Daily Bible Reading Day 297: 2 Kings 5/ 1 Timothy 2
2 Kings 5
There was a man named Naaman, who was th commander of the Aram Army. Aram was a city that was close to Israel. Israel was under constant attack and Aram was an enemy of Israel.
Naaman had leprosy. Leprosy was a most feared disease. Naaman wanted to be healed. His healing came from the hope of a young girl who was servant to his wife.
Namaan wantedto go to Israel. The king was not happy to help him, but the prophet, Elisha asked to she Namaan.
Elisha told Namaan to go to the Jordan River and wash of himself seven times. Namaan was disgusted at the thought of going into the dirty, muddy Jordan River. He felt it was beneath him and wanted something more holy to heal him. This happens to many of us. We do not understand sometimes how God operates in our lives. We expect something miraculous or a spectacle. But we must obey God and accept God’s mercy, humbly.
Namaan, went ahead and dipped an washed into the Jordan River and was healed of his leprosy. Namaan tried to pay Elisha, but Elisha refused. He wanted it to be clear, God could not be bought. Elisha’s servant, Gehazi, tried to take advantage and ask for the money. Namaan, gave him money. Gehazi was manipulative and shady. Elisha found out and Gehazi was plagued with leprosy and his descendants forever from his sin.
1 Timothy 2
Prayers can change our lives and others lives as well. Even though God is all-knowing, He wants us to pray, especially for those in our government. Even if we do not agree with our leaders, we must pray them and their administration, for their hearts and decisions align with God.
Paul and Peter sought out for all to be saved because that is what God wants for us. All should be reached.
Jesus paid a ransom with his life for us to be free from the slavery of sin. Jesus is our mediator between us and God. Sin separates us from God. But Jesus is the bridge between us and God.
Do not let anger and strife inhibit our prayer life. Reconcile.
Paul spoke about women’s roles in the church, specifically in the Ephesian church. This is where he claimed women should not be in roles of power. He spoke specifically towards this group because of their issue with false teachings. Priscilla and other women were in places of power in the church. Many take these verses too literally like women should be quiet and not speak. This is oppression. Women, and men as well, should not speak falsely and out of turn. If anyone wants to, then they should be silent. Our talk should be composed.