There are a couple of passages that disturb me in our reading today. The first one is Naaman right after he is healed. He asks to be pardoned from the sin of bowing before the god of Rimmon when his king goes to the temple. I don’t know why God heals this man or why he does anything for the people of Aram when they worship other gods. It seems like people get struck dead for such things in other situations, but it seems like Naaman gets his pardon.
The other passage is the one about the severity of the famine as a result of the siege. It is so bad that two mothers decide that they are going to eat their children. The shocking thing is that the dispute is that mother #2 didn’t follow through after they ate child #1. Mother #1 is complaining to the king that Mother #2 should offer her son for supper as they agreed. I don’t even know what to say on this one…
This blog was originally written by Pastor Doug Bartel of Hillcrest Church, starting in Spring 2009. Keep that in mind if you read anything that doesn't quite add up to the time of year.