The Bible gives reference to many types of diseases that afflicted people including deaf- ness, fevers, seizures, speech impediments, and skin diseases. Of these diseases, one that was greatly feared was that of leprosy. Leprosy was highly contagious, and it is because of its con- tagious nature that there were strict laws concerning those who had the disease. Leviticus 13:45- 56 says, “The leprous person who has the disease shall wear torn clothes and let the hair of his head hang loose, and he shall cover his upper lip and cry out, ‘Unclean, unclean.’ He shall remain unclean as long as he has the disease. He is unclean. He shall live alone. His dwelling shall be outside the camp”. Not only were the people sick, but they were completely cut off from their family and friends until they were either healed or died.
We are exactly like those who suffered from leprosy. No, we don’t have a disease that eats away at our skin, but we are diseased with sin. When we have sin in our lives, it eats away at our hearts, and we are completely cut off from God. Thankfully, there is a cure. Jesus was sent to cure us from the sickness of sin. He is the perfect healer—we just need to trust him as our Savior.
Last week we learned about an example of God’s compassion. Elijah was running for his life away from Queen Jezebel. She was not happy that Baal had been defeated on Mt. Carmel. Elijah felt defeated and requested to die. God provided rest, nourishment and encouragement for Elijah under a broom
What encouragement did God give Elijah? God said that he had pre- served 7, 000 servants of God who were hidden from Jezebel.
Scripture Reading: 2 Kings 5
Memory Verse: “Turn from your evil ways. Observe my commands and decrees in accordance with the entire Law that I commanded your fathers to obey” 2 Kings 17:13b
- Naaman was the first person mentioned in today’s story. Who was Naaman and what was his problem?
Naaman was a successful commander in Aram’s army; through him the Lord had given victory to Aram; Naaman had leprosy.
- A servant girl knew how Naaman could be healed. What suggestion did she give Naaman’s wife?
She told Naaman’s wife that there was a prophet in Samaria that could heal Naaman; the prophet’s name was Elisha.
- Where was the servant girl from originally? Why do you think it was strange that she offered help to her master?
The girl was taken captive from Israel. She could have been filled with hatred and bitterness against her captors. Instead she was aware of the one true God, and she unselfishly wanted to share that knowledge and healing power with her captors.
- Sometimes people do things to hurt us: a friend says something mean to you; someone teases you; your team is upset at you because you dropped the ball during the game. How do you act when someone has hurt you?
The servant girl is a great example to us of how we should show Jesus to others even when they have hurt us.
- When Naaman reached Elisha, what did Elisha do?
He sent his servant to tell Naaman to wash in the Jordan River seven times, and then he would be healed.
- What was Naaman’s reaction?
Naaman was angry and refused to wash, but his servants convinced him that he should do as Elisha said.
- What happened when Naaman obeyed? He was completely healed.
- What did Naaman say after he was healed?
(v15) “Now I know that there is no God in all the world except in Israel.”
- The servant girl made a difference in Naaman’s life. She was just a girl taken from her country and made into a slave, but she was used by God to save a man’s life, and to turn him to the one true God. Take this opportunity to talk about how God uses all kinds of people to accomplish His purpose—that of bringing people to Him. We should be watching for chances that God gives us to share Him with others.
- Read or recite as a family John 3:16.
- Give thanks to God for His wonderful gift of salvation which heals us from the disease of sin.
- Ask Got to make you aware of people around you that are in need of Jesus Christ as their Savior.
- Pray for boldness to speak with those people about God’s healing gift of salvation.
- Cut out the Memory Verse puzzle, cut into its pieces.
- Use the puzzle to practice the memory verse for this unit.
- You can either use the copy provided to complete as a family, or you can make one copy for each family member.*Copy or glue the puzzle onto cardstock for sturdiness prior to cutting.