2 Kings 5

What is here said of Naaman the Syrian, and what do we learn from it of the real source of political blessings?

Is the hand of Providence to be acknowledged in the events of profane history, as well as of sacred?

What diminution was there to Naaman's happiness ? N. B. " Every man has some but or other in his character or condition, to allay to his grandeur, or damp his joy." HENRY.

By what means was he informed of one who could probably effect a cure for him?

Ought little children to be made early acquainted with the characters and deeds of good men, and inspired with veneration for them?

Can persons often find opportunities to be useful even in the lowest condition of life?

How was the matter arranged between Naaman and the king, and what was the purport of the letter?

Does he seem to have thought that the prophet was entirely at the command of the king?

What was the effect of the letter upon the king of Israel, and did his excitement arise from a misconception of Benhadad's meaning?

What said Elisha when the circumstance came to his ear?

What was the manner of Naaman's application to Elisha, and how did he receive the prophet's directions?

Was his language on this occasion a fair specimen of the objections of sinners to God's appointed means of salvation?

How was he prevented from turning away, and going home without receiving any benefit from the journey?

Does it appear that persons in humble life have often far more true wisdom, and correct views of the dealings of God's Providence, than their superiors?

What was the effect of his washing both upon his body and his mind?

Did Elisha consent to take his presents, and what request did Naaman make of him?

Did it indicate extreme superstition in Naaman to suppose there was such virtue in the earth of Israel, that no other would answer to make an altar of?

Does the veneration in the Roman church for sacred relics flow from the same principle?

In what particular did the Naaman beg a dispensation at the hands of the prophet, and does this fact lead to a suspicion that his convictions were not sound?

What is to be thought of those who make reservations at this day, in their duty to God?

Are persons in public and political life under great temptations to this sin?

What is related of the depraved conduct of Gehazi on this occasion? v. 20—24. N.B. Gehazi is supposed to have been one of the "sons of the prophets" acting as a constant attendant on Elisha, or one who, as the proverbial expression went, "poured water on his hands."

How was his vile covetousness detected, rebuked, and punished?

What lesson do we learn from his fate? 1 Tim. 6.9,10.

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