Seek the Cure 2 Kings 5:1-3, 9-15 a June 20, 2004

Introduction
Do you see a parallel between Naaman's need and the need of all mankind? Every human needs a cure for the disease of sin. People must recognize their need for a cure just like Naaman realized he needed a cure from leprosy. Many of us can be like the little maid, and tell what we know, or be like the servants who convinced him to obey the words of Naaman. We all must do our part in sharing about the salvation of Christ, for He does offer the cure.

1.    The . . Need of the Cure. v 1
        Naaman stands as a great man in his master's sight. He led in the several military victories
(note the text gives the Lord as the source,) but despite his bravery his body blatantly displays a skin disease. The need for a healing that will cure him remains very obvious. Do you see a parallel? Regardless of what good can be said about me or you we have an obvious sin problem, and must go to Jesus for the cure.

    A.    The Need of the Cure . . Despite Bravery. v 1a
    "Naaman, commander of the army for the king of Aram, was a great man in his master's sight and highly regarded because through him, the Lord had given victory to Aram. The man was a brave warrior,"

    B.    The Need of the Cure . . Displayed Blatantly. v 1b
"but he had a skin disease."
 

2.    The . . News About the Cure. vs 2-3
        Did Naaman think a cure was possible? The news about a cure certainly comes from an unexpected
source; a young slave girl. She was unashamed of the prophet, and her positiveness. Can we learn from this servant about sharing the message of Jesus? When someone says "I have sinned too much for Jesus to save me," we must remain positive that He can save and cure.

    A.    The News from An . . Unsuspected Source. v 2
        1. Unsuspected Because of . . Maturity. via
            "Aram had gone on raids and brought back from the land of Israel a young girl"
        2.    Unsuspected Because of . . Ministry. v2a
            " who served Naaman's wife. "

    B.    The News from An . . Unashamed Source. v 3
        1.    Unashamed of Her . . Prophet. v 3a
            "She said to her mistress, "If only my master would go to the prophet who is in Samaria,"
        2.    Unashamed of Her . . Positiveness. v 3a
            " he would cure him of his skin disease."
 

3.    The . . Narcissism of the Cure. vs 9-12
        Like many men Naaman possessed a strong ego, he appears to be narcissistic. He went to the prophet and stood at the door of Elisha's house, as if to say here I am you lucky man. He already has in his mind how the prophet will demonstrate a cure, and he says "I was thinking." Some people never receive a cure for sin because they want to tell God how to do it. Naaman's action indicates a lack of submission. Naaman wants to substitute his thoughts with the commands of the prophet. As a sidelight does anyone ever get mad at your preacher for telling the truth of God?

    A.    A Narcissistic . . Stance. v 9
        9 So Naaman came with his horses and chariots and stood at the door of Elisha's house.

    B.    A Narcissistic . . Submission. v 10-11
10 Then Elisha sent him a messenger, who said, "Go wash seven times in the Jordan and your flesh will be restored and you will be clean." 11 But Naaman got angry and left, saying, "I was telling myself: He will surely come out, stand and call on the name of Yahweh his God, and will wave his hand over the spot and cure the skin disease.

    C.    A Narcissistic . . Substitution. v 12
        12 Aren't Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel?
Could I not wash in them and be clean?" So he turned and left in a rage.
 

4.    The . . Negotiation of the Cure. vs 13-14
        Naaman's servants decided to negotiate with him. Their simple reasoning makes sense, and suggest submission to the words of the prophet. When people gets angry because of a godly message we have the opportunity to help them change their mind. The servants persuaded Naaman to submit to the words of the prophet, and when he does he successfully received the cure.

    A.    Negotiation Through . . Servants. v 13
        13 But his servants approached and said to him, "My father, if the prophet had told you to
do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more [should you do it] when
he tells you, 'Wash and be clean'?"

    B.    Negotiation Through . . Subjection. v 14a
        14 So Naaman went down and dipped himself in the Jordan seven times, according to the
command of the man of God."

    C.    Negotiation Through . . Success. v 14b
Then his skin was restored [and became] like the skin of a small boy, and he was clean.
 

5.    The . . Nurturing of the Cure. v 15
    When a person makes a decision to obey the Word of God; evidence of that decision will follow.  Naaman returned to the prophet's house, and confessed, "I know there's no God in the whole world except in Israel." He also desired to ratify his confession with a gift of recognition, and called himself Elisha's servant. Truly he sought, and found the cure. Amen? Amen!

    A.    Nurtured Through . . Returning. v 15a
        " Then Naaman and his whole company went back to the man of God,"

    B.    Nurtured Through . . Recognition. v 15b
        "stood before him, and declared, "I know there's no God in the whole world except in Israel. Therefore,

    C.    Nurtured Through . . Ratification. v 15b
        "please accept a gift from your servant."