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PERSONS, Naaman; the little maid; the king of Syria; the king of Israel; Elisha.-PLACES, etc., Damascus, Samaria, the Jordau, Abana, Pharpar.
EXPLANATIONS AND QUESTIONS. Lesson Topics. (I.) NAAMAN SEEKING TO
BE HEALED. (II.) ELISHA'S DIRECTION. (III.) NAAMAN CURED,
I. NAAMAN SEEKING TO BE HEALED. (1.) captain of the host, commander-in-chief of the army; honourable, honoured, held in favour by the king; Lord deliverance, see Notes; leper, see Notes. (2.) by com. panies, in marauding bands.' (3.) in Samaria, where Elisha'had a house. 2 Kings vi. 24, 32. (4.) one-i, e., he, Naaman. (5.) king of Syria, probably Benhadad; talents, pieces, see Notes, and picture, p. 5; raiment, often bestowed as gifts, see Gen. xlv. 22; Esther vi, 8; Dan. v. 7, (6.) king of Israel, probably Jehoram, sou of Ahab. (7.) me to recover, leprosy was incurable. Num. xi, 12. I. Questions.-Name the persons and places mentioned in this
lesson. What was Naaman’s rank? Why was he honoured ? With what disease was he afflicted ? Tell what you know about leprosy. What captive had the Syrians taken? Whose servant did she become? State her words to her mistress. To whom did she refer? To whom were her words reported ? By whom? From whom did Naaman take a letter? To whom? What presents did he take? Their value? State the parport of the letter. Describe the conduct of the king of
Israel. Give his words. II. ELISHA'S DIRECTION. (9.) horses, his whole reti. nue of attendants. (10.) sent a messenger, Naaman needed to be taught humility; wash, bathe; seven times, the Hebrew number for completeness, comp. 1 Kings xviii. 43; Josh. vi. 4. (11.) strike ... hand, move it to and fro. (12.) Abana and Pharpar, see Notes. II. Questions.-Who hoard of the king's condnct?
What message did he send ? Describe how Naaman came to Elisha, What was Elisha's message? How did Naaman receive it? What had he expected? What rivers did he prefer? How did
he go away? III. NAAMAN CURED. (13.) great thing, difficult thing. (14.) went down, from maria to Jordan there is a rapid descent; the distance is about 30 miles; (14.) flesh came again, became sound. III. Questions.--Who expostulated with Naaman ? What
argument did they use? With what effect? Describe the result. What did Christ say of this healing? Luke iv. 27. Meu. tion the cures of leprosy wronght by Christ. See Notes. Of
what is leprosy a type? Who cau heal the leprosy of sin ? What does this lesson teach us
(1.) of the troubles which may come to great men ?
(4.) of God's cure for sin ?
LESSON XVI. GEHAZI THE LEPER.—2 Kings v. 20-27. [About 894 B. C.
RECITE V8. 25-27. 20
But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said, Behold, my master hath spared Naaman this Syrian, in not re
ceiving at his hands that which he brought: but, as the LORD 21 liveth, I will run after him, and take somewhat of him. So
Gehazi followed after Naaman. And when Naaman saw him
running after him, he lighted down from the chariot to meet 22 him, and said, Is all well? / And he said, All is well. My mus.
ter hath sent me, saying, Behold, even now there be come to me from Mount Ephrainı two young men of the sons of the proph
ets: give them, I pray thee, a talent of silver, and two changes 23 of garments. | And Naaman said, Be content, take two talents.
And he urged him, and bound two talents of silver in two bags,
with two changes of garments, and laid them npon two of his 24 servants; and they bare them before him. | And when he came
to the tower, he took them from their hand, and bestowed them 25 in the house: and he let the men go, and they departed. | But
he went in, and stood before his inaster, 'And Elisha said unto him, Whence comest thou,
Gehazi! And he said, Thy servant went no 26 whither. | And he said unto him, Went not mine
heart with thee, when the man turned again from his chariot to meet thee ? Is it a time to receive money, and to receive garments, and olive.
yards, and vineyards, and sheep, and oxen, and 27 menservants, and maidservants? | The leprosy
therefore of Naaman shall cleave uinto thee, and nnto thy seed for ever. And he went out from his presence a leper as white as snow.
GOLDEN TEXT.--He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house. Prov. xv. 27.
CENTRAL TRUTH.-Deceit brings destruction.
CONNECTED HISTORY.-Naaman returned from the Jordan, where he had been healed; acknowledged that Jehovah was the true God; urged Elisha to take a present, which the prophet refused; Naaman started for Damascus.
ORDER OF EVENTS.—(82.) Naaman's return to Elisha. (83.) His departure for home. (84.) Gehazi's sin.
TO THE SCHOLAR.-Notice how one sin leads to another until punishment finally comes. Gehazi coveted that which did not belong to him; he lied to Naaman to obtain it; then lied to Elisha to conceal his sin ; was found out and terribly punished. Always dare to be true.
