Naaman Dipped Seven Times

In the Old Testament, in the fifth chapter of the second book of Kings, is related the story of the healing of Naaman by Elisha the prophet. We are told that Naaman, a captain in the Syrian army, "was a great man with his master, and honourable;" that "he was also a mighty man in valour, but he was a leper."

Like countless others who have been faced with the pronouncement of hopeless physical disease, Naaman was forced through desperation to make an important decision. Was he ready and willing to "go and wash in Jordan seven times," as Elisha directed? Not at first; but gradually his resistance to the demands of the prophet yielded to the persuasions of his servants.

The prophet was aware of the ever-presence of God, and must have discerned in some degree the spiritual fact that perfection and health are God-bestowed on man, His image. This truth of man's being was obscured to Naaman by his prejudice, pride, self-importance, and arrogance. The unreality of both the disease and the stubborn human will was demonstrated when through Elisha's glimpse of the perfect man, and in obedience to his unequivocal command to wash in Jordan seven times, Naaman was cleansed.

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The Reader Prays
March 29, 1947

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