Hidden ones. .

A girl was taken captive by Naaman the Syrian. She spoke of a prophet in Israel who could heal Naaman’s leprosy. Naaman found the prophet Elishah and dipped in the Jordan River seven times, according to Elisha’s command. He was healed as a result of this young girl who, like Joseph in Egypt, displayed good will through adverse circumstances.

Who was she? Who were her parents? She was a young girl taken captive from Israel. This is all that is written about her. However there is much to surmise. She did a good thing for her captor. Not only was he healed of his affliction, but he came to acknowledge God. “Indeed, now I know that there is no God in all the earth, except in Israel. .” (II Kings 5:15) Also, Naaman was consoled by Elisha about having to accompany his master (the King of Syria) to the idol’s temple. He was told to “go in peace.” The root of this goodness is found in the little girl. She was a vessel of God.

Who were her parents? Previous to this event, while the predecessor to Elisha was still in the world, Elijah challenged Jezebel’s arm of propaganda, the prophets of Baal. They were utterly humiliated and destroyed. Jezebel was out to kill the prophet so he ran to Horeb and hid. Elijah lamented being all alone in Israel. (That is to say, he thought he was the last man of faith in the land.) The LORD told him; “. .  I have reserved seven thousand in Israel, all whose knees have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him.” (I Kings 19:18) It does no injustice to say the girl’s parents were among those who did not bend the knee to Baal.

If anyone could have seen and known the faithful, it surely would have been Elijah. Yet, he was certain of being the only one left. Jesus taught about “the salt of the earth.” The lesson was of people who are invisible to the vision of pride. Just as salt is dissolved into food and its properties aren’t appreciated until tasted, so are people who serve God well. They make a difference without publicity. We trust Elijah was the kind of man who could learn, and did just that.

In faith, there is a generation in Israel which will come to light. They probably won’t be among the big players; the power brokers of the religious world. Surely the innocent will remove themselves and avoid the stink of the big man ministries found among Jews and Gentiles alike. The innocent don’t need to be celebrated through the media, or need the name of a man other than the Messiah. The Lord will equip them to do the things that need to be done; charitable deeds done in quietness, kindliness carried out in humility, the left hand not knowing what the right hand is doing. I believe this is/will be the character concerning these of whom is is written; “Now if their fall is riches for the world, and their failure riches for the Gentiles, how much more their fullness!” (Rom.11:12)

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  1. The faithful people of God have always been a remnant of the “perceived people of God.” This pertained to those of both the Old and New Covenants. For the most part God’s faithful have gone unnoticed to the eyes of the world, even in regard to the religious perspective of the world.
    With this said, those that are looking for the Lord and His people can always find His faithful. Even when the Lord can be found through a young servant girl.
    Consider who the apostles were. They were primarily common ordinary men such as fishermen, an unpopular tax collector, etc. It is interesting to note the lone exception was a Benjamite Pharisee who set aside his “religiously honorable status” and counted it as “dung” compared to the faith he found in Christ.
    Satan would much rather people seek for the Lord and His will through those “famous and entertaining names” highlighted through various popular media rather than through the Lord’s humble servants and His humble church. The Lord’s message comes through His humble servants rather than the “mighty faces” of religion.
    1 Cor 1:18-21 — “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, And bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.” Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.”

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