Naaman, Commander of the Syrian army

Elisha refusing Naaman's gifts

Naaman was an important man. His story, and his healing from leprosy, can be found in 2 Kings 5, but if you want a simple overview you can read it here…

I won’t repeat it, just ask the question– why did Naaman ask for two mules loaded with dirt?

2 Kings 5 17 And Naaman said, Shall there not then, I pray thee, be given to thy servant two mules’ burden of earth? for thy servant will henceforth offer neither burnt offering nor sacrifice unto other gods, but unto the Lord.

Why did Naaman ask for soil?

There were many clues to answer this question discovered in my research for The Apostle John Series

Apostle John Series

(One I overtly used to is in the 4th book in The Apostle John Series, Keep the Flame)

Hint, hint

One of the many reasons the early Christians were hated by their pagan neighbours was their refusal to venerate any of the many ‘gods’ they worshipped. There were house gods, gods responsible for an area, for the beasts of the field and so on. One example is quoted here, “Local areas had local gods, with each city or region often having their own deities that they worshipped.” Just like the Egyptian ‘gods’ Roman and Greeks had similar beliefs.

I found many examples, but the above is a simple overview.

What was the significance of the soil?

If the gods of an area ruled that area, then they ruled the soil. In a different area another god ruled. This is why I brought out the significance of ‘gods’ only operating in their areas in book four of the series. (Keep the Flame)

Naaman is long gone…

But we can still learn lessons from his story, and be grateful that we do not live with these superstitions, because that is all they were. And yet, although I don’t practice them, I still remember many superstitions from my young years in Scotland. As Solomon says, ‘There is nothing new under the sun.”

God bless,


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