II. Kings 5:1,15 Naaman had a very blighted Life. Naaman had almost all that a man of the world could wish in the way of honour, and fame, and success, but there was a sore in his life that all the praise and wealth of the world could not heal, “he was a leper” (v.9).
Like the rich young ruler, there were many things which he did not lack, but he did lack one thing, purity.
He was unclean. Where ever sin dominion, it casts its withering plague over the whole character, “For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. ” But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;” (Titus 3:3,5).
The little maid lady had a faithful Testimony. This “little maid” had evidently profited by her godly upbringing.
The God of the prophet that was in Samaria was to her an Almighty prophet. It was Nicodemus who came by night to question Jesus, “There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.” (Jh.3:1,2).
The little maid had convictions that were both real and deep, and she was not afraid to speak them out “Would God that my lord were with the prophet that is in Samaria, for he would recover him of his leprosy” (v.3).
This was a simple, child-like testimony, but it is the kind of testimony that is everywhere needed,“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” (Ac.1:8).
It was the testimony of faith given at the right time and in the right spirit, Note what (Ja.5:14,15 tell us, “Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up;”
Naama had a False Interpretation.“The king of Syria said, Go, and I will send a letter unto the king of Israel.” So Naaman departed.
Yes, this is that “worldly wisdom” which completely sets aside that Gospel of Grace preached by the little maid, and which is still preached through Jesus Christ, “It is not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saves us” (Luke 18:13,14).
Those guided by mere natural wisdom make no allowance for God’s grace, note what (Isa.55:1) tell us, “Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.”
There was a Merciful Message for Haaman, “Go and -wash in Jordan seven times, and thou shalt be clean” (v.10).
Nothing but trouble and disappointment could come by
going to the king instead of the prophet, (I.Pt:24) tell us, “by whose stripes ye were healed. “ (Jesus’ stripes.)
There is none other Name given among men whereby he could be saved according to (Acts 4.12), “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”
The means was within easy reach. “Wash in Jordan.” The promise was sure. “Thou shalt be clean.” It was the apostle Peter declared “repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins,” (Ac.2:38).
The prophet kept himself out of sight that Naaman’s faith might be in God and not in man, “And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshipped him. But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man.” (Ac.10:25,26).
The true herald of the Gospel does not seek the honour of men, but it will have a definite message of certain salvation for every anxious inquirer, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” (Ac.16:30,31).
We must have a surrendered will. “Then went he down and dipped himself seven times in Jordan” (v.14). Naanam reasoned in his mind, and “then went down ” with the definite purpose of putting the Word of God given to him through the prophet to the test.
As soon as his mind was made up to accept this new way of cleansing, the rest was easily and quickly done.
His going down was the evidence that he had now believed the message of grace sent him. The Eunuch in (Ac.8:38) believe the Word of God, “And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.”
The faith that does not lead to a personal acceptance of Christ is a dead faith. “Ye will not come to Me that ye might have life” (Jh.5.40).
Naaman when he obey became a changed Man, “His flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean” (v.14).
He became a new creature through the obedience of faith and the work of salvation, “Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” (Mt.18 3).
What a perfect illustration this is of the wonder working power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ ! “If any man be in Christ he is a new creation: old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (Cor.5:17).
Naaman stated, “Behold, now I know that there is no God in all the earth but in Israel” (v.15).