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Word of Life Korea SYME Discipleship Topics Week 9: OLD TESTAMENT SURVEY

Teens in the OT Naaman's Servant Girl


2 Kings 5:1-4
OTHER DISCIPLESHIP TOPICS 01. Assurance of Salvation 02. Quiet Time 03. Prayer 04. The Church 05. Temptation 06. Evangelism 07. Scripture Memory 08. Godliness/Christlikeness OT Teens - Servant Girl OT Teens - Daniel 10. Bible Study 11. Follow Up 12. The Tongue 13. Theology 1 14. Money 15. Christian Family 16. World Missions 17. Personal Testimony 18. Will of God 19. Self Image 20. Christian Growth 21. Spiritual Gifts 22. Theology 2 23. Baptism & Lord's Supper 24. Cults 25. New Testament Survey 26. Lordship of Christ 27. Forgiveness 28. Theology 3 29. Spiritual Warfare 30. Servanthood 31. Discipleship 32. Faithfulness

OTHER BIBLE MESSAGES

n old Austrian gentleman had been hired for many years by his village

to clean the pools of water up in the mountain that came down and flowed through their town. Faithfully, silently he removed the leaves, branches and things from the fresh water. As time went by, the village became a

popular place for vacationers. Swans floated in the crystal clear spring, the millwheels of various businesses turned day and night, farmlands were naturally irrigated, and the view from restaurants was like a picture beyond description. Years passed. One night the village council met. As they reviewed the budget, one man saw the salary being paid to the old keeper of the spring and asked, `Who is the old man? No one ever sees him. Do we really need Him?" They voted to fire him. For several weeks nothing changed. Leaves and branches fell into the pools. Little by little the color of the stream changed to yellow and then to brown. Finally a green film covered parts of the water and there was a smell. The millwheels moved slower, some finally stopped. The swans and the tourists left. Quickly the village council called a special meeting and hired back the old keeper of the spring. Within a few weeks the water cleared up. The millwheels turned, and life returned to the village. This old keeper of the stream seemed unimportant. But he was very important. There is a story in the Bible of a teenage girl who also seemed unimportant. There are only three verses in Scripture that talk about her. Turn with me to 2 Kings 5:2-4. We'll start in verses 1-2. It says, "Now Naaman, captain of the host of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master, and honorable, because of him the Lord had given deliverance unto Syria: he was also a mighty man in valor, but he was a leper. And the Syrians had gone out by companies, and had brought away captive out of the land of Israel a little maid, and she waited on Naaman's wife."

2 Kings 5:1-2

This teenage girl is simply called a "little maid"or a "young girl." Many teenagers today feel too young, too little, unimportant and insignificant. Yet this young girl did a lot for God. You may ask, "Why do you think she is a teenager?" (1) She is called a "young girl." (2) She is old enough to believe in God and to communicate spiritual truth worth repeating. (3) She was old enough to work. When she was kidnapped or captured from Israel she was already working as a "little maid" in Israel. They wouldn't have captured a young child who was more of a burden than a help. (4) She is old enough to work in a captain's house, a responsibility that wouldn't have been given to someone too young. So for these reasons this girl had to be older than 10 or 11. And yet she was a "young girl," so probably a teenager.

And like many teens today she was in a situation she didn't choose. She was separated from her family and friends. Many of today's kids don't feel close to their family or don't feel like they have any real friends. She was a servant and had to do what others told her to do. Many young people today feel the same way. So what did this servant girl do in this situation? How did she respond? I'd like to look at three things that made Naaman's little maid so special.

1. SHE HAD A CONCERN FOR NAAMAN


Now earlier, bands of Syrian soldiers had raided an Israelite village, and had taken this young girl captive. In time she was placed in the home of captain Naaman and became a servant of his wife. This Israelite slave girl is a most remarkable person. She has every reason to hate Naaman and his wife. Her master is responsible for many raids against Israel. Many Israelites died in those raids. It's even possible that her parents died. At least she was taken away from her family, friends and everything she knew. Instead of hating her master she actually cares about him. She wants to see her master get better. And because of her concern, he is healed of leprosy - the most dreaded disease of that day (similar to AIDS today). But more important than that, because of her concern he also received God's gift of salvation.

2. SHE HAD CONFIDENCE IN GOD


She knew what God could do! Thank God for those who believe in a BIG God! Too many have a little, weak, God! (Luke 1:37). She had heard about Elisha and perhaps had even seen him in Samaria, the capital. He had done many miracles, even seeing a boy raised from the dead. She had the courage to say to her mistress, "The Jews believe in Jehovah, the one and only living God, a God of compassion and healing. If your husband would put his faith in him, he could be healed. And our God has placed among us his prophets who minister on His behalf, and all your husband has to do is go to Elisha. Why don't we see what happens---it's certainly worth a try!"

3. SHE HAD A CONFESSION FOR GOD


Once she heard about her master's illness, she said to her mistress, "If only my master would see the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy." What a wonderful young woman of faith. She spoke out of her convictions. She was unafraid and she had a bold, simple testimony! The conduct of this captive maid, the way that she acted in that

heathen home, happened in part by the way she was trained at home as a little girl. If or when you have a little girl or a little boy will you train them like this little girl's parents trained her? Will you train them in good habits and character? By your example and teaching the future of your children will largely be decided. I'd very much like to know "the rest of the story" regarding this young girl, wouldn't you? Can you imagine her joy when she saw her master return-healed, and a believer in God? Think of how thankful this man was for what this girl had done for him. I wouldn't be surprised if Naaman gave this young girl her freedom. In wanting the best for her master, I'm sure the Lord blessed her as well. She was a teenage girl who had a concern for Naaman and a confidence in and confession for God. She is a great example to follow and a role model for teenagers today.

by Steve Nicholes
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