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BENDECIDOS ANONIMOS

R.G.C. 5/4/8

2 Reyes 5:1-19

2. General valeroso y apreciado del ejército de → Ben-adad II, rey de Siria, durante el reinado de Joram en Israel (2 R 5). En esta época Israel era tributario de Siria. Naamán era leproso, pero no se había separado de la sociedad (cf. Lv 13.45, 46). Durante una invasión a Israel había tomado cautiva a una muchacha israelita, a quien puso por sirvienta de su esposa. La muchacha contó a su ama acerca de un profeta en Israel que podía curar la lepra. Enterado de esto, el rey de Siria hizo que Naamán fuera a Joram, rey de Israel, con una carta en la que pedía la curación de su general.

Joram se alarmó ante semejante petición, y pensó que Ben-adad buscaba motivo para pelear, pero el profeta → Eliseo le pidió que remitiera a Naamán ante él. Luego, el profeta envió a su siervo → Giezi para aconsejar a Naamán que se lavara siete veces en el río Jordán. Ante esta solución Naamán se enojó y se fue, pero luego se arrepintió, obedeció y recibió sanidad. Según 2 R 5.15–17, Naamán se convirtió a Jehová, pero explicó al profeta que, a pesar de su nueva fe, tendría que acompañar a su jefe en el culto a su dios. Evidentemente Eliseo no se opuso (5.18, 19).

Jesús se refirió a la curación de Naaman al reprochar la incredulidad de Nazaret (Lc 4.27).

¿Dónde está el eje central de la acción de la fe?

Aquí hay una historia acerca de un gran general de los ejércitos de Siria, pero era leproso. Tenía mucho éxito como líder militar, pero era leproso. Era fuerte y muy apreciado por el rey de Siria, pero era leproso. El mayor deseo del rey y del propio Naamán, el leproso, era librarse de la enfermedad temible y fatal, lo cual era una esperanza fútil. La lepra, una «tipología» del pecado en el Antiguo Testamento, se creía incurable; librarse de esta maldición degradante era, desde cualquier punto de vista, un «sueño imposible».

Sin embargo, Dios en su plan providencial de revelar su poder y majestad al rey sirio y a su corte situó a una muchacha fiel en el hogar de Naamán. La niña israelita tenía la certeza de que si Naamán visitaba al gran profeta Eliseo, de su país, se curaría de la lepra. Hay tres aspectos que se destacan en esta niña: 1) era una creyente devota al Señor Dios, 2) sabía que la pusieron de manera providencial en el hogar del general afligido; y 3) tenía la valentía espiritual para testificar del poder de Dios que salva y sana.

Lea el siguiente párrafo; luego anote tres lecciones que ilustra la sierva.

Todos los que deseamos que Dios nos utilice necesitamos mantener la devoción y la fe en el poder redentor de Dios. Esto se hace mediante la oración, el estudio bíblico y el testimonio frecuente. Además, es importante evitar a todo costo la trampa satánica que nos enredaría en una esclavitud a las rutinas diarias. Debemos mantener la convicción de que somos siervos del Señor y que estamos en el lugar que estamos con el propósito de testificar de su poder y misericordia. Por último, debemos orar con regularidad para que Dios nos dé su victoria sobre el temor y para que nos imparta el don del denuedo y permita que nuestra luz ilumine los lugares oscuros. Si no hubiera sido por el testimonio de la muchacha cautiva, Naamán hubiera muerto de lepra y Siria hubiera sido privada de un gran líder que creyó y exaltó grandemente al Señor. La muchacha judía podría haber sido indiferente por el resentimiento de la cautividad, pero obedeció a Dios y su fidelidad se narra en un libro que se leería durante miles de años. Dios tiene otro libro en el cielo donde escribe de sus hijos obedientes. «Por tanto, nosotros también, teniendo en derredor nuestro tan grande nube de testigos, despojémonos de todo peso y del pecado que nos asedia, y corramos con paciencia la carrera que tenemos por delante» (Heb 12.1).

La sierva ilustra los siguientes principios de testimonio fiel:

C. Oyó a un testigo.

La pequeña sirvienta judía quería a su patrón. Aun cuando estaba lejos de su hogar, no se olvidó de su Dios y estuvo lista para testificar de su gran poder. Si ella no hubiera sido una fiel trabajadora en la casa, no hubiera sido una testigo eficaz; pero debido a su fidelidad, su testimonio fue recompensado. ¡Cuánto necesita Cristo testigos hoy!

2Ki 5:2 -

The Syrians had gone out by companies - גדודים  gedudim, troops. When one hundred or two hundred men go out by themselves to make prey of whatever they can get, that is called, says Jarchi, גדוד  gedud, a troop. They had gone out in marauding parties; and on such occasions they bring away grain, cattle, and such of the inhabitants as are proper to make slaves.

