Scripture Reading: II Kings Chapter 5
Naaman was a captain of the Syrian army with considerable influence with the king of Syria. Despite his status, he was a leper. Leprosy is disease of the skin or "covering" and symbolizes sin. Naaman is an example of anyone who lives apart from Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior. Christ is our "covering" of Light wherein no sin abides. Because of a captured maid from Israel who served Naaman’s wife, he would experience healing from sin.
Although captive, the maid remembered her people and her God’s ability through His prophet. She knew that God could recover Naaman of leprosy. Unable to help Naaman and in response to the maid’s suggestion, the king of Syria sent a letter with Naaman to the king of Israel to recover him of his leprosy. A great bounty of "ten talents of silver, and six thousand [pieces] of gold, and ten changes of raiment" accompanied Naaman as compensation. The numbers "ten" and "six" are a telltale indication of the only means carnal man understands. Ten meaning law or letter that kills and six meaning the number of man.
To recover means to gather together and take away. Jesus Christ recovered us when he gathered us into Himself and bore our sin away on the Cross. Jesus is quoted in John 12:32 as saying, "And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all [men] unto me." The price for Naaman’s leprosy was paid from the foundation of the world, making him a wonderful example for our learning as the redeemed of the Lord. Grace is priceless and cannot be bought.