Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Bonus Reading, 2 Kings

The Prophet Elisha Heals a Foreign General  

Today's reading tells of a miracle attributed to the Elisha, the prophet who succeeded Elijah.  Naaman, a foreign general, was stricken with leprosy, but his wife's servant told him of a great prophet in Israel.  Naaman traveled to Israel, causing great fear in the king of Israel.  However, Elisha learned of Naaman's illness and offered him a straightforward prescription to be healed -- so easy that the general thought Elisha was trying to make a fool of him.  However, his attendants encouraged him to follow Elisha's instructions -- to wash in the Jordan River seven times.  Miraculously, Naaman was cured on leprosy.

It is difficult to know which is more interesting -- that Elisha was capable of such miraculous healing or that the great prophet of Israel healed a foreigner.

Read 2 Kings 5:1-19  (NIV)   (NRSV)   (CEB)
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