A little maid - Who, it appears, had pious parents, who brought her up in the knowledge of the true God. Behold the goodness and the severity of the Divine providence! affectionate parents are deprived of their promising daughter by a set of lawless freebooters, without the smallest prospect that she should have any lot in life but that of misery, infamy, and wo.

Waited on Naamans wife - Her decent orderly behavior, the consequence of her sober and pious education, entitled her to this place of distinction; in which her servitude was at least easy, and her person safe.

If God permitted the parents to be deprived of their pious child by the hands of ruffians, he did not permit the child to be without a guardian. In such a case, were even the father and mother to forsake her, God would take her up.

CHAPTER 6

Theme: Jesus feeds five thousand near Sea ofGalilee (fourth work and word)

We come now to the miraculous feeding of the five thousand—a miracle recorded in all four Gospels. In the Gospel of John, Jesus follows this miracle with a discourse on the Bread of Life. John records only certain miracles, and he calls the miracles signs because signs are for a purpose. You will remember that he said, “And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name” (John 20:30–31). This is an important verse because it is actually the key to this entire gospel.

Now we find Jesus feeding the five thousand, and out of this grows His great discourse on the fact that He is the true Bread of God.

JESUS FEEDS THE FIVE THOUSAND (FOURTH WORK AND WORD)

 Después de esto, Jesús fue al otro lado del mar de Galilea, el de Tiberias. [John 6:1].

After what things? Well, the things that were recorded back in the fifth chapter. He had left Jerusalem and probably had come up on the east side of the Jordan River. Now He crosses over the Sea of Galilee and, apparently, comes to the north section. This took place about six months to a year after the events of chapter 5. It was about one year before His crucifixion, by the way.

The way the events are dated is by the feasts that John mentions. As we have said, John ties his gospel down to a calendar and to a map. The One who came out of heaven’sglory, the Word who was made flesh, the One who pitched His tent here among us, that One walked by the Sea of Galilee, went to Cana, and to Nazareth, Capernaum, Bethsaida, Jerusalem, Decapolis, etc. So we read that “after these things Jesus went over the sea of Galilee.” John says, “And the passover, a feast of the Jews, was nigh” (v. 4). So apparently He had been back in the land of Galilee because in chapter 5 He had been in Jerusalem and had gone in the sheep gate. This indicates a time lapse between chapters 5 and 6 when He went over the Sea of Galilee.

 Le seguía gran multitud, porque veían las señales que hacía en los enfermos. [John 6:2].

The tense of the verb would be more accurate if it were translated, “And a great multitude was following Him” and “because they were seeing His miracles.”

This great multitude didn’t actually believe in Him in a saving way. They didn’t trust Him. They were interested in His miracles. They wanted Him because He could make them well.

Friend, the mission of Jesus was not to restore our physical bodies. He wants to be Lord of our hearts. This is why John had said at the very beginning that He “needed not that any should testify of man; for he knew what was in man” (John 2:25). He didn’t commit Himself to that crowd back there at Jerusalem, and He’s not about to commit Himself to this crowd that is gathering around now. They simply want to see the miracles that He can perform.

Entonces subió Jesús a un monte, y se sentó allí con sus discípulos.

[John 6:3].

The place that is pointed out to tourists visiting Israel is not what we would call a mountain. Actually, in that land three thousand feet is about as high as they go, but the hills are very rugged. The one they point out is a very lovely spot and could well be the place where He fed the five thousand. It’s near Capernaum, by the way.

Jesus went up into the mountain and sat there with His disciples. The Passover was near.

 Joh 6:5  Cuando alzó Jesús los ojos,  y vio que había venido a él gran multitud,  dijo a Felipe:  ¿De dónde compraremos pan para que coman éstos?

Philip was the quiet one; he never had much to say. Our Lord was drawing him out at this particular time. You will find in verse 8 that Philip and Andrew seem to have gotten together. Andrew and Philip evidently were quite active men, very busy, but just not speakers. You don’t hear either one of them. Yet Andrew is the one who brought Simon Peter to the Lord, and the Greeks came to Philip and Andrew when they wanted to see Jesus. Philip got together with Andrew to find out what to do. So we find them together here.

Is our Lord asking for advice in His question to Philip? May I say to you, He never asked for advice. Then why did He ask Philip the question?

Joh 6:6  Pero esto decía para probarle;  porque él sabía lo que había de hacer.

He was testing Philip. Philip looked over that crowd that was coming—five thousand men besides women and children. I estimate it must have been at least fifteen thousand people. Friend, that’s a pretty good-sized crowd, especially for that land and in that day. When Philip saw them coming, he wasn’t thinking of a miracle at all.

