From the Ridiculous to the Miraculous
September 27, 2020
2 Kings 5:1-16
“Unless you are willing to do the ridiculous, God will not do the miraculous. When you have God you don’t have to know everything; you just do it.” Mother Angelica
”For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.” 1 Corinthians 1:25
God’s work of healing.
5 Now Naaman was commander of the army of the king of Aram. He was a great man in the sight of his master and highly regarded, because through him the Lord had given victory to Aram. He was a valiant soldier, but he had leprosy.
2 Now bands of raiders from Aram had gone out and had taken captive a young girl from Israel, and she served Naaman’s wife. 3 She said to her mistress, “If only my master would see the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy.”
4 Naaman went to his master and told him what the girl from Israel had said. 5 “By all means, go,” the king of Aram replied. “I will send a letter to the king of Israel.” So Naaman left, taking with him ten talents of silver, six thousand shekels of gold and ten sets of clothing. 6 The letter that he took to the king of Israel read: “With this letter I am sending my servant Naaman to you so that you may cure him of his leprosy.”
7 As soon as the king of Israel read the letter, he tore his robes and said, “Am I God? Can I kill and bring back to life? Why does this fellow send someone to me to be cured of his leprosy? See how he is trying to pick a quarrel with me!”
8 When Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn his robes, he sent him this message: “Why have you torn your robes? Have the man come to me and he will know that there is a prophet in Israel.” 9 So Naaman went with his horses and chariots and stopped at the door of Elisha’s house. 10 Elisha sent a messenger to say to him, “Go, wash yourself seven times in the Jordan, and your flesh will be restored and you will be cleansed.”
11 But Naaman went away angry and said, “I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, wave his hand over the spot and cure me of my leprosy. 12 Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Couldn’t I wash in them and be cleansed?” So he turned and went off in a rage.
13 Naaman’s servants went to him and said, “My father, if the prophet had told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more, then, when he tells you, ‘Wash and be cleansed’!” 14 So he went down and dipped himself in the Jordan seven times, as the man of God had told him, and his flesh was restored and became clean like that of a young boy.
15 Then Naaman and all his attendants went back to the man of God. He stood before him and said, “Now I know that there is no God in all the world except in Israel. So please accept a gift from your servant.”
16 The prophet answered, “As surely as the Lord lives, whom I serve, I will not accept a thing.” And even though Naaman urged him, he refused.
If you are suffering an illness, Naaman’s story should give you hope.
1. To be healed, you need to put your verses 4–5
Having the is not enough.
Faith without corresponding actions is lifeless and dead. James 2:17 NIV
are needed bring faith to life.
2. To receive healing, you need to go to the verses 6–7
If you want healing, you need to go to a place go to a people where it’s taught, embraced, practiced, and believed.
The child has not died, but is asleep.” They began laughing at Him. But putting them all out, He took along the child’s father and mother and His own companions, and entered the room where the child was. Taking the child by the hand, He *said to her, “Talitha kum!” (which translated means, “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”). Immediately the girl got up and began to walk
3. Healing may not come by the or the you think it should (vs. 8–12)
In his great need, he anticipated a way God would work, and he was offended when God didn’t work the way he expected.
Sometimes God requires us to do the before He will do the
For a man to receive his sight, Jesus used mud and asked him to go and wash in the Siloam pool (John 9:7).
It is time for you to do simple things that are ridiculous to experience the miraculous
My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD. And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.
If you are suffering an illness today, I hope you will put your faith into action… go to a place where healing is taught, embraced, practiced, and believed… and know that God just may heal you in a way that you don’t suspect.