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Sunday - July 16th, 2006
"A LEGACY OF LEPROSY"
by Pastor Tony Sutton

2Ki 5:14 Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.
2Ki 5:15 And he returned to the man of God, he and all his company, and came, and stood before him: and he said, Behold, now I know that there is no God in all the earth, but in Israel: now therefore, I pray thee, take a blessing of thy servant.
2Ki 5:16 But he said, As the LORD liveth, before whom I stand, I will receive none. And he urged him to take it; but he refused.
2Ki 5:17 And Naaman said, Shall there not then, I pray thee, be given to thy servant two mules' burden of earth? for thy servant will henceforth offer neither burnt offering nor sacrifice unto other gods, but unto the LORD.
2Ki 5:18 In this thing the LORD pardon thy servant, that when my master goeth into the house of Rimmon to worship there, and he leaneth on my hand, and I bow myself in the house of Rimmon: when I bow down myself in the house of Rimmon, the LORD pardon thy servant in this thing.
2Ki 5:19 And he said unto him, Go in peace. So he departed from him a little way.
2Ki 5:20 But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said, Behold, my master hath spared Naaman this Syrian, in not receiving at his hands that which he brought: but, as the LORD liveth, I will run after him, and take somewhat of him.
2Ki 5:21 So Gehazi followed after Naaman. And when Naaman saw him running after him, he lighted down from the chariot to meet him, and said, Is all well?
2Ki 5:22 And he said, All is well. My master hath sent me, saying, Behold, even now there be come to me from mount Ephraim two young men of the sons of the prophets: give them, I pray thee, a talent of silver, and two changes of garments.
2Ki 5:23 And Naaman said, Be content, take two talents. And he urged him, and bound two talents of silver in two bags, with two changes of garments, and laid them upon two of his servants; and they bare them before him.
2Ki 5:24 And when he came to the tower, he took them from their hand, and bestowed them in the house: and he let the men go, and they departed.
2Ki 5:25 But he went in, and stood before his master. And Elisha said unto him, Whence comest thou, Gehazi? And he said, Thy servant went no whither.
2Ki 5:26 And he said unto him, Went not mine heart with thee, when the man turned again from his chariot to meet thee? Is it a time to receive money, and to receive garments, and oliveyards, and vineyards, and sheep, and oxen, and menservants, and maidservants?
2Ki 5:27 The leprosy therefore of Naaman shall cleave unto thee, and unto thy seed for ever. And he went out from his presence a leper as white as snow.

 
WE FIND IN THE WORD THAT NAAMAN RECEIVED A HEALING FROM GOD, THROUGH THE DIRECTION OF ELISHA. NAAMAN OFFERED TO GIVE A BLESSING OF RICHES, ELISHA WOULD NOT RECEIVE IT. GEHAZI A VERY DEVOUT SERVANT OF ELISHA WAS PRESENTED WITH THE OPPORTUNITY TO GAIN WEALTH. MANY THINGS, NO DOUBT CROSSED HIS MIND, BUT THE TEMPTATION WAS SEEMINGLY MORE THAN HE COULD BEAR. I AM SURE HE REASONED IT OUT AND JUSTIFIED IT IN HIS MIND, HOWEVER RIGHT IS ALWAYS RIGHT AND WRONG IS ALWAYS WRONG. IT IS NEVER WRONG TO DO RIGHT AND NEVER RIGHT TO DO WRONG!!! WITH THIS DECISION CAME JUDGMENT. THE LEPROSY THAT NAAMAN HAD WAS NOW ON GEHAZI AND HIS SEED FOREVER. DOES THE SIN THAT I COMMIT TODAY AFFECT ME AND THOSE AROUND ME? I THOUGHT THAT IT WAS MY LIFE AND WHAT I DID WAS ON ME AND NO ONE ELSE. WELL, I BEG TO DIFFER. THE THINGS WE DO TODAY IN SOME CASES WILL AFFECT OUR LOVED-ONES FOREVER. WE WILL LEAVE BEHIND A TESTIMONY, A LEGACY, IF YOU WILL. IT IS UP TO YOU AND I AS TO WHAT KIND OF LEGACY WE LEAVE BEHIND. WE ARE SETTING A STANDARD RIGHT NOW FOR OUR CHILDREN, LOVED-ONES, FRIENDS AND FAMILY. I WOULD MUCH RATHER LEAVE BEHIND A LEGACY THAT I LOVED THE LORD, THAN THAT OF GEHAZI. LEPROSY EATS AWAY AT THE VERY FIBER OF YOUR BEING, JUST AS SIN WILL DESTROY YOU AND THOSE YOU INFLUENCE. PRODROMAL SYMPTOMS OF LEPROSY ARE GENERALLY SLIGHT AND NOT RECOGNIZED RIGHT AWAY. JUST AS SIN IN OUR LIFE IS. IT WILL SLOWLY DESTROY YOU AND OFT TIMES YOU ARE SPIRITUALLY DEAD BEFORE YOU EVEN ADMIT IT. 90% OF PATIENTS EXPERIENCE NUMBNESS LONG BEFORE THE LESIONS APPEAR. DOES THAT SOUND FAMILIAR? TEMPERATURE IS THE FIRST SENSATION THAT IS LOST, YOU KNOW YOU DON'T FEEL HOT OR COLD. THE NEXT THING TO GO IS THE LIGHT TOUCH, THEN THE PAIN, THEN DEEP PRESSURES. YOU KNOW, HIS TOUCH IS GONE, YOU DON'T FEEL THE PAIN AND THE PRESSURE LEAVES ALSO. THEN COMES PERIPHERAL NERVE DAMAGE, OFT TIMES LEAVING THE EYES DRY. THE TEARS ARE DRIED UP. MY GOD MY GOD WHAT HAS IT COME TO? WHEN TEMPTATION IS LOOMING IN THE DARKNESS AND THE FOG OF SATAN HAS SET IN, JUST HOLD ON FOR HELP IS ON IT'S WAY. JUST BECAUSE YOU CAN'T SEE GOD AS A PERSON STANDING BEFORE YOU DOES NOT MEAN HE IS NOT THERE. COUNT THE COST!!!
 

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