Who is that girl?2.Kings.5:1-6

         

 

            This “little maid” has always intrigued me, all we know about her is given right here, if you take the “little maid out and you may as well take out the whole chapter. She is a catalyst for the whole chapter. Personally, I would have loved to have read her book, “My life as a servant” but sadly it was never written! 

What we know.

Ø   She was a captive taken not by regular troops, but a sort of banditti of robbers, which made excursions into the land of Israel, to plunder and carry off what booty they could.

Ø   She would have been part of their booty; for boys and girls were a part of the booty of such robbers, whom they could sell for money. Jarchi and Kimchi say she was a girl of Naaron, a city so called.

Ø   Some way she had become the slave in Naaman’s household. That would have been the very best thing that could have happened to her because she would have been well treated there as compared to where she could have ended up.

Ø   She was a young girl, the word “maid” means a girl (from infancy to adolescence): – damsel, maid (-en), young (woman).

(I) Her background (assuming)

            We may only assume the background of this “little maid” however we must conclude that her parents had instilled in her faith in God. She had a good understanding as to the ability of the prophet of Samaria.

 

Evidently her parents took (Proverbs 22:6) “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” This compels us to take the verse seriously! I hear many parents say “I will let my children make up their own mind” when talking about their faith in God. That is one of the most ridicules statements I ever heard. We must thank God for parents who evidently

Ø   Had a deep settled faith in God,

Ø   Instilled that belief in their child or children,

Ø   Taught her respect and confidence in the man of God,

Ø   Whether she was taught it or her faith made her confident that the purpose of God was not thwarted because of her situation as a captive in a foreign land.

I say hats off to her parents!

“Children should betimes acquaint themselves with the wondrous works of God, that, wherever they go, they may have them to talk of.” (Matthew Henry)

(II) Her faith (consuming)

(Hebrews 11:1) “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

A little maid – Who, it appears, had pious parents, who brought her up in the knowledge of the true God. Behold the goodness and the severity of the Divine providence! Affectionate parents are deprived of their promising daughter by a set of lawless freebooters, without the smallest prospect that she should have any lot in life but that of misery, infamy, and woe. (Adam Clarke)

This “little maid” had faith that held her secure in her adverse conditions. She was away from mom, dad and all her relatives. She may have followed the gods of Samaria or no god at all but her faith was not in situations, circumstances, family or friends. Her faith was consuming!

This unknown “little maid” has faith that mirrors the faith of Daniel, the three Hebrew children and Paul and Silas when in prison.

Could she be one of the “and others of (Hebrews 11:36) “And others had trial of [cruel] mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:”

            The puritans said that faith was “a disturbing thing” one of the problems of modern Christianity is out faith has become comfortable. We know what we believe but it does not disturb us. We are mute among the heathen but very vocal among the brethren. This “little maid” had faith that could not keep her quiet among the heathen though it may have meant punishment.

            Has our faith consumed and disturbed us? Maybe our faith has found a resting place and it is the wrong one!

(III) The results (thrilling)

“Here the mystery of the Divine providence begins to develop itself. By the captivity of this little maid, one Syrian family at least, and that one of the most considerable in the Syrian empire, is brought to the knowledge of the true God.” (Adam Clarke)

The “little maid” evidently said to Naaman’s wife “Would God my lord [were] with the prophet that [is] in Samaria! For he would recover him of his leprosy.” Naaman is moved to see the king, from the king of Samaria to the King of Israel from there to the prophet then the healing and Naaman’s statement;  (2Kings 5:15)  And he returned to the man of God, he and all his company, and came, and stood before him: and he said, Behold, now I know that [there is] no God in all the earth, but in Israel: now therefore, I pray thee, take a blessing of thy servant.

Albert Barnes says   There is no God … – Compare the marginal references; but in none of them are the expressions quite so strong as here. Naaman seems absolutely to renounce all belief in any other God but Yahweh.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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