TEXT: 2 Kings 5:1-27
Some notes from Erik
- Naaman is a fairly common Aramean name which is found at Ugarit as well. This is the only reference to this particular Naaman, the commander of Ben-Hadad’s armies.
- The Aramean “raids” were probably quick strikes at border towns to assess the strength of Israel’s defenses and possibly demoralize the troops a little bit. Apparently, this went on for most of Jehoram’s reign.
- No one really know what leprosy was. It was probably a catch-all name for an assortment of skin conditions. We know it was infectious and potentially deadly.
Things Worth Discussing
- Which person in the narrative to you most closely identify with? Why?
- Have you felt like at some points in your Christian walk, you have compromised something important? What did you do to get that back?
- Make some connections between this narrative and the New Testament. For example, which person most closely mirrored a follower of Christ in his reactions or responses? Are there biblical principles from the New Testament demonstrated in the lives of the people in the narrative?
Feel free to leave discussion topics or questions in the comments below.