When Elisha asked for double the spirit Elijah had, God really answered.
This part of Kings is absolute gold for finding out the character of God.
Here, God cures a leper. The mode of cure is washing, the water of the Jordan washes away the corruption of the flesh, a physical metaphor for sin being washed away.
The recipient is a military commander from a neighbouring country. He heard of Elisha because his wife was a captive from Israel taken in battle.
God’s healing is for all the world, for enemies.
Elisha refuses payment. Namaan who was cured knows the event is theological and recognises that he has found the one true God, who he promises to worship the rest of his life. God is above all other Gods and more valuable than any wealth.
He is very candid and asks forgiveness for times he anticipates helping his king in religious rituals for another God, and Elisha accepts it. It’s about what is in the heart.
This candor is contrasted with the dishonesty of Elisha’s servant who tells a lie to in fact get some payment from Namaan, and gets leprosy. A life devoted to materialism above God will corrupt your soul and destroy you, and you can’t lie to God about it.
Worst mass shooting ever in the US today.
Minds become unhinged, and this shooter had a cultural response to becoming possessed by evil that is all too familiar in the US.
As society grapples with this reality, layers of more complex evil, hypocrisy motivated by greed and power will interpret the event various ways. Fingers will be pointed, self serving spin will be exaggerated.
Here I read of the powerful simplicity of that washing in the river, the sure love of God that pares away all the dishonest layers. Glad I’ve found the true God today, its all we have.