One Young Captive Girl From Israel
Now I Know
By Scarlett Stough
To prepare for this study, please read
the Women in Christ commentary: One
Young Captive Girl From Israel.
Part I The Example of the Young Captive Girl
1. II Kings 5:1 What advantages and status did Naaman have? What problem did he have?
2. II Kings 5:2-3 What do you learn about the slave girl? Contrast the status of Naaman with that of his wife’s maid.
3. II Kings 5:4 Why do you think Naaman took the girl’s suggestion seriously?
4. II Kings 5:5-7 How was Naaman’s request received by the King of Israel? Why do you think he reacted this way?
5. II Kings 5:8 Why did Elisha intervene? Do you think he was concerned for his own reputation?
6. II Kings 5:9-12 What do you think was the source of Naaman’s rage? Why did Elisha require Naaman to go wash seven times in the Jordan?
7. II Kings 5:13-15 What inner change had to occur in Naaman before God healed him? What conclusion did Naaman reach?
8. How is this captive girl’s example relevant
to your life? How is Naaman’s?
Part II Wash and Be Cleansed
1. Luke 4:23-30 What similarity do you see between the reaction of the people in Nazareth to the initial reaction of Naaman? What enabled Naaman to receive healing? What inner change enables any person to be healed by Jesus? [In this study, the topic is spiritual cleansing or healing. See also: Luke 7:1-10]
2. Luke 4:24 Why do you think Naaman initially rejected the way the prophet Elisha gave him for his healing? Why did he finally do what the prophet required? How is the reaction of the people of Nazareth similar to, or different from, the reaction of Naaman?
3. Mark 1:4-8; Matthew 3:11-17; Luke 3:2-3 What did the baptism of John represent? Why did Jesus, who was without sin, request baptism? What symbolism do you see in Naaman immersing himself seven times in the Jordan?
4. Luke 3:15-18 What is the difference between the baptism of John and that of Jesus?
5. Acts 2:37-41 What similarity is there between the baptism of John and that of Jesus? How did Naaman and the 3,000 show that they had accepted God’s message?
6. Acts 22:12-16 What did God instruct Saul ( the Apostle Paul) to do and why?
7. Revelation 1:5* (KJV); 7:14; Titus 3:3-7; I John 1:7; Hebrews 7:22-27; 9:20-28 Is it the physical act of immersion into water (baptism) that cleanses us from our sins? What is the relationship between the sacrificial blood of Jesus and baptism?
8. Matthew 3:8-10; 23:25-28; Hebrews 10:19-31; Numbers 15:30-31 Does the blood of Jesus wash away the sins or cleanse the conscience of people who refuse to stop sinning?
9. I Corinthians 6:9-11; II Corinthians 7:1; Ephesians 5:25-27 What did the Apostle Paul teach about being washed?
10. I John 1:7-10; 2:1-2; James 4:7-10 What is the first step we must take in order to be forgiven and purified (cleansed) from our sins?
11. II Peter 1: 3-11; II Peter 2:17-22; Titus 2:11-15; I John 1:9; 2:1-6 How do we stay clean?
12. Romans 10:9-15; I Peter 3:15-16 What
part did the slave girl play in Naaman’s healing? How is this relevant
to a Christian’s life? How is this relevant to your life?
(*…Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,….)