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BY J. R. MILLER



Read 2 Kings V., 1-14

The story of Naaman is interesting in several
ways. It gives us a glimpse of the times. The
country was subject to incursions from hostile
tribes. In these raids not only was property car-
ried away, but women and children were ofttimes
taken as captives. Naaman himself was a great
man in his country; he was commander-in-chief
of the army of Syria. He was held in distinction
by the king, who honored Naaman throughout the
land. He had won great battles. He was a brave
and valiant soldier. But all this list of honors
was offset by one sad woe — he was a leper.
BY J. R. MILLER



Read 2 Kings V., 1-14

The story of Naaman is interesting in several
ways. It gives us a glimpse of the times. The
country was subject to incursions from hostile
tribes. In these raids not only was property car-
ried away, but women and children were ofttimes
taken as captives. Naaman himself was a great
man in his country; he was commander-in-chief
of the army of Syria. He was held in distinction
by the king, who honored Naaman throughout the
land. He had won great battles. He was a brave
and valiant soldier. But all this list of honors
was offset by one sad woe — he was a leper.

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NAAMAN HEALEDBY J. R. MILLER Read 2 Kings V., 1-14The story of Naaman is interesting in severalways. It gives us a glimpse of the times. Thecountry was subject to incursions from hostiletribes. In these raids not only was property car-ried away, but women and children were ofttimestaken as captives. Naaman himself was a greatman in his country; he was commander-in-chief of the army of Syria. He was held in distinctionby the king, who honored Naaman throughout theland. He had won great battles. He was a braveand valiant soldier. But all this list of honorswas offset by one sad woe — he was a leper.This story of Naaman is like many a richman's life to-day. He has all that wealth can givehim, but there is some dark shadow, an incurabledisease, a secret sorrow, a domestic infelicity, ashame which nothing can blot out, and that spoilsall the glory. No human life is altogether perfect.No human happiness is altogether complete. Lep-rosy meant sin— every one of us, however great,is a sinner. Leprosy was a terrible disease. It1402 KINGS v., 1-14 141was incurable. Its progress was slow but certain.It ate away the body joint by joint. In the laudof Israel it drove a man from his home and
 
friends, to live apart. Yet the leprous body isonly a type of the leprous soul. We all have thisdrawback which Naaman had.The incident of the little girl is instructive andyet pathetic. It was a cruel fate that had tornher away from her home in the country of Israel.Young girls will be interested in this little maidand will sympathize with her in her sad misfor-tune. She may have been ten or twelve years of age. She was carried off by a company of Syriansoldiers from her home and was held captive. Shemust have been greatly frightened as the roughmen of war seized her and took her away withthem. Her mother must have wept bitterly. Herfather and brothers must have vowed some timeto get the child back. But God had her in Hiskeeping, and He used her while a captive to dogood.This is not the only Bible story of a captivechild. We all remember about Joseph, who whenbut a lad was treacherously sold by his own broth-ers and carried off to Egypt as a slave. Yet hein his captivity proved a great blessing, not onlyto Egypt but to his own people and to the verybrothers who had sold him. Daniel also was car-ried away when only a child into a heathen coun-try, and he also did a great deal of good.Sometimes children are put into places and cir-142 NAAMAN HEALEDcumstances of hardship, where they must suffermuch ; but wherever their lot is cast, and whateverthe circumstances are in which they find them-selves, they may do good. Wherever God allows
 
us to be placed we shall find not only divine pro-tection, but an opportunity for usefulness. Godhas something for us to do right there, or Hewould not have put us there. Some children findthemselves living in hard conditions, withoutmany pleasures, receiving unjust or cruel treat-ment, it may be; but they may trust God in thehardest circumstances. He will not forget them,and if they commit their lives to Him He willuse them for doing good.This little girl was thoughtful and sympa-thetic. Evidently she had been well trained, forshe knew much about God and God's prophet.When she learned of Naaman's condition as aleper she expressed to her mistress the wish thathe might be with the prophet who was in her coun-try. It seems a little strange that this child whohad been carried away captive by Naaman's sol-diers, perhaps by Naaman himself, should havethis kindly interest in her master. She had ^|||9^cruelly wronged, torn away from her homml^d.carried to a foreign country. She was nowm cap-tive, working as a slave in Naaman's hou^. Wewould not have been surprised if the child hadcherished bitter feelings toward the great captain.But instead of this she looked upon him with pity.She even interested herself so much in his re-2 KINGS v., 1-14 143covery as to tell her mistress about the prophetwho could heal him. We have a lesson here onthe treatment of those who have wronged us or in- jured us. We should try to do them good.Another suggestion from this part of the storyis that even a child can do great good. But for

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