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Touching the Untouchable
2 Kings 5:1-10
Vs. 1 Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Aram,
was a great man and in high favor with his master, because by him the
Lord had given victory to Aram. The man, though a mighty warrior,
suffered from leprosy.
In the story of Naaman,
we meet a man known as great man, a commander, a leader, a man highly
regarded in the eyes of the king of Aram, a victorious man in battle, a
valiant soldier... and a leper. Like Naaman, we too are recognized
for our great strengths or great weaknesses.
Here, we see it was truly God who worked through
Naaman to give victory. Although the victory was from the Lord, the power
of God was not made known in Naaman’s strengths. Rather, it was through
Naaman's weakness that God's victory and power was shown. Naaman was a
leper, what would make a man of his time a social pariah. All his victory
in battle and any great thing he might achieve in life could not stop him
for being recognized for his greatest weakness.
Everyday our great God works miracles and great things
through our lives, but our weakness and shortcomings that make us and
others blind to the power of God in our lives. And it is our weakness
that we usually try to hide. But God meets us in our untouchable,
regretful, shameful weakness and knows how to make amazing things happen.
In Naaman's life, the power of God was seen in his healing. The moment
Naaman obeyed God's will, Naaman emerged from the water as a new man. He
gave his weakness over to God and he gained his most amazing victory.
Like Naaman, let us too bring
before God what may be regarded as our weakness and let his power work
victory in and through our lives.
Lord, help us to seek your will and glorify your name at
all times, and help us to remember your victory in any weakness in our
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
“You see, at just the right time, when we were
still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.” - Romans 5:6
Sherry George, St. John's MTC, NY Christian
Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church
Community Formation Around
Resurrection ExperienceActs 23:1-10 Vinod JohnsonCarmel MTC, Boston,
MA6 When Paul noticed that some were Sadducees and others
were Pharisees, he called out in the council, “Brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son
of Pharisees. I am on trial concerning the hope of the resurrection of the
Sometimes, the only thing that keeps you going through a brutal winter is
the hope for the spring. It may have been a hard hope to hold on to this
particular year in New England - a year in which Boston considered dumping not
tea, but the ever growing mounds of snow into its harbor. And yet, the waist
deep snow has dissolved away. White desolation has given way to increasingly
visible green shoots of spring. A resurrection is at hand!
this passage, Paul tries to defend himself before the Sanhedrin Council. He
seeks to drive a wedge between the Pharisees who believed in resurrection and
the Sadducees who did not; even though neither believed in the resurrection of
Revelation for LiberationActs 27:18-26 Sherine ThomasLong Island MTC, NY 20 When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small
tempest raged, all hope of our being saved was at last abandoned.
“After winter comes the summer. After night comes the dawn.
And after every storm, there comes clear open skies” so said a Scottish
clergyman from the 1600s. It’s been said, that hope can sometimes be the most
dangerous weapon. However, it’s sometimes the hardest weapon to carry
when you’re living with the loss of a loved one, something that almost feels
like a terrible nightmare that’ll never go away. It’s a weapon difficult
to carry when day in and day out no one seems to hear or see those tears that
are shed or silent cries that are made during a heartfelt prayer. It’s a
weapon difficult to carry as you see your loved one lying on that hospital bed.
It’s a weapon difficult to carry as you search and seek out answers to
tell a child as to why they’ve been abused, abandoned, and …
Exodus 40:12-16 Bring Aaron and his sons to the entrance to the Tent of
Meeting... wash them with water. Then dress Aaron in the sacred garments,
anoint him and consecrate him so he may serve me as priest (Exodus 40: 12-13). Priesthood
among the people of God was a divine command and initiation. God wanted some
people to be separated for the special ministry among his people. God appointed
Aaron and his descendants to take up this kind of ministry among the people of
God. Priests are always separated and appointed as channels that connect God
with his people. All throughout the history of Israel, priests played an
important role in connecting people with God and to lead and guide them in the
statutes of God. But there are incidents in the Bible where the priests failed
in their duties and that led the people to go away from God. So the priests
have a special and significant ministry to perform in this world among his
people. Two important things from thi…