Summary: Naaman's Cure
2 Kings Ch 5 v. 1 - 19 Naaman's Cure
1. Namaan's Description v.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."
I-NOTICE THE MANY CONDITONS OF NAAMAN:
A-He Was A Military Man: 1A "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"
B-He Was A Mighty Man: 1B "he was also a mighty man in valour"
He had power, position, prosperity, and popularity.
His name means, pleasant to look upon.
C-He Was A Miserable Man: 1C“but he was a leper.”
—“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23).
D-He Was A Missioned Man: 2-3"And 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 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
See Her :-
A. Concern - She didn't hate this man who had captured her, she only saw his need
B. Confidence - She knew what God could do!
C. Conviction - She was unafraid and she had a bold, simple testimony!
ILLUSTRATION: A man left his house for church one Sunday just as his neighbor was loading his golf clubs into his car. "Henry," the neighbor called, "come play golf with me today." Henry answered firmly, "I always go to church on the Lord’s Day." After a pause the golfer said, "You know, Henry, I’ve often wondered about your church and I really admire your faithfulness. But I’ve invited you to play golf with me seven or eight times, and you’ve never once invited me to go to church with you."
2. Naaman's Disease v.1 "but he was a leper"
I. Some things about leprosy
A. A loathsome disease.
1. The removal of other sicknesses was referred to as healing. Leprosy was called a cleansing.
2. Sometimes portions of the skin would fall off, even an arm.
3. The stench was almost unbearable.
B. A contagious disease.
1. Had to be careful.
2. Lepers were exiled.
C. A deceptive disease.
1. Took several days to determine whether you had it.
2. Might be a simple boil.
D. A progressive disease that had a tendency to increase.
1. Progressed until death was welcome.
1. All the medicines in the world were ineffective.
II. An anology between leprosy and sin.
A. Sin is loathsome.
1. Sin is worse than leprosy.
2. Leprosy physical – sin is spiritual (Ezekiel 18:20) "The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him."
3. We look to lightly upon sin
4. Cannot cure man of sin unless we convict him of sin.
5. Cannot afford to be nice to sin Rom 6v23 "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."