[bible1year] Devotional comments on II Kings 3-5

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From: glen_stewart@...
Date: 20 Apr 2016 11:41:09 -0000
APRIL 20

        Chapter 4 records four miracles of Elisha. The increase of 
the widow's oil (verses 1-7); the Shunammite woman's son raised from 
the dead (verses 8-37); the poisonous stew healed (verses 38-41); 
and the bread multiplied (verses 42-44).

        Chapter 5 records the healing of Naaman the leper. In this 
miracle we have a beautiful picture of salvation through faith in 
God's Word. Naaman was condemned because he was a leper. He tried to 
save himself by seeking every possible cure. This is a picture of 
the condition of the sinner. All men are condemned by sin, and many 
make the mistake Naaman made of trying to cleanse himself. There is 
no salvation outside of God and His grace. Ephesians 2:8,9 tells us, 
"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of 
yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should 
boast." We see Naaman resisting God's simple plan of salvation by 
not listening to Elisha. How hard it is even today for some to 
simply trust in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ 
for their salvation. They desire to go their own way, but Jesus 
tells us there is only one way, and that is through Him. He says, "I 
am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, 
but by me" (John 14:6).

        Naaman is finally cured of his leprosy because of his 
obedient faith. Salvation comes when sinners are obedient, repent of 
their sin, and place their faith and trust in Jesus Christ. The 
promise of God is, "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the 
Lord shall be saved."