Day 176 – June 25, 2021
Scriptures: 2 Kings 5, Mark 6
Naaman, sick with leprosy pursues Elisha for healing. And when he finds out that he simply needs to wash himself 7 times in the water, it completely startles him, even to the point of anger. He leaves disappointed, “could it be that easy?”
Naaman is a man who comes to the God of Israel with a lot of baggage from other gods. Certainly, the gods of this age, demand much sacrifice and complicated incantations and sacrifices to receive good from them.
Naaman is startled to find out that the God of Israel is filled with much more grace.
He is healed, and Naaman wants to repay, to sacrifice something to show his appreciation and Elisha won’t have it.
Naaman departs a believer in the God of Israel and renounces all other gods.
At the end of our Mark reading, we see many people come to Jesus because of his grace and healing. They simply want to approach and touch him to be made well.
We complicate an awful lot when it comes to God. I assure you; it is this simple. Approach Jesus, he will give you peace, rest, and you will be well.
Jordan Ickes, Minister of Etna Green Church of Christ.