A mighty man of valour yet, a leper

Many of us have heard this account preached from the perspective that if Naaman had not obeyed the simple instruction of the Lord through the man of God, he would not have been healed, and how not to despise little things. Yes, while this is very true, there are many other lessons that can be learned from this account.

 Lets look at a summary of the account in the book of kings.

 2 Kings 5

 1Now Naaman, captain of the host of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master, and honourable, because by him the LORD had given deliverance unto Syria: he was also a mighty man in valour, but he was a leper.

2And the Syrians had gone out by companies, and had brought away captive out of the land of Israel a little maid; and she waited on Naaman’s wife.

 3And she said unto her mistress, Would God my lord were with the prophet that is in Samaria! for he would recover him of his leprosy.

 4And one went in, and told his lord, saying, Thus and thus said the maid that is of the land of Israel.

 5And the king of Syria said, Go to, go, and I will send a letter unto the king of Israel. And he departed, and took with him ten talents of silver, and six thousand pieces of gold, and ten changes of raiment.

 6And he brought the letter to the king of Israel, saying, Now when this letter is come unto thee, behold, I have therewith sent Naaman my servant to thee, that thou mayest recover him of his leprosy.

 7And it came to pass, when the king of Israel had read the letter, that he rent his clothes, and said, Am I God, to kill and to make alive, that this man doth send unto me to recover a man of his leprosy? wherefore consider, I pray you, and see how he seeketh a quarrel against me.

 8And it was so, when Elisha the man of God had heard that the king of Israel had rent his clothes, that he sent to the king, saying, Wherefore hast thou rent thy clothes? let him come now to me, and he shall know that there is a prophet in Israel.

 

 Now lets look at verse 1 again:

 1Now Naaman, captain of the host of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master, and honourable, because by him the LORD had given deliverance unto Syria: he was also a mighty man in valour, but he was a leper.

From this verse, King Syria was Naamans employer and Naaman though a leper, was honourable because though a leper the Lord by Naaman had givenSyriadeliverance and he was also a mighty man of valour. (Valour means bravery or courage).

 The Lord can still use us and bring out the best in us even with our physical imperfections. I think ii is also safe to commend the King of Syria at that time for retaining Naaman as the captain of his host. From this account, the King of Syria must have been a good man.

 Not only did he retain and keep Naaman although a leper as the captain of his host, he also loved to see him healed. From the above account it was the King of Syria that initiated the move that got Naaman healed. What a great employer!!

 Do you have a physical imperfection? The Lord can still use you mighty as he use Naaman the leper. Ever heard of a leper being a captain of a host of a King? This was Naamans position and the Lord by him gave Syria deliverance and he was honourable.

 Being physically challenged does not mean the Lord cannot use you. Naaman was a mighty man in valour, yet a leper. The Lord had great plans for us all.

 

Bisi Oladipupo

 

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Posted on August 26, 2011, in Bible, bible talks, Books, christian, Christian living, Christianity, Church. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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