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The Leprous Messiah

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from Google Images

In Luke 5:12-16 we find that Jesus healed a certain leper, but there are a few paradoxes in this record that need to be addressed. First of all, according to the Law of Moses a leper was not permitted in any city of Israel. He was to dwell alone, so he wouldn’t defile (or infect) any of his countrymen (Leviticus 13:46; Number 5:2-4). Indeed, if anyone should ignorantly approach him, he was supposed to cover his upper lip and shout: “Unclean, unclean…” (Leviticus 13:45). So, how does this leper get into a city in Galilee and approach Jesus without being rebuked by anyone, including Jesus for what he has done? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 15, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Peter and the Leper

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Hollywood has produced some really weird films, especially horror flicks. I have to wonder if the idea for those walking dead films doesn’t come from the Bible. In Numbers 12:12 Aaron is speaking with Moses just after both he and their sister, Marion, had spoken out against him. She was struck leprous, and Aaron begged Moses not to let her be as one dead, whose flesh appeared to rot on one’s body during the otherwise normal course of life. One who was leprous was unclean (Leviticus 13:3). The condition spreads over one’s body (Leviticus 13:7-8), and, because contact with others is often contagious, quarantine was necessary (Leviticus 13:46). In the days of ancient Israel, it was incurable (cf. 2Kings 5:7). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 13, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Jesus’ Birth and Mary’s Purification

Mary's Purification

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Before returning to Nazareth three ceremonies were performed relating to Jesus’ birth. They included his circumcision and his presentation in the