Is Baptism Foolish?
Read II Kings 5:1-14
- Though Naaman the Syrian was a great man in several ways, he was a leper.
- A little girl from Israel had been captured and was a servant to Naaman’s wife.
- The little girl knew of Elisha’s reputation and believed he could cure leprosy.
- Someone took this little girl’s statement and reported it to the king of Syria.
- The king of Syria sends Naaman to the king of Israel with very many gifts.
- A letter explains to the king of Israel that the king of Syria wants Naaman cured.
- Since leprosy had no cure, the king of Israel was sure this was a trick to start a war.
- Elisha hears of the king’s predicament, and he asks for Naaman to prove God’s religion.
- Naaman arrives with a great company at the door of Elisha’s house to see Elisha.
- Elisha does not come to the door but sends a servant to tell him to dip 7 times in Jordan.
- Naaman gets very angry at the lack of respect and lack of religious show to cure him.
- Naaman also complains angrily about the dirty Jordan and leaves in a foolish rage.
- His servants remind him that he would have done much more, why not much less?
- Naaman humbly submits to his servants’ wisdom, obeys God’s word, and is cured.
Read Luke 7:29-30
- It was the common people and publicans who would be baptized by John the Baptist.
- But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected God’s word and would not be baptized.
Read Acts 8:36-37
- The eunuch, out in the middle of the desert, wanted to be baptized by Philip.
- Why was it so important for them to stop at an oasis and perform this rite of baptism?
Read I Peter 3:21
- Baptism is a figure of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, which is a mystery.
- Baptism is the answer of a good conscience toward God, based on Jesus’ saving death.
- It does not put away sin, for it is only a figure; it is rather the answer of a conscience.
- It is the picture of our Lord’s death and resurrection for our sins (Rom 6:3).
- It is the picture of our death and resurrection to walk in a new life (Rom 6:4-6).
- It is the picture of our future resurrection after death (I Cor 15:29).
Read I Corinthians 3:18; 4:10
- If you want to be wise before God, then you must become a fool and quit your wisdom.
- If you want to be like Paul, you must become a fool for Jesus Christ’s sake.