It’s Monday and the first of the month.
August — already!
We have a brand new month — what will we do with it?
Verse 11 But Na‘aman became angry and left, saying, “Here now! I thought for certain that he would come out personally, that he would stand, call on the name of Adonai his God and wave his hand over the diseased place and thus heal the person with tzara‘at. source
I thought for certain
Translates: he had made up his mind. He had it all worked out. He had played the scenario over and over in his mind about how this would go.
Verse 12 Aren’t Amanah and Parpar, the rivers of Dammesek, better than all the water in Isra’el? Why can’t I bathe in them and be clean?” So he turned and went off in a rage. source
Why can’t I bathe in them
Translates: Why, GOD? Why won’t You do it my way? I had this all figured out. Why are You messing with my plan?
So he turned and went off in a rage.
Unclean and unhealed. Rage gets us NOWHERE with GOD.
Verse 13 But his servants approached him and said, “My father! If the prophet had asked you to do something really difficult, wouldn’t you have done it? So, doesn’t it make even more sense to do what he says, when it’s only, ‘Bathe, and be clean’?” source
But his servants approached him
Translates – and there we have it.
It takes a Servant to hear; not the soul in a rage, seeking their own way but a person with a Servant Heart willing to hear AND obey GOD.
So, want to get rid of your leprosy? Translated — the sin that so easily beset us?
Hear and Obey GOD — no matter how foolish-looking, humbling, and distasteful it is to our flesh.
Go dip in the Jordan 7 times.
Do you have a Jordan, GOD has asked you to dip in — 7 times.
I’m questioning that for myself too.
There’s a lot more in 2 Kings 5.
I hope you will read it.