Sun, 4 August 2013
August 4, 2013
Synopsis: Have you ever stood out in a crowd of people? Some times that is a good thing to have happen. I know people who plan on doing things to get attention. But standing out in a crowd isn’t always a good thing.
May times, however, people stand out in a crowd because of problems in their lives. That is the case for those with leprosy. Luke-19 tells of Jesus healing ten lepers. They all stood out because others feared the disease they carried and under the law they were commanded not to associate with others so their disease wouldn’t spread. Whenever they were approached by others they had to cry out “Unclean! Unclean!” Colonies have been established for those with leprosy. The law might have kept the disease from spreading but it did nothing to heal those who had it.
Jesus healed the ten, but one stood out as an “exception” among them. He, the Bible says, was a “Samaritan” and therefore considered to be a “foreigner.” In other words, he stood out even among the other lepers. The thing that made him stand out in our story was that he alone came back to give thanks. All were healed. The other nine did that which was required by the law, but this Samaritan came back to acknowledge the source of his healing.
What is it that the Lord requires of you? Does God require the keeping of the law that cannot heal or is there more? We misunderstand God’s intensions when we separate doing from being (Deuteronomy-13). Does God require a greater sacrifice from us? No, God has provided the sacrifice (Micah 6:6-8). Allow me to change the question. What does your healing require you to do. Surely, believers need to stand out in the crowd because of their love for the one who has healed them and given them a place of belonging.
Scripture Text (NLT): Luke-19; Deuteronomy -13; Micah 6:6-8;