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The Restoration of Israel has always been the plan, but did you know it can be seen in 2 Kings 5?
The scene opens in the foreign country of Syria, north and east of Israel. Syria was a powerful enemy of Israel and this story takes place during a brief period of peace or cease-fire. We are in Damascus, the great and beautiful capital city of Syria. Here we meet the principle character. Naaman was a five star general, a Patton, a MacArthur, a Schwartzkoph; the commander and chief of all the military forces of Syria. He was second only to King Ben Hadad II. We are told that he was a mighty man of valor; a great man held in high regard. He was the king’s right hand man and chief counsel. He was also a man of great wealth. He had a palace in the nicest suburb of Damascus, with a three-chariot garage, stables, servants and all the rest. Having said all this about the man, the last five words of verse 1 change everything, “but, he was a leper.” The impact of those words is like saying he had AIDS. Naaman was as great as the world could make him and yet there wasn’t a soul in Damascus, even the poorest outcast, that would trade skin with him to gain everything else he had. Naaman is a Scriptural picture of the human condition, of you and me. No matter how great or talented, gifted or exceptional, successful, or put together or intelligent, there is a “but” in our life. All of us have our leprosy, our calamity, our crisis, our personal brokenness, most of all our spiritual leprosy, that four-letter word that only has three letters - SIN. Our leprosy is personal and national.
We welcome a guest preacher, Jul Medenblik, who has been a lawyer, church planter, and now serves as President of Calvin Seminary. He'll lead us through the story of Naaman and the servants God used in order to heal and restore him.
God orders the human experience such that true promotion and humility must be "grasped" simultaneously.
Naaman was healed of leprosy