The Way of Wisdom - Discussion 6

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Naaman

Humility to Receive Wisdom

Pray

Pray together for the group meeting, and any pressing needs within the group.

Review

Each week you’ll spend some time reviewing the previous week’s lesson. Did anything happen last week that brought the lesson to mind, and what did you learn from it?

Watch

Watch the following discussion-starter video. It’ll set the topic of discussion for the group.

Read: II Kings 5:1-6,9-14 . 

  1. One person will first read the scripture selection in the King James Version.
  2. Next, another person will read the same passages in a modern language or amplified version for more clarity such as the New Living Translation (NLT), Message Bible (MSG), New English Translation (NET), Amplified Bible (AMP), etc. We recommend using the YouVersion Bible app.

Retell

  1. One person will begin retelling the scripture passage in their own words (a new person to start each week is great!) Then…
  2. As a group, work together to fill in gaps and build the story. This will help us internalize and own it. Be sure everyone participates.

Discuss

Together, share around the group how the topic and scripture setting applies to your life personally. Here are some thoughts to consider for discussion… don’t let the discussion stop here, though… what questions can you ask that will help uncover God’s message?

📚Knowledge, 💡Understanding and ⚡️Wisdom

Why was the maiden in Naaman’s house hold?

  1. 📚What was the relationship between Naaman and the maiden?
  2. 📚Did the maiden speak the words of wisdom that Naaman needed to hear?
  3. 💡How did the maiden feel about Naaman?
  4. 💡What behaviour would you expect for a captive towards her captor?

How does the Scripture describe the Character of Naaman?

  1. 📚What characteristics did Naaman have that would explain the maiden’s care of Naaman?
  2. 💡What would Naaman have to have done to create an environment that his prisoners cared about him?
  3. 💡How might Naaman have created an environment where his servants and prisoners felt safe speaking up?
  4. 💡How long would it have taken Naaman to develop this kind of trust?
  5. ⚡️If Naaman was wise, why did he need the maiden girl to speak wisdom to him?

Where did Naaman go to get his Healing?

  1. 📚Why would the prophet have sent a servant to Naaman instead of coming himself?
  2. 📚Why would the prophet have given him a task to do instead of just healing Naaman immediately?
  3. ⚡️The captive felt free to speak up and the servant felt free to correct him when he was angry. What would have happened to Naaman if he had not been humble, hospitable, and generous with his household to allow this?

What did Naaman have to do for his Healing?

  1. 📚Was dipping in the Jordan river an honorable and valiant thing to do?  Why or why not?
  2. 📚Why would the prophet have made Naaman’s healing dependent on an act like this?
  3. 📚How did the servant persuade Naaman to try?
  4. 💡Does wisdom from God always come to the Leader?
  5. ⚡️If Naaman was a warrior leader, would this lend itself to hearing wisdom?

Did the wisdom that Naaman needed come from himself or from people under his authority? 

  1. 📚Why would it be important for God’s wisdom to come to him this way?
  2. 💡In what ways was Naaman wise?
  3. 💡Would Naaman, as a warrior, easily perceive the wisdom that he needed?
  4. ⚡️If a warrior was angry (and wearing a sword) how would you feel about speaking up and correcting him? 
  5. ⚡️If we can not know everything ourselves, how can we ensure we hear wisdom when we need to?
  6. ⚡️What concrete steps can we take to live wisely so that wisdom can flow to us from others in our lives?

Next Week…

Jacob – Familiarty and Selflessness- Genesis 32:6-32, Genesis 33:1-9