Vantage Point

 

11 Kings 5:1-10

Consequences  are a product of decisions we make. November 2008 a Presidential election took place where a candidate was chosen based on his political view of change and Yes We Can.   Unfortunately many in 2009 are surprised at the direction the USA has moved under this Presidency. The American people were warned that Obama was a socialist and would weaken the nation. His affiliation with known domestic terrorist and racist preachers were not an issue because Obama told the people he was unaware of the doctrines and policies of his mentors and close friends. The nation blindly accepted his response and elected an individual with little experience and a whole lot of talk. What makes people choose the direction that one chooses to follow. We need to look at Vantage Point and the Word of God. 

 

1.      Opportunity or Destruction (2 Kings 5:1-10)

     The Word of God attributes Naaman the label of intercessor and leper, the 2 contradict each other.

       It is possible for any individual to live a life such a Naaman, cursed and blessed

     Many great battles the Lord won for Syria because of Naaman, obviously God recognized Naaman and blessed his life.

     On the other hand Naaman is cured with a sickness that marks people that God has judged, (Num 5:1-3 & 11 Chronicles 26:16-21)

     What are we to read into this is God the God of the confused

     A little maid captured from Israel tells Naaman's wife there is a God in Israel that can heal my master.

     The Vantage Point is set in play, now we have a conflict of interest

1.    The wife - Hears the rumor of a healing prophet in Samaria and acts upon the word (Romans 10:16-17)

2.    The little maid - (Isa 52:7 & Rom 10:15) Her view was not of concord but of a proclaimed I wonder what her thoughts were?

3.   The one - (James 15:56-58) The Word was spreading about the healing God of Israel, none like him in Syria

4.    The Syrian King - (James 1:22-25) The Syria Kings acts and inquires for Naaman to the Church or God's people

5.    The Israeli King -  (Matt 17:14-21) Sometimes people even God's chosen are not in the position of listening and believing The Lord

6.     Naaman -  (vs 9)  He seeks after God for a miracle but has his own idea of how God works, at the door of the Prophet, expecting

7.     Elisha -  Understand God and man and ministers accordingly

      All of the individuals have their point of view and life circumstances

      We need to understand that in life there will always be want but we are under the illusion that the grass is greener on the other side, not so.

      Where do you stand in the equation? 

      What Vantage Point would you fall under given the different lifestyles we have hear from slaves to rulers.

      To many times people use the excuse of you don't understand my position and in our text we have several but all lead to one thing God.

*     No answers here but an opportunity for God's name to be praise thru healing, what an arrogant Savior we have.

 

2.      Translation of The Circumstances (2 Kings 5:10-14)

       Naaman was a very influential man and one of power, expound the Syrian Kings response to the revelation 

       Now he is faced with the Word of God given by a preacher from a conquered nation, what nerve

       From what we read in scripture Naaman no doubt expected a glorious miracle, one that people would marvel for ages to come

  • All eyes were on Elisha and Naaman but both had different vantage points to what was to occur next, healing 
  • Prior to hearing from God, we determine what is to occur in our minds
  • This is the reason so many miss God, when God does not move how we expected him to move
  • We see God as the microwave savior, we spend our lives destroying it and he comes in and in just 1 minute rebuilds
  • Can God move this way, yes but he wants some effort on our part, which is washing of one self before the multitudes of witnesses
  • All eye are on the lepers or sinners (Luke 12:8) It always an issue of what Vantage Point you belong too
  • (I John 1:9-10) We must come to terms with who God is and what we are Naaman, not impressive but humbled
  • This is the reason the slave girl acknowledges the miracle God even in the state of being concurred 
  • How well do you see eternal or just with your eyes at circumstances? (Mark 14:32-36)
  •  The vantage point not always is one of victory as Naaman is now understanding but one of obedience
  • All eyes are on Naaman and Naaman does not like what he is seeing but his servant rises to the rescue
  • The servants eyes sees a small price to pay for  a great miracle to occur and steps in to receive from God  
  • Naaman was walking out of the grace of God and the messenger says stop and hear from God you leper
  • Both are living the same life Master and servant but both have different vantage points to interpret
  • The is the rule more than the exception to life, what do your eyes and hears say to you in your hour of need?
  • This is the question one must ask God and Elisha spoke the vantage point and many made the decision

3.      Not My Will But Yours  (2 Kings 5:15-19 & Luke 22:39-44)

       (Heb11:28-34)  No matter what the circumstances presents itself one thing remains sure God is always in control, regardless of vantage point seen in Luke

       (Heb11:1-5) What we must understand is regardless of vantage point in him we must trust

       Too many always doubt because life is far too difficult, we worry about others and problems arise our eyes turn away from God we fail

  • When was the last time you had victory in life or are you happy in the current state
  • Living for God is much more than just going to church and being active it is seeing with his eyes and feeling his compassion
  • (Heb 4:15-16) Jesus looks with our vantage point and asks if we can look thru his
  • (Matt 24:11-14)  This is an issue of what you trust the circumstances or Jesus Christ himself, your faith and soul
  • The Vantage Point questions what you see, feel, believe and trust in  
  • One must choose what direction one must take and it's the responsibility of one self not other, sure others can help but you choose
  • (Prov 14:12)  The vantage point will always seem right but just where does it lead too?
  • That is the million dollar question

