is all right," replied Gehazi and probably rubbed his hands together gleefully.

And then he lied tongue in cheek, "My master sent me to tell you that two young prophets have just come from the hill country of Ephraim.   Please give me a talent of silver and two sets of clothing for them."

Did he do a good thing?  (Let the children respond).  No!  But Naaman believed Gehazi and was pleased.  He answered, "By all means, take two talents!"  And he urged Gehazi to accept them.  They tied the two talents of silver and two sets of clothing in bags.  Naaman gave the bags to two of his servants and they carried them ahead of Gehazi.

Caught Out!

When Gehazi came close to Elisha's house, he took the things from the servants and sent them away.  He then put the silver and clothes away in his room and then went in and stood before his master Elisha.  "Where have you been, Gehazi?" Elisha asked.  Gehazi lied again, "I didn't go anywhere."

But Elisha said to him, "Was not my spirit with you when the man got down from his chariot to meet you?  Is this the time to accept money, clothes or other rewards?  Now Naaman's leprosy will cling to you and to your descendants forever."

Poor Gehazi!  Two lies and now his punishment was to leave Elisha's presence covered with leprosy, as white as snow!

God can Heal Us!

This story shows us that God has the power to heal us from any disease.   If you have a need, all you have to do is pray to God in Jesus' Name and ask God to supply your need.  God listens to our prayers, and He knows us and what are our needs are, even before we ask.  So put your trust and faith in God!

God bless.


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