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plentyculture asked:Hello I haven't asked you a question in a long time. Today I read 2 Kings 5:1-27 where God healed Naaman by sending word to Elisha. At the end Elisha refused gifts and money from Naaman and Gehazi went behind his back to get the things. Then the leprosy clung to Gehazi and his descendants. I know that his personal gain became more important than serving God , but why did he have to get leprosy instead of being taught that what he was doing was wrong?

“Therefore, the leprosy of Naaman shall cleave to you and to your descendants forever.” So he went out from his presence a leper as white as snow.

Accordingly, Elisha announced Gehazi’s punishment: Since Gehazi had compromised the truth of the free nature of God’s grace, Naaman’s leprosy would become Gehazi’s judgment or discipline undoubtedly designed to bring about his repentance. Perhaps it did, because we still see him referred to as “Gehazi, the servant of the man of God” in 2 Kings 8:4-5. This understudy to Elisha who had known such privileged opportunities was banished in disgrace, for he had abused his favored opportunities in an attempt to acquire the details of life for himself.

The story of Gehazi is a sad one, but in keeping with the honesty of the Word, it gives us all an illustration to teach us a much-needed lesson—that the ministry has no place for those who would make merchandise of it. Indeed, this is a truth that should apply to all of life since all our so-called secular work should be viewed as opportunities to minister to people. The Christian businessman has to make a profit to stay in business, but he should never use his business as a vehicle to merchandise people.

The moral and spiritual flaws in his character that one senses in the previous record have surfaced. His basic spiritual insensitivity had betrayed him in the time of testing so that rather than his character being refined, his work was refused.

I think that God holds people in the ministry to a higher standard and they are judged more harsh then a person who isn’t in the ministry.  God bless you!!! :):)

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