Re:Verse reading–2 Kings 5 (day three)
Is this the time to take money?
Three people lose it, one keeps his mind steady. King Joram sees disaster looming should he fail to reverse the illness of his oppressor’s top general, now in his care. That general, Naaman, livid with rage at the Israelites’ lack of respectful protocol, dismisses the entire nation as inferior. Gehazi, himself driven by ethnic disdain and greedy to exploit Aram’s wealth, manipulates and deceives Naaman, then lies about it. Each of these people sees a moment–and hope–drawing to a close: Joram’s luck has run out; Naaman’s sickness has doomed him to worthless backwaters; Gehazi desperately grasps at the security of riches to outrun poverty’s reach. In the middle of these occurrences stands Elisha, who can see reality: With God, each circumstance is not an end but, a beginning. It’s not doom, but dawn.