Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Christian Approach to the Untouchables
2 Kings 5:1-14
v13, 14 The servants went to him and said, “My father, if the prophet had told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more, then, when he tells you, ‘Wash and be cleansed’!” So he went down and dipped himself in the Jordan seven times, as the man of God had told him, and his flesh was restored and became clean like that of a young boy.
The story of Naaman and how the Prophet Elisha healed him is one of the most popular stories of the bible, one of the first ones that kids in Sunday Schools learn as well.
While it depicts the fact that the healing touch of God is available to all mankind, a closer look at this passage reveals deeper truths that we need to understand:
- God can use the lowest of people to provider pointers in out life. It was the servant girl that pointed Naaman to the Prophet Elisha.
- We let pride take control of our lives, and that very often creates a block between us and God. Naaman was angry with the fact that Elisha did not come out of his house but instead sent his servants to covey the message that Naaman needs to take a dip in the river Jordan. His pride prevented him from hearing the message right away.
- Naaman finally realized that obedience led him to healing.
- Our God is a God of the untouchables. His healing touch is available to all including the pagans and unbelievers.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less. -C. S. Lewis
Dear Lord, help us to treat all human beings as one. Help us to show the world, through our actions, that Your love is available for all of humanity. Amen
Ann John, St. John’s MTC, New York
Christian Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church