Just this morning one of my Fb friends says she was hacked and that if the rest of us gets an annoying or troubling email, it isn’t her.
She’s not the first and won’t be the last.
Hacking seems to be a common thing. Some hacks are just annoying while others can steal your vital information and identity.
As the world around you becomes more and more technologically dependent, then there will always be those wanting to get around the safeguards to get at the information stored.
But hacking doesn’t require computers, electronics, or the internet.
There is an example of someone being hacked in the Bible.
Naaman, a commander in the Syrian army, had a disease called leprosy. He wanted a cure but there was none.
He found out that an Israeli prophet called Elisha could possibly heal him. So Naaman set out to Israel.
He did find Elisha and he was cured of the leprosy. He wanted to reward the prophet for this deed but Elisha refused any payment, since it was God that did the healing.
But he said, “As the Lord lives, before whom I stand, I will receive nothing.” And he urged him to take it, but he refused. 2 Kings 5:16
Elisha did not want to be given credit for this healing. He wanted God to be glorified instead of himself.
But Elisha’s servant, Gehazi, was a little upset that no payment was received and as Naaman left, Gehazi ran after him.
When Naaman saw him running after him, he got down from the chariot to meet him, and said, “Is all well?”
And he said, “All is well. My master has sent me, saying, ‘Indeed, just now two young men of the sons of the prophets have come to me from the mountains of Ephraim. Please give them a talent of silver and two changes of garments.'”
So Naaman said, “Please, take two talents.” And he urged him, and bound two talents of silver in two bags, with two changes of garments, and handed them to two of his servants; and they carried them on ahead of him. When he came to the citadel, he took them from their hand, and stored them away in the house; then he let the men go, and they departed. 2 Kings 5:21-24
Gehazi hacked Elisha – he stole his identity to get what he did not earn or deserve.
For his treachery, Gehazi was inflicted with the leprosy that once afflicted Naaman.
God will not be hacked. You cannot “identity theft” yourself into heaven. You cannot pretend to be someone you are not before the Almighty.