Wash Seven Times in the Jordan


When Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn his robes, he sent him this message: “Why have you torn your robes? Have the man come to me and he will know that there is a prophet in Israel.” So Naaman went with his horses and chariots and stopped at the door of Elisha’s house. Elisha sent a messenger to say to him, “Go, wash yourself seven times in the Jordan, and your flesh will be restored and you will be cleansed.”

But Naaman went away angry and said, “I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the LORD his God, wave his hand over the spot and cure me of my leprosy. Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than any of the waters of Israel? Couldn’t I wash in them and be cleansed?” So he turned and went off in a rage.

Naaman’s servants went to him and said, “My father, if the prophet had told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more, then, when he tells you, ‘Wash and be cleansed’!” So he went down and dipped himself in the Jordan seven times, as the man of God had told him, and his flesh was restored and became clean like that of a young boy. 2 Kings 5:8-14

This is the “meat” of the Naaman the Leper story. Go and wash seven times in the Jordan. Not five or six times, but seven. Very specific number and location.

The lesson today is short: what is God saying to you today? What is it on your heart that God is showing you that you need to do? Or perhaps the question is, what are you avoiding doing that you know you need to do? I’m not referring to a super-mystical experience as many might have these days. I’m talking about a plain ordinary nudge of the Holy Spirit to do (or not do) something. What is He revealing to you?

You’ll have much greater peace when you finally do it.


One response to “Wash Seven Times in the Jordan”

  1. This is good. I have been reminded of some simple things I need to obey God in, not big things like moving my family across the states just little things.

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