An Ordinary Witness, Pastor Phil Sessa

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2Kings 5-4, “2 And the Syrians had gone out on raids, and had brought back captive a young girl from the land of Israel. She waited on Naaman’s wife. 3 Then she said to her mistress, “If only my master were with the prophet who is in Samaria! For he would heal him of his leprosy.” 4 And Naaman went in and told his master, saying, “Thus and thus said the girl who is from the land of Israel.”

People come in all shapes and sizes. People seem to split apart from one another by ethnicity, social status, language, occupation, etc…. However I love to look at those that God chooses to carry out His will. The Scriptures states that God is no respecter of persons. Peter refused to reach the Gentiles at one point in his ministry. God therefore gave him a vision in Acts while he was up on a roof a great sheet came down of four-footed animals of the earth, wild beasts, creeping things, and birds of the air. God said to Peter, “Kill and eat,” but Peter replied, “No Lord.” D. James Kennedy said, “You cannot say, ‘No, Lord,’ and mean both words; one annuls the other. If you say no to Him, then He is not your Lord.” Peter eventually understood God’s lesson to him, and submitted to God’s will. This is why the Scriptures states, “Then Peter opened his mouth and said: “In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality”. Evans often shares, “God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.” God can use whosoever He chooses, to reach whosoever He calls to repentance.

In 2Kings 5, God used a slave girl to reach Naaman, Commander of the Syrian army and turn his heart toward the Lord. This girl was taken from Israel and saw the leprosy of her master, Naaman. She had compassion upon him and brought word to her mistress, vs. 3 “…If only my master were with the prophet who is in Samaria! For he would heal him of his leprosy.” Naaman had a high profile job, he was extremely wealthy, popular, and was in the midst of war against the Arameans. As far as social status, the slave girl was far below Naaman. However God used her to reach Naaman. Naaman brought this news to the King of Syria, and the King sent a letter with Naaman to the King of Israel, and Naaman brought, vs. 5 “ten talents of silver, six thousand shekels of gold, and ten changes of clothing,” which was in the vicinity of three-quarters of a billion dollars (The IVP Bible background commentary : Old Testament). The girl told Naaman to go to the prophet, but Naaman first went to the King of Israel. The King tore his clothes saying, “…Am I God, to kill and make alive, that this man sends a man to me to heal him of his leprosy?” Elisha heard what is going on, and told the king to send Naaman in to him. Naaman was then told by Elisha to go and wash in the Jordan River and bob up and down seven times. Naaman thought that this was the most ridiculous prescription for healing, considering the Jordan was forty miles away, to a river that was not known for being the cleanest of waters. Initially, pride began to rise in Naaman’s heart as he disapproved of washing in the Jordan saying, “vs. 12 Are not the Abanah and the Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them and be clean?” Naaman eventually humbled himself and made the trip to the Jordan River, dipped seven times, and his leprosy was healed.
In the Scriptures, leprosy was a type of sin. Just as the young slave girl saw the problem, so we must see the (leprosy) sin in the lives of people, no matter who they are, and lay the weight of God’s Law upon them that they too might humble themselves to be washed in the living water of Jesus Christ. Thank God for the slave girl who gave Naaman directions which brought him to humble himself before God. Will you be like the slave girl, and be an ordinary witness to the many you see daily who will die in their sin without the living water of Jesus Christ?
Until the nets are filled…Blessings, Pastor Phi <><

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