A study that’s made me richer is about to come to a close. One more month and we will kick off Digging Deep 2017-18. If you didn’t hear the podcast yet, please know that, if you are ever going to invite a non Christian to do a study with you, this new one is the one! You just might have a big reason to rejoice for eternity if you do invite someone. Topic will be announced at PTP on the live podcast from The Wilderness in Sevierville. Study books will once again be available, because you liked this, but study basics will always be free online, as well. We’ll recognize those in the room there, who have completed (all phases and parts of) this year’s study. If you are one of those women, you are glad you did because the Word is so good for all of us. God has simply showered His best on our fellowship and study. I know we can better serve Him after the deep study we’ve done this year.
The podcast bulged this month and time ran out. Some have requested the list about Paul and Naaman. As I was writing this study, it just occurred to me that there are lots of similarities between Naaman in II Kings five and Paul. While I’m not stretching to say that Naaman typifies Paul, I am saying that, when two important men, even in different dispensations, submit to the command of God to escape certain peril, there are some important lessons that should not be lost on us.
Here’s the list:
Both were great (important) men. (II Kings 5:1; Acts 9:14,15; Acts 22:3; Acts 22:25-28)
Both were honored by men even prior to obedience. (II Kings 5:1; Acts 9:29)
Both were brave fighters. (II Kings 5:1; Acts 9:29)
Both were unclean. (II Kings 5:1; Acts 22:16)
Both needed the healing. (II Kings 5:3; Acts 9:8,9)
Both carried letters. (II Kings 5:1; Acts 9:2; Acts 22:5)
Both encountered a great prophet. (II Kings 5:9; Acts 9:4; Acts 22: 7,8)
Both were commanded to wash. (II Kings 5:10; Acts 22:16)
Both were cleansed by dipping, plunging or immersion. (II Kings 5:10; Acts 22:16)
Both had to follow the details of the instructions. (II Kings 5:14; Acts 22:10 [all])
Both were converted. (II Kings 5:15; Acts 9: 18-20)
Both realized they were debtors. (II Kings 5:15; Romans 1:14-16)
Both had to get way out of comfort zone. (II Kings 5:12; Acts 22:14)