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Sermon for 18th Sunday after Pentecost 2019

October 13, 2019

 2 Kings 5:1-3, 7-15                           Psalms 111           

2 Timothy 2:8-15                             Luke 17:11-19

 

       An evangelist and a pastor are out hunting, when suddenly, out of nowhere, a grizzly bear appears. They sprint back to their hut as fast as they can, with the bear close on their heels. The evangelist gets there first and pulls open the door. The pastor goes hurtling inside with the bear right behind, then the evangelist slams the door shut from the outside. There is an anguished cry as the pastor screams "What are you doing?" The evangelist replies: "I just bring them in - once they're inside, they're your responsibility!"

      Why let a job description and a little pride get in the way?  Naaman, the commander of the Syrian army and a leper, almost missed out because of his pride.   Naaman had an expectation of what Elisha would do when he arrived at the prophet’s house with his impressive entourage.  For who knows what reason, Elisha did not meet the Syrian commander personally.  He told him, through a messenger to go wash himself in the Jordan.  Naaman was offended.  The Jordan, the same river that in later years John would baptize Jesus, the Jordan, a small dirty unimpressive river.  It was beneath his position to wash is such a pitiful river, why not one of the mighty rivers of his homeland. Naaman was furious