THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST
THE EVIDENCE OF GEHAZI’S
UNSAVEDNESS, part 2
(2 Ki 5:21-23)
So Gehazi followed after Naaman. And when Naaman saw him running
after him [1,2,3], he lighted down from the chariot [exemplifying
his new-found humility in Christ] to meet him [to lower himself to meet a
lesser], and said, Is all well? And he [Gehazi] said, All
is well. My master hath sent me [Gehazi’s first lie, garnished
with delicious religious fruit], saying, Behold, even now there be come to
me from mount Ephraim two young men of the sons of the prophets: give
them, I pray thee [the lie is affixed to religion to gain authority],
a talent of silver, and two changes of garments. And Naaman said, Be content,
take two talents. And he urged him [contrasts: as Naaman
had “urged” Elisha (2 Ki 5:16) but then to no avail] , and bound two
talents of silver in two bags, with two changes of garments, and laid them
upon two of his servants ; and they bare them before him [Gehazi].
Commentary: “I will run after him” v.20 (premeditation)
and “running after him” v.21 = Just as Father God waited for
the prodigal son to come to himself (Luke 15:17), so too Elisha, who was a type
of God, waited for Naaman to come to his senses and regain “his right
mind” (Mark 5:15; Luke 8:35). Both the prodigal and Naaman were mentally
confused and had to expend, deplete, and otherwise completely exhaust into
nothingness their pride of self which was in direct
conflict with the Truth of God, “Thou shalt
have no other gods before me” (Exo 20:3). This inner conflict of life-style
thoughts (spiritual warfare) caused cognitive dissonance in both men, resulting
in an unsound mind. Neither man was accountable to God, but deemed
himself accountable only to himself, each man therefore “did that which was
right in his own eyes.” (Jud 17:6; 21:25), and by so doing, they set
themselves above God and unaccountable to Him, which is idolatry.
Commentary: Please note that immediately upon coming to
their senses, i.e., receiving a “sound mind” (2 Tim 1:7), both the prodigal
son and Naaman fixed their eyes solely on God, as Peter did fix upon Jesus while
Peter was walking upon the water; both men became single-minded versus
“double-minded” (James 1:8), and came back to God (were figuratively
restored) in complete humility.
Commentary: Gehazi ran after Naaman. How tragic this, for Gehazi
was running after the things that this world says are prized and precious in
a vain and quite hopeless pursuit of happiness. Gehazi was
deceived by the world, and he was being conformed to the patterns of
this world rather than being transformed (Rom 12:2), changed, into the mind of
Christ, wherein lies the only true and eternal happiness.
Contrast, if you will, foolish Gehazi running after Naaman’s
precious physical things which are all destined to rot and corruption,
with godly Elisha who waited for Naaman’s eternal spiritual
awakening, and Father God who waited for the prodigal son’s eternal
spiritual awakening. Though we may chase happiness incessantly, it is
impossible to derive true happiness from the things of this world, for they are
all ever tainted by time and corruption. True happiness however, is eternal,
incorruptible, and may only be derived from God. The caterpillar seeks
happiness in the earth below him; the butterfly knows happiness in the
air above him.
(2 Ki 5:15,16) 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 the earth, but in
Israel: now therefore, I pray thee, take a blessing of thy servant. But
he said, As the LORD liveth, before whom I stand, I will receive none. And
he [Naaman] urged him [Elisha] to take
it; but he refused.
Commentary: “and laid them upon two of his servants” =
Firstly, it is hard to believe that all the twos mentioned, i.e., “two
talents, two changes, two servants, two mules” do not have significance;
however, I know not what significance. Secondly, it is interesting to note that
the soil of Israel intended by Naaman for a worship function is borne to Syria
by two sterile mules, while the treasures of Syria intended by
Naaman for religious sacrifice to Elisha, who is a type of God, are borne to
Israel by two fertile servants, who, not incidentally, were born
again in type with “all his company” (2 Ki 5:15).
(2 Ki 5:24-27)
And when he came to the tower [of Gehazi’s pride] , he
took them from their hand, and bestowed them in the house: and he let the men
go [Gehazi had controlled these two godly born again men for his own
illicit purposes; and he had deceived them], and they departed .
But he went in [proud of himself that he had accomplished his objective and
become rich, although he had done so by deception, being a liar and a thief],
and stood before his master [like Judas Iscariot who innocently supped
with his master]. And Elisha said unto him, Whence comest thou, Gehazi?
And he said, Thy servant went no whither [Gehazi’s second
lie, and this directly to Elisha who is a type of God]. And he [Elisha] said
unto him, Went not mine heart with thee, when the man turned again from his
chariot to meet thee? [God sees all, and herein Elisha manifests a gift of
the Holy Spirit, “the word of knowledge” 1 Cor 12:8] Is it a time to
receive money, and to receive garments, and oliveyards, and vineyards, and
sheep, and oxen, and menservants, and maidservants? [an end-time reference to
when believing Christians shall receive all the goods of this world] The
leprosy therefore of Naaman shall cleave  unto thee, and
unto thy seed for ever . And he went out from his presence a
leper as white as snow [i.e., complete].
tower = Heb: fortress: fort, strong hold /// to swell; fig. be
elated: be lifted up.
Commentary: “and they departed” = This was the risky
segment of Gehazi’s scheme, for the two servants of Naaman might have been
observed by others of Elisha’s company.
(Gen 2:23,24) And Adam said,
This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman,
because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his
mother, and shall cleave [Heb: cling or adhere; cleave fast
together, be joined] unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
Commentary: “for ever” One-dimensional
interpretation: your sin hath damned you and your seed forever. Multi-dimensional
interpretation: you were born a tare not written in the Lamb’s Book of
Life from the foundation of the world and shall die a tare, and your children
shall be tares after your kind. Incidentally, tares never become wheat, nor do
wheat ever become tares – fact, which greatly helps to identify Gehazi’s
relationship as a type of professing Christian within Elisha’s
ministry, and Judas Iscariot’s relationship as a type of professing
Christian within Jesus’ ministry. Who are you?
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