Naaman: The Officer Whose Leprosy Was Cleansed

Artwork for Fascinating Stories of Forgotten Lives: Rediscovering Some Old Testament Characters

Old Testament stories often revolve around its heroes of faith. The men and women who walked with God and trusted Him to get them through a challenging situation are usually at the heart of each interesting plot. In the story we are about to uncover from 2 Kings 5, this is not the case. The prominent person was neither a preacher nor a prophet but an officer in the Syrian army. Though not strong in faith, the man was nevertheless greatly respected as a leader of troops and as a military warrior.

One day all that was put on hold. None of his trophies seemed important any longer. His heroic war stories faded from conversation, and his presence in full-dress uniform was no longer high profile at parades and banquets. He was unclean…he had become a leper. This is a story about a man, once proud and self-sufficient, finally humbling himself before the only One who could cleanse his leprosy…and did.