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Read 2 Kings 5:7-15

Tuesday

Read 2 Kings 5:7-15

7 When the king of Israel read the letter, he tore his clothes in dismay and exclaimed, “How can the king of Syria expect me to cure this man? Does he think that I am God,[a] with the power of life and death? It's plain that he is trying to start a quarrel with me!”

8 When the prophet Elisha heard what had happened, he sent word to the king: “Why are you so upset? Send the man to me, and I'll show him that there is a prophet in Israel!”

9 So Naaman went with his horses and chariot and stopped at the entrance to Elisha's house. 10 Elisha sent a servant out to tell him to go and wash himself seven times in the Jordan River, and he would be completely cured of his disease. 11 But Naaman left in a rage, saying, “I thought that he would at least come out to me, pray to the Lord his God, wave his hand over the diseased spot,[b] and cure me! 12 Besides, aren't the rivers Abana and Pharpar, back in Damascus, better than any river in Israel? I could have washed in them and been cured!”

13 His servants went up to him and said, “Sir, if the prophet had told you to do something difficult, you would have done it. Now why can't you just wash yourself, as he said, and be cured?” 14 So Naaman went down to the Jordan, dipped himself in it seven times, as Elisha had instructed, and he was completely cured. His flesh became firm and healthy like that of a child. 15 He returned to Elisha with all his men and said, “Now I know that there is no god but the God of Israel; so please, sir, accept a gift from me.”

Footnotes:
2 Kings 5:7 God; or a god.
2 Kings 5:11 the diseased spot; or this place.
Good News Translation (GNT)
Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society

Think

Naaman was an important person; but Elisha didn't even go out to see him when he visited his house for healing; and to add insult to injury the solution was simple and boring - just bathe in the Jordan river.  A simple act of faith.

Pray

Lord teach me to recognize your ability to perform miracles in simple ways.


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