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I attacked a giant pile of paperwork over the weekend. Most of it was related to insurance, Social Security, and legal issues. I scanned more than 70 documents and probably filed an equal number – and I like to think I stay organized! But I did find something fun in all that mess: I wish […]

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And even talking about healing could get Jesus into enough trouble that people wanted to kill him! (Jesus said,) “And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, and none of them was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian.” When they heard these things, all in the synagogue were filled with […]

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Dr. Jason DeRouchie invited me to speak to his adult Sunday School class this past Sunday, and I was grateful for the opportunity. He helpfully set up the context by focusing on what God has to say about disability in Deuteronomy and a few other selected texts.  Hopefully I’ll be able to hear it again […]

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2 Kings is an amazing book of the Bible.  All the books of the Bible are amazing, of course, but disability keeps showing up in different ways in 2 Kings. In 2 Kings 6, the Syrian king knows that Elisha is frustrating his plans for military conquest.  So he sends an army to surround the […]

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2 Kings 5 would stand on its own as an encouragment to suffering people, but Jesus makes it even more magnificent: And [Jesus] said, “Truly, I say to you, no prophet is acceptable in his hometown. But in truth, I tell you, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heavens were […]

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As 2 Kings 5 closes, Gehazi lies and cheats Naaman and then lies to Elisha.  Elisha reveals that he knew all that Gehazi had done, and judgment is rendered: “Therefore the leprosy of Naaman shall cling to you and to your descendants forever.” So (Gehazi) went out from his presence a leper, like snow. 2 […]

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I thought I might finish 2 Kings 5 today, but it will take two posts to wrap up. This is a longer passage, so I’ll bullet my observations here and you can read the whole thing below: Elisha’s servant, Gehazi, watches in amazement as Naaman heads for home without Elisha accepting something from Naaman.  He […]

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This passage from 2 Kings 5 ends with a great word for those of us dealing with disability.  It is both unexpected and very helpful in our situations, because many people I know have behaved kindly toward me when I did not deserve it. Naaman is a great account to teach to young Christians (young […]

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Finally, we arrive at the real point of this account in 2 Kings 5! Usually when the story of Naaman is told, the emphasis is on his disease and the healing.  Those things are just a means to this extraordinary outcome that comes AFTER he is cleansed from his leprosy: Then he (Naaman) returned to […]

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If you are just joining this series (posted while I’m on vacation – I’ll read comments when I return!), I would recommend reading the first six posts on this subject. 2 Kings 5 is part of the great revelation of God’s majesty, goodness, mercy and delight in himself and his sovereignty over everything.  And it […]

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