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The story of Naaman, Elisha and Gehazi


THE STORY OF NAAMAN
Naaman was the commander of the Syrian army. He was a man of valour, loved by his king and highly regarded by the people of Syria because he had brought so many victories home but he was a leper. 

On one of his raids on Israel’s territory, Naaman captured a Jewish girl. This girl was sent to Naaman's house to serve his wife. One day, the Jewish girl told her madam that there was a Prophet in Samaria who could heal Naaman of his leprosy, if only he could go there.

When Naaman got this information, he told his master, the king. The king asked Naaman to go and get healed; he gave Naaman a letter to be given to the king of Israel. In the letter, he asked the king of Israel to get Naaman healed of his leprosy. Naaman took along ten talents of silver, six thousand shekels of gold and ten festal garments.

When the king of Israel read the letter sent to him, he was disturbed. He concluded that the king of Syria was looking for a pretext to attack Israel again. He tore his clothes and cried out that he was not God to heal people. When Elisha heard that the king had torn his clothes, he inquired and was told the reason. Elisha asked the king to send Naaman to him so that he may know that there was a God in Israel. 

Naaman was sent to Elisha. When he got to Elisha’s gate, the prophet sent someone to tell him to go and dip himself in the Jordan River seven times and he would be healed. Naaman was disappointed that the man of God did not come out to meet him, to lay his hands on him, to call on his God for him to be healed. He only asked him to go wash himself in the Jordan. Naaman said there were better rivers in Syria. He mentioned Syrian rivers like Pharpar and Abana. If he knew that was what the prophet was going to say, he would have washed himself in those rivers. He turned and started back to Syria.

On their way back to Syria, one of his servants asked Naaman that, if the man of God had asked him to do something difficult, would he not have done it? The servant said the prophet only asked him to go and wash in the river seven times. With these words, Naaman was persuaded and he turned back and washed in the river Jordan seven times. On the seventh time, Naaman was healed. His skin was restored like that of the skin of a baby.

Naaman, realizing that he had been healed, went to Elisha and confessed that there is no God in the whole world except in Israel. He offered some gifts to Elisha but he refused to take them. Naaman asked that he should be given two mules load of Israel sand so that he could send back to Syria and worship on it. He vowed not to offer sacrifice to any God other than the God of Israel. Then Naaman left.

Gehazi was Elisha’s servant. He was not pleased that his master had left Naaman to go without collecting anything for the healing he received. He followed Naaman. When Naaman saw someone approaching them from afar, he dismounted his chariot to meet him. When they met, Gehazi told Naaman that his master had received some visitors from Ephraim soon after he, Naaman, had left. Gehazi said his master wanted some of the gifts Naaman had offered earlier so that he could give to the visitors.   

Naaman gave Gehazi, two talents of silver, and two festal garments. When Gehazi got home, Elisha asked him where he had been. Gehazi answered that he had not been anywhere. Elisha said he had followed Gehazi in the spirit and had seen him receive the gifts from Naaman. Elisha told Gehazi that the leprosy that had left Naaman would come upon him and his descendants forever. Immediately, Gehazi became a leper.

SAMPLE QUESTIONS
1. a. Narrate the story of Naaman and Gehazi.
    b. State three consequences of greed.
2. a. Narrate the story of Naaman.
    b. Mention two important lessons Naaman learnt from the story.
3. a. Relate the story of the healing of Naaman.
    b. How was the name of the lord glorified through Naaman’s misfortune?
4. a. Discuss the circumstances that led the healing of Naaman.
    b. State Naaman’s reaction to his healing?
    c. What incident followed this reaction?
   d. Identify two virtues that can be learned from the entire episode.
5. a. How did Gehazi acquire leprosy?
    b. What three character traits of Gehazi were revealed in the account?
6. a. Narrate the story of how Gehazi became a leper.
    b. Mention three ways in which assistant Pastors act in a disloyal way to their main pastors.
7. a. Give an account of how Elisha healed Naaman.
    b. State three moral lessons that Christian leaders of today can learn from this episode.
    c. In which three ways do Christian leaders of today raise money to run their church?



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