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February 27 – I Will Love The “Untouchables”

February 27, 2012

“And it came to pass, when he was in a certain city, behold a man full of leprosy: who seeing Jesus fell on his face, and besought him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.  And he put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will: be thou clean. And immediately the leprosy departed from him.”Luke 5:12-13

Who would go to the trouble to tend to the needs of the blind, the lame, the lepers, and the deaf?  Jesus, of course.  Those people (if you will) were the outcasts of society.  No one would even touch a leper for fear they might contract the disease.  The lepers were not permitted to worship with their brethren.  In fact, history tells us they had to wear a bell around their neck that would identify them as a leper, and alert others, so the general public could be forwarned and get out of the way.  Under the Law, if one were to come into contact with a leper, if an individual were to touch one with the disease, he would become unclean for 7 days.  After seven days he would report to the priest and be checked out.  If there was any hint of a problem, he would have to wait another 7 days before he could be pronounced clean.  During that time he would be isolated from the temple.  He was isolated from his fellow Jews, even his family.  The public wouldn’t dare touch a leper; yet, we see Jesus reaching forth His hand and touching him.

These were the outcasts, the untouchables, they were from the slums, the bad parts of town, filthy; why would He spend time working with this type of people?  Why?  What Jesus saw in this leper was not filth and uselessness; what He saw in these individuals was a need for a Savior.  It was not what others saw in him.  Jesus had true compassion.  He had love that was not selfish.  Jesus sees the heart, and He saw the faith of this leper.  He saw a lost soul.  He could use him even when others couldn’t.

Thank you Lord, for accepting me, even as useless as I am.  I know in and of myself, I am nothing.  Without You, I can accomplish nothing.  I also pray that I will see others as precious souls who need a Savior.  As I serve You, may I also serve them by ministering to their needs.

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