Second Chances: A Gracious Little Girl

 

God’s hesed is amazing...  I want to shift gears because God is not the only one who can show hesed.  There is a story in 2 Kings I want you to turn to 2 Kings 5.
 
2 Kings 5:1–4 (ESV) — 1 Naaman, commander of the army of the king
of Syria, was a great man with his master and in high favor, because
by him the Lord had given victory to Syria. He was a mighty man of
valor, but he was a leper.
 
The biblical word “leprosy” was used to describe many incurable, contagious skin diseases. The book of Leviticus actually give detailed instructions on how Israel was to deal with these diseases. Some of which were HIGHLY contagious. Before antibiotics, and anti-fungal medicines it was important to quarantine people with skin infections...  Think about some of the diseases that show skin symptoms. Of course there is leprosy but also, small pox, measles, plague, human papilloma virus, herpes, gangrene... All of these are dangerous and in biblical times often meant a lonely slow and painful death.  Naaman has one of these diseases.

 

Second Chances: A Gracious Little Girl