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Elisha Heals Naaman
2 Kings 5:1-15a Commentary
by Lisa Thompson
This week’s text has multiple possibilities for preaching, and each of them might be embedded within the larger theme of the reversal of expectations, especially as they intersect with the presence of power.
Is there a god or prophet in Israel?
Whether or not there is a prophet in Israel and the status of Elisha as the successor of Elijah has been fodder for thought and the impetus for the actions of people leading up to this point in the book of 2 Kings. In chapter two there was a declaration that the spirit of Elijah rested on Elisha, and it was followed by a test to ensure that Elijah had not simply been misplaced forcibly or mistakenly (2 Kings 2:15-17). In chapter 3 King Jehoshaphat of Judah inquires “Is there no prophet of the Lord here, through whom we may inquire of the Lord?” A servant of the king of Israel answers with “Elisha…” (2 Kings 3:11). A series of miracles and healings get us to this particular story. For instance, there is the miracle of the conception and birth of the Shunammite woman’s son, followed by his birth, sudden illness unto death, and resurrection. It could be read as being just as much about the woman’s persistent ...
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NL Podcast 332: Elisha Heals Naaman
November 04, 2018
Podcast on 2 Kings 5:1-5a, the Narrative Lectionary readings for Nov. 4, 2018 (Elisha Heals Naaman) featuring Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Craig Koester, and Kathryn Schifferdecker. Recorded at Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, Minn., for Working Preacher.