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2 Kings 5:1-10

5 Now Naaman, captain of the host of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master, and honorable, because by him the Lord had given deliverance unto Syria: he was also a mighty man in valour, but he was a leper.
2 And the Syrians had gone out by companies, and had brought away captive out of the land of Israel a little maid; and she waited on Naaman's wife.
3 And she said unto her mistress, Would God my lord were with the prophet that is in Samaria! for he would recover him of his leprosy.
4 And one went in, and told his lord, saying, Thus and thus said the maid that is of the land of Israel.
5 And the king of Syria said, Go to, go, and I will send a letter unto the king of Israel. And he departed, and took with him ten talents of silver, and six thousand pieces of gold, and ten changes of raiment.
6 And he brought the letter to the king of Israel, saying, Now when this letter is come unto thee, behold, I have therewith sent Naaman my servant to thee, that thou mayest recover him of his leprosy.
7 And it came to pass, when the king of Israel had read the letter, that he rent his clothes, and said, Am I God, to kill and to make alive, that this man doth send unto me to recover a man of his leprosy? wherefore consider, I pray you, and see how he seeketh a quarrel against me.
8 And it was so, when Elisha the man of God had heard that the king of Israel had rent his clothes, that he sent to the king, saying, Wherefore hast thou rent thy clothes? let him come now to me, and he shall know that there is a prophet in Israel.
9 So Naaman came with his horses and with his chariot, and stood at the door of the house of Elisha.
10 And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be clean.
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Num 5:1-3
And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,
2 Command the children of Israel, that they put out of the camp every leper, and every one that hath an issue, and whosoever is defiled by the dead:
3 Both male and female shall ye put out, without the camp shall ye put them; that they defile not their camps, in the midst whereof I dwell.
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2 Chron 26:16-21
16 But when he was strong, his heart was lifted up to his destruction: for he transgressed against the Lord his God, and went into the temple of the Lord to burn incense upon the altar of incense.
17 And Azariah the priest went in after him, and with him fourscore priests of the Lord, that were valiant men:
18 And they withstood Uzziah the king, and said unto him, It appertaineth not unto thee, Uzziah, to burn incense unto the Lord, but to the priests the sons of Aaron, that are consecrated to burn incense: go out of the sanctuary; for thou hast trespassed; neither shall it be for thine honour from the Lord God.
19 Then Uzziah was wroth, and had a censer in his hand to burn incense: and while he was wroth with the priests, the leprosy even rose up in his forehead before the priests in the house of the Lord, from beside the incense altar.
20 And Azariah the chief priest, and all the priests, looked upon him, and, behold, he was leprous in his forehead, and they thrust him out from thence; yea, himself hasted also to go out, because the Lord had smitten him.
21 And Uzziah the king was a leper unto the day of his death, and dwelt in a several house, being a leper; for he was cut off from the house of the Lord: and Jotham his son was over the king's house, judging the people of the land.
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Rom 10:16-17
16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?
17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
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Isa 52:7
7 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!
 

Rom 10:15
15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
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1 Cor 15:56-58

56 The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law.

57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
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James 1:22-25

22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:
24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
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Matt 17:14-21

14 And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying,
15 Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water.
16 And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him.
17 Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me.
18 And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour.
19 Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out?
20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
21 Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.
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2 Kings 5:10-14

10 And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be clean.
11 But Naaman was wroth, and went away, and said, Behold, I thought, He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of the Lord his God, and strike his hand over the place, and recover the leper.
12 Are not Abana and Pharpar, rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? may I not wash in them, and be clean? So he turned and went away in a rage.
13 And his servants came near, and spake unto him, and said, My father, if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it? how much rather then, when he saith to thee, Wash, and be clean?
14 Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.
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Luke 12:8
8 "Also I say to you, whoever confesses Me before men, him the Son of Man also will confess before the angels of God. 9 But he who denies Me before men will be denied before the angels of God.
 

1 John 1:9-10
9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.

2 Kings 5:15-19
15 And he returned to the man of God, he and all his company, and came, and stood before him: and he said, Behold, now I know that there is no God in all earth, but in Israel: now therefore, I pray thee, take a blessing of thy servant.
16 But he said, As the Lord liveth, before whom I stand, I will receive none. And he urged him to take it; but he refused.
17 And Naaman said, Shall there not then, I pray thee, be given to thy servant two mules' burden of earth? for thy servant will henceforth offer neither burnt offering nor sacrifice unto other gods, but unto the Lord.
18 In this thing the Lord pardon thy servant, that when my master goeth into the house of Rimmon to worship there, and he leaneth on my hand, and I bow myself in the house of Rimmon: when I bow down myself in the house of Rimmon, the Lord pardon thy servant in this thing.
19 And he said unto him, Go in peace. So he departed from him a little way.
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Luke 22:39-44
39 Coming out, He went to the Mount of Olives, as He was accustomed, and His disciples also followed Him. 40 When He came to the place, He said to them, "Pray that you may not enter into temptation."
41 And He was withdrawn from them about a stone's throw, and He knelt down and prayed, 42 saying, "Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done." 43 Then an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him. 44 And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.
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Heb 11:28-34
28 Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.
29 By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned.
30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days.
31 By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.
32 And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets:
33 Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,
34 Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.
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Heb 11:1-5
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
2 For by it the elders obtained a good report.
3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
4 By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.
5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
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Heb 4:15-16
15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
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Matt 24:11-14
11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
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Prov 14:12
12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
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