Now Naaman was Commander of the Army of the King of Aram. He was a great man in the sight of his master and highly regarded, because through him the Lord had given victory to Aram. He was a Valiant Soldier, but he had leprosy. 2 Now bands of raiders from Aram had gone out and had taken captive a young girl from Israel, and she served Naaman’s wife. 3 She said to her mistress, “If only my master would see the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy.”
2 Kings 5:1-3
Food For Thought
Elisha was a prophet and a wonder-worker of the Northern Kingdom of Israel who was active during the reign of Joram, Jehu, Jehoahaz, and Jehoash (Joash) and for sixty years (892–832 BC) held the office of “Prophet in Israel“. Leprosy was considered a curse in Israel and probably in other states in that region.
What a misfortune, A Great Army Commander of Aram was cursed with this discreditable disease. One can imagine a celebrity, a conqueror and a man of very high social stature constantly suffering from a humiliating disease. His desire for getting well must have equally been tremendous, he must have tried everything possible, but nothing must have worked, he mus have been helpless and may be hopeless. Then suddenly he got a ray of hope, the hope was provided by a child, a servant, an aggrieved person who has been captured and made slave and above all a citizen of Israel. Another important thing is that Naaman the Leper believed in the message of hope and went to meet the Prophet Elisha and was cured from the embarrassing disease. The story of Naaman the Leper is long and interesting but we can make few deductions from this part of story:-
- We sometime time get into a difficult situation like the Captive Young Girl from Israel and may wonder why God is doing all this to us, but God has his own plans that are not known to us.
- People visibly great like Naaman (Commander of the Aram Army) also have their own set of problems and they also need God to resolve their problems.
- Like the Captive Young Girl from Israel, a person visibly meek, small or menial may lead us towards salvation.
- One got to have a strong believe in the ability of God to free us.
- if we really want to get salvation, we have to act and move towards the direction of salvation, .
- Like the Captive Young Girl from Israel, We have to work for the betterment of people around us even if they have not been nice with us.
- God bless people without considering boundaries, according to a divine plan,like he chose Naaman, a Syrian instead of any person from Israel.
- Last but not the least; we must share the message of hope with people around us so that they can also share the benefits.