The Little Slave Girl – Messenger of God

2 Kings 5 begins with recognition of the importance of a Syrian army captain named Naaman, but (the all important ‘but’) Naaman was a leper. In verse 2, the opposite of Naaman is a captive “little girl from the land of Israel; and she waited on Naaman’s wife.” The story goes on and we learn that this little maid tells her mistress, “I wish that my master were with the prophet who is in Samaria! Then he would cure him of his leprosy.” You know the end of this event. The good news this little girl gave to her master works its way through very important channels. Naaman finds Elisha, who sends him to the Jordan River to dunk seven times, and ‘his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child and he was clean.” (5:14)

Consider:  What is the catalyst in this story? It’s the little slave girl!

I can easily imagine a little girl, perhaps while brushing her mistress’s hair, saying, “I wish that…” If we read wider we find out that this little girl did not know of any miraculous healings of lepers. Luke 4:27 records one of Jesus’ conversations with the religious leaders and he says, “There were many lepers in Israel in the time of Elisha the prophet, and none of them was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian.” Elisha had purified water with salt, made oil multiply for profitable sales, prophesied the birth of the Shunammite’s son and then resurrected him, but he had not healed a leper.

Why did this little slave girl think Naaman would be healed?

She knows a God of wonder and power and out of the mouth of this babe came the truth of God’s strength. Through Moses, God instructed His people, Israel, to “love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. These words… shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.” (Deut. 6:5-7) To this little girl, God was a very present help in time of trouble, integrated into her home life, and even though she was taken away as a captive, she knew that God was with her.

I think that she served not only her master and mistress but also her LORD. Jesus told parables about faithful slaves. In Matthew 25 two of the slaves are commended with, “You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.” Colossians 3:23 applies the standard very broadly, “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men.” The little slave girl’s faithfulness to her earthly master, Naaman, brought joy to her Lord God as she served. In addition, her faithfulness surely lent credibility to her words.

Enter the joy of your Master

Finally, this little slave girl had good news to share and just like most children they simply cannot keep quiet about a good thing! It always shows on their faces. Her zeal and affirmation about the prophet of God must have been quite something.  This little slave girl was not small or unseen by God. She was not a slave to Naaman but to her LORD who used her willing service at just the right time for God’s purpose. The good news she shared spilled out of a heart filled with God and His greatness.

My friends, we too have wonderful gospel good news to share with others. Those that are suffering from the disease and death of sin need to hear about the prophet of God who can heal them; a Prophet who foretold his own death, resurrection, and return to heaven; a Master who says, “Come unto Me”; the fountain of living water.


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