Naaman was a very important man.
He was in charge of the whole entire army in Syria.
The King of Syria really liked him.
Naaman won many battles for Syria.
He was a hero.
Naaman was sick.
He had a horrible disease.
There was no cure for this disease.
He was going to die.
Oh My, how sad for the people of Syria.
How sad for Naaman's wife.
One day, their servant girl said to Naaman's wife, "I wish my master would go to see the prophet in Samaria. He would heal him."
Naaman told his king what the servant girl had said.
The king said, Yes, go and see the prophet in Samaria. I will send a letter of introduction for you to give to the King of Israel. Take many gifts, too."
Naaman took his servants.
He took many gifts of silver and gold and ten suits of clothing and the letter.
Naaman left for Samaria in his chariot.
When he arrived in Israel, he gave the letter to the king.
The letter said, "The man bringing this letter is my servant Naaman. I want you to heal him."
The king was so mad.
He tore his clothes in anger.
He shouted , "Am I GOD, that I can give life? I know what the King of Syria is really up to. He wants to fight."
Elisha, the prophet, heard what had happened.
He sent a message to the king saying, "Send Naaman to me. He will learn there is one true prophet of God in Israel"
Naaman got back in chariot and went to Elisha's house.
He knocked on the door.
Elisha sent a messenger to Naaman telling him to go wash in the River Jordan seven times, and he would then be healed.
This angered Naaman and he left the house in a rage.
"I cant believe that he wouldn't even talk to me," Naaman complained. "He could have at least come out of the house. He didn't have to send his servant. I thought he would call on the name of the Lord, his God, wave his hand over my body, and cure me! We have a lot of great rivers in Damascus. If its rivers he wants, I'll go home and wash!"
Naaman stormed off.
His servants tried to reason with him.
"If the prophet had told you to do some great thing, wouldn't you have done it? So you should certainly obey when he says simply go wash and be cured."
Naaman went to the River Jordan as Elisha had said.
He washed himself seven times as Elisha had said.
Then what happened?
He was cured!
Naaman was so happy!
He went back to Elisha's house.
This time Elisha talked to him.
Naaman said," I know at last that the God of Israel is the one true God! Please accept my gifts."
Elisha refused the gifts.
Naaman urged him to accept the gifts.
Naaman said, "I will no longer offer any sacrifices to
any other god, only The Lord."
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