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THIS MIRACLE IS FOUND ONLY IN

LUKE. PERSONS WITH SKIN
DISEASES WERE NOT CLEAN OR
HOLY AND THEREFORE ISOLATED
FROM THE HOLY PEOPLE OF GOD
IN CITIES.
“ AND IF THE DISEASE BE
GREENISH OR REDDISH IN
THE GARMENT, OR IN THE
SKIN, EITHER IN THE WARP,
OR IN THE WOOF, OR IN
ANYTHING OF SKIN; IT IS A
DISEASE OF LEPROSY, AND
SHALL BE SHOWN UNTO THE
PRIEST”.
LEVITICUS
THE SKIN DISORDER IS NOT
HANSEN’S DISEASE, BUT A
SKIN DISORDER LIKE
PSORIASIS.
IF ONE WILL BE IN
CONTACT WITH AN
UNCLEAN RENDERS ONE
UNCLEAN.
THEY ARE BANNED FROM
PARTICIPATION IN THE
TEMPLE WORSHIP OF THE
HOLY ONE.
JESUS, THE HOLY ONE OF
GOD (LUKE 4:34) STEPS
ACROSS THE BOUNDARIES
SEPARATING CLEAN FROM
UNCLEAN, TOUCHES THE
UNCLEAN, AND RESTORES
THE
PERSON TO THE NURTURE
OF HUMAN COMMUNITY.
JESUS ASSUMES THAT THE
PRIESTS WILL REINSTATE
THE CURED MAN INTO THE
RELIGIOUS COMMUNITY.
“ A LEPER CAME TO HIM [AND
KNEELING DOWN] BEGGED
HIM AND SAID, “IF YOU WISH,
YOU CAN MAKE ME CLEAN.”
MOVED WITH PITY, HE
STRETCHED OUT HIS HAND,
TOUCHED HIM, AND SAID TO
HIM, “I DO WILL IT. BE MADE
CLEAN.”
THE LEPROSY LEFT HIM
IMMEDIATELY, AND HE WAS
MADE CLEAN. THEN,
WARNING HIM STERNLY, HE
DISMISSED HIM AT ONCE.
THEN HE SAID TO HIM,
“SEE
THAT YOU TELL NO ONE
ANYTHING, BUT GO, SHOW
YOURSELF TO THE PRIEST
AND OFFER FOR YOUR
CLEANSING WHAT MOSES
PRESCRIBED; THAT WILL BE
PROOF FOR THEM.”
THE MAN WENT AWAY AND BEGAN
TO PUBLICIZE THE WHOLE
MATTER. HE SPREAD THE REPORT
ABROAD SO THAT IT WAS
IMPOSSIBLE FOR JESUS TO ENTER
A TOWN OPENLY. HE REMAINED
OUTSIDE IN DESERTED PLACES,
AND PEOPLE KEPT COMING TO HIM
FROM EVERYWHERE.
MARK 1: 40 – 45
WHY DO THEY HAVE TO
SHOW THEMSELVES TO THE
PRIESTS IN THE TEMPLE?
THEY ARE TO DECLARE
PUBLICLY THAT INDEED
THEY ARE ALREADY
CLEAN AND THEY MUST
PERFORM THE NEEDED
RITUAL OF CLEANSING
WITH ACCOMPANYING
BURNT OFFERING.
VERSE 15: SEEING:
ONLY THE SAMARITAN SEES
AND FULLY UNDERSTANDS
WHAT HAS REALLY
HAPPENED.
HIS SEEING LEAD HIM TO
UNDERSTAND NOT ONLY THAT HE
IS HEALED BUT THAT HE HAS
FOUND GOD’S SALVATION. HIS
RETURN TO JESUS AMOUNTS TO
HIS CONVERSION.
PRAISED GOD:
THIS IS LUKE’S FAVORITE
RESPONSE TO A
MANIFESTATION OF DIVINE
POWER AND MERCY. THE
SAMARITAN LEPER PRAISES
GOD FOR WHAT JESUS, GOD’S
INSTRUMENT HAS DONE.
VERSE 19: YOUR FAITH HAS
SAVED YOU:
JESUS IS THE ONE WHO SAVES
FROM DISEASE AND RESTORES
ONE TO HIS OR HER COMMUNITY.
IN JESUS, HIS DISCIPLES FIND
THE FULLNESS OF HUMAN
WHOLENESS.
AS THE TEN WENT, THEY WERE
CLEANSED. ONE OF THEM
CAME BACK PRAISING GOD IN
A LOUD VOICE. HE THREW
HIMSELF AT THE FEET OF
JESUS AND THANKED HIM- AND
HE WAS A SAMARITAN. JESUS
ASKED “WERE NOT ALL TEN
CLEANSED?”
WHERE ARE THE OTHER NINE?
WAS NO ONE FOUND TO
RETURN AND GIVE PRAISE TO
GOD EXCEPT THIS FOREIGNER?
ALL NINE WERE JEWISH AND
THEY ALL RUSHING TO THEIR
PRIESTS IN ORDER TO BE
RESTORED BACK TO THEIR
TEMPLE WORSHIP BUT THE
SAMARITAN,
THE FOREIGNER, THE OFTEN
RIDICULED “NOT PURE” OR
NOT REAL ISRAELITE WAS
RUSHING, NOT GOING AWAY
BUT RUNNING TOWARDS THE
ONE WHO HEALED HIM. SO
NOW, ALWAYS REMEMBER, DO
NOT RUSH AND FORGET
ABOUT THE GIVER OF
BOUNTIFUL BLESSINGS.
AS THE SAMARITAN
LEPER RUSHED AND
THREW HIMSELF AT
THE FEET OF JESUS,
MAY WE ALSO LEARN
TO LOOK BACK AND
BE THANKFUL.
DO NOT JUST RUSH AWAY
AND DANCE IN JUBILATION,
PRAY TO HAVE GRATITUDE
TO GOD IN YOUR HEART!