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II Kings 5:1-27

In the 5th chapter of 2 Kings we are given glimpses of two very interesting characters. Often we find that God presents pairs of individuals side-by-side that we might learn from the contrasts between them. Cain and Abel, Jacob and Esau, Moses and Aaron, Saul and David, Elijah and Ahab, now we come to Naaman and Gehazi. There is something about what happens to these men that is worth noting. The first was a leper who became a servant of God, and the second was a servant of God who became a leper! Each one represents a characteristic of unbelief. We want to consider them both this morning.

I. Naaman illustrates the classic sin of the unbeliever: "Trying to do God's will man's way." v1-15

II. Gehazi illustrates the classic sin of the believer: Trying to make man's will appear as God's will. v15-27

1 Jn. 2:17, "...the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever." Naaman had tried to do God's will his way...and learned that wouldn't work. Gehazi was more concerned with his will than God's. The important thing is to do God's will God's way! And that way is through obedience.

What about you today? Are like Naaman...instead of obeying God's Word of instruction, still trying to do things your way? He went to the wrong person, offered the wrong price, wanted to use the wrong prescription, and had the wrong attitude. If you are without Christ today won't you come and accept His payment on Calvary for your sins?

Christians, Gehazi serves as a reminder of what can happen when we take our eyes off of God and begin lusting after what this world has to offer. We may get more than we bargained for! Do you need to come today?