NAAMAN: THE BIG DIPPER (2 Kings 5:1-15; 19)
2 Kings 5:1-15 (NKJV)
Naaman’s Leprosy Healed
1 Now Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Syria, was a great and honorable man in the eyes of his master, because by him the Lord had given victory to Syria. He was also a mighty man of valor, but a leper.
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.”
5 Then the king of Syria said, “Go now, and I will send a letter to the king of Israel.”
So he departed and took with him ten talents of silver, six thousand shekels of gold, and ten changes of clothing.
6 Then he brought the letter to the king of Israel, which said,
Now be advised, when this letter comes to you, that I have sent Naaman my servant to you, that you may heal him of his leprosy.
7 And it happened, when the king of Israel read the letter, that he tore his clothes and said, “Am I God, to kill and make alive, that this man sends a man to me to heal him of his leprosy? Therefore please consider, and see how he seeks a quarrel with me.”
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.”
9 Then Naaman went with his horses and chariot, and he stood at the door of Elisha’s house.
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.”
11 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.’
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?” So he turned and went away in a rage.
13 And his servants came near and spoke to him, and said, “My father, if the prophet had told you to do something great, would you not have done it? How much more then, when he says to you, ‘Wash, and be clean’?”
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; now therefore, please take a gift from your servant.”
2 Kings 5:19 (NKJV)
19 Then he said to him, “Go in peace.” So he departed from him a short distance.
This morning, I want to introduce you to a man named Naaman and an event that forever changed his life. I want to tell you the story of how this great man humbled himself before the command of the Lord and received grace, healing and peace.
In the process, I want to share with you how you too can have the things that Naaman received. I may be speaking to people today who have never truly given their hearts to the Lord, people who for one reason or the other have lived their lives without ever coming into a right relationship with Almighty God. I pray that as we consider this text together, your hearts will be stirred up and you will have a desire to some to know the God of the Bible. Let’s look together at Naaman: The Big Dipper.
I. v.1 A SICK MAN
A. A Captain – He was a Leader among the people of Syria.
B. A Conqueror – He was a Lifter of the people of Syria.
C. A Castaway – He was a Leper, separated from the people.
(Ill. Even the slaves would not have traded places with Naaman! Regardless of how great a man Naaman was, he had the problem of leprosy, Ill. The word “but” in verse 1! (Ill. Leprosy is a type of sin!) (Ill. Good mothers, fathers, wives, husbands, children, etc – All have that one little “but” that mars their lives!)
(Ill. All are sinners before God – Rom. 3:23; Gal. 3:22) As sinners, men are castaway’s from the presence of God – John 3:36. (Ill. You may feel fine today, but if you are lost in your sins, you are a spiritual leper and regardless of your greatness, you are headed to Hell!)
II. v.2-3 A SOLD OUT MAIDEN
A. She Had Concern For Naaman – (Ill. She didn’t hate this man who had captured her, she only saw his need – What a lesson for Christians – Ill. John 4:35) (Ill. Many probably questioned the wisdom of God in allowing this young girl to be carried away to a foreign land as a slave. GOD had her here at the perfect time to accomplish His work.)
Thank God for people with a sincere sold out heart for others.
B. She Had Confidence In God – She knew what God could do! Thank God for those who believe in a BIG God! Too many have a little, weak, God! (Luke 1:37)
C. She Had A Confession For God – (She spoke out of her convictions. She was unafraid and she had a bold, simple testimony!)
(Ill. She was a light for the Lord in character and conduct in the midst of a dark and lost world!)
Thank God for those who are willing to say a word for the glory of the Lord!
III. 4-15, 19 A SIMPLE MESSAGE
A. v. 8-10 The Lord’s Man
1. v. 8 A Sudden Call – Ill. John 6:44 (This is how it begins!)
2. v. 10 A Simple Command – 7 dips, and 7 dips alone would heal Naaman!
Ill. The Gospel, there are not many ways to Heaven, there is only one, John 14:6; Acts 16:31. (Ill. The 2 roads (eternal life versus destruction ) – Matt. :13-14)
B. v. 4-7, 11-13 The Leper’s Mistake
1. v.4-7 He Went To The Wrong Person – (Ill. The king was powerful, but there were limits to his effectiveness.) Only One can save – Acts 4:12.
2. v. 5 He Carried The Wrong Price – (Ill. About $500.000) Salvation is free! (Isa. 55:1; Rev. 22:17) The price is faith!
3. v. 11 He Had The Wrong Plan – (Ill. “I thought”; “I thought’s” have sent millions to Hell – Pro. 16:25!)
4. v. 12 He Had The Wrong Perception – (Ill. He thought to change God’s
plan! Naaman thought his way was superior to God’s! Ill. He found fault with God’s plan – Ill. The cross – Rom. 9:33; 1 Cor. 1:18!)
5. Millions, every day make the same mistakes that Naaman made. They
think they can work it out, do it better, get there on their own, can formulate a better plan. It is all the devil’s lie! Ill. Pro. 16:25!!!
C. v. 14-15, 19 The Lord’s Miracle
1. v. 13 Naaman’s Servants – They said two things that made him think:
a. “You would do a great thing!” b. “What have you got to lose?”
2. v. 14 Naaman’s Submission – When Naaman decided to try God’s plan, 2 things happened that produced his salvation:
a. He obeyed God – Naaman dipped, you must believe!
b. He was changed – 2 Cor. 5:17 – Ill. Not the dipping, not the Jordan, it
was the power of Almighty God that changed this leper into a clean,
3. v.15, 19 Naaman’s Salvation – When Naaman did it God’s way, he got more than his health. He got a spiritual dip also!
a. v. 15 Notice his Confession – Rom. 10:9
b. v, 19 Notice his Assurance – John 6:47 (Ill. Contrast verse 15 with
verse 11 – “I thought” versus “I know!” What a difference a dip in the right water will make!
You know, all that separates the sinner from eternal life in Jesus Christ is a willingness to do things God’s way! When we become willing to come the way God has laid out for us, then we will receive eternal life through Jesus Christ. Naaman was changed because he did it the Lord’s way. If you will come, that is the way it will work for you also! (Ill. Pro. 9:12)