Sunday, April 7, 2024

2 Kings 5:1-18

The more we pay for something, the greater the quality we expect of the merchandise and/or service we’re purchasing. Sometimes we feel entitled for God to do things our way because we think we’ve done our part in faithfully following him. We must remember that God relates to us by showing grace, not by keeping score.

Starting Out:

1. Have you ever felt like God owed you something? What made you feel this way?

Read 2 Kings 5:1-7:

2. How should we understand the fact that God blessed Aram with victory in battle (against Israel?)

3. Why might the unnamed slave girl have spoken of the

4. What does the extravagant gift sent to Jehoram (king of Israel) tell us about the king of Syria and Naaman?

Read 2 Kings 5:8-14:

5. Why do you think Elisha sent a messenger to Naaman instead of speaking to him in person?

6. Why did Naaman respond to Elisha’s instructions with anger and disdain?

7. Why do you think Naaman’s servants heard Elisha differently than Naaman himself?

Read 2 Kings 5:15-18:

8. Given Israel’s trouble worshipping the one true God at the time this narrative took place, what is significant about Naaman’s confession of faith?

9. After being healed, why did Naaman return to Elisha and offer him gifts? Why did Elisha refuse them?

10. After his gifts are turned down, how do Naaman’s following requests reflect an understanding of God’s grace in his life?

Taking it Home:

11. This is a story about generals, prophets, and kings, but it all hinges on the witness of a little Hebrew slave girl. How have you witnessed God using something or someone who seems small to bring about great things?

12. Both Jehoram and Elisha were offered gifts. How are their reactions to these gifts similar and how are their reactions different?

13. Naaman expected God to heal him in a very specific way, and then to treat the healing process as an exchange of goods for services performed. How has God called you out of patterns of wrong-headed expectation and transactionism? Other

Scriptures to engage with this week:

Acts 8:9-25, 1 Timothy 6:1-10