 Joh 6:7  Felipe le respondió:  Doscientos denarios de pan no bastarían para que cada uno de ellos tomase un poco.

Why did Philip light upon that fixed sum of two hundred denarii? I think that is what they had in the treasury at that time. Probably Judas had made a treasurer’s report that morning, and that was the total. Philip looked at the crowd, then thought of what they had in the treasury bag, and said that two hundred pennyworth of bread would not be sufficient for them. The “penny” was the Roman coin denarius. One denarius represented a day’s wages for a common laborer.

The other gospel writers tell us that the disciples advised the Lord Jesus. They wanted

So here our Lord is drawing out Philip, and Philip says they don’t have enough money to buy sufficient bread. Since Philip and Andrew are together, Andrew speaks up.

Joh 6:9  Aquí está un muchacho,  que tiene cinco panes de cebada y dos pececillos;  mas  ¿qué es esto para tantos?

Andrew, you see, had been circulating around through the crowd, making a survey. Surveys are important, I guess, but they are seldom very helpful. You can see Andrew and Philip there together. Philip says the money in the treasury won’t feed them. Andrew says all he’s found is a little lad with five barley loaves and two small fish. Remember, these five barley loaves were not big commercial loaves of bread or family loaves. They were more like a hamburger bun. They were just big enough to put with the fish. That’s all this man Andrew could produce. It was a hopeless project—“What are they among so many?”

Joh 6:10  Entonces Jesús dijo:  Haced recostar la gente.  Y había mucha hierba en aquel lugar;  y se recostaron como en número de cinco mil varones. La multitud excedía probablemente los diez mil. Se sentaron en grupos de cincuenta y cien personas (Mr 6.40) y así fue fácil contarlos.

So here is the committee report: to feed them would be impossible.

You see, what you need in this equation is what I call the mathematics of a miracle. You need Jesus. I tell you, if you have the five loaves plus the two fishes plus Jesus, then you’ve got something, friend. Without Him, you don’t have anything at all.

Jesus told them to make the men sit down and they sat down. Mark emphasizes the fact that they sat down by companies; Everything that our Lord did was done decently and in order. Each little group was color on the background of green grass. It would have been very orderly, because our Lord was doing it.

Joh 6:11  Y tomó Jesús aquellos panes,  y habiendo dado gracias,  los repartió entre los discípulos,  y los discípulos entre los que estaban recostados;  asimismo de los peces,  cuanto querían.

Joh 6:12  Y cuando se hubieron saciado,  dijo a sus discípulos:  Recoged los pedazos que sobraron,  para que no se pierda nada.

Joh 6:13  Recogieron,  pues,  y llenaron doce cestas de pedazos,  que de los cinco panes de cebada sobraron a los que habían comido.

The obvious explanation is that a miracle was performed here. When you add Jesus to the side of the assets, you have more than enough. In fact, you have twelve baskets of leftovers. That doesn’t mean they were scraps. I used That’s not true. There were twelve baskets of sandwiches that weren’t even touched, my friend. Do you know what this means? It means that the crowd got all they wanted to eat. And people in that land and in that day were often hungry. There were many people in the crowd there that day who for the first time in their lives had their tummies filled. You see, when the Lord Jesus does anything, He does a good job of it.

Joh 6:14  Aquellos hombres entonces,  viendo la señal que Jesús había hecho,  dijeron:  Este verdaderamente es el profeta que había de venir al mundo.

Joh 6:15  Pero entendiendo Jesús que iban a venir para apoderarse de él y hacerle rey,  volvió a retirarse al monte él solo.

You see, they are following Him because He’s a miracle worker. And I’m almost sure that He had to perform another miracle to get free from the crowd. The reason He got free from them was because they wanted to make Him a king. “Well,” someone says, “isn’t He a King?” Yes, it is true that He was born a King. But this is not the route by which He is coming to kingship.

 

CONCLUCION:

Nada es en vano

1Co 15:58  Así que,  hermanos míos amados,  estad firmes y constantes,  creciendo en la obra del Señor siempre,  sabiendo que vuestro trabajo en el Señor no es en vano.

Mat 6:1  Guardaos de hacer vuestra justicia delante de los hombres,  para ser vistos de ellos;  de otra manera no tendréis recompensa de vuestro Padre que está en los cielos.

Nada de malo en reconocer a aguien

Rom.16.  There are thirty-five persons mentioned by name in this chapter. All were either believers living in Rome or they were believers who were with the apostle Paul—he was probably in Corinth when he wrote this epistle. Al rededor de una tersera parte son mujeres

Nada de malo en motivar/ hay que hacerlo!!!!!  Pero nunca debe ser nuestro unico interes el ser reconocidos!!!!

 Rev 22:12  He aquí yo vengo pronto,  y mi galardón conmigo,  para recompensar a cada uno según sea su obra.

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