by Christina Farris
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: now therefore, I pray thee, take a blessing of thy servant.
16 But he said, As the LORD liveth, before whom I stand, I will receive none. And he urged him to take it; but he refused.
17 And Naaman said, Shall there not then, I pray thee, be given to thy servant two mules' burden of earth? for thy servant will henceforth offer neither burnt offering nor sacrifice unto other gods, but unto the LORD.
18 In this thing the LORD pardon thy servant, that when my master goeth into the house of Rimmon to worship there, and he leaneth 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.
19 And he said unto him, Go in peace. So he departed from him a little way.
20 But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said, Behold, my master hath spared Naaman this Syrian, in not receiving at his hands that which he brought: but, as the LORD liveth, I will run after him, and take somewhat of him.
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?
22 And he said, All is well. My master hath 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.
23 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.
24 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.
25 But he went in, and stood before his master. And Elisha said unto him, Whence comest thou, Gehazi? And he said, Thy servant went no whither.
26 And he said unto him, Went not mine heart with thee, when the man turned again from his chariot to meet thee? Is it a time to receive money, and to receive garments, and oliveyards, and vineyards, and sheep, and oxen, and menservants, and maidservants?
27 The leprosy therefore of Naaman shall cleave unto thee, and unto thy seed for ever. And he went out from his presence a leper as white as snow. The curse of taking what not belonging to you is best told in the store of Naaman who went to the prophet of Israel in Samaria, and asked to be healed by God. Now when the leprosy was gone after dipping seven times in the jordan river, we see a grateful Naaman, who was was upset that the prophet would not take a gift. In fact he did not take a gift because the Lord had healed Naaman, and the testifmony of healing from God and not the prophet had to be bore on the heart of Naaman. For as he realized he was sinning against this God of Elisha, and so he asked if he could have permission to bow in the temple of Rimmon when he took his master in. He was a servant and not just military leader. He had a roll in the army as a servant to the king. No different then the roll of knighthood perhaps. It probably more understood in those terms. Elisha gave him permission to do for his master the king and enter the temple of Rimmon. Naaman would no longer bow to the idol with his heart only to God, for what God done for him.
Gehazi understanding the servant attititude of Naaman because he was a servant of Elisha, thought Elisha should be paid and so he went to Naaman chariot and aske for a gift. When he returned Elisha was upset with him and told him he would be cursed with leprosy of Naaman.
How often we think that God's ministers should be paid for their calling, and fail to see the true message of the minister in that we are to serve God and not them. If an offering is given it should be unto God and for the work of the Lord, not to man. Yet there is always someone to take the work of God and try to make a profit off of it.
This is Thanksgiving and time to praise God, not the ministers, not the preachers and not the teachers for their hard work they are doing on line for the Gospel right now. The Gospel will spread as new online groups are formed to share the truth and study of God's word. Every believer has the opportunity to share Christ through social media, online groups and so forth. Each person must decide to participate on online media. No one has all the answers, and good discussions and examination of the word of God is a must. What boils down to is what does scripture say, What does God speak to the inner soul about his word, his power of healing and his power od deliverance for all mankind. There is a place online to share, just open your heart. There is no reward necessarily for open the door of the spread of the Gospel but there is a blessing of knowing others are learning about Jesus too. If you looking for profit and not just directing people to the one that can change there life, then you failing in your call online.
I been online since 2004 but only website since 2005-2006ish. Anyway the point is why do it if it not for gold.It has to be a little bit more and a reason must be clarified that it was never for gold. I want to share with the world the Gospel because I know God has blessed me in faith and he will bless you if you only believer in love for you and that he sent is Son to die for your and my sins, and rose againt o victory proof of eternal grace and eternal salvation. If you give to your church, to mission program it is to spread the Gospel. It is not to pay the minister for the work he does, though he may have a salary from the organization for the task he does. He has to eat too, and if his role in the church is fulltime, then he needs a way to provide for himself and his family. If the church feels lead to take care of the need, because he takes care of them, then that is a service for God that is paid through tithes and offering use for missions. His pastor not a pastor that takes cares of the church, through funeral, weddings, counseling, and so forth.
Point Naaman was trying to pay Elisha for the healing, it was not Elisha who healed, but God and any offering should go to God and so Naaman seen a problem in his life that he could not give his life fully to God because of taking his master into the god Rimmon house, so he asked to be pardon for doing so by the God of Israel and Elisha. If God healed you from Leprosy would you offer yourself to God fully? What about from being quadraplegic, diabetes and so forth. Sometimes we do not understand why we are not healed and sometimes perhaps because we walk and say we are healed, but care little that God was the healer.
I think of my own life some of the events that have shaped my life and by biggest miracle was perhaps surviving being hit by a train in one since, but the greatest miracle to me would be the removing of pain. It sound strange to even try and compare to very different things, but the truth is sometimes we look not at God has the deliver, or miracle worker in our life. It like trying to grasp a toy fish in a glass of water. Each time you go to reach it, it pushes it down or away from one's hand. Yet the point is we can not grab hold of faith til we understand the full impact of what God has done, we keep pushing the information in our heads away and going on in life until God miracles impacts us in such way that we get it. We understand it is a miracle of God being a reality not just information to share, but information of yeah it so, what does that mean. It means it time to share what God has done in one's life. It not science and it is not chance but it God interacting and delivering a person from danger, from hurt and from pain.
Naaman gave readily to Elisha servant, but did it change a thing, probably not for Naaman because his heart was on his healer. His heart to give to aid.. Yet the servant heart was to steal and to take from God, despite the fact, he did in the name of the prophet Elisha. He cared for his prophet Elisha, but in truth he fail to see the work of God in Naaman life as being a time of witness of the God of Israel. It not about shelling money out to someone that prayed for you or told you what God spoke to their heart. It is about allowing God to be testimony in your life of who he is. And the work he wants to do in your life.
Dear Heavenly Father, let you be glorified and testified about in the work you do in people life. May your glory shine online and offline so others can see the hope of Jesus. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Thanksgiving Day Countdown: Day 22: Thank God for the reality of who He is, and that he is to be glorified for what he does for us.
Continual Scripture Study:Psalm 69:30-32 KJV
30 I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.
31 This also shall please the LORD better than an ox or bullock that hath horns and hoofs.
32 The humble shall see this, and be glad: and your heart shall live that seek God.
Psalm 34:1-11 KJV