Monday, January 8, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 January 8

“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 urged him to take it; but he refused. 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. 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. And he said unto him, Go in peace. So he departed from him a little way. But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said, Behold, my master hath spared Naaman this Syrian, in not receiving at his hands that which he brought: but, as the LORD liveth, I will run after him, and take somewhat of him. So Gehazi followed after Naaman. And when Naaman saw him running after him, he lighted down from the chariot to meet him, and said, Is all well? And he said, All is well. My master hath sent me, 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, a talent of silver, and two changes of garments. And Naaman said, Be content, take two talents. And he urged him, 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. And when he came to the tower, he took them from their hand, and bestowed them in the house: and he let the men go, and they departed. But he went in, and stood before his master. And Elisha said unto him, Whence comest thou, Gehazi? And he said, Thy servant went no whither. And he said unto him, Went not mine heart with thee, when the man turned again from his chariot to meet thee? Is it a time to receive money, and to receive garments, and oliveyards, and vineyards, and sheep, and oxen, and menservants, and maidservants? 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” 
(2 Kings 5:15-27).

Today’s Morsel:  The story of Naaman the leper is not only a story of hope, healing, and deliverance; but also a story that shows us what happens when God’s servants desire riches and material things than Him.  When Elisha refused to take gifts from Naaman the Syrian, his servant Gehazi ran after him to take it for himself.  And he lied to Naaman to obtain them.  But when he returned to his master, Elisha, Elisha asked him where he had been.  He again lied and told him nowhere.  Elisha replied and told him, "My heart didn’t go with you. I saw when Naaman turn to meet you.  Is it a time to receive money, and to receive garments, and olive yards, and vineyards, and sheep, and oxen, and menservants, and maidservants?  The leprosy therefore of Naaman shall cleave unto thee, and unto thy seed forever."  And he went out from his presence a leper as white as snow.   Leprosy is often associated with sin.  I wonder just how many people are running after Satan, going after riches and material possessions not realizing they are bringing sin upon themselves and their children forever.  Not realizing that God's heart is not with them, and that judgment will come upon them.  Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and He will add everything else you have need of.   

Sing: There are millions in this world who are craving the pleasure earthly things afford, but none can match the wondrous treasure that I find in Jesus Christ my Lord.
Fill my cup, Lord, I lift it up, Lord! Come and quench this thirsting of my soul; bread of heaven, feed me till I want no more, Here's my cup, fill it up and make me whole.

Thought For Today: Nothing compares to God’s riches.

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