Monday, September 08, 2014

The Servant Girl

Jack's sermon yesterday was based on 2 Kings 5 - the story of Namaan.  If you haven't read it, take a look at it.  It's an interesting story, and I think it offers us much to consider.  My plan is to look at several aspects of the story over the next few days.

First, consider the young servant girl in the story. Namaan is a general in the Aram army.  He is much favored by the King of Aram (which is currently Syria) because he (Namaan) led the army to a great victory over Israel.  During this war, the young girl is taken from Israel and is made the servant of Namaan's wife.  Namaan suffers from a skin disease, and the servant girl said, "If only my lord were with the prophet who is in Samaria.  He would cure him of his leprosy."  (verse 3).

People say the Old Testament is without grace, but I think this story of this young girl is full of grace.  She has been abducted from her home and made to become a slave.  Would you be willing to offer God to your abductor?  She was.  We don't even know her name, but she stands as an example of someone who loved her enemy.

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