I. NAAMAN'S CONDITION.
1 Now 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.
A. It was A Condition That Caused Dread.
Terrible prognosis knowing that he could only expect painful suffering and death.
B. It was A Condition That Caused Defilement.
Lev. 13:46 All the days wherein the plague shall be in him he shall be defiled; he is unclean: he shall dwell alone; without the camp shall his habitation be.
C. It was A Condition That Caused Death.
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.
2. NAAMAN'S CONSIDERATION
3 And 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.
Her Concern And she said unto her mistress
Her Confidence Would God my lord were with the prophet that is in Samaria!
In God's Man, In God's Message, & In God's Method,
Her Confession for he would recover him of his leprosy.
It Was :- Simple, Short, Sure, Sublime, & Successful.
3. NAAMAN'S CONFUSION
5 And 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.
1. He Had The Wrong Person - v.4-7
(The king was powerful, but there were limits to his effectiveness.) Only One can save - Acts 4:12 (quickview) . Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
2. He Had The Wrong Price - v. 5 And he departed, and took with him ten talents of silver, and six thousand pieces of gold, and ten changes of raiment. (About $500.000) Salvation is free!
Isa. 55:1 Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
Rev. 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.
3. He Had The Wrong Perception - v. 11 But Naaman was wroth, and went away, and said, Behold, I thought, He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of the LORD his God, and strike his hand over the place, and recover the leper.
Pro. 16:25 There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
4. He Had The Wrong Plan - v. 12 Are not Abana and Pharpar, rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? may I not wash in them, and be clean? So he turned and went away in a rage.
The cross - Rom. 9:33 As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.