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ITS TIME TO TAKE A BATH

text: 1 KINGS 5:10-14

INTRODUCTION

IN OUR TEXT WE SEE A MAN BY THE NAME OF NAAMAN WHO HAD LEPROSY WHICH IS A SKIN DISEASE THAT CAUSE THE SKIN TO HAVE WHITE SPOTS WITH YELLOW HAIRS WHICH WILL CAUSE THE PERSON TO ITCH, SOMETIMES IT APPEARS IN CERTAIN AREAS ON THE BODY. SOMETIME IT SPREADS AND COVERS THE ENTIRE BODY, IT COULD SOMETIMES APPEAR IN THE HEAD OR BEARD.

THE FLIGHT OF THE LEPER WAS PITIABLE FOR HE LIVED IN COMPLETE EXILE OUTSIDE OF THE CITY, IN ORDER FOR A LEPER TO BE CLEANSED OR PURIFIED HE HAD TOBE TALKE TO THE PRIEST WHO MET HIM OUTSIDE OF THE CITY.

THE PRIEST THIN GOT TWO BIRDS, A PIECE OF MATERIAL CALLED SCARLET, HE HAD ONE OF THE BIRDS KILLED AND THE BLOOD OF THE BIRD WAS TO BE MIXED WITH WATER, THE PRIEST THEN SPRINKLED THE BLOOD AND THE WATER MIXTURE ON THE PERSON TO BE DECLARED CLEAN THIS HAD TO BE DONE SEVEN (7) TIMES.

THE PRIEST THEN LET THE LIVING BIERD LOOSE IN THE FIELD, THE PERSON WHO WAS TO BE CLEANSED HAD TO WASH HIS CLOTHES AND SHAVE ALL BODILY HAIRS OFF AND WASH HIMSELF, AFTER HE WASHED HIMSELF AND SHAVED ALL BODILY HAIRS HE WAS SUPPOSE TO SIT OUT SIDE THE CAMPFOR SEVEN (7) DAYS AND ON THE SEVENTH (7TH) DAY HE WAS TO SHAVE ALL HAIR OFF HIS HEAD AND HIS BEAR, EYEBROW AND AGAIN OFF HIS BODY.

HE HAD TO WASH HIS CLOTHES AND HIS BODY AGAIN IN WATER ON THE EIGHTH (8) DAY HE HAD TO BRING A SACRIFICE FOR A TRESPASS SIN AND A MEAL OFFERING AND A LOG OF OIL.

THE PRIEST THEN ANOINTED THE PERSON WITH REST OF THE OIL ALL THIS WAS DONE FOR ATONEMENT FOR A PERSON DECLARED CLEAN.

SO HERE WE SEE IN OUR TEXT THIS MAN BY THE NAME OF NAAMAN WHO WAS CAPTAIN FO THE HOST OF SYRIA WHO WAS A LEPER, THERE WAS A MAID WHICH WAS BROUGHT OUT OF CAPTIVITIY TO WAIT ON NAAMAN’S WIFE, SHE GOT WIND OF NAAMAN’S CONDITION BECAUSE OF HIS WIFE WHO HAD HEARD OF THE PROPHET OF GOD IN SAMERIA WHO HAD THE POWER TO HEAL HER HUSBAND.

HER WORDS WAS REPORTED TO THE KING OF SYRIA WHO THEN SENT NAAMAN WITH A LETTER, MONEY AND CLOTHES TO THE KING OF ISREAL, WHEN THE KING OF ISRAEL READHTHE LETTER HE WAS DISTRUBED AND TORE HIS CLOTHES (act of humility) AND SAID IT GOD WHO GIVES AND TAKES LIFE

HE JUST SENT THIS MAN TO START A ARGUMENT (war) AGAINST ME BUT THE PROPHET ELISHA HEARD ABOUT IT (what the king did ) AND HE SENT FOR NAAMAN, SO NAAMAN CAME AND STOOD AT THE DOOR OF ELISHA.

ELISHA SENT A MESSAGER AND TOLD NAAMAN TO GO WASH IN THE JORDAN RIVER SEVEN (7) TIMES AND YOU WILL BE HEALED BUT NAAMG GOT UPSET AND LEFT SAYING "i thought he would lay hands on me and anoint me (elisha never came to naaman) there must be a cleaner river.

HE LEFT UPSET BOT ONE OF HIS SERVANTS SAID TO NAAMAN IF THE PROPHET WANTED YOU TO DO A GREAT THING YOU WOULD DO IT SO WHY NOT GO AND WASH, SO NAAMAN WENT TO THE JORDAN AND WASHED SEVEN (7) TIMES AS THE PROPHET INSTRUCTED HIM.

BELOVED THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE WHO ARE LIKE NAAMAN THEY ARE SPIRITUAL LEPERS SPOTTED WITH MALICE, HATRED, VARIENCE, STRIFE, AND ENVY, BUT I COME TO LET YOU KNOW THAT IS TIME TO TAKE A BATH.

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