A simple message: God gives simply and gives simplicity, based on 2 Kings 5.
Weve just heard a great story of the Old Testament. The purpose of the story is to hear a powerful and feared man, a “godless foreigner”, say: there is a real prophet in Israel.
It is also a comedy, a folktale, for poor folk, that pokes fun at the rich and powerful. There are two Kings and a great general, Naaman, but they don’t achieve much and look foolish. Even God’s prophet doesn’t do much. It’s the three servants, unnamed, simple people, one a child, who make things happen.
This story contains so much but we will focus on only one idea.
A Simple Task
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Yet when he does as he is told he is completely healed physically, and he realises the truth about God. Verse 15: “Naaman and all his attendants went back to the man of God. He stood before him and said, ‘Now I know that there is no God in all the world except in Israel’.”
Today, we are rich and powerful, like Naaman. Also, like him, we got our wealth and power by conquering and taking from others. God will punish the rich for their sins and exalt the poor.
We can all be saved by confessing our sins to Jesus Christ and surrendering to him. Many people will be too clever, too rich or too proud to do this. This should not be a surprise to us – it has always been this way!
We however, can give thanks that we are not clever or sophisticated, we have few possessions and we have to depend on others to look after us. In our simple lives we have few things to get in the way of accepting God’s simple grace.
We can take pride in the cross of Christ – we don’t have to be clever or great to be healed (saved) from sin/mortality, in fact in helps if we are not!