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April 22, 2021

Daily Reading: II Kings 4-5


II Kings 5:20 But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said, Behold, my master hath spared Naaman this Syrian, in not receiving at his hands that which he brought: but, as the LORD liveth, I will run after him, and take somewhat of him.


It all sounded so right. As the LORD liveth, as if the Lord sanctioned this action. Gehazi was the man, the servant of Elisha, that boasted such a great thing. Well, it would have been great, if it were the right thing to do. But it wasn't. It was wrong, and Gehazi knew it, or should have known it. This is what happened. Naaman was a leper, yet he heard that there was a person who could heal him. He heard this from a little maid, a captive, that boasted there was a prophet in Samaria that could recover him of the leprosy.


Naaman, as a high-ranking official, went to Samaria and spoke to the King of Israel offering him great presents if he would heal him. The King of Israel could not help him, but Elisha heard of this situation and sent word to his king to send Naaman to him for God could heal him. Undoubtedly with great pomp and circumstance Naaman came to Elisha's door. The prophet sent Gehazi to Naaman telling him to wash himself in the Jordan river seven times and he would be healed. At first Naaman was upset that there was not some spectacular showing at the hand of the prophet of God. Saying he would not stoop to something so simple and nonsensical as washing himself in the muddy Jordan River. But, at the advice of one of his servants he did. He was cleansed of the leprosy. Whereupon he returned to the man of God's house offering to give him great gifts of tremendous value. The man of God told Naaman, As the LORD liveth, before whom I stand, I will receive none.


These are the same words Gehazi used. He mimicked the man of God's words, but not his heart. For he, Gehazi, wanted the trinkets. So he set out to claim them. Upon receiving such great rewards from Naaman he returned to Elisha's house, and then he lied about all he had done. Therefore, as Elisha pronounced, the leprosy of Naaman jumped onto Gehazi (wonder if the disease was in the raiment Gehazi received). Not only was Gehazi plagued, but also his future family members.


The lesson here is simple. A person may use the same "Christian" or godly sounding words. Gehazi said the same thing Elisha did, As the LORD liveth... But without the same heart the words are vain. They may sound powerful and right, but at the end, if the Lord is not in it, they will prove to be vain words. Gehazi should have known better, but the trinkets of the world got the better of him.


Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.



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