The name “Gehazi” means “valley of my vision”. Gehazi spent much of his time with Elisha. To be servant to Elisha would surely be a great honour. As servant to Elisha, it was Gehazi’s lot to accompany Elisha as he went about ministering. Yet we find time and again that Gehazi failed to take heed to the Godly ways of his master. He practiced a heart that was never brought under the lordship of the God of Elisha. There are many “Gehazi’s” in the church today and true ministry of the Lord will always have people who have the spirit of Gehazi hanging around. Gehazi manifested the spirit of greed and also the spirit that makes people to follow God for earthly gains. According to 2 kings 5;20, it came to Naaman’s attention that there was a prophet in Israel who could heal him. Thinking it was the king of Israel himself who could heal him, Naaman was sent to be healed by him. Elisha sent word to Namaan. Naaman was then instructed by Elisha to go and dip seven times in the river Jordan. On hearing those words Naaman turned and went away in a rage. Naaman humbled himself, returned to Jordan and dipped himself seven times. After Naaman saw he was healed, he returned to “pay” Elisha for his help. Elisha refused to accept any money for what had happened. Even when Naaman urged him, he still refused. God’s word and work would not be tainted with the curse of money placing a price on what had happened in the healing of Naaman. Gehazi had observed all that Naaman had tried to do, and after he left to return to Syria, Gehazi went after Naaman. Gehazi portrayed a covetous heart and that covetous heart caused Gehazi to lie to Naaman, saying that Elisha had sent him for some gifts. The Spirit of God in Elisha knew what Gehazi was up to, and even though Gehazi tried to lie his way out of it, the judgment of God came upon him and Gehazi became a leper. The spirit of Gehazi makes a person not to be spiritually connected. One day as Elisha and Gehazi were passing through a place called Shunem, a great woman forced Elisha to stop by and eat. While Elisha and Gehazi were resting in that woman’s room, Elisha asked Gehazi what could be done for the woman in return. Gehazi informed him that the woman was childless, and Elisha said to her that she and her husband would have a son 2 Kings 4;16. The woman could not believe what Elisha said. The prophecy of Elisha came to pass and the woman got a boy. The time came when the grown boy became sick and died. Immediately the mother went to Elisha, travelling herself to where he was. Gehazi was with him. Here was a woman whose heart was crying out to Elisha to spare her only son which God by a miracle had given her. She was very disappointed. When she saw Elisha she fell down and grabbed him by the feet. But Gehazi came near and pushed her away. Gehazi showed himself to be a man without compassion and without understanding.
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