2Kings 5:1-19, “But Naaman became furious, and went away and said, “Indeed, I said to myself, ‘He will surely come out to me, and stand and call on the name of the LORD his God, and wave his hand over the place, and heal the leprosy.’”
Worthiness is having adequate or great merit, character, or value. Worthy people command great attention and respect. In this passage we meet worthy Naaman but by his own standards.
To understand who Naaman was, we look to 2Kings 5:1 to get his resume, 1. He was commander of the army of the king of Syria, 2. He was a great and honorable man in the eyes of his master, and 3. He was also a mighty man of valor. He commanded attention because of who he was, however he had leprosy. Upon hearing that there was a prophet in Samaria who could heal him of his leprosy, he does not come humbly, no, he comes with great entourage for his healing service and a plan. Vs. 9, “Then Naaman went with his horses and chariot, and he stood at the door of Elisha’s house”. The worthy man as he thought came in style and others would recognize his position by his resume and surrounding.
What happened next would infuriate the worthy Namaan almost forfeiting what brought him to Samaria, vs. 10, “And Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, “Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored to you, and you shall be clean.” How dare Elisha dishonor Namaan by not showing up to meet with him but rather send a servant, a messenger and to add salt to the injury the servant brought degrading news that he should go and wash in the dirty river of Jordan. The instruction was for him to dip himself not once but 7 times in the presence of all those who had respect for his statue. Not even one of his servants was to do it on his behalf.
2Kings 5:1-19, “But Naaman became furious, and went away and said, “Indeed, I said to myself, ‘He will surely come out to me, and stand and call on the name of the LORD his God, and wave his hand over the place, and heal the leprosy.’” Because Naaman considered himself worthy of the attention of the prophet for his healing, he indeed said to himself how he thought his healing would come about. He expected Elisha to treat him as a worthy man like the rest only to find that he needed to come as a beggar in need of a free gift, not as lord to demand or purchase it. Jesus said, “… whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted”, Matthew 23:12
Elisha did not need Naaman, Naaman needed Elisha. Here Elisha is the type of Christ who has the free gift but the seeker must come in Elisha/Jesus’ terms. The name Elisha means “God is salvation”
In the light of this story, we need to be reminded that the gospel is not how worthy man is, the gospel is how worthy Jesus is. The gospel is not how God needs man, the gospel is how man needs God. The gospel is not how in trouble God is for not having us, the gospel is how we are in trouble without God. “The way by which a sinner is received and made holy, through the blood, and by the Spirit of Christ, through faith alone in his name, does not sufficiently humour or employ self, to please the sinner’s heart”, Matthew Henry.
A sinner must come because Christ is worthy and not because he is regardless what others think of him. He must come broken and humble in need of a Savior. While Naaman would have thought his success may have come by his hands, the bible says it was God who had made him successful and even his healing would have to be done by God, for God. That revelation would cause Naaman to humble himself.
The rest of the story, he humbled himself and did as he was instructed and in response, 2Kings 5:17, “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”. He came in chariots and horses, he came with gold and expensive clothing however with the change, he took two mules (donkeys) considered humbled, what Christ rode upon. He took loads of earth as a reminder of how low and dirty he was to remind him of humility and vowed to serve the Lord in His terms.
You who is not saved and think you are worthy of attention, have you looked yourself in the light of Naaman’s story to see your sin of pride and arrogance hoping to come to the Lord in your term? You must humble yourself, see your sin in its true state, then Believe, and be saved; Repent, and be pardoned; Wash and be clean. Simple and direct to the point, you need Elisha (Jesus). Blessings Ev