Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | April 25, 2014

“Moved with compassion, Jesus stretched out His hand and touched him”

Today’s devotion comes from Leviticus Chapter 13.  Here is a link to this Scripture – http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Leviticus%2013&version=NASB

I quote the following verses.

“1 Then the Lord spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying, 2 “When a man has on the skin of his body a swelling or a scab or a bright spot, and it becomes an infection of leprosy on the skin of his body, then he shall be brought to Aaron the priest or to one of his sons the priests.  3 The priest shall look at the mark on the skin of the body, and if the hair in the infection has turned white and the infection appears to be deeper than the skin of his body, it is an infection of leprosy;  when the priest has looked at him, he shall pronounce him unclean.  4 But if the bright spot is white on the skin of his body, and it does not appear to be deeper than the skin, and the hair on it has not turned white, then the priest shall isolate him who has the infection for seven days.  5 The priest shall look at him on the seventh day, and if in his eyes the infection has not changed and the infection has not spread on the skin, then the priest shall isolate him for seven more days.  6 The priest shall look at him again on the seventh day, and if the infection has faded and the mark has not spread on the skin, then the priest shall pronounce him clean;  it is only a scab.  And he shall wash his clothes and be clean.”  Leviticus 13:1-6.

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As disgusting and alienating and deadly that leprosy is, our sin is much more disgusting, alienating, and deadly.

But, there is hope!

Our LORD has compassion.

“And a leper *came to Jesus, beseeching Him and falling on his knees before Him, and saying, “If You are willing, You can make me clean.”  Moved with compassion, Jesus stretched out His hand and touched him, and *said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.”  Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cleansed.”  Mark 1:40-42.

And, our LORD can do more than heal people of their leprosy and other diseases;  our LORD forgives our sins and cleanses us from all unrighteousness and embraces us.

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  1 John 1:9.

“remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.  But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.”  Ephesians 2:12-13.

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