March 9, 2015 (2 Kings 5:1-15a)

We hear about Naaman, the Syrian military commander. As important as he is and as powerful as he is, he has one big problem. He has leprosy. He seeks a cure from Elisha, the prophet who tells him to do something very simple, wash 7 times in the Jordan River. Naaman takes offense at this. He expects more like some exotic cure (in fact, Elisha doesn’t even talk to him but sends a servant to give the directions). But, Naaman gives in and washes and is cured. It wasn’t the River Jordan that cured him but obedience to God’s word.

Leprosy was feared because it was believed that the physical sores were a symbol of how the individual was on the inside; a sign of God’s displeasure with the individual. We can have spiritual leprosy, we call it sin. And God tells us something very simple: confess our sins. Most confessions take less than 5 minutes, but, at the end, we are cured of our spiritual leprosy.

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