2 KINGS 5
Enter subtitle here
1 Now Naaman, captain of the host of the king of Syria [ Na'aman, Sar Tzeva Melech Aram], was a great man with his master, and honourable [ish gadol before his adon and highly honored], because by him Yahweh had given deliverance unto Syria [Aram]: he was also a mighty man in valour, but he was a leper [ gibbor chayil, but metzorah (having leprosy)].
His name means, "Pleasantness; Beauty," but his defiled nature belied his name. Yet he possessed mental characteristics attractive to Yahweh, who overlooked his life to salvation from the dread disease in his flesh.
The hideous disease of leprosy represents active sin which is in our members, a living death (1Tim. 5:6). Yahweh alone could cure leprosy (v. 15).
There is nothing within the entire range of human phenomena which illustrates so impressively the divine power of the Redeemer, and the nature and extent of his work of mercy on man's behalf, as this leprosy. There are many most striking analogies between it and that more deadly leprosy of sin which has involved our whole race in one common ruin.
It is feared as contagious; it is certainly and inevitably hereditary; it is loathsome and polluting; its victim is shunned by all as unclean; it is most deceitful in its actions. New-born babes of leprous parents are often as pretty and as healthy in appearance as any other, but by-and-bye its presence and working of leprosy become visible in some of the signs described in Lev. 13.
Similarly sin is contagious, hereditary, and becomes worse as time goes by, until its ravages of malice and wickedness are apparent to all. The innocent child with its engaging prattle and pretty ways hides that which can grow into a Judas Iscariot, a Nero, a criminal. Discipline from the beginning is required.
There is but one real cure; one Physician who can cure the leprosy of sin, and he has described the infallible means: Luke 17:14; Romans 6. The atoning work of Yahshua, being the full meaning of baptism, is the only means by which the leper can be made clean. - GEM, Logos.
11 But Naaman [Na'aman] was wroth, and went away, and said, Behold [Hinei], I thought, He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name [Shem] of Yahweh his Elohim, and strike his hand over the place [wave his yad over the makom], and recover the leper [ give recovery from the metzorah].
12 Are not Abana and Pharpar, rivers [Avana and Parpar, naharot] of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? [mayim of Yisroel? ] May I not wash in them, and be clean? [tahor?]So he turned and went away in a rage [chemah].
Men impose upon themselves, with their sacrifices of prayer, and praise, and pious talk, as a substitute for obeying the truth. Thus, like Saul, they reject the word of the Lord; therefore he will reject them from being kings over his realm in the age to come... The Lord's people are known to him by their childlike obedience to his word. All is mere talk that falls short of this.
The obedience of faith is Elohim's test by which he tries the professions of the children of men, who are generally so perverse that, like Naaman, the Syrian, they are ready to do any great thing he does not require, but stubbornly refuse to submit to the simple action he prescribes.
Herald of the Kingdom and Age to Come, March 1854
27 The leprosy [tzara'at] therefore of [Na'aman] shall cleave [make its deveykus] unto thee, and unto thy seed for ever [zera l'olam]. And he went out from his presence a leper as white as snow [metzorah, like sheleg].
The curse of leprosy, a physical ailment of the flesh of Naaman, is cured by obedience and baptism. Naaman, the Gentile captain of Syria, finds a solution to his personal physical problem at the hand of the Hebrew prophet. The Lord Yahshua took Elisha's healing of Naaman as a predictive prophecy that he himself would be sent to redeem all people of the curse of moral leprosy. (Lk. 4:25-27).
And yet, in the cleansing of the Gentiles, an Israelite is defiled.