Don’t Write Me Off Yet, Part 3of3, Evans Olang

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2Kings 5:1-19, vs. “14 So he went down and dipped seven times in the Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God; and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean. 15 And he returned to the man of God, he and all his aides, and came and stood before him; and he said, “Indeed, now I know that there is no God in all the earth, except in Israel”

I believe that greater glory to God comes when God uses the least expected, the despised. If someone does something they can do, there is not much rejoicing. How will you even know how it happened? Christ walked on water, which was expected, He is God, but when Peter walked on water, that was grand but not because of Peter but Christ who makes all things possible. 2Corinthians 4:7, “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us”. Christ is the treasure, we are the vessel, the power is His. That is why there is greater glory for Christ when He lives His own life through us, enabling us to do what we could never do on our own. Using the foolish and despised things for His glory.

Naaman having received a message from a slave girl about a prophet of God with the ability to heal leprosy, Naaman, the great Naaman still prideful went to his master and his master sent a letter to king of Israel to cure him. Remember the girl did not say there was a king; she talked about a prophet. The king of Israel instead of recognizing Elisha as a prophet of God and sending Naaman there became angry as he felt the Syrians were looking for a fight. Syrians especially its leaders may have despised prophets; they would rather deal with people of certain class. God was destined to humble this man and bring glory to His name. He had given him victory in his greatness; never did Naaman acknowledge God’s hands in his victory.

Vs. 8” So it was, when Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn his clothes, that he sent to the king, saying, “Why have you torn your clothes? Please let him come to me, and he shall know that there is a prophet in Israel.” The despised prophet is the one God was going to use. God could heal him by sending a word right away. He gets to Elisha’s in an entourage of horses and chariots, loaded with gifts. He comes in style expecting to be healed in style; at this point he felt he deserved attention of this prophet. Elisha does not even meet him, he sends his servant to tell Naaman to vs. 9, “…”Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored to you, and you shall be clean.”, how low in Naaman’s thinking for Elisha to send a servant with simple instruction. If washing in a river was all it took to be cured of leprosy, all those who had leprosy would have been cured as they bathed in the river. There was something bigger than that, the foolish things God uses to bring about the unexpected. He was not even sent to a clean river, he was sent to a dirty river. His healing was not in the river, his healing was in his obedience to do what he was told. Taking Elisha’s word even in that which seamed foolish and despised. Naaman became angry, he argued his case, and even chose to go back home but was convinced by his servants to just do it. If Elisha had asked for something bigger, he would have had no problem doing it, but this was different.

He goes to the river and does as instructed and he is healed as the prophet said. “15 And he returned to the man of God, he and all his aides, and came and stood before him; and he said, “Indeed, now I know that there is no God in all the earth, except in Israel.” God made His name great in this situation, and He was going to continue to make His name great as Naaman took the testimony back to his master and his people, he even asked for loads of earth from Israel to bring back to Syria. vs. “17 So Naaman said, “Then, if not, please let your servant be given two mule-loads of earth; for your servant will no longer offer either burnt offering or sacrifice to other gods, but to the LORD”

1Corinthians 1:26-30, “26 For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. 27 But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; 28 and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, 29 that no flesh should glory in His presence”, Do not despise the means by which God could bless you, we are quick to write people and things off, God is not. blessings Ev

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