July 6, 2019

 2 Kings 5:7-15 

7 When the king of Israel read the letter, he tore his clothes and said, “Am I God, to kill and to make alive, that this man is sending word to me to cure a man of his leprosy? But consider now, and see how he is seeking a quarrel against me.”

8 It happened when Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn his clothes, that he sent word to the king, saying, “Why have you torn your clothes? Now let him come to me, and he shall know that there is a prophet in Israel.” 9 So Naaman came with his horses and his chariots and stood at the doorway of the house of Elisha. 10 Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, “Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh will be restored to you and you will be clean.” 11 But Naaman was furious 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 wave his hand over the place and cure the leper.’ 12 Are not Abanah and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them and be clean?” So he turned and went away in a rage. 13 Then his servants came near and spoke to him and said, “My father, had the prophet told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more then, when he says to you, ‘Wash, and be clean’?” 14 So he went down and dipped himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the word of the man of God; and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child and he was clean.


Naaman had a problem. Even though he had leprosy, he was bothered that his healing would come from washing in dirty water.

It was a tinge of pride that could have kept him from being healed of leprosy.


In order for us to be saved, cleansed by the blood of the Lamb we cannot face God and say we are righteous on our own. That our ways are perfect in the sight of God because after all we are good people and do good things. Naaman had that same attitude. Why should he drench himself in dirty water when he deserved the rivers of Damascus. 


2 Kings 5:1 Now Naaman, captain of the army of the king of Aram, was a great man with his master, and highly respected, because by him the Lord had given victory to Aram. The man was also a valiant warrior, but he was a leper.


How does one come to faith in Jesus? Isn't it humility that brings us to the cross so we can enter into His grace. When we realize our soul's condition in light of the righteousness of our Savior we should be humbled. 


James 1:21 Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls.


Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.


Romans 10:8-11 

8 But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart”—that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, 9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; 10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed.”


Hebrews 10:29 How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled under foot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of grace?


But to wash 7 times in the dirty Jordan river? It was insulting to Naaman. When we come to Christ we need to see our filthiness, our unworthiness, the condition of our souls as darkened by sin. There is no righteousness in us no matter how many things we do in an attempt to be in right standing.


Without seeing our soul condition as incurable, without being washed by the blood of the Lamb, the Savior of our souls we remain in our sins. Jesus is the only One that can purify and save us.


So all these cults are trampling under foot the Son of God, regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant and have insulted the spirit of grace. God's word says there will be a much severer punishment for them.


Take note of the requirements...7 times. This is the day of rest that God seized from His works. We enter our rest from our self-righteous works to accept the work of Christ on the cross.


Genesis 2:2 By the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.


Hebrews 4:10 For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His.


Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.







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