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Summary: Too often we look for dynamic things while God is using the common things.

Text: 2 Kings 5:13 (quickview) 

(2 Ki 5:13) "And his servants came near, and spake unto him, and said, My father, if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it? how much rather then, when he saith to thee, Wash, and be clean?"

Introduction:

Notice:

1. CONDITION OF NAAMAN

(2 Ki 5:1) "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. Leper

1. Type of sin.

2. Had no hope.

(Eph 2:12) "That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:"

(1 Th 4:13) "But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope."

3. Could not cure himself despite all of his qualities.

Captain

A Great Man

Honorable

Deliverer

Mighty Man Of Valor

4. All the qualities and efforts in the world cannot cure sin.

(Isa 64:6) "But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away."

(Eph 2:8-9) "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: {9} Not of works, lest any man should boast."

2. CONCERN OF ONE

(2 Ki 5:2-3) "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. {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."

A. Just a servant (slave or maid)

B. Realized who could help

C. Shared the truth.

There are many today who are dying with the dreaded disease of sin.

They have no hope.

They cannot save themselves.

But we who are saved know Who can and have the truth.

Illustration:

Imagine someone knowing the cure for cancer, but refusing to share the truth with the medical world. They would certainly not be known as someone or something great, but rather a uncaring, non-compassionate, self centered, egotistical, proud, individual in society.

But Christians today have the truth concerning the disease of sin and yet many are not concerned enough to share the truth with them.

3. COMMAND OF THE PROPHET

(2 Ki 5:10) "And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, Go and wash in Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be clean."

A. Was sent by a messenger.

1. We too again have been sent.

(Mark 16:15 (quickview) ) "And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature."

B. Was sent to the Jordan.

1. The Jordan was a dirty river.

2. The Jordan is a picture of dying to self.

If a person is to ever get saved he must not trust in self, but the Saviour.

If a Christian is ever going to become what God desires him to be and become, he too must die to self.

(Gal 2:10) "Only they would that we should remember the poor; the same which I also was forward to do."


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