Faith Transcends Nationality

Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master and in high favor, because by him the Lord had given victory to Syria. He was a mighty man of valor, but he was a leper. Now the Syrians on one of their raids had carried off a little girl from the land of Israel, and she worked in the service of Naaman’s wife. She said to her mistress, “Would that my lord were with the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy.” So Naaman went in and told his lord, “Thus and so spoke the girl from the land of Israel.” And the king of Syria said, “Go now, and I will send a letter to the king of Israel.”

So he went, taking with him ten talents of silver, six thousand shekels[b] of gold, and ten changes of clothing. And he brought the letter to the king of Israel, which read, “When this letter reaches you, know that I have sent to you Naaman my servant, that you may cure him of his leprosy.” And when the king of Israel read the letter, he tore his clothes and said, “Am I God, to kill and to make alive, that this man sends word to me to cure a man of his leprosy? Only consider, and see how he is seeking a quarrel with me.”

But when Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn his clothes, he sent to the king, saying, “Why have you torn your clothes? Let him come now to me, that he may know that there is a prophet in Israel.” 2 Kings 5:1-8.

God reaches outside the boundaries of his chosen people to choose other people. Naaman was an officer in an army that was the enemy of Israel. but God had been using Syria to punish his people who had strayed from him. And one of those who had been captured was a girl, who had been stolen from her family, and was now a servant in that officer’s household.

This girl was a true believer. And she was sorry for her captor, who was a leper. And she gave him that word of hope, that there was a prophet among God’s people who could heal him. And the officer, Naaman, believed her and what about making that journey to be healed.

God works in the affairs of Nations and people groups, but he is still big enough to hear us all individually. Whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Being part of a special Nation or special people group does not grant you any special favors. We all stand before him as individuals. Faith transcends our national identity or our people group.

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