24 March 2014

2 Kings 5:1-15

“Go, wash in the Jordan seven times … and you shall be clean.” (v. 10)


Naaman's healing has a spiritual significance. The man was really a big shot. He served as commander in chief of the army and was the right-hand man of the king of Aram. There was no doubt that he expected to be treated with respect and dignity. But the problem was, he had a terrible skin disease that horrified people.

Obviously, the story demonstrates God's power to heal, but I love its appeal for humility.

First, a slave foreign girl - a little nobody - suggests that the mighty general go to a Hebrew prophet for healing - what a come down!

Then, Naaman goes to the king of the enemy nation. The king of Israel tears his robe, thinking that a terrible war might come out of this.

But the climax comes when Naaman goes to the hut where Elisha lives. The prophet will not come out of the house to meet him but suggests that Naaman goes and washes himself seven times in the Jordan, and he will be cleansed. The high and mighty Naaman protested, but a humble servant advises that since it is a very simple task, why not just do it. Coming off his high horse, the mighty general undresses himself and washes seven times and is completely healed.

To Ponder

  • How often do we reject the simple and humble things God requires of us to make us whole, to find our purpose and destiny?

Bible notes author

Tevita and Meleane Siuhengalu

Tevita Maliepo Siuhengalu is an ordained minister with the Methodist Church in Tonga, who taught at Sia'atoutai Theological College for seven years. Tevita and his wife Meleane were mission partners with the World Church in Britain Partnership Programme between 1996 and 2001, and Tevita continued as minister in the High Wycombe Circuit, until 2004.