A Servant Girl Who Changed His World (II Kings 5)

Introduction: 2 Kings 5:1-3
A. Most of the time when we study from Second Kings chapter five we concentrate on Naaman and his cleansing.
B. He was a man who was “captain of the host of the king of Syria” (2 Kings 5:1). He learned from a little Israelite maid that he could go over to Elisha the prophet in Israel and be cured of his leprosy. He went and was cured (2 Kings 5:2-3).
C. Many lessons have been preached about Naaman having to dip seven times in Jordan before his “flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child” (2 Kings 5:14). One preacher had a sermon entitled, “Seven Ducks In A Muddy River.”
D. However, in this study I want us to concentrate on the little maid who told him about the prophet in Israel who would cure him of his leprosy.
E. While we do not know her name, we do know some things about her nature. We don’t know her family, but we do know something about her faith.
F. She served his wife and helped change his life. She was a servant girl.. who changed his world. She was God’s helper for Naaman the leper.
G. In this study we will notice three things about her:
I. Her Contentment.
II. Her Confidence.
III. Her Concern.
I. HER CONTENTMENT (5:2). She was a contented captive.
A. The text says, “She waited on Naaman’s wife.”
B. She could have been bitter and refused to serve Naaman’s wife. I mean, after all, she had been “brought away” out of her homeland and was a “captive” in a strange land. Most would say she surely had a right to be bitter and resentful in that situation.
C. However, she made the best of the situation rather than letting the situation make the best of her. She had gotten a lemon in life, but she made the best of it.
Turn failure into victory, don’t let your courage fade
And when you get a lemon, just make some lemonade.
D. She reminds us of Joseph, who although he was a captive in Potipher’s house, “served him; and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he had he put into his hand” (Gen. 39:4). Later, when he was falsely accused and put into prison even then, he acted in such a way that “the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph’s hand all the prisoners that were in the prison.” (Gen. 39:22).
E. She reminds us of Daniel, who even though he was a captive in Babylon, made the best of his situation and was highly respected by both the Babylonian and Persian governments (Daniel 1-6).
F. She reminds us of Paul who, even though he was a prisoner, wrote to the Philippians saying “I have learned in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content” (Phil. 4:11).
G. Of course, it was the Lord’s presence and providence that helped them be content in those situations (Psalm 46:1; Gen. 39:2-3; 21-23; Dan. 1:9; Phil. 4:13).
H. But notice that Paul says that contentment is something we learn. He said, “I have learned in whatsoever state I am therewith to be content” (Phil. 4:11).
I. One of the things that will help us learn content­ment is to realize that “all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose” (Rom. 8:28).
J. We also need to learn to count our blessings instead of our bruises.
When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed
When you are discouraged thinking all is lost.
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
 And it will surprise you what the Lord has done.
K. Into each life some rain must fall, but God’s still with us and He’s over all.
L. Not only do we have many physical blessings to count, but we have far more and far greater spiritual blessings than the little Israelite maid had (Eph.1:3; Heb. 8:6; 11:40).
M. We need more members like this maid. We need more Christians like this captive. We need more saints in the world like this little servant girl (Heb. 13:5-6).
N. She was willing to be a “Helper for a Leper” because she was content.
II. HER CONFIDENCE (5:3). She was a confident captive.
A. In verse three we learn that she was confident. She said that if Naaman were with the prophet in Samaria he “would recover him of his leprosy.”
B. Observe that she did not say he “might” or “may” or “should” – she said he “would.”
C. We do not really know how God got the message to the maid about curing Naaman. We know for sure that God had to tell her in some way (dream, vision, voice, etc…). Why? Because Elisha was not known for healing lepers. In fact, according to Jesus, even though there were many lepers in Israel, none of them were cleansed except Naaman (Luke 4:27).
D. Regardless of how God got the message to her she believed it. She was confident that God would cure him.
E. Her faith had come from “hearing” and she helped to provide his “curing.” Like Paul, she could say, “I believe God that it shall be even as it was told me” (Acts 27:25).
F. We need more members today like this maid. We need more Christians like this captive. We need more people in the church who are fully convinced that God will do what He says. We need more people who know and know that they know. We need more confidence (II Tim. 1:12; I John 2:3; 5:13-14; Heb. 4:16; Rom. 1:16).
G. She believed that God would heal this leper. Do we believe that God will heal the lost?
H. She was God’s helper for Naaman the leper. But what about our presence around others? Do we really want to be a helper to those around us? Do we have enough confidence in God and His Word to tell them what He will do for them?
III. HER CONCERN (5:3). She was a concerned captive.
A. Not only was she contented and confident, she was also concerned. She really cared about Naaman and his condition.
B. Think about it. Even in her strange position she still cared about his condition.
C. She was practicing what Jesus taught in Matthew 5:44 long before He came to the earth to teach it.
D. Like Jesus she was “moved with compassion” when she saw one in need (Matt. 9:36).
E. Think about how her contentment helped her be concerned about others. She was not thinking only of herself, but also about the needs of others. Had she not been content she would, no doubt, have spent her time thinking about herself and engaging in self-pity and selfishness.
F. But confidence in God and contentment in life provided the ground for being concerned about Naaman.
G. In the same book where Paul talked about how he had “learned to be content” (Phil. 4:11), he also said “let each esteem others better than themselves” and “look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others” (Phil. 2:3,4). Why? Because it is being content ourselves that helps us be concerned about others.
H. In the book of Hebrews the writer talked about confidence (Heb. 3:6), and contentment (Heb. 13:5), and being concerned about others (Heb. 3:13; 10:24).
I. In the church today we need more members like the maid. We need members who are concerned about the needs of others – especially the spiritual needs.
Others, Lord, yes others, may this my motto be.
Help me to live for others, that I may live like thee.
J. She was a servant helper for a Syrian leper.
In this study we have focused on God’s helper for Naaman the Leper. She was a contented captive, a confident captive, and a concerned captive. A servant girl who changed his world. May the Lord help each of us to be more like her and more like our Lord in these ways. Thank God for Jesus! (2 Cor. 9:15).
Wayne Dunaway



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