Will You Do What God Says to be Cleansed?  2 Kings 5:1-14

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Normally when you become dirty, filthy, or unclean through the various daily activities of life, you want to rid yourself of germs, dirt, grease, and grime by washing.

 

In the same manner, you should desire to purge or wash away the filthiness of sin in your life. In Psalm 119:9, a question is asked how one can cleanse his way? By taking heed, to the Word of God.

 


 

In 2 Kings 5:1-14, we learn about the captain of the Syrian army, he was a great man, he was a mighty man of valour, the Lord delivered Syria by him. His name was Naaman. But, Naaman had the disease of leprosy.

 

Note: Leprosy (Hansen’s disease) is a chronic infectious disease characterized by disfiguring skin sores, nerve damage, and progressive debilitation affecting the skin and nerves leading eventually to paralysis, wasting of muscles.

 

During the Syrians battles they brought captive a young girl from Israel whom served Naaman’s wife. She told her mistress, if her master was with the prophet in Samaria, he would heal him of his leprosy. Naaman told his master and the king of Syria sent a letter to king of Israel asking to heal Naaman of his leprosy – 2 Kings 5:2-7.

 

When Elisha heard that the king of Israel had rent his cloths, he told him to send him to me that he would know there is a prophet in Israel. Naaman came to Elisha’s house and he sent messengers to him, telling him to go wash in the Jordan seven times and his flesh would be clean – 2 Kings 5:8-10.

 

Isn’t it amazing how we respond to God, when God tells us what to do to be cleansed? We tend to forget our thoughts and ways are not like God’s - Isaiah 55:8-9; Proverbs 14:12. Therefore, we must learn to submit ourselves to God and be cleansed.

 

When the man of God sent messengers to Naaman, telling him to wash seven times in Jordan to be cleansed of his leprosy, he was furious instead of being elated and happy.  He started to complain of how he thought Elisha should heal him and of the other, cleaner, rivers he could wash in – 2 Kings 5:11-12.

 

In 2 Kings 5:13-14, Naaman’s servants came to him and persuaded him to do what Elisha said for him to do to be cleansed from his leprosy. He washed (dipped) seven times in Jordan, following God's way, and his leprosy was cleansed.

 


 

Would you be willing to dip in the Jordan...

Dirty Waters of the Jordan River

               
 

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Seven

... times to become clean?

 


 

Would you be willing to...

               
 

Hear

           
   

Believe

         
     

Repent

       
       

Confess

     
         

Be Baptized

   

... to accept the salvation offered by God?

 

-- Harry D. Anderson, Jr., January 2011

 


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