April 22, 2017

April 22, 2017

2 KINGS 4-5

Focus Verse: Naaman said, “If not, please let your servant at least be given two mules’ load of earth; for your servant will no longer offer burnt offering nor will he sacrifice to other gods, but to the Lord. In this matter may the Lord pardon your servant: when my master goes into the house of Rimmon to worship there, and he leans on my hand and I bow myself in the house of Rimmon, when I bow myself in the house of Rimmon, the Lord pardon your servant in this matter.”
2 Kings 5:17-18


It’s all in a word. That word here is Yahweh (translated in most Bibles as LORD in small caps). It’s the personal name that God gave to the Israelites. It’s not a name you just threw around back then, it’s not a name that we should throw around now. This is the covenantal name of God. And a covenant requires two parties.


So what are the implications of Naaman taking the name Yahweh on his lips here in 2 Kings 5? Everything!


Naaman has come into a relationship, through his being healed of leprosy, with the God of the universe. Now let’s be perfectly clear here, Naaman was NOT convinced by a clever argument. Elisha didn’t blast him with sound theology or show him the error of his ways. He didn’t walk him through the “Romans Road” salvation prayer. He led Naaman to God. That’s it.


I don’t want to come across as negative toward any of the things that I’ve listed above. I have seen people (myself included) lead people to Christ successfully using all of these ways. But I think sometimes we over complicate it. My Wife’s Grandad was a pastor in Laredo, Texas, and when people would come in and ask him to lead them in a salvation prayer, he would kneel down at the altar with them and ask God to lead them into an experience with Him.


It is great to lead people to salvation. It’s greater to lead them to relationship. If we lead people to salvation through clever arguments, they will always hear convincing arguments from the other side. If we lead people to salvation through good theology, questions will eventually arise to shake that theology. But if we lead people to salvation through a personal, covenant relationship, the kind that requires us to EXPERIENCE God, then nothing will be able to shake that. You cannot “unexperience” something.


Naaman hadn’t come into a new religion. He came into a new relationship. He made a new covenant. He took the name Yahweh on his lips and in doing so said, “You will be my God, and I will be Your man.” Have you taken that step with God?


The best part about this covenant relationship with God is that through Jesus Christ, God has already fulfilled both ends of the covenant. The only step for us is to believe. But you can’t learn it! You MUST experience it. As Psalm 34:8 says, “Taste and see that the Lord is good!”

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