A leper came to him


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 the leper, and said to him, 
“I do will it. Be made clean.”

Imagine how much this lepers life would have changed if the only part of that disease that changed was that it was no longer considered “unclean.” That is the only thing this person asked for;“If you wish, you can make me clean.” Being made clean brought him back into society, allowed him to  worship in the temple, to gain employment. He would no longer have to announce his presence when passing down a street so that people would have advance notice to avoid him. Being made clean allowed someone to simply touch him. Leprosy was not always the disfiguring illness known today as Hanson’s disease and it did not necessarily have to be contagious. The skin just had to meet the requirements as described in the law of Moses. I wonder how many laborers would have been considered lepers? Also, the mechanisms of disease was not known in that day. Bacteria, viruses, and genetic basis for illness are all unheard of. To those ancients disease was Gods judgement against a person. Much of the illness of leprosy was the illness of its perception. Lepers were despised by God and man. That was not the God of Jesus nor was it his Kingdom. Jesus God was a compassionate God and a God of forgiveness.“I do will it. Be made clean.”

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