The Healing Of A Soldier
Text: II Kings 5: 14
We find in (II Kings 5: 1-19) a man who
seems to have everything going for him. At the beginning of this chapter we are introduced to a man named Naaman. The Bible
describes him as a man of position, power, and popularity in his native land of Syria. He had won many victories over the
enemies of his nation, due to his skilled leadership. Naaman’s military leadership had earned him the respect of Syria’s
king, as well as its people.
In spite of all Naaman’s good qualities, all was not well. Like a
dead fly lying on top of a freshly baked lemon meringue pie, there was one problem that marred everything else in Naaman’s
life he was a leper. Naaman’s position, prestige and power could not change the stark reality of this disease. And if
it continued unchecked, it would eventually result in a horrible end.
In the Bible, leprosy is often
used as a type of the destructive nature of sin. With this thought in mind, I would like for us to take a look at Naaman’s
life and see a type, or picture if you will, of the lost sinner, who is under the ravaging effects of sin. If he continues
on unchanged, he faces certain spiritual death. But if he accepts God’s cure, joy and eternal life will be his.
The story of Naaman is a beautiful picture of what God does for sinners who will trust His remedy for their spiritual condition.
Naaman’s story involves three progressive stages. I want us to take a look at those all-important stages today.
Naaman’s conversion we see:
I. NAAMAN HEARING OF A REMEDY
1. He Had A Horrible
Disease. (II Kings 5: 1)
A. Notice that in spite of Naaman’s prestige, position,
power he was still a
1. In the same way, sin afflicts everyone,
regardless of who they are, what
accomplished, or where they live.
2. The Bible is perfectly clear
it what it says in (Rom.3: 23).
B. Notice though Naaman was held in high esteem though he was an
honorable man, he was still a leper.
1. In the same way, a person’s admirable
qualities do not change what they
in the eyes of God a sinner.
2. Just like the leper of old, We are
all as an unclean thing (Isa.64: 6a).
2. He Heard Of Help From A Damsel. (II Kings 5: 2-4)
A. A significant spiritual truth illustrated in these three
1. Before one can be saved they must hear
the good news of the Gospel;
they must hear
B. A messenger of God planted at the right place at the right
1. A little girl, a prisoner, a slave.
2. (Rom.10: 13-15).
3. Only survivor of her family
C. An undeserving man
1. Naaman an enemy of God and His people.(Eph.2:
12-13) (Jas. 4:3)
II. NAAMAN HUMBLED BY GOD’S REQUIREMENTS
1. Notice Naaman’s Presumption.
A. Naaman thought healing could be purchased.(II Kings 5:
1. A biblical illustration of the
fact that salvation is by grace through faith.
2. Though salvation is free, it was not
cheap. God gave the best that
to offer the blood of His Only begotten son. “Nothing but
3. A good short definition of grace
(Grace is everything for nothing to those
B. Naaman thought healing would involve grandiose procedures.(II Kings 5: 11-13)
1. You see folks; Naaman thought his healing would be accomplished by
going through some elaborate ritual, or by using some sort of religious
2. The Word of God is clear when in (Titus 3: 5)
3. In verse 12, Naaman seems to imply that if washing was all
needed; then any ole river would
do. As Many people of our day seem to
feel the same way; but they’re
wrong.(Acts 4: 12)
2. Notice the argument of Naaman’s servants in verse 13.
A. They knew their master was a man of action. If Elisha
had required that
he perform some heroic deed, Naaman would no doubt jumped at the
B. Salvation is not about what we can do, but about what
Christ has done.
3. Notice Elisha’s Prescription.(II Kings 5: 9-10)
III. NAAMAN HEALED BY HIS OBEDIENT RESPONSE
1. Naaman Was Cured.
(II Kings 5: 14)
2. Naaman Was Converted. (II Kings 5:15)