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Naaman & His Leprosy (Second Service Message)

Date

November 17, 2019


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Naaman & His Leprosy

2 Kings 5:1-15

My Sermon Notes from November 17, 2019 Full Text: 2 Kings 5:1-15

1亞蘭王的元帥乃縵在他主人面前為尊為大,因耶和華曾藉他使亞蘭人得勝。
他又是大能的勇士,只是長了大痲瘋。 2 先前亞蘭人成群地出去,從以色列
國擄了一個小女子,這女子就服侍乃縵的妻。 3 她對主母說:「巴不得我主
人去見撒馬利亞的先知,必能治好他的大痲瘋。」 4 乃縵進去,告訴他主人
說:「以色列國的女子如此如此說。」 5 亞蘭王說:「你可以去,我也達信
於以色列王。」於是乃縵帶銀子十他連得、金子六千舍客勒、衣裳十套,就
去了。 6 且帶信給以色列王,信上說:「我打發臣僕乃縵去見你,你接到這
信,就要治好他的大痲瘋。」 7 以色列王看了信就撕裂衣服,說:「我豈是
神,能使人死使人活呢?這人竟打發人來,叫我治好他的大痲瘋!你們看一
看,這人何以尋隙攻擊我呢?」 8 神人以利沙聽見以色列王撕裂衣服,就打
發人去見王,說:「你為什麼撕了衣服呢?可使那人到我這裡來,他就知道
以色列中有先知了。」9於是乃縵帶著車馬到了以利沙的家,站在門前。10以
利沙打發一個使者對乃縵說:「你去在約旦河中沐浴七回,你的肉就必復原,
而得潔淨。」11乃縵卻發怒走了,說:「我想他必定出來見我,站著求告耶
和華他神的名,在患處以上搖手,治好這大痲瘋。 12大馬士革的河亞罷拿和
法珥法豈不比以色列的一切水更好嗎?我在那裡沐浴不得潔淨嗎?」於是氣
憤憤地轉身去了。13他的僕人進前來,對他說:「我父啊,先知若吩咐你做
一件大事,你豈不做嗎?何況說你去沐浴而得潔淨呢?」 14 於是乃縵下去,
照著神人的話,在約旦河裡沐浴七回。他的肉復原,好像小孩子的肉,他就
潔淨了。15乃縵帶著一切跟隨他的人回到神人那裡,站在他面前,說:「如
今我知道,除了以色列之外,普天下沒有神。現在求你收點僕人的禮物。」
1 Now Naaman was commander of the army of the king of Aram. He was a great man in the sight of
his master and highly regarded, because through him the Lord had given victory to Aram. He was a
valiant soldier, but he had leprosy. 2 Now bands of raiders from Aram had gone out and had taken captive a young girl from Israel, and she served Naaman’s wife. 3 She said to her mistress, “If only my
master would see the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy.” 4 Naaman went
to his master and told him what the girl from Israel had said. 5
“By all means, go,” the king of Aram
replied. “I will send a letter to the king of Israel.” So Naaman left, taking with him ten talents of silver,
six thousand shekels of gold and ten sets of clothing. 6 The letter that he took to the king of Israel read:
“With this letter I am sending my servant Naaman to you so that you may cure him of his leprosy.” 7
As soon as the king of Israel read the letter, he tore his robes and said, “Am I God? Can I kill and bring
back to life? Why does this fellow send someone to me to be cured of his leprosy? See how he is
trying to pick a quarrel with me!” 8 When Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn
his robes, he sent him this message: “Why have you torn your robes? Have the man come to me and
he will know that there is a prophet in Israel.” 9 So Naaman went with his horses and chariots and
stopped at the door of Elisha’s house. 10 Elisha sent a messenger to say to him, “Go, wash yourself
seven times in the Jordan, and your flesh will be restored and you will be cleansed.” 11 But Naaman
went away angry and said, “I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call on the
name of the Lord his God, wave his hand over the spot and cure me of my leprosy. 12 Are not Abana
and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Couldn’t I wash in them and
be cleansed?” So he turned and went off in a rage. 13 Naaman’s servants went to him and said, “My
father, if the prophet had told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much
more, then, when he tells you, ‘Wash and be cleansed’!” 14 So he went down and dipped himself in
the Jordan seven times, as the man of God had told him, and his flesh was restored and became
clean like that of a young boy. 15 Then 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. So
please accept a gift from your servant.” (列王紀下 2Kings 5:1-15)

 

Discussion Questions:
1. What is your greatest takeaway from this message? Please share.
2. Leprosy is used in the Bible to symbolize sin. How are the two similar? Humans have 6 desires.
What are these? Compare before and after sin came. Do you struggle with any of these now?
3. How are leprosy and sin dreadful (Rom. 3:23 and Heb. 9:27)? Naaman, King of Aram, and King of
Israel all were helpless. Is there anything you feel helpless in? What are the 3 desires in the OT (Gen.
3:16, Song 7:10, & Gen. 4:7).
4. In those days, there was no cure for leprosy, the same with sin. Why did Naaman bring so many
gifts? What was Naaman’s response to Elisha (v.11-12)? God gave the gospel as sin’s only solution,
but how come the world refuse to accept the gospel? How can we accept the gospel?
5. How did Naaman encounter God in this passage? In what ways have you tried to solve your own
sins? For you, what is being ‘born again’? What does the Bible say about it?

 

Link to First Service Message (The Great Commission): http://www.jec.org.ph/sermons/the-great-commission/


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