Naaman exhibits the faith of Abraham. He is an excellent example of the truth that we are justified by faith! Naaman had to humble himself first before he was healed. He had to bathe in a filthy, stinking river (not his own clear mountain streams) and listen to the advice of servants. The miracle is – he did!
“Thus and so spoke the girl from the land of Israel.”
From the mouth of a little girl from Israel comes salvation to Naaman, a Syrian warlord. How gracious is the Lord, and how important to know, that wisdom can be found at any age!
And too, it’s wonderful to see that after listening to his servants, Naaman humbles himself and goes to the Jordan, dips seven times, and is healed.
But what is even more amazing, is that this leads to repentance! “Behold, I know that there is no God in all the earth but in Israel;”
Here is a man, healed of a terrible disease, and his response is belief!
How similar then to our own conversion is this. We are healed of the most terrible disease, and our response is to repent and believe!
And whether or not Naaman is fearful in his thinking or just pragmatic, his honesty in v18 is surely refreshing to Elisha (who would very soon have to deal with the dishonesty of his servant Gehazi) – “In this matter may the LORD pardon your servant: when my master goes into the house of Rimmon to worship there, leaning on my arm, and I bow myself in the house of Rimmon, when I bow myself in the house of Rimmon, the LORD pardon your servant in this matter.”
Am reminded of the stories in nazi-held Germany where both lies and truth were often used in God’s good sovereignty to save people.
It’s wrong to lie. It’s wrong to bow to other gods. But God knows our hearts.
May our hearts be fixed in Jesus, pointing always to God, led by His Spirit, His word written on our hearts.
Praise God that Jesus has worked peace with God for us, that we can go in it (v19).