WEDNESDAY, JULY 4
Scripture: 2 Kings 5:9-24
In verse 20 we meet Gehazi who is the servant of Elisha. Gehazi witnessed all of this which included the refusal of the prophet to take anything as payment from Naaman the Syrian. We pick up the story in 2 Kings 5:20-25. “But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said, ‘Look, my master has spared Naaman this Syrian, while not receiving from his hands what he brought; but as the LORD lives, I will run after him and take something from him.’ So Gehazi pursued Naaman. When Naaman saw him running after him, he got down from the chariot to meet him, and said, ‘Is all well?’ And he said, ‘All is well. My master has sent me, saying, “Indeed, just now two young men of the sons of the prophets have come to me from the mountains of Ephraim. Please give them a talent of silver and two changes of garments.”’ So Naaman said, ‘Please, take two talents.’ And he urged him, and bound two talents of silver in two bags, with two changes of garments, and handed them to two of his servants; and they carried them on ahead of him. When he came to the citadel, he took them from their hand, and stored them away in the house; then he let the men go, and they departed.” Gehazi didn’t want to ignore Naaman’s offer of monetary gain. Gehazi chose to take for his own personal benefit what God had instructed Elisha to refuse. We have two individuals who operated under two different sets of principles and conflict came as a result. Let’s consider how much of a temptation Naaman brought. We can’t really weigh the actions of the individual involved accurately unless we really look at the size of the temptation.