Wouldst Thou Be Cleansed?

In the fifth chapter of II Kings it is related that Naaman, mighty captain of Syria, was taken with leprosy. A little maid, a captive daughter of Israel who served the wife of Naaman, knew of Elisha. She rejoiced in the works made manifest by this faithful follower of her God, and declared that through him Naaman might be healed. In all his worldly pride and power the king of Syria was appealed to, and he in turn wrote to the king of Israel, asking him to heal Naaman. But the king of Israel "rent his clothes, and said, Am I God ... that this man doth send unto me to recover a man of his leprosy?" Then Elisha, "the man of God," sent word to the king saying, "Wherefore hast thou rent thy clothes? let him come now to me, and he shall know that there is a prophet in Israel." So Naaman went; but it was with a great deal of pride he stood in his chariot outside the door of Elisha's house! Pride is so foolish, so poor, so selfish! How many seeking healing to-day stand in their worldly chariots just outside the door!

The message Naaman received was to go and wash seven times in the Jordan. A very simple thing to do; yet it tested to the full the humility of Naaman—captain, conqueror, and the king's leader—to do this humble thing in obedience. We are told that finally he obeyed and was healed; and, what is more, he returned to acknowledge the God of Israel. He was purged of false beliefs, "and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean."

The Commandments
April 23, 1927

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