This week we have been having 8 day revival at our church. We are only the second day in, and God has enriched my spirit. Sunday night's message dealt with Elisha and Naaman. The message was tremendous. While the speaker was preaching, God brought a different thought for this passage to my mind. Although, I'm sure it has been taught as such many times before, this was the first time God had impressed it on my heart. As the preacher was describing the horrors of leprosy, I was reminded that leprosy in the Bible many times symbolizes sin. The speaker described the bandages to wrap the affected leprous parts and referred to the verse in Isaiah 64:6, "all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags...". He suggested that the filthy rags were as those of a leprous person. Not a pleasant picture, of course, but that certainly gives us a better view of how God sees our attempt to cover our sin. I was thinking about the unpleasantness of leprosy. Once a person has the disease, there is no cure. The disease begins to isolate the carrier from loved ones. It smells, it erodes, it destroys. Isn't this indeed the picture of sin? We cannot be rid of our sin. We carry it with us wherever we go. It does awful things to us and other people. Basically, sin stinks. Too many of us, like Naaman think we can do something about our sin. Like Naaman, we succumb to our pride and want to do it our own way.
|Naaman goes to Israel for healing from leprosy--Taken from Standard Bible Story Readers, Book Three|
By Lillie A. Faris, Illustrated by O.A. Stemler and Bess Bruce Cleaveland
Standard Publishing Company, 1926