This is the story of the sovereignty of God in the midst of Israeli-Syrian conflict. Who would have thought that God would call the military hero of Israel's enemy to faith in Himself and use a nameless little girl enslaved in tragic circumstances to orchestrate the whole thing?
Verse by verse exposition of the book of 2 Kings. PM sermons are preceded by a Confessional, Catechism, or Historic Creed lesson. Usually 5 minutes or so. Westminster Shorter Catechism:
Q. 79. Which is the tenth commandment?
A. The tenth commandment is, Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor anything that is thy neighbour's.
Q. 80. What is required in the tenth commandment?
A. The tenth commandment requireth full contentment with our own condition, with a right and charitable frame of spirit toward our neighbour, and all that is his
Q. 81. What is forbidden in the tenth commandment?
A. The tenth commandment forbiddeth all discontentment with our own estate, envying or grieving at the good of our neighbour, and all inordinate motions and affections to anything that is his
We seen Elisha cure Naaman of his leprosy, and so did Gehazi, and he seen many other miracles done by Elisha as well. But, we forget about God and our duty to Him, and those things of the world seem so much more attractive. Gehazi seen a real opportunity to get rich easy, and made a move on it, and then he not only denied it but lied multiple times; so he and his whole family were cursed for ever.
Verse by verse exposition of the book of 2 Kings. PM sermons are preceded by a Confessional, Catechism, or Historic Creed lesson. Usually 5 minutes or so. Canons of Dort, 2nd Head of Doctrine: Article 1: The Punishment Which God's Justice Requires-- God is not only supremely merciful, but also supremely just. This justice requires (as God has revealed in the Word) that the sins we have committed against his infinite majesty be punished with both temporal and eternal punishments, of soul as well as body. We cannot escape these punishments unless satisfaction is given to God's justice. Article 2: The Satisfaction Made by Christ-- Since, however, we ourselves cannot give this satisfaction or deliver ourselves from God's wrath, God in boundless mercy has given us as a guarantee his only begotten Son, who was made to be sin and a curse for us, in our place, on the cross, in order that he might give satisfaction for us. Article 5: The Mandate to Proclaim the Gospel to All-- Moreover, it is the promise of the gospel that whoever believes in Christ crucified shall not perish but have eternal life. This promise, together with the command to repent and believe, ought to be announced and declared without differentiation or discrimination to all nations and people, to whom God in his good pleasure sends the gospel.
Theme: God Gives Greater Gifts than Health to the Servant of an Enemy King.
I. Sent to God's People for Hope of Earthly Life – vv. 1-7
A. A Great and Honorable Enemy of God's People – v. 1
B. Grasping at Hope in of the God of Israel for Bodily Healing – vv. 2-5
C. Sent to the Earthly King of Israel for Healing, and the King Freaks – vv. 6-7
II. God Demonstrates His Power to Heal and to Save – vv. 8-19
A. God Uses Naaman's Request to Demonstrate that There is a Prophet in Israel – vv. 8-10
B. Naaman's Earthly Goodness Displayed by his Servant's Devotion to Him – vv. 11-13
C. Obedience to God's Command Brings Healing – v. 14
D. God Gives Naaman Eternal Hope – vv. 15-19
III. Gehazi Receives Naaman's Leprosy for His Greed – vv. 20-27
A. Gehazi Seeks the Gift Elisha Refused – vv. 20-22
B. Naaman Willingly gives Gehazi More than He Asked – vv. 23-24
C. God Judges Gehazi with Naaman's Leprosy – vv. 25-27
2 Kings 5:1-4" 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.
2 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.
4 And one went in, and told his lord, saying, Thus and thus said the maid that is of the land of Israel."
23 And he said to them, "Doubtless you will quote to me this proverb, '"Physician, heal yourself." What we have heard you did at Capernaum, do here in your hometown as well.'" 24 And he said, "Truly, I say to you, no prophet is acceptable in his hometown. 25 But in truth, I tell you, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heavens were shut up three years and six months, and a great famine came over all the land, 26 and Elijah was sent to none of them but only to Zarephath, in the land of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow. 27 And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, and none of them was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian." 28 When they heard these things, all in the synagogue were filled with wrath. 29 And they rose up and drove him out of the town and brought him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they could throw him down the cliff. 30 But passing through their midst, he went away.