The prophet Elisha succeeds Elijah and becomes famous. He continues to demonstrate the power of God by performing miracles.
He departed, and took with him ten talents of silver, and six thousand pieces of gold, and ten changes of clothing.
He urged him to take it; but he refused.
So he departed from him a little way.
He said, “Your servant went nowhere.”
He went out from his presence a leper, as white as snow.
1. When the king of Israel received the letter from the king of Syria, why did it cause such concern?
v 7 When the king of Israel had read the letter, he tore his clothes, and said, “Am I God, to kill and to make alive, that this man sends to me to heal a man of his leprosy? But please consider and see how he seeks a quarrel against me.”
2. What was the message that Elijah sent to Naaman and how did Naaman respond?
v 10 to 12 Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, “Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall come again to you, and you shall be clean.”
But Naaman was angry, and went away, and said, “Behold, I thought, ‘He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of the LORD his God, and wave his hand over the place, and heal the leper.’ Aren’t Abanah and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Couldn’t I wash in them, and be clean?” So he turned and went away in a rage.
3. How did Naaman's servants persuade him to do as Elijah had suggested?
v 13 His servants came near, and spoke to him, and said, “My father, if the prophet had asked you do some great thing, wouldn’t you have done it? How much rather then, when he says to you, ‘Wash, and be clean?’ ”
- v 1 to 6 The king of Syria sends Naaman, the captain of his army who is a leper, with a letter to the king of Israel, requesting that he should be healed
- v 7 The king of Israel is puzzled about why the king of Syria sends such a message
- v 8 to 14 Elisha asks the king to send Naaman to visit him. At first Naaman refuses Elisha's command to wash in the local river Jordan. His servants then persuade him to obey and he is cured
- v 15 to 19 Naaman thanks Elisha, recognising his God as the only true God, and offering Elisha a gift. However Elisha refuses to accept any gift and sends Naaman home in peace
- v 20 to 27 Elisha’s servant, Gehazi, goes after Naaman saying that Elisha has changed his mind and wants some money and clothes after all. He is punished with leprosy as a consequence of his lies and his greed