Describe Naaman’s situation at the beginning of the story. (5:1) What are the good and desirable things in his life? What are the difficult and painful things in his life? Why?
What is remarkable about the attitude and behavior of the little Israelite servant girl? (5:2-3) How is it different from how we might expect someone in her position to think and act?
How does Naaman initially go about his pursuit of healing? (5:5-9) What can we discern about his heart posture from what we see in the text?
How does Elisha respond when Naaman arrives at his home? (5:10) How does he instruct Naaman to proceed? What is significant about this?
How does Naaman respond to Elisha’s instruction? (5:11-12) Why do you think that he is upset? How do you think this encounter was different from the way in which he was usually treated? What kinds of beliefs and ideas might be lurking in his heart, that would prompt a response like this?
After Naaman is healed of his leprosy, what does he try to do? (5:15) How does Elisha respond? (5:16) Why does Elisha make it a point to refuse any form of gift, or payment, or compensation for the healing?
Naaman resolves to worship God alone from that point forward. (5:17) What does he ask Elisha about the worship of the god Rimmon back in Syria? (5:18) How does Elisha answer him? (5:19) What can we learn from this interchange?
What sin(s) is Gehazi guilty of? (5:20-27) Based on his words, what underlying beliefs and motivations do you think are behind his behavior?
What does this passage teach us about God’s heart for the Gentiles, and for all nations? How does it fulfill Solomon’s prayer in 1 Kings 8:41-43? How does it serve as an encouragement for us today?
How does this story anticipate the person and work of Christ? What kinds of foreshadowing do we see in it? How do the characters reflect the ministry of Christ? How does it serve to underscore the message of the gospel?