Friday of the 12th Week after Trinity

Daily Lectionary: 2 Kings 5:9-27; Philippians 1:1-20

But [Naaman's] servants came near and said to him, "My father, it is a great word the prophet has spoken to you; will you not do it? Has he actually said to you, 'Wash, and be clean'?" So he went down and dipped himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the word of the man of God, and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean. (2 Kings 5:13-14)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Naaman has come to find God's prophet. Instead of doing what he expected, instead of doing something extraordinary to heal him, Elisha told him to bathe in the river. Naaman was angered by this. This is not how a real God does things. But at his servants' urging he obeyed the prophet's command. He washed and his leprosy was healed. God had used ordinary water to heal his leprosy. This was God's showing how He will be toward Naaman and all people. He will not be the God of Israel only. He reveals to Naaman how His judgment falls--how His righteousness is fulfilled. God added His promise to the water so that Naaman was healed of his bodily disease and converted at the same time. In the Jordan River, in the water, God put His Name on Naaman.

God has put His Name on you, too. With the water His Name was put on you at your Baptism, and most certainly at Jesus' Baptism, too. There Jesus is in solidarity with you and you with Him. Because He is the beloved Son, you along with Him are beloved sons and daughters. You are delighted in and beloved by God. So you can't just drag along the old Adam and his dreary, fearful, guilt-ridden, nobody-loves-me, me-standing apart, all alone way. When John saw Jesus as separate, Jesus said, "No... Us." When Jesus says, "Us," He takes on what we are and gives us what He has. The Righteous One fulfills all righteousness. And you are in the object of His delight, with Jesus. As if that were not enough, Christ gives to you His Body and Blood, together with Him. "Us." It goes with you as it goes with Him. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.

All Christians who have been baptized, Who know the God of heaven, And in whose daily life is prized The name of Christ once given: Consider now what God has done, The gifts He gives to evr'y one Baptized into Christ Jesus! (All Christians Who Have Been Baptized, LSB 596:1)

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