May 2, 2006
Widow's oil; Elisha and the Shunammite woman; Elisha's miracles; Elisha feeds 100 men; Naaman cured of leprosy; Gehazi's leprosy
Desperate to be healed of his leprosy, Naaman appeared before King Jehoram in
When Naaman saw him running after him, he . . . said, Is all well? (5:21). Gehazi then told him this lie: My master hath sent me, saying . . . there be come to me . . . two young men of the sons of the prophets: give them, I pray thee, a talent of silver, and two changes of garments (5:22). The schemer thought he could rush back before Elisha discovered he was missing. After Gehazi's return, Elisha said: Where were you, Gehazi? Thy servant went no whither. And he said unto him . . . Is it a time to receive money, and to receive garments, and oliveyards, and vineyards, and sheep, and oxen, and menservants, and maidservants? The leprosy therefore of Naaman shall cleave unto thee, and unto thy seed for ever. And he went out from his presence a leper as white as snow (5:25-26).
Gehazi forfeited his opportunity to be the next honored prophet of God. Instead, he became a leper! When Gehazi was tested, he exposed his true character as a covetous hypocrite.
Ask yourself the question Elisha asked Gehazi: Is it a time to receive money? — meaning: "What is your goal in life?" How will you respond to Christ, who said: Seek ye first the
By the meal that took the poison out of the pot (II Kings 4:40-41). Meal, made of crushed corn, speaks of Christ, who was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised (crushed) for our iniquities (Isaiah 53:5) thereby removing the poison of our sin.
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Memory Verse for the Week: I Kings 11:9