“Is it the TIME …
to receive money and clothing, olive groves and vineyards, sheep, oxen, male and female servants?”
With these words, Elisha the Prophet issued correction to his guileful servant, Gehazi, a correction which Gehazi never forgot.
Elisha’s corrective was accompanied by a most dire consequence: instantly the leprosy of Naaman descended upon Gehazi. Gehazi left the presence of Elisha leprous, as white as snow.
It was also promised to descend upon his family line forever.
What did Gehazi DO
to warrant such terrible consequences ?
Let’s look at the account in 2 Kings 5 of Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Syria, being healed of leprosy.
First of all, Naaman was NOT a Jew and was NOT part of the commonwealth of Israel or Judea.
He came to the king of Israel to be healed of leprosy, and the distraught king said,
” Am I THE ELOHIM, to kill and make alive…
to heal [Naaman] of his leprosy ? “
Elisha intervened and comforted the king, telling him to send Naaman to him that Naaman “might KNOW there is a prophet” of The Most High God “in ISRAEL.”
Likely, there were quite a few OTHERS who received this knowledge, along with Naaman !
Naaman almost missed his blessing, though, angrily refusing to dip himself in the Jordan River.
However, he eventually listened to the pleadings and counsel of his servants who seemed to have loved him, calling him “my father.”
Humbling himself to listen to servants, humbling himself to set aside his anger, humbling himself to obey, obediently dipping himself 7 times in the Jordan river, Naaman was miraculously cleansed.
Thus, Naaman’s healing was a testimony to this important army commander himself that THE ELOHIM really existed and was known among GOD’S people Israel.
NAAMAN’S RESPONSE …
“Now I KNOW there is no ELOHIM in all the earth, except in Israel,” Naaman the Syrian said, in open testimony before Elisha, who now received the Syrian.
Naaman was so thankful to be healed of that dreaded leprosy that he wished to bless Elisha with silver and changes of garments.
Elisha refused all gifts, vowing before The LORD
“… before Whom I stand” to receive NOTHING.
GEHAZI’S RESPONSE …
Gehazi , unlike Naaman, seemed not so impressed with the miraculous healing. Perhaps, Gehazi was not so glad GOD healed someone who was not of the tribes of Israel, saying, ” … my master has spared Naaman this Syrian.” vs. 20
Obviously, Gehazi DISAGREED with Elisha’s refusal to take a blessing, a gift, Naaman offered after his healing.
THUS, a disgruntled heart about the Syrian’s healing and a disagreement in the inner man with his master Elisha’s decision nested in Gehazi’s bosom.
Two problems Gehazi had in his heart. Two problems not dealt with in righteous repentance before GOD. Two problems paved the way for a life-time of sorrow.
BECAUSE Gehazi ignored
those two UN-righteous things working in his heart … Gehazi’s judgment became skewered. Thus, we next see Gehazi DECIDING to step beyond the authority Elisha had placed upon him.
Operating out of his now-warped judgement, Gehazi planned out exactly what to do in order to control the situation for his benefit and receive temporal wealth and goods.
He pursued Naaman’s chariot, and that good man stopped to see if all was well.
Gehazi promptly told lies to Naaman in order to receive silver and garments; now they become STOLEN GOODS and he used Elisha’s name to do it.
WHAT HAD HE DONE ?
Gehazi injured Elisha’s word to Naaman, when Elisha said, ” As The ELOHIM lives, before Whom I stand, I will receive nothing.”
Gehazi, you see, told Naaman that “… my master has sent me…. please give …”
Elisha would not receive a gift for Naaman’s healing because the healing was from GOD, The ELOHIM.
Naaman’s healing was freely given to him. It was to be used as a witness to The ELOHIM to draw all the nations unto The ONE TRUE GOD.
Naaman’s healing showed the character of GOD. It showed The ELOHIM’S mercy to sinners when they humble themselves to obey The Word of the LORD… whether they like it or not, whether they even understand it or not.
Instead of reflecting the true character of The ELOHIM , Gehazi reflected the character of the father of lies and his demon, mammona.
His eyes still dazzled by the demon mammona, Gehazi’s judgment was confused enough to lie to the Prophet Elisha !
Elisha’s heart, Scripture says, accompanied Gehazi when he met Naaman in his chariot. vs 26
We notice that Naaman did NOT give Gehazi “… olive groves, vineyards, sheep, oxen, male and female servants.”
Those plans were only in Gehazi’s guileful heart. The SPIRIT of The LORD made Elisha very much aware of these secret schemes.
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There is NO hiding place where The SPIRIT of GOD cannot see, hear, or go. To invite the demon mammona into a miraculous healing from The LORD is anathema to The ELOHIM.
To invite the demon mammona into ANY workings of The LORD GOD ELOHIM, is asking for anathema to be written upon one’s project and upon one’s Self. Remember Ananias and Sapphira.
JESUS said it is IMPOSSIBLE
to serve GOD and mammon.
Beware of the spirit of Guile.