2 Kings 5: The Healing of Naaman

Old Testament Seminary Student Study Guide, (2002), 113

What one “small thing” that has the potential to greatly improve your life should you begin doing on a regular basis? Why haven’t you started yet? Elder Rex D. Pinegar said, “The great work of the Lord is primarily accomplished through small, kind acts that exemplify the basic teachings of His gospel” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1994, 106; or Ensign, Nov. 1994, 80).Sometimes the small commandments are the ones ignored or neglected in our lives, when actually they are the commandments that could make large differences in our lives. Chapter 5 of 2 Kings contains a story that illustrates this principle.

Understanding the Scriptures

2 Kings 5

Host (v. 1)Army 
Deliverance (v. 1)Victory over enemies 
Valour (v. 1)Courage 
Leper, leprosy (vv. 1, 3, 6–7, 27)Infectious, contagious disease (see Bible Dictionary, “leprosy,” p. 724) 
Waited on (v. 2)Was a servant to 
Would God (v. 3)I wish 
Raiment (v. 5)Clothing 
Rent (vv. 7–8)Tore (as a sign of being upset) 
Wroth (v. 11)Angry 
Rage (v. 12)Angry feeling 
Bid (v. 13)Command 
Blessing (v. 15)Some payment or present 
Two mules’ burden of earth (v. 17)The amount of dirt that two mules can carry 
Pardon (v. 18)Forgive 
Spared (v. 20)Saved him the embarrassment for having his gift rejected 
Bestowed them (v. 24)Put them away 

Studying the Scriptures

Do activity A as you study 2 Kings 5.

Activity A iconLittle People, Large Faith

Sometimes we think that what we do and say doesn’t really make a difference because we are not very important. There seem to be two such heroes in the story of Naaman. One is the little maid and the other is Naaman’s servant. We do not know the names of either of these people, but their faith blessed Naaman’s life.

  1. 1.

    Compare the faith of the little maid, who was in a foreign land, to the faith of the king of Israel.

  2. 2.

    Compare Naaman’s reaction to Elisha with the counsel of his servant.

  3. 3.

    Write about a time when someone of little importance helped you in a big way, or explain how the story of Naaman is an example of the principle found in Alma 37:6–7, 46.

  4. 4.

    Name two things our modern prophets have asked us to do that could be considered little, and explain how they really can make a big difference.