THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST
CONVERSION AS A TYPE OF OUR CONVERSION
(2 Ki 5:17) And
Naaman said, Shall there not then, I pray thee [vocalizing new-found
deference and respect to the man of God], be given to thy servant two
mules' burden of earth [bags or containers of the earth of Israel of
sufficient weight and enough quantity to necessitate being borne upon the backs
of two mules]? for thy servant will henceforth offer neither burnt
offering nor sacrifice unto other gods, but unto the LORD.
Commentary: Interestingly, a mule is a barren sterile beast of
burden that cannot bear fruit.
Commentary: The first anomaly. Preparing to return home to
his own country and to the idolatrous national religion of Rimmon worship,
Naaman first confirmed his conversion by stating “Behold, now I know
that there is no God in all the earth, but in Israel” (2 Ki 5:15).
However, in virtually the next breath, Naaman displayed the powerful remnants of
his superstitious idolatry and erroneously concluded that a holy association
existed between the LORD God and the common earth of Israel, i.e., the things of
this world. Consequently, Naaman asked for a gift of the earth of Israel from
which he might either build an altar, or spread beneath himself in prayer as if
it were “holy ground,” (or to eat??).
Effectively, Naaman, the new born again Christian in type, asks
for dirt to worship. Why? Because he now represents a babe in Christ who does
not know any better, for he has yet to be “discipled.” Figuratively
speaking, he eats dirt as a baby does (actually up until about three or four
(1 Cor 3:1,2) And I,
brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal,
even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and
not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither
yet now are ye able.
carnal = Gk: pertaining to flesh, i.e. (by extens.) bodily, temporal,
or (by impl.) animal, unregenerate:--carnal, fleshly.
babes = Gk: not speaking [maturely, i.e., not speaking
intelligibly, which happenstance is derived from not understanding], i.e. an
infant (minor); fig. a simple-minded person, an immature Christian:--babe,
(Heb 5:13,14) For every one
that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he
is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age
[mature Christians], even those who by reason of use have
their senses exercised to discern both good and evil [the
woman’s problem in Gen 3:1-6].
(2 Ki 5:18,19) In this thing the
LORD pardon [Heb: forgive] thy servant, that when my
master goeth into the house of [the Syrian god] Rimmon to worship
there, and he [the king of Syria] leaneth on my hand [i.e., he pulls
me down with him], and I bow myself in the house of Rimmon [thereby
seeming to worship an idol]: when I bow down myself in the
house of Rimmon [this phrase repeated twice for emphasis], the LORD
pardon thy servant in this thing [this phrase also repeated twice for
emphasis]. And he [Elisha] said unto him, Go in peace [Heb:
shalom; safe; ( fig.) happy; health, favor, prosper]. So
he departed from him a little way.
Commentary: The second anomaly… Why is this an anomaly in
Naaman’s conversion, or is it?
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