Thursday, October 02, 2008

pondering

Was reading Luke:

The first sermon Jesus gives, what does he say?
He tells the people that God's power came to strangers. To Naaman, a Syrian. To a foreign widow in Sarephtha. So his first sermon gets him stoned? What a way to make an impression?


Which got me to thinking of Naaman's story again:
2 Kings 5:2 "And the Syrians had gone out by companies, and had brought away captive out of the land of Israel a little maid; and she waited on Naaman's wife." 2 Kings 5:3

This little girl doesn't exactly give a true report. After all, there was no previous story about the prophet that the prophet had healed anyone before of leprosy. And Jesus himself later states that there were many lepers in Israel in those days but only Naaman was healed. But this kid must have heard of the prophet. And she figured well, why not? Of course he could heal Naaman! And God answered her prayers. We don't see Naaman's faith affecting anyone else but himself. It certainly doesn't change the historical relationship between Syria and Israel. Yet, God honored the little girl's faith. Nice!
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