II Kings 5:17 Burden of Earth

17And Naaman said, Shall there not then, I pray thee, be given to thy servant two mules' burden of earth? for thy servant will henceforth offer neither burnt offering nor sacrifice unto other gods, but unto the LORD.
 
 
 
Verse 17 The two mules are the animals of burden in India. Symbolic that this man is born to respect
and honors the God of this land from whom he got the healing. That is a token to him that whenever he
has earth in his house or place of worship, it is a memorial. When they bring dirt from the temple gates
and spread it in their houses where they pray and they put a deerskin upon it and sit down and pray. This
man might have believed in the same system. He wanted to use it as a memorial so when he sits upon it
his mind will go back and think about the man of God through which he got healed and he is going to
devote his life to that God and that religion. It is sort of a bridge between that God and this man which he
keeps in his memory. He only wanted earth, not the mules.
"Two mules burden of earth." Naaman has just been healed of his leprosy. He realized that there is
no God in all the earth, but in Israel. He was taking this earth back to his home country as a memorial, a
remembrance of the greatness of the deliverance that he found when he came to the God of Israel. In the
Sanskrit translation, the question shall there not then, etc. is placed at the end of the verse. When Naaman
would go back to his country, he could spread this earth on the ground and sit and pray upon this earth as
a remembrance to his deliverance. People today visiting the holy lands will bring back bottles of water
from the Jordan River, sand from the Sea of Galilee, etc. It is a common tradition that anyone who takes
money for carrying a leper will get leprosy; therefore, the trip with Gehazi.
We don't need to carry the burden with us because Christ is in us.
 
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