Summary: The healing of a pagan military leader
The Healing of Naaman 2 Kings 5:1-17
An Irishman with a bad leg hobbled into a restaurant one afternoon. He painfully sat down at a booth and asked the waitress for a cup of coffee. Then the Irishman looked across the restaurant and asked, "Is that the faith healer over there?" The waitress nodded so the Irishman told her to give him a cup of coffee too.
The next person to come in was an Englishman and he had a hunched back. He shuffled over to a booth and asked the waitress for a glass of hot tea. He also glanced across the restaurant and asked "Is that the faith healer over there?" The waitress nodded so the Englishman said to give him a cup of hot tea too.
The third man to come into the restaurant was from Cape Breton. He went over to a booth, sat down and hollered "Hey there sweet thing, how about getting me a cold glass of Coke!" and then he looked across the restaurant and asked "Is that the faith healer over there?" And the waitress nodded so the Cape Bretoner said, “Give him a cold glass of coke too.
As the faith healer got up to leave he passed by the Irishman and touched him and said "For your kindness, you are healed." The Irishman felt the strength come back into his leg and got up and danced a jig all the way out the door. Then he passed by the Englishman and touched him and said, "For your kindness, you are healed." The English man felt his back straightening up and he raised his hands, and did a series of back flips all the way out the door. But as he walked towards the Cape Bretoner he jumped up and yelled, "Hey don’t touch me, I’m on full disability!"
You’d have to actually grow up in Cape Breton to understand it but I remember one day there was going to be a strike vote in the coal mine and there were 150 men injured the day before the vote. They all fell in the company shower house.
Well, this morning I’m going to try to live up to the five “B,s” of preaching. “Be brief, brother, be brief.”
“Now Naaman, captain of the host of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master, and honorable, because by him the LORD had given deliverance unto Syria: he was also a mighty man in valor, but he was a leper. 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. And one went in, and told his lord, saying, thus and thus said the maid that is of the land of Israel. 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.
And he brought the letter to the king of Israel, saying, now when this letter is come unto thee, behold, I have therewith sent Naaman my servant to thee, that thou mayest recover him of his leprosy. And it came to pass, when the king of Israel had read the letter, that he rent his clothes, and said, am I God, to kill and to make alive, that this man doth send unto me to recover a man of his leprosy? wherefore consider, I pray you, and see how he seeketh a quarrel against me.
And it was so, when Elisha the man of God had heard that the king of Israel had rent his clothes, that he sent to the king, saying, wherefore hast thou rent thy clothes? let him come now to me, and he shall know that there is a prophet in Israel. So Naaman came with his horses and with his chariot, and stood at the door of the house of Elisha. 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. 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. 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. 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? Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.