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Sunday, June 14, 2015

A Nameless Young Girl

Naaman, 2 Kings 5, Naaman's slave girl, Naaman's healing
I love to read a Bible passage and see something I've never seen before. 

Reading about Naaman's healing (2 Kings 5:1-15), I noticed something remarkable. 

A young slave girl taken captive against her will ... serving those who had probably killed and kidnapped others of her people ... away from home and family. 

But she was not away from faith in the True and Living God. 

She forgave her captors and encouraged her leprous master, Naaman, to seek healing from God. God healed him, and Naaman proclaimed: "I know at last there is no God in all the world except in Israel" (2 Kings 5:15). 

We don't even know this young girl's name, but we know it is written in the Book of Life perhaps next to Naaman's. And we know she'll receive a crown in heaven for her faithfulness in the midst of adversity. 

My prayer is that, no matter what happens, I might have faith like this young girl. How about you?

Bible Study 

Naaman, 2 Kings 5, Naaman's slave girl, Naaman's healing
Read this passage and rejoice in how God can use a person in the midst of adversity in such a marvelous way. 
  • Ask God if there is someone you need to forgive so you can share God's love and truth with them. 
  • Ask God to give you the kind of faith that never wavers in hope. 
  • Ask God to free you from any pride that is preventing you for receiving His blessings (verses 11-12). 
2 Kings 5:1-15 (NIV):  Now Naaman was commander of the army of the king of Aram. He was a great man in the sight of his master and highly regarded, because through him the LORD had given victory to Aram. He was a valiant soldier, but he had leprosy. 

2 Now bands of raiders from Aram had gone out and had taken captive a young girl from Israel, and she served Naaman’s wife. 3 She said to her mistress, “If only my master would see the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy.” 

4 Naaman went to his master and told him what the girl from Israel had said. 5 “By all means, go,” the king of Aram replied. “I will send a letter to the king of Israel.” So Naaman left, taking with him ten talents of silver, six thousand shekels of gold and ten sets of clothing. 6 The letter that he took to the king of Israel read: “With this letter I am sending my servant Naaman to you so that you may cure him of his leprosy.” 

7 As soon as the king of Israel read the letter, he tore his robes and said, “Am I God? Can I kill and bring back to life? Why does this fellow send someone to me to be cured of his leprosy? See how he is trying to pick a quarrel with me!” 

8 When Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn his robes, he sent him this message: “Why have you torn your robes? Have the man come to me and he will know that there is a prophet in Israel.” 9 So Naaman went with his horses and chariots and stopped at the door of Elisha’s house. 10 Elisha sent a messenger to say to him, “Go, wash yourself seven times in the Jordan, and your flesh will be restored and you will be cleansed.” 

11 But Naaman went away angry and said, “I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the LORD his God, wave his hand over the spot and cure me of my leprosy. 12 Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Couldn’t I wash in them and be cleansed?” So he turned and went off in a rage. 

13 Naaman’s servants went to him and said, “My father, if the prophet had told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more, then, when he tells you, ‘Wash and be cleansed’!” 14 So he went down and dipped himself in the Jordan seven times, as the man of God had told him, and his flesh was restored and became clean like that of a young boy. 

15 Then Naaman and all his attendants went back to the man of God. He stood before him and said, “Now I know that there is no God in all the world except in Israel. So please accept a gift from your servant.” 

copyright 2015, Gail Burton Purath, BiteSizeBibleStudy.com 
All Scripture NIV unless otherwise noted

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