(For previous segments on this series, go to our blog, www.joemckeever.com, and scroll back.)
16) The leper who broke the law when expressing his great faith. Matthew 8:1-3 and Mark 1:40-45.
It’s so easy to run right past great scriptural blessings. Take this tiny incident….
According to Leviticus 13:45, lepers were to withdraw when healthy people drew near. They were to call out “Unclean! Unclean!” lest the person accidentally brush them and become ceremonially tainted, or worse, catch something contagious. But look at this leper. He spots Jesus and runs toward Him. Falling to his knees in front of the Lord, he calls out, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.”
Interesting way of putting it: “I know you are able; what I don’t know is whether you are willing.”
Both Matthew and Mark tell us Jesus reached out and touched the man. Remember, lepers were called “untouchable” for good reason. But Jesus touched him.
Gotta love Jesus. (I do!)