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2Kings 5:1-6 Now Naaman, captain of the host of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master and honourable, because by him the LORD had given deliverance unto Syria. He was also a mighty man in valour, but he was a leper.

2Kings 5:2-6 And the Syrians had gone out by companies and had brought away captive out of the land of Israel a little maid and she waited on Naaman's wife. And she said unto her mistress, Would God my lord were with the prophet that is in Samaria! For he would recover him of his leprosy. And one went in and told his lord, saying, Thus and thus said the maid that is of the land of Israel. And the king of Syria said, Go to, go and I will send a letter unto the king of Israel. And he departed and took with him ten talents of silver and six thousand pieces of gold and ten changes of raiment. And he brought the letter to the king of Israel, saying, Now when this letter is come unto thee, behold, I have therewith sent Naaman my servant to thee, that thou may recover him of his leprosy.

2Kings 5:7 And it came to pass, when the king of Israel had read the letter, that he rent his clothes and said, Am I God, to kill and to make alive, that this man does send unto me to recover a man of his leprosy? Wherefore consider, I pray you and see how he seeks a quarrel against me.

2Kings 5:8 And it was so, when Elisha the man of God had heard that the king of Israel had rent his clothes, that he sent to the king, saying, Wherefore have you rent your clothes? Let him come now to me and he shall know that there is a prophet in Israel.

2Kings 5:9 So Naaman came with his horses and with his chariot and stood at the door of the house of Elisha.

2Kings 5:10-14 And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, Go and wash in Jordan seven times and your flesh shall come again to you and you shall be clean. But Naaman was wroth 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 strike his hand over the place and recover the leper. Are not Abana and Pharpar, rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? May I not wash in them and be clean? So he turned and went away in a rage. And his servants came near and spake unto him and said, My father, if the prophet had bid you do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much rather then when he says to you, Wash and be clean? Then went he down and dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God. And his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child and he was clean.

2Kings 5:15 And he returned to the man of God, he and all his company and came and stood before him. And he said, Behold, now I know that there is no God in all the earth, but in Israel.(what does this sentence mean?). Now therefore, I pray thee, take a blessing of thy servant.(meaning Naaman).

2Kings 5:16,17 But he said, As the LORD lives, before whom I stand, I will receive none. And he urged him to take it, but he refused. And Naaman said, Shall there not then, I pray thee, be given to thy servant two mules' burden of earth? For your servant will henceforth offer neither burnt offering nor sacrifice unto other gods, but unto the LORD.

2Kings 5:18 In this thing the LORD pardon thy servant.(Naaman), that when my master goes into the house of Rimmon.(Rimmon was a Babylonian god, an idol of the Syrians, a god presiding over storms).to worship there and he leans on my hand and I bow myself in the house of Rimmon. When I bow down myself in the house of Rimmon, the LORD pardon thy servant in this thing.

Naaman still was a member of the king's court in Syria and as such would still need to act accordingly, though now he believed in the true God. He mentions this to Elisha and Elisha says, no worries, go in peace, do what you have to do. Elisha knew it was the heart that counts, not actions one may have to do to maintain harmony in life and avoid dissension:.Romans 12:18.

2Kings 5:19,20 And he said unto him, Go in peace. So he departed from him a little way. But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God began to scheme, thinking, behold, my master has spared Naaman this Syrian in not receiving at his hands that which he brought. But, as the LORD lives, I will run after him and take somewhat of him.

2Kings 5:21 So Gehazi followed after Naaman. And when Naaman saw him running after him, he lighted down from the chariot to meet him and said, Is all well?

2Kings 5:22 And he said, All is well. My master has sent me, saying, Behold, even now there be come to me from mount Ephraim two young men of the sons of the prophets. Give them, I pray thee, a talent of silver and two changes of garments.

2Kings 5:23-27 And Naaman said, Be content, take two talents. And he urged him and bound two talents of silver in two bags, with two changes of garments and laid them upon two of his servants and they bare them before him. And when he came to the tower, he took them from their hand and bestowed them in the house. And he let the men go and they departed. But he went in and stood before his master. And Elisha said unto him, Where are you coming from Gehazi? And he said, Thy servant went nowhere. And he.(Elisha).said unto him, I knew what you were up to when you went out to Naaman. I knew you couldn't let this opportunity of prosperity for you pass. You figured that it was your time to shine. But this was not right for you to do. I took nothing. You are not learning from me. Your actions of lying to gain a selfish advantage are a 'slap in the face' to me. Therefore the leprosy of Naaman shall cleave unto you and unto your seed forever. And he went out from his presence a leper as white as snow.

Naaman (the story) was healed of his leprosy, but it was put on Gehazi, a confidential attendant of Elisha. Gehazi fraudulently obtained a portion of the present his master had refused. His covetousness and falsehoods were punished by leprosy and he didn't have the sense to see that Naaman was healed of it and that, if he sought forgiveness, he would have been as well:.Acts 10:34 "...God is no respecter of persons" Psalms 103:2,3 "Bless the LORD, O my soul and forget not all his benefits; Who forgives all iniquities; who heals all your diseases.".What happened with God healing Naaman, happened in our age today with Brandon Bays. Lesson being when considering Gehazi's actions, is, don't disadvantage yourself by trying to gain something by lying. One has right to anything by being absolutely truthful and that is where faith in God resides.

Faith in God or faith in lies and manipulation is always the choice and which one is chosen shows a person what they really are. If it isn't liked what one sees about himself or herself, it can be changed so one's character gets to be on the right track of honesty. When one lies for selfish advantage, it opens the door to the dark side and the way down for a person begins.

In the Old Testament things such as this were handled this way:.Leviticus 5:4-13.
In the New Testament era, Christ has covered all sins for all time:.Hebrews 10:12.
 


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