God works in his own way to make us clean

Based On: 2 Kings 5:1-14

Naaman was a great and powerful man.  He was a leader in the army of Aram (also known as Syria) and he worked closely with King Ben-Hadad – the king of Aram.  It is difficult to determine exact dates, but he lived more than 2800 years ago – somewhere between 900 and 800 B.C.  Because of his position he was one of the most powerful and influential men in one of the most powerful and influential countries of the time.

But Naaman had a problem.  He had leprosy.  The word leprosy was sometimes used for other skin diseases, but most often we think about the disease that eats away at the body and eventually brings death.  Today we have a treatment for this type of leprosy and so to understand what Naaman was going through it might help to think of a terminal form of cancer.  Except that instead of destroying the body from the inside out, the leprosy was destroying Naaman from the outside in.  As far as Naaman know, he would one day die from this disease.  And yet, this leprosy was a gift from God.

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