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Healing Naaman’s Leprosy: Devotion Commemorating Elisha

God used Elisha to do many miracles in His name, and one of those miracles was healing Naaman. We read a summary of that occurrence with an excerpt from Stories of God and His People.

Devotional Reading

In the days of Elisha, a great man named Naaman lived in the land of Aram (Syria). He was captain of the king’s army and had won many battles. But Naaman had leprosy. No doctor could heal him.

Some time earlier when the army of Aram had made war against God’s people Israel, they had taken a little girl from her home and brought her to their own land. Here she became a servant to Naaman’s wife.

One day the little girl said, “If only my master would see the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy.” Naaman’s wife told her husband what the girl had said.

When the king of Aram heard of it, he said, “By all means, go. I will send a letter to the king of Israel.” So Naaman went to Israel, taking costly presents with him.

He also brought the letter to the king of Israel. When the king read the letter, he became afraid and did not know what to do. But Elisha heard what had happened. “Have the man come to me,” he said.

So Naaman came with his horses and chariots and stopped at the door of Elisha’s house.

But Elisha did not come out to see Naaman. Instead, he sent a messenger to tell him, “Go, wash yourself seven times in the Jordan, and your flesh will be restored and you will be cleansed.”

This made Naaman angry. He thought the prophet should come out and pray to his God and heal him. He turned around and went away.

But his servants said to him, “If the prophet had told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it?” So Naaman went down and dipped himself in the Jordan River seven times. When he came out of the water, he was healed.

At once Naaman went back to Elisha’s house. He said to the prophet, “Now I know that there is no God in all the world except in Israel.” He wanted to give Elisha the presents, but Elisha would not take anything. “Go in peace,” he said to the captain. So Naaman went home with a glad heart.

Devotional reading is from Stories of God and His People, page 115 © 1992 Concordia Publishing House. All rights reserved.

Hymn

Your hand, O Lord, in days of old
Was strong to heal and save;
It triumphed over ills and death,
O’er darkness and the grave.
To You they came, the blind, the mute,
The palsied and the lame,
The lepers in their misery,
The sick with fevered frame.

Your touch then, Lord, brought life and health,
Gave speech and strength and sight;
And youth renewed and frenzy calmed
Revealed You, Lord of light.
And now, O Lord, be near to bless,
Almighty as before,
In crowded street, by beds of pain,
As by Gennes’ret’s shore.

O be our great deliv’rer still,
The Lord of life and death;
Restore and quicken, soothe and bless,
With Your life-giving breath.
To hands that work and eyes that see
Give wisdom’s healing pow’r
That whole and sick and weak and strong
May praise You evermore.

Hymn is LSB 846.

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