HEALED OF LEPROSY, SET APART TO PREACH
by brother John
Three-year-old Naaman was dying of chicken pox. He also had leprosy as he lay
wrapped in a large banana leaf in his mother's arms. His two older brothers had
died as young children, and his father blamed the mother for offending the gods
and spirits, as pagan villagers in India would be prone to do. The situation was
desperate. The witchdoctors and Hindu gods had not healed Naaman, and Naaman's
father now was threatening to kill his mom if Naaman died. With gun in hand, he
vowed, "If you let my third son die by not appeasing the gods and spirits for
whatever offense you have caused them, I will kill you."
As the mother held her son and wept outside her home, in a village where there
were no Christians, a Christian starting the first church in the area was walking
through the village to another village. He saw the mother weeping and came over
to her. When he understood the situation, the man of God asked if the mother
would allow him to pray for the boy in the name of Jesus, the one and only Son of
God and Saviour of sinners, God the Son, Jesus Christ our Messiah and Lord.
The pastor said the mother must also be willing to give the boy to Christ to be a
messenger of the Gospel if the Lord gave him life from the brink of death. The
pastor also said that as a public testimony of the Lord Jesus having all power,
greater than the Hindu gods and spirits who had not healed the boy, the parents
were to change his name to Naaman, like Naaman in the Bible (2 Kings 5), whom the
Lord healed of leprosy.
Then the Christian took the almost lifeless little one in the banana leaf and
knelt in prayer as the villagers stood around watching. He called on the one and
only God, the Lord God Almighty, to have mercy on the little boy and the parents
in the name of Jesus God's Son sent to die for sinners as the only sacrifice of
appeasement, the Lord Jesus of all power, the Creator and Sustainer of life, the
crucified and risen Saviour, the Messiah at the Father's right hand.
The result was similar to the first Naaman from Aram who worshipped other gods:
"Now I know that there is no God in all the world except in Israel" (2 Kings 5:15).
In the picture with John and David stands Naaman 27 years after the Lord Jesus
raised up a limp little three year old dying in his mother's arms in a village
with no Christians, now serving the Lord Jesus by taking the Good News of God's
love in his Son to unreached villages, as the pastor who prayed for him had done.
In the second picture are two of the various leprosy scars on Naaman's body, which
continue to testify that Jesus has power that no one else has.
Right away, Naaman's mother turned from her idols to the true and living God who
had reached out to her and her son. Christ came to the village by coming to live
in this woman who now believed. Then the father believed, and put his gun away.
Then another, and another, so that today there are now 70 families in this village
that once was without hope and without God.
posted February 24, 2020