1Kings 20- 2 Kings 5- It's not complicated- wash and be clean!
Happy Monday to you all!
I am looking at the reading plan and notice that I failed to put the chapter to be read each day after I got to August 20th😝. Well, at this point, you know the routine. One chapter a day until the last day where you will need to read the last two chapters to finish on Sept. 10, or read one and finish on the 11th.
So what did you get out of the reading this past week?
The story of Naaman in chapter 5 stood out to me. This highfalutin commander of an army, needs to go humbly before Elisha (the man of God). I am sure Naaman was expecting Elisha to come out of his house, maybe give Naaman some sort of honor for being a commander and then give him some sort of secret potion, chant or complicated dance to perform or a prescription of some sort of sacrifice (i.e. 100 ox or maybe his own child), in order to be healed. This makes me think of those prophets that Elijah taunted as they were dancing around and cutting themselves trying to get their fake god to respond to them. What a scene that was! Working so hard to get something, but it is all in vain. (1 Kings 18:20-35)
I think Naaman is a good illustration of how we may have acted before we really knew God.
"God, I am basically a good person. I deserve to be heard by you! Give me what I want! I promise I will do this and that and the other. Just do what I say!"
Well, to Naaman's surprise, his status didn't get an audience with Elisha, in fact Elisha just sent out a messenger! That basically reminded Naaman, "Your 'status' means nothing! The fact is, you are unclean and I will not defile myself with the unclean!" (Sounds like something God would say to all of us sinners.)
And the solution is SIMPLE! "Wash and be clean!" It was simple for Naaman and it's simple for us! Faith is required to accept the simple!
"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.: (1 John 1:9)
Simple! No dancing, no sacrificing, no works! The funny thing is, a lot of people get mad at the simplicity of it, just as Naaman did!
Good thing Naaman had some bold servants who encouraged him to accept the simple instructions. I want to be like those bold servants! I want to remind people, "It's not complicated! Just wash with the blood of the Lamb! (Matt. 26:28, Ephesians 1:7, 1 John 1:7, Hebrews 9:14, Titus 3:5) Your works will get you nothing! Jesus did it all for you! Accept it!
I love seeing how God doesn't change! Simple then, simple now!😌