Today's reading covers a story set in motion by a testimony that impacts a general's wife, a general, two kings, a prophet, and the prophet's servant. The participants:
A simple testimony by a young servant girl to her mistress, "If only my master were with the prophet who is in Samaria! For he would heal him of his leprosy," converges the lives of all these people (2 Kings 5:3). The servant girl's bold faith energizes her mistress to tell her husband about Israel's prophet, who informs his king about Israel's prophet, who informs Israel's king, who calls for Elisha, who sends his servant. The domino effect of one testimony!
Several significant truths about proclamation and faith emerge from this story:
Elisha's servant demonstrates that anyone can live in the shadow of a great prophet and totally miss God. The servant girl lives in captivity, yet she holds a high view of God. Elisha's servant sees the LORD perform the miraculous, yet he thinks his deception and misrepresentation of God will evade His notice.
What do Elisha's strange instructions to Naaman require of Namaan? In what other stories have we seen God require someone to do something unusual before He acts?
Review Isaiah 55:8-9. What does Naaman's story reveal about God?
What has Gehazi failed to understand about God during the years that he served Elisha? How does his service to Elisha compare to that of Elisha's service to Elijah?
What does the king of Israel reveal about himself to the woman on the wall during the famine? Yet, who does he blame for the famine?
What does the lepers' discovery of the vacant Syrian camp reveal about human nature?
What does the story about the woman from Shunem reveal about God and providence?
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