Leprosy Healed   1 comment

ChristCleansing

Above:  Christ Cleansing a Leper (1864), by Jean-Marie Melchior Doze

(Image in the Public Domain)

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EDITOR’S NOTE:

1.  Leprosy, in the Bible, according to reliable sources (including a dermatologist in my congregation), was not Hansen’s Disease.  In the biblical context, however, it did carry social stigma and lead to isolation, regardless of the technical term we might apply to any biblical leper’s condition in 2013.  The psychological effects of such enforced isolation must have been devastating.

2.  There is a cure for Hansen’s Disease in 2013.  There was not one, however, when my great-grandfather wrote this sermon outline over a century ago.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

AUGUST 29, 2013 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF THE BEHEADING OF SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST

THE FEAST OF JOHN BUNYAN, PROTESTANT SPIRITUAL WRITER

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Mark 1, 40-42

1.  There are some 500,000 lepers in India.  There have been lepers since Moses’ day and before.  Man has no remedy for it.  The Rabbis treated the worse than brutes.  No one was to salute a leper.  But Christ was kind to them.  This one begged for help.  Jesus honored his faith, touched and healed him.

2.  It was even considered a type of sin.

(1)  It had a small beginning.  A little spot turned white, scaled off, and was raw flesh.  So sin begins with a mere trifle.  Satan dares not tempt one to a great sin at first.

(2)  Leprosy spread surely, often rapidly, especially in maturer years, till death gave relief.  Sin contaminates the whole moral nature and preys upon the vitals of character.

(3)  This dread disease was transmitted to one’s children.  Even so, the sinful nature is imparted to the children.  Most inebriates are children of alcoholic parents.

(4)  Man could not cure it, only God could.–2 Kings 5, 7.

To forgive and deliver from sin is God’s work; no one else can.

But Jesus can save to the uttermost.  His blood can make the foulest clean, can and does cleanse from all sin.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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