Now Naaman, captain of the host of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master, and honourable, because by him the LORD had given deliverance unto Syria: he was also a mighty man in valour, but he was a leper.(II Kings 5:1)
The Bible was left here by God to guide us in every stage of human history; it is always current; it is heaven’s media. It deserves to be heard in the present circumstances of our country and world events. The very name Freedom Convey automatically invokes the great Bible theme of deliverance from bondage.
Among the many lessons we learn from this man Naaman, we are taught to think right about national deliverance. Not all countries enjoy liberty, either in their daily lives or from the aggressions of other nations. Where liberty exists, it is from the hand of God. This is true even in this Old Testament reference to Syria, though God’s special nation Israel is primarily in view. God had an interest in the nation of Syria too, and had extended to them national deliverance and freedom from their enemies.
We also see in the text that God used someone to bless the nation with this liberty, a man named Naaman. He was God’s man of the hour, raised up by him for Syria’s good. So God was the deliverer and Naaman was His soldier that fought the battles. And for his participation in this good work, Naaman was was a great man with his master, and honourable. The King appreciated Naaman’s service.
Liberty in a nation is its greatest blessing, for it is the foundation and protection of all other blessings. Freedom is one of the heritages of a people with laws, values, and traditions rooted in belief of the God of the Bible. While Satan is the slave master, the Lord is the Deliverer-God. … there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me (Isaiah 45:21b).
The blessings of home, enjoying the fruit of hard work, worship without interference, and many day-to-day little things are secured by a setting of national liberty. The progressive decline of respect and honour for God and His ways we have seen in recent years in Canada are the same mechanisms that lead to the gradual erosion of liberty. We have reached the point that judges are cutting parents off from access to the children God gave them because they opt out of an experimental medical procedure. This brutality takes place despite the mountain of statistics showing its inability to protect or stop transmission at this point.
The most important of all liberties is freedom from the power of sin through Jesus Christ. “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed” (John 8:36). He died to pay the penalty for our sins and rose again to impart new life to all that will receive Him by faith. But we also greatly value our national liberties, and appreciate and support patriots who are willing to sacrifice for their restoration and pray for the delivering hand of God to work through them.
Written By Ian Kurylyk