The Story of Naaman

Among the very interesting Biblical narratives, the true meanings of which have been unfolded to me by the light of our text-book, Science and Health, none have impressed my thought more forcibly than the story of Naaman in Second Kings. A review of Naaman's character, and of the incidents attending his experience, brings out the fact that human nature is fundamentally the same now that it was twenty-eight hundred years ago. It also shows how mortal mind, then as now, seemingly swayed by gross materialism and by ideas of self-will and self-satisfaction, desires to secure relief from the ills of the flesh by almost any other means than that of childlike trust in the Father, who forgiveth all our iniquities; who healeth all our diseases.

Naaman was captain of the host of the king of Syria. He was a man of honor, a good and courageous warrior, but, in common with many of his fellow-mortals, both among the high and the low, he was a leper. His wife had in her service a little captive maiden, an Israelitish girl who knew something of the prophet Elisha and of his demonstrations of Mind-healing, and one day she said to her mistress, "Would God my Lord were with the prophet that is in Samaria! for he would recover him of his leprosy."

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