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Sunrise on Temple Mount in Jerusalem; Back to Previous Devotion

April 25 - Evening

"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.'

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.
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.

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"! '

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."

- Second Kings 5:10-14

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
The Aramean General Seeks the God of Israel and is Healed    

Elisha’s renowned and the knowledge of the God of Israel has extended up into Aram and into the house of the Aramean General Naaman. When General Naaman contracts leprosy an Israelite girl who has been taken captive informs the general’s wife of the God in Israel and his prophet Elisha.

Naaman receives permission from the Aramean King to go to Israel. The great Aramean general takes great gifts and a letter of introduction from the great Aramena King to Israel’s king and enters the royal palace of Israel with gifts and a request. But, contrary to the pagan world, pagan gods and their philosophies the great YHWH and his are not welcomed in the royal courts of men nor do they perform on demand for gifts.

The King of Israel is distraught fearing the Arameans are reengaging their hostilities with Israel and that they will use this as an excuse to seek vengeance on Israel. But, Elisha hears of Naaman’s visit and sends for him. When Naaman arrives at the “great” prophet’s residence Elisha does not even bother to appear before the great Aramean general, but instead sends a messenger with the Word of the Lord to have Naaman simply dip seven times in the Jordan River.

Naaman is offended by Elisha’s failure to appear before him to perform a great miracle, but also, Naaman is perturbed by the simple and ridiculous remedy Elisha has given him. How can dipping seven times in the meager Israelite Jordan River be anything worthy earning or producing a healing? So, Naaman becomes angry and leaves Elisha’s doorstep in a rage.

Fortunately, one of Naaman’s servants convinces Naaman to take simple steps and follow the humble directions in the Word from the Lord. Naaman is instantly healed. But, Naaman is not healed because of his greatness, the great  gifts, a great accomplishment and not even because the “great” prophet appeared. Naaman is healed because he heard and obeyed the Word of the Lord.

  Christian Quote from Church History

“The basic problem of the Christians in this country…in regard to society and in regard to government, is that they have seen things in bits and pieces instead of totals.” – Francis Schaeffer

Something to Ponder??

Repentance – Repentance in the Bible means “a change of mind.” Literally, it means a turning about, specifically in the mind. This turning or changing of the mind results in a change of course, a new direction and a new attitude toward the object being considered in the mind. Repentance may occur
along with sorrow, but
sorrow is not repentance.
Repentance is a change of mind in respect to the revealed truth in the
Word of God.
Jesus teaches repentance
in Matthew 21:28-30.
Paul teaches that repentance occurs in response to the Word in 2 Timothy 2:24-25, but in 2 Timothy 4:3-5
he also warns that men change the Word of God
to suit their mind.
Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation, worldly sorrow brings only death with no change of destiny
(2 Corinthians 7:10).
Godly repentance leads to salvation and righteous deeds follow (Acts 26:20).

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Elegcho (Gr) – Convict (Eng) – elegcho is Greek word that means “convict,” “reprove,” and “rebuke.” Elegcho carries the meaning of “bring to light” and “expose.” So, the New Testament idea captured
in the word elegcho is to expose with light to cause rebuke and conviction.
Elegcho is used in Ephesians 5:11 and 5:13.

  Paul's Jewish teacher, Gamaliel (Acts 22:3), was a leading rabbi of the Jewish Sanhedrin (Acts 5:34). Josephus writes about Gamaliel and the Talmud describes Gamaliel as a prominent member of the Sanhedrin. Gamaliel is universally known to be the grandson of the great Jewish rabbi Hillel. The Mishnah also mentions Gamaliel. Other Jewish writing record Gamaliel and the elders sitting on the stairs of the Temple that were on the south side. 
(see picture of stairs here)
Confession to Action   Facts and Information

God does not respond to great men, great gifts, great feats or great vows of courage. God offers his Word freely so that it can be received and believed without man having to climb the highest mountain, stand before a great prophet, or offer an ultimate sacrifice.

  "Like an earring of gold or an ornament of fine gold
    is the rebuke of a wise judge to a listening ear."

- Proverbs 25:12
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Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
A view of the Judean Wilderness.

Details of Assyria's deportation of northern Israel in 2 Kings 17.

Details of Assyria's deportation of
northern Israel in 2 Kings 17.

A view of the Judean Wilderness.
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