In 2 Kings 5 we meet a man named Naaman who is described as “a great man” and “a valiant soldier.” He was the commander of a king’s army. However, there was just one problem with Naaman. He had leprosy.
We then meet a little girl who was taken captive from Israel by the army that Naaman was commander of. This girl was the servant of Naaman’s wife. When the girl saw that Naaman had leprosy, she said to her mistress, “If only my master would see the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy.” The mistress then told her husband, Naaman, what her servant girl said, and Naaman went to see the prophet in Samaria, Elisha, who told Naaman how he could be cured of his leprosy. Naaman’s wife and her little servant girl are not mentioned again, but they play essential roles in one of the most miraculous Old Testament stories. Despite the vast differences in their ages, status, cultural backgrounds, and beliefs, Naaman’s wife and her little servant girl had a mutual respect for one another and desired to see their husband and master healed. Continue reading →
We all know who Elisha was. He was a mentee of the prophet Elijah, and later became Elijah’s successor, a great prophet in his own right who worked many miracles. We don’t know so much about Elisha’s parents. Elisha mentions his father and mother once in 1 Kings 19:20. Before leaving home for good to follow Elijah, Elisha said, “Let me kiss my father and mother goodbye, and then I will come with you.” Continue reading →
In 2 Kings 4 we read of a woman whose name is not given – she is only called the Shunammite woman. She lived in a place called Shunem and the Bible calls her ‘notable.’ The word notable is defined as worthy of attention or notice; remarkable. This Shunammite woman was not a judge like Deborah, she wasn’t a queen like Esther, and she wasn’t the mother of a nation like Sarah; so what made her remarkable? Let’s check out some reasons below: