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


Leaning on the great Physician

Yeshua heard and said to them:

The strong do not need a healer, but those who are sick.

But as for you, go and learn what it is that is said:” I have desired kindness and not sacrifice.

For I did not come to call the righteous, but the sinners to Teshuva ( repentance).” Matthew 9: 12-13

For I desire mercy ( loving kindness) and not sacrifice, and the kowledge of Elohim rather than burnt offerings.” Hosea 6:6

Shabbat Eve had arrived fast. I had accumulated much fatigue during the week. So I decided to lay down on my sofa to rest a little bit. As I glanced at my own reflection in the mirror, I noticed that my whole body was surrounded with a white, shiny shade of light.

Let go, child”, Yeshua said to me.

As I heard Yeshua say these words to me, I closed my eyes. Our Lord sent me a vision of Him walking with His disciples. The scene seemed to take place at night. Then I only saw Yeshua walking. As the King of the Kings kept walking, I saw His Face become very shiny. I was still able to distinguish his awesome traits. I opened my eyes again to close them again straight away. I started dosing, my body was sinking and becoming light as a feather.

I came back to myself as if I had traveled kilometers away. I could sense a smile onto Yeshua’s mouth, although I didn’t see it.

I started praising Him with a cheerful spirit.

Late at night I wake up with upper back pain and gum inflammation. I am in pain. I call upon Yeshua’s Name: “Lord, help me, I do suffer.”

Lean on me, lean on me”, my sweet Savior whispers tenderly.

Yeshua’s voice brings me back to sleep. The morning breaks out when I am opening my eyes again. I am healed! My heart is so full of gratitude and my lips praise Yeshua our Messiah who took care of my acute pain.

Sometimes we are facing extreme situations, so we may be able to recognize our weaknesses and our incapacity to solve health and other related issues. As I was facing illness recently, Yeshua insisted twice: “Lean on me”. Healing started setting in as soon as I accepted to let go completely and lay my health down into His hands.

Didn’t our rabbi clearly state: “ The strong don’t need a healer, but those who are sick.”

It actually takes courage t acknowledge our sicknesses and to leave them into His hands.

This must occur in two steps: not only must we be willing to recognize our sicknesses, we must also accept to let go all struggles and completely trust Yeshua’s healing capacity. Bring your broken bodies to Him, so He will be able to repair them.

The Hebrew word “holim” for sick persons will open up on much richer insights than the English text. “Holim” also contains the root that forms “ holam”, dream. Both words are made of the letters het (in guttural pronounciation), lamed, mem.

Why are dream and sickness so close? Isn’t this quite enigmatic.

If we consider that we have to be set into a “dreamy state” for our Lord to heal us, it pretty much makes sense. During this specific time, we end up worrying and let Yeshua take directions.

In a similar way, once we truly acknowledge our sinning nature, we can reach out to our Savior’s heart.

One cannot insist enough that calling ourselves “ righteous” or “saint” is a form of pride in disguise. Many boastful people will think that this appellation is justified by their prayer rituals or by their outside behavior. The Word of Hashem says otherwise. Who is man to declare another man “ saint”? Who gave you the authority to call another sinner “ saint”?

A lot of iniquities have been committed in that way over Centuries. The Lord is going to set the record straight when He comes back. Yeshua is exhorting me to pen down these words for each and everyone to examine their actions carefully. If you are unsure if you are on the right path, check your heart: if it is filled with Yeshua’s loving kindness, you surely are. If not, it is never too lare to amend your ways. True Teshuva ( repentance) is made possible by a change of behavior.

Yeshua is very willing to remove our sicknesses and to erase sin, but we must confess them with humility.

Another detail emerges from Hosea, Chapter 6, verse 6:

For I desired mercy ( loving kindness) and not sacrifice,

and the knowledge of Elohim ( daath Elohim) rather than burnt sacrifices.”

Loving kindness and knowledge of Elohim go hand in hand.

The Hebrew word daath ( daleth, ayin, tav) is also to be found in the Book of Genesis in reference to the tree of knowledge whose fruit the first humans ate against Hashem’s command. The enemy led them to disobedience by wanting to be equal to God.

The daleth is the door that opens up the eye ( ayin) to the path of perfection that is symbolized by the last letter ( tav). The Tav also represents the Torah and the path of obedience attached to it.

Loving kindness opens up our hearts to the knowledge of Hashem. A true knowledge of Hashem implies obedience to His Commands.

From this path arises healing and deliverance.

Copyright© by Isabelle Esling

The true disciple knows (from Heart of a Savior)

« Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn a man against his father,a daughter against her mother,a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law-a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.

Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. »

Matthew 10:34-38

Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man! Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for so their fathers did to the prophets. (Luke 6:22-23)

« My dear child, do not expect to be understood. You’ll often be misquoted. Some people might put dirt on you when your intent is totally pure. My beloved daughter, true discipleship costs you everything. You know it. It isn’t easy to have me as a friend. At the time I walked the earth, some of the disciples I had, besides the Twelve, departed from me, because my words made them feel uncomfortable.

Child, I am not hiding this from you : sometimes your eyes will be filled with tears. They will slate you for being mine. I never hid from my disciples that they’d be persecuted for following me.

The truth is hard to swallow ; notice that many people want the bright sight of discipleship. They want to see miracles, healings and the beauty of my light, but when comes persecution, they flee from me.I do not condemn them, though.Not every human is able to understand and to carry the hardships of discipleship. Some individuals are just disciples of a moment, yet they swear they’ll stay forever. It is the Holy Spirit that will give you strength and root you deeply into me. Therefore one must ask for guidance from the Spirit and trust me at all times.

Child, you are chosen. Because you are chosen, you are being taught discipleship. I told you that I want to be your sole teacher. All this time spent in silence is your teaching in the desert. Your ears can only catch my words when your mind is completely silent. You’ll be called a fool many times by the most foolish ones. I am teaching you detachment in a way very few disciples will reach. It doesn’t go without pain. Child, it isn’t easy. Just trust me. You desire closeness between us ; it will be granted to you. The more you’ll reach detachment, the closer to me you’ll be. »

« My sweet Lord, it sometimes feels lonely to be a disciple of yours. I turned my back on many earthly passions in order to gain the wealth of your kingdom. Yeshua, keep guiding me. Your precious friendship is my highest good. You made me a disciple. Give me strength to bear what I have to carry for your love’s sake. The more I am advancing with you, the more I am aware of my incapacity to love. Teach me how to love, Lord. Help me, Holy Spirit, to act according to my Lord’s wisdom. Help me treat people with kindness. »

« You will be able to contemplate the very depths of my heart, this is a privilege that is denied to many. I let you travel through my mind and see through my eyes. Your Savior is love ; love is not what most people think it is. It goes together with acceptance, detachment and humbleness. It implies empathy. I’ve shown you that some people are into prison because of their own attitudes ; be merciful, because they are unaware of it. Look at everybody with my eyes. I’ll unveil details of their inner being to you. The hateful and the aggressive person are people in deep pain and anguish, self-stabbing people. They don’t know that most of their pains are self-inflicted. I’ve healed such people.

Child, you are often wondering why physical healing in my Name does not occur straight away. The reason is simple : I need to cure people’s hearts before I am healing their bodies.

Your own heart is still wounded and bleeding, child. Let me heal your heart completelty. Let me give you more strength, before I can heal your body. Do not despair about your physical healing, each step is necessary.

You must trust the wisdom of my timing. »

Copyright© by Isabelle Esling