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The Hypocrisy of Gehazi.

The Hypocrisy of Gehazi.

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BY REV. C. SIMEON, M. A.


2 Kings. V. 21, 22. So Gehazi followed after Naaman. And
luhen Naaman saw him running after him, he lighted down
from the chariot to meet him, and said. Is all well P And he
said, All is well.
BY REV. C. SIMEON, M. A.


2 Kings. V. 21, 22. So Gehazi followed after Naaman. And
luhen Naaman saw him running after him, he lighted down
from the chariot to meet him, and said. Is all well P And he
said, All is well.

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THE HYPOCRISY OF GEHAZI. BY REV. C. SIMEO, M. A.2 Kings. V. 21, 22. So Gehazi followed after aaman. And luhen aaman saw him running after him, he lighted down from the chariot to meet him, and said. Is all well P And he said, All is well. I the preceding chapter we have seen a similar inquiry made by Gehazi himself; and a similar reply from the Shunarnite, who came in quest of Elisha''. The answer as made by her, under her most afflic- tive circumstances, justly fills us with admiration : but the answer as here given, calls forth our severest indignation. aaman, when he saw Elisha's servant running after him, was afraid that something was amiss ; and therefore asked with great anxiety. Is all well ? The hardened villain, one might have hoped, should have relented at the sight of aaman's simplicity : but that same wicked spirit who put the evil into his heart, furnished him with a ready answer, " All is well." ow this answer is of con- siderable importance ; I. As illustrating the character of Gehazi — [Previous to this we have nothing that gives us any par- ticular " Ch. iv. 20. 250.] HYPOCRISY OF GEHAZI. 131 ticular insight into the character of Gehazi. He lived with a pious master, enjoyed the benefit of his instructions and example^ and was an eye-witness of the miracles he wrought. One might have hoped therefore that he was impressed with a sense of true
 
religion. But in this answer we see that he was a subtle self- deluding hypocrite. As far as related to the general scope of aaman's inquiry, the answer was true : but was it true, as conveying all that Ge- hazi intended to convey? or would aaman have thought it true, if he could have seen all that was in the heart of this vile im- postor ? Was all well, when thou wast coming on so base an errand ? when thou hadst fabricated such a falsehood ; and wast making it an occasion of such dishonest gain ? Was all well, when thou wast so belying thy master, so dishonouring religion, casting such a stumbling-block before aaman, and bringing such guilt upon thine own soul ? Did not thine own conscience reprove thee, when thou thus confidently daredst to assert, All is well ? From his composure on the occasion it was evident, that he ex- pected to reap the fruit of his iniquity in peace ; and that, when he replied, " All is well," he apprehended no evil. But didst thou forget that God saw thee ? Didst thou forget that he noteth down every thing in the book of his remembrance, and will bring it forth at the last day in order to a final retribution ? Didst thou forget that even now God could reveal thy wickedness to ills prophet, and punish it by some heavy judgment ? Hadst thou known at that moment that thy master's eye was upon thee, and that in less than an hour afterwards the leprosy of aaman would cleave to thee, and that it would be the wretched inhe- ritance of thy children to their latest posterity, wouldst thou then have said, that All was well ? Above all, if thou couldst have realized thine appearance at the bar of judgment, and the sen- tence that there awaited thee, wouldst thou have said, All is well? But so it is that sin blinds the eyes of men, and hardens their hearts : nor is there any passion in the human mind, which, if suffered to gain an ascendant over us, may not produce in us the very same effect. The ambition of Absalom, the envy of Cain, the malice of Esau, the revenge of Jacob's sons, the covetous- ness of Judas, the lewdness of Herod, sufficiently shew, that, where there is some professed regard for religion, a predominant
 
lust will soon break down the barriers of conscience, and bring into subjection every better principle ] Let us now contemplate the answer, II. As affording some valuable lessons to the world at large — K2 The 132 2 KixGs, V. 21,22. [250. The great improvement which we are to make of Scripture history, is, to deduce from every part of it lessons for our own instruction. ow from the conduct of Gehazi we learn, 1. That such characters must be expected to exist — [If in the house of Elisha, his only servant was such an impostor ; if even among the Apostles of our Lord there was a Judas ; yea, and if among the very firbt Cluistiiins immediately after the day of Pentecost such a deceiver as Ananias was found ; what reason have we to be surpri*«ed, if such characters exist in our day ? Is not human nature now the same as ever it was ? And has not our Lord taught us to expect, that, wherever the seed of his word is sown, the enemy will sow tares ; and that no effectual separation of the tares can be made till the last dav ? Doubtless it is most distressing when anv are found to act unwor- thy of their Christian profession ; but the wonder is rather that so few hypocrites are found, than that some occasionally are detected in the Church of Christ,] 2. That the existence of such characters is no ar- gument against true religion — [People are apt to impute the misconduct of hypocrites to

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