DIP BABY DIP
2Kings 5:10-11 And Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, “Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored to you, and you shall be clean.” But Naaman became furious, and went away and said, “Indeed, I said to myself, ‘He will surely come out to me, and stand and call on the name of the LORD his God, and wave his hand over the place, and heal the leprosy.’
It can be very hard for humans to receive supernatural ministry. You see we have preconceived religious notions about the way we think we should receive. Many of us want God’s help, we just want it our way, a way in which our so called dignity remains secure. The Lord will have none of that, He seems to be unconcerned about human dignity and sometimes engages a frontal attack on our pride. Such was the case with Naaman, the captain of the Syrian army. He had heard of the miracle healing power being seen through Elisha and he wanted to be healed from his leprosy, his only problem, he wanted it done a certain way. He was appalled at the instructions of Elisha, go dip in the disgusting Jordan River seven times. That was absurd, they had much nicer rivers in Syria. No way was he getting in that river, especially seven times. All Naaman could hear coming from Elisha was “Dip, baby, dip”. Keep dipping in the river and your disease will leave. Adam Clarke spoke about this conflict in Naaman’s life, check this out.
“Behold , I thought – God’ s ways are not as our ways; he appoints that mode of cure which he knows to be best. Naaman expected to be treated with great ceremony; and instead of humbling himself before the Lord’ s prophet, he expected the prophet of the Lord to humble himself before him! Behold I thought;”
That was Naaman’s problem, he “thought” too much. This prophet needs to come see me, doesn’t he know who I am? He needs to do a religious ceremony, dip in the muddy Jordan? Absurd! Who does that prophet think he is anyway? I’ll just go to the other prophet, he won’t be so weird. So much for Naaman’s ideas, he was furious. His pride was getting in the way of his ability to receive. Sound familiar? Have you ever been there? Maybe you are there right now. Fortunately, Naaman came to his senses and got into the river. After the seventh dip the leprosy was gone. How about you? Maybe you don’t like the way God’s miracle power is poured out. Maybe you really can’t stand the thought of speaking in tongues. Maybe it’s the falling under the power or the loud singing that sets you off. Or maybe it’s all of the touching associated with those kinds of services. Maybe it’s time to get over your preconceived ideas of how you should receive from God. Maybe it’s time to learn the lesson from Naaman. Maybe it’s time to dip baby dip.