June 28 – Taking Someone Else’s Blessing Will Not End Well

Judah continued more or less in God’s ways and more than less its people received God’s blessings.  However, many kings who rejected God ruled over Israel.  It is good to keep in mind that no matter who is in charge on earth, there are always some people faithful to God who is in charge of it all. Once there was a raid on Israel and a young girl was taken captive.  She became the maid to the wife of Naaman the commander for the Aramean army.  This girl knew God and was not afraid to share what she knew with her mistress.

Naaman’s story is intriguing.  He had a skin disease cured by dipping seven times in the Jordan River according to the direction of the godly prophet Elisha. Miracles in countless forms pointed people back to God, for it is His desire that all would know, follow, and be blessed by Him.  Naaman was at first angry about the medical procedure that Elisha prescribed but after he was persuaded to give it a try, he was thrilled with the outcome!  He praised God and he and all his men returned to Elisha and said, “Behold, now I know that there is no God in all the earth, but in Israel: now therefore, I pray thee, take a blessing of thy servant.”  What was the blessing that Naaman offered to Elisha?  Did Elisha take the gift?  The story has an interesting twist, so go ahead and read it in its entirety.  Clue: do not take a blessing that does not belong to you.

2 Kings 5:15b KJV