"...proving that this is very Christ." _ Acts 9:22
"...proving that this is very Christ." _ Acts 9:22




Scripture Reading: II Kings Chapter 5


And Naaman said, Shall there not then, I pray thee, be given to thy servant two mules' burden of earth? for thy servant will henceforth offer neither burnt offering nor sacrifice unto other gods, but unto the LORD._II Kings 5:17


     The above verse signals the pure heart of Naaman as a result of his recovery of his leprosy.  Its meaning is so powerful, it will hopefully cause a heart-check for every reader.  Of all the things he could ask, why two mules' burden of earth.  Perhaps a glance at Exodus Chapter 20:22-26 will give us insight.  "And the LORD said unto Moses, Thus thou shalt say unto the children of Israel, Ye have seen that I have talked with you from heaven. Ye shall not make with me gods of silver, neither shall ye make unto you gods of gold.  An altar of earth thou shalt make unto me, and shalt sacrifice thereon thy burnt offerings, and thy peace offerings, thy sheep, and thine oxen: in all places where I record my name I will come unto thee, and I will bless thee.


     The earth was likely for an altar.  Naaman now fully realized that the only true God was the God of Israel.  He could now have a place to meet God.  Although he still had to accompany his master into the temple of his master’s pagan God, Naaman, himself, would worship God in the manner He ordained.  The parting words between Naaman and Elisha were, "Go in peace."  As believers, our earthly temples belong to Christ, and He bids us the same, "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."


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