Lessons learnt from Na’aman’s healing (2 Kings 5)

Among many skin diseases, leprosy (tza’arat in Hebrew) was probably one of the worst that could happen to anyone. According to the Torah, you were declared IMPURE if affected by the disease. If you were part of the Community of Israel, a law of quarantine was applied to you.

Na’aman was affected by this disease. The full story is reported in the Second Book of the Kings, Chapter 5. Thanks to his young Israeli captive, his wife’s servant, Na’aman would be cured completely.
naaman healing

I recently re-read the full story and our Lord showed me some invaluable teachings about Na’aman’s healing.

Beware: pride is your worst enemy

Na’aman expected prophet Elisha to come in person and to act in a certain way regarding his healing. This was probably his personal conception of healing. The general also felt offended because Elisha did not come in person and sent a servant instead to give him some precise instructions about his healing.

I too confess unnecessary pride when expecting healing from our Lord. I do repent of this behavior upon which Yeshua opened my eyes. I am asking Him to forgive me. I am now open to any healing method He may choose for my healing, because, in His immense wisdom, He knows much better.

We must truly learn to let Hashem be Hashem. He is sovereign over ALL type of illnesses and He will choose the healing method that is adapted to your specific case.

Why the Yarden ( Jordan river)?


Genesis 46:4

yarden river
The choice of the Yarden is very symbolic, as well as number 7 ( seven immersions).

The word Yarden in Hebrew (יַרְדֵּן) contains the root “ירד“, to descend. Being immersed is a passing from death to life. Na’aman’s immersion is a type of baptism.

The number 7 represents Creation, good fortune and blessing.

Giving up idols

Na’aman’s complete healing has some direct consequences in his life:

  • Na’aman recognizes Adonai, the God of Israel as the ONLY God.
  • Na’aman is willing to give up idols
  • Na’aman learns that Hashem’s gift is FREE. Elisha refuses any present.

If you have been offered the gift of healing, DO NOT CHARGE PEOPLE, for it is A BIG SIN in Adonai’s eyes.

I am not making this up. You are not supposed to make this a business, unless you want to experience Geichazi’s punishment!

This is what Yeshua taught: “Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You received WITHOUT PAYING. Give WITHOUT PAY” Matthew 10:8

Anybody who would charge a healed person would sin greatly and expose himself to divine punishment.

In short, here are important points to remember:

  • Adonai’s plan is being accomplished through Na’aman
  • Na’aman’s healing and conversion
  • The solution came via an Israeli captive- never underestimate the most humble person’s advice
  • let Hashem be Hashem: accept His plan to heal you
  • Do not charge people if you have been granted a healing gift from Above

Copyright© by Isabelle Esling


The widow’s oil jugs or how to handle extreme situations

Walking with God requires total committment. We might be exposed to storms and very extreme situations. A true follower will not start complaining against his Creator or the circumstances he is facing. On the contrary, he will pass his test of faith by using his ressources and acting according to our Lord’s directions.

Elijah’s miracle 

The second Book of Kings, chapter 4, verses 1 to 7, reports Elisha’s multiplication of a widow’s oil.

“Now the wife of one of the sons of the prophets cried to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the Lord, but the creditor has come to take my two children to be his slaves. And Elisha said to her, “What shall I do for you? Tell me; what have you in the house? “And she said, “Your servant has nothing in the house except a jar of oil.

Then he said: “Go outside, borrow vessels from all your neighbors, empty vessels and not too few. Then go in and shut the door behind yourself and your sons and pour into all these vessels.

And when one is full, set it aside.

So she went from him and shut the door behind herself and her sons. And as she poured they brought the vessels to her. When the vessels were full, she said to her son: “Bring me another vessel”. And he said to her: “There is not another.” Then the oil stopped flowing. She came and told the man of God, and he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debts, and you and your sons can live on the rest.”

It is interesting to note that the Torah actually forbids the type of loan with interest that is mentioned in the story above. This measure is meant to protect poor people from being completely dispossessed of their goods.

In Hebrew, this specific kind of loan is called “neshekh”, literally ” it bites”.

The current, dramatic, situation the widow is facing is due to many people disregarding this commandment of the Torah. As a consequence, her sons might be sold as slaves to her creditor.

Losing her sons is probably one of the worst things can happen to her besides being deprived of means of subsistance.

Note that Elisha will not perform this miracle ex nihilo. He requests her active participation. 

One must understand that our Lord will always work WITH us, not outside of us. It doesn’t mean that He cannot do it without us, but our participation is mandatory as an act of faith.

The poor widow just has just a little bit of oil, an oil that she uses to anoint herself.

This tiny bit of oil  will be necessary and she will have to borrow empty vessels from her neighbors.

All jugs will be filled with oil. Not only will the widow be able to pay all her debts, but the money from the oil will also allow her to live a decent life with her sons.

We must trust Hashem. Sometimes we are faced with difficult situations and many of them are a test of faith. If we accept to rely on the Lord, He will give us precise instructions or He will send us people on our way to guide us.

Remember that God will always bless you beyond all expectancy. 

Avoid complaining and really let the Almighty lead you. Give Him praise in the storm, for He is worthy and He will rescue you.

The symbolic of the oil and empty vessels

Oil- olive oil in particular- has always been a strong symbol of the Holy Spirit’s action and blessings.

When people pray upon it, anointing oil can be a powerful tool of personal blessings and healings.

“You anoint my head and my head with oil and my cup overflows”, states Psalm 23. 

The anointing from the Holy Spirit is something really powerful, when we are open to receive.

Elisha is multiplying the amazing source of blessings anointing oil is. At first sight, this gift looks material, but it is merely a spiritual gift. The Spirit of God is the Source of all abundance.

The vessels symbolize the human body that is being filled with the gift of the Spirit.

No matter how difficult a material situation might look like from the outside, we must raise our eyes to the Source of all wealth, our God, and have faith that He will provide, because He always does.

Praise the Lord, who always provides and who provides in abundance. May He bless you on your path.

Copyright© by Isabelle Esling