NOTES.- Mount E-phra-im. Gilgal and Bethel, at each of which was “a school of the prophets," or a theological senuinary, were both situated on the great central range of hills extending north and south through the territory of Ephraim and called Mt. Ephrain.- Tow'-er, more properly “the hill, the then well-kuowa hill before Elisha's house, which probably cut off the view in the direction taken by Gehazi.- Olive yards, olive orchards where the wild olives were set out in rows and grafted. An acre of olive trees sometimes yields a crop worth a hundred dollars.
EXPLANATIONS AND QUESTIONS. Lesson Topics.-(I.) GEHAZI'S COVETOUSNESS. (II.) His DECEIT. (III.) His PUNISHMENT.
I. GEHAZI'S COVETOUSNESS. (20.) said, to himself; this Syrian, this foreigner and enemy of Israel; as the Lord liveth, here å profane oath. Compare v. 16. (21.) lighted down, an Eastern method of showing respect. See Gen. xxiv. 64. I. Questions.-How far had Naaman gone on his journey ?
What did Gehazi say to himself? What did he make up his mind to do? What oath did he use ? What two commandments did he break by his covetousness and by his profanity! Repeat them. What does the Bible say of the love of money?
1 Tim. vi. 9, 10. What good rule does it give us ? Heb. xiii. 5. II. HIS DECEIT. (22.) Mount Ephraim, see Notes; sons of the prophets, see Lesson IX.; a talent, from $1500 to $2000. (23.) Be content, be pleased to take; two talents, one for each of the young men; urged him, pressed them upon him; upon ... his servants, two ialents of silver would weigh about 200 pounds. (24.) tower, see Notes. (25.) stood before his master, Eastern servants stay with their masters except when sent on errands. (26.) Went not mine heart, was I not there in spirit? compare 1 Cor. v. 3; Is it a time to receive, when Jehovah will be dishonoured by it. Olive yards, etc., probably Gehazi was planning to buy these. II. Questions.-Describe Naaman's conduct when he saw Ge
hazi. His question ? Gehazi's reply? Who did he say had come to Elisha? What did he represent Elisha as asking for
them? State the value of a talent. Would this have been a large gift for Naaman to bestow ? For the young men to receive? How much did Naaman offer him? In what way did he send it? Where did Gehazi dismiss them? How did he dispose of the money and garments ?
State Elisha's first question. Gehazi's answer. How had the prophet known of his servant's conduct? What was it not a time to receive? Why?
Repeat the commandment wuich forbids lying. III. HIS PUNISHMENT. (27.) leprosy of Naaman, you have got his money, you shall have with it his disease; thy seed, all thy descendants; white as snow, the skin of the leper is of a chalk or snow-white colour. Ex. iv. 6; Num. xii, 10. III. Questions.-What disease should come upon Gehazi ?
Upon whom else? For how long? Was the punishment in-
Rev. xxi. 8.
(1.) That being associated with the good does not ensure goodness?
(2.) That covetousness leads to other sins and brings reproach upon religion !
(3.) That secret sins will be found out ?
(4.) That the punishment of sin is certain and terrible? HYMN, “Show pity, Lord, O Lord, forgive."- Calvary Songs, p. 65.
PIECES” OF GOLD. (From Wilkinson's Ancient Egypt.)
LESSON XVII. ELISHA AT DOTHAN.—2 Kings vi. 8-18. [About 893 B.C.
RECITE VS, 15–17. 8 Then the king of Syria warred against Israel, and took conn
sel with his servants, saying, In such and such a place shall be 9 my camp. | And the man of God sent unto the king of Israel,
saying, Beware that thou pass not such a place; for thither the 10 Syrians are come down. And the king of Israel sent to the
place which the man of God told him and warned him of, and
saved himself there, not once nor twice. 11 Therefore the heart of the king of Syria was sore tronbled for
this thing; and he called his servants, and said unto them, Will 12 ye not shew me which of us is for the king of Israel? | And one
of his servants said, None, my lord, o king: but Elisha, the
prophet that is in Israel, telleth the king of Israel the words 13 that thou speakest in thy bedchamber. / And he said, Go aud
spy where he is, that I may send and fetch him. And it was
told him, saying, Behold, he is in Dothan. 14 Therefore sent he thither horses, and chariots, and a great
host: and they came by night, and compassed the city about. I 15 And when the servant of the man of God was
risen early, and gone forth, behold, a host compassed the city, both with horses and chariots.
And his servant said unto him, Alas, my inaster! 16 how shall we do ! | And he answered, Fear not ;
for they that be with us are more than they that 17 be with them. | And Elisha prayed, and said,
Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man ; and he saw; and, behold, the mountain wus fuli
of horses and chariots of fire round about Eli. 18 sha. | And when they came down to him, Elisha prayed unto
the LORD, and said, Smite this people, I pray thee, with blindne88. And he smote then with blindness according to the word of Elisha.
GOLDEN TEXT.-Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.--2 Kings vi. 16.
Rom. viii, 28-39.
CENTRAL TRUTH.-On the Lord's side is safety.
CONNECTED HISTORY.-Elisha went with the sons of the prophets to the Jordan; caused the lost axe-head to swim, so that it was recovered.
ORDER OF EVENT8.—(86.) Elisha causes the iron to swim. (86.) Elisha at Dothan.