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I will; be clean

I will; be clean

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Sermon by Rev. Paul Basil - www.LutheranService.org
Sermon by Rev. Paul Basil - www.LutheranService.org

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I will; be clean 
(2 Kg 15:1-14; Mark 1:33-34)
 
* It is natural when people like to live longer, especially when they are not troubled with poverty, longillness, addiction, or disability. Nevertheless, sooner or later we all will die, if not from possible accidents,crimes, fear of something, than at least from a “runny nose.” In other words, the last inevitable threat of life,a simple disease, causes the death of any long-lived body. Logically, all diseases lead to the termination of human life. But how about God’s involvement in this process? Can we say that our Creator wishes to make ourlife as miserable as possible with new viruses and bacteria? But wait for a moment before answering thisquestion because there is another viewpoint.* It is hard to believe that diseases can be a setting aside of both, the work of the devil and sin. It is writtenthat Adam and Eve died as the consequence of their sin caused by the devil, (Gen 3:1-19). In other words, sinproduces all kind of physical sufferings and many diseases, - they kill people; but the devil is one who makespeople to start sinning; that is to say, he is a killer of the human race and an inventor of deadly diseases.Frankly, the devil cannot invent anything himself but trouble. That is what we have in mind saying that he is aninventor of deadly diseases. He stands at the beginning of all imaginable sins that cause people’s diseases.Just think about drug addiction, sex apart of marriage, all kinds of overdoses, all kinds of violations; they arethe result of sin working in the human body, and the devil is a conductor of this orchestra.* On the other hand, God can use the devil’s inventions as the means by which He extends the punishmentto His enemies, (1 Sam 5:6-7) or when He disciplines His people, (Exo 5:3, Deu 28:22). There is a strongconnection between sin/disobedience and certain diseases referred to in Scripture. But if someone would ask,does it mean that our beloved papa was punished by God because he died from cancer? Here we should saythat man’s life and death is a mystery known only by God who is the giver of all goodness, and who isthe master of the Resurrection. Yet there are two more possibilities on top of what we’ve mentioned.First, our bodies are getting less self-protective against many diseases when we are physically exhausted;and second, if we deliberately sin against our own body.* Next to what we’ve already said about our gracious God, we like to comment on His kindness toward allthe human race for designing our wonderful bodies. Just think for a minute about our unique bodies whichare able to recover from many diseases and injuries by themselves. If you look at my hands you will seeseveral scars, they were caused by accidents in the past. One scar on my left hand recalls to me the injurycaused by a sharp nail when I was a teenager. As usual I didn’t visit a doctor on that occasion as well as inmany other similar occasions, or such occasions as cold and flu believing that my body was well enough to behealed by itself. It was interesting to read some medical charters issued by Saint Francis Hospital, IL, wherethey described the cases of healing even with stage 4 glioblastoma (brain cancer) by a most natural way.
 
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It says when a cause of disease was found and corrected, then a person gradually recovered without anymedical treatment. On hearing these evidences we give hearty thanks to our gracious God for sucha wonderful body. Now we are addressing a question,
Is there anyone who would dare to say that our Creatorwishes to make our life as miserable as possible …?
Certainly not. On the contrary, our Creator
desires allpeople to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth,
(1Ti 2:4).* If you reflect on the matter of our discussion, you should guess that the central theme of our study todayis God’s healing. The OT reading of the day (2King 5:1-4) narrates the well-known story of healing the Syriangeneral Naaman from leprosy; and the gospel from (Mar 1:40-45) tells about Jesus’ healing of a leper.Both readings narrate the miracle healing of leprosy. In the first instance, it was done through the prophetElisha, and in the second, by the Son of God who is the originator of both healings. According to one source,the healing of the leprosy, among the people of Israel was known, but healing among other nations it was not,except in the early stages.
Even today the name of this dreadful scourge of the Eastern world strikes terror intoour hearts
. . . , says a narrator. If it happened with a man, it brought him to his knees. And if he wasdiagnosed with a proof that man was pronounced unclean.
And the leprous who has the disease shall weartorn clothes and let the hair of his head hang loose, and he shall cover his upper lip and cry out, ‘Unclean,unclean.’ The man shall remain unclean as long as he has the disease. He is unclean. He shall live alone. Hisdwelling shall be outside the camp
(Lev 13:45,46).* Please note, except for the oral tradition, there is no remedy provided for leprosy in the Bible. It could begone by itself, that is to say, accomplished by a miracle. Today we read how the king of Israel responded tothe request of his neighbor king of Syria to cure his commander in chief Naaman from leprosy. He just tore hisclothes and said,
“Am I God, to kill and to make alive, that this man sends word to me to cure a man of hisleprosy?”
(v.7). From this we infer that there was a strong conviction in Israel that only God was able to curea victim from his leprosy.* Another scriptural remark on the matter concerns to the cause of leprosy. Fist, we reflect on theoccasion of King Azariah’s leprosy depicted in (2 Kg 15:1-5). The cause of his disease was disobedience toGod’s Law. It says, during his reign
the high places were not taken away. The people still sacrificed and madeofferings on the high places. And the Lord touched the king, so that he was a leper to the day of his death, andhe lived in a separate house.
Secondly, we reflect on King Uzziah’s leprosy described in (2 Chr 26:16-21).Making a long story short, let’s say that the cause of the king’s illness was also disobedience to God. Once hehad taken an advantage over the high priest’s responsibility by burning incense in the sanctuary. Being warnedby the priests to stop doing it, the King became angry; and behold, leprosy broke out on his forehead becausethe Lord had struck him, (vv.19,20). Another case is that of Miriam, Moses’ sister, (Num12:1-13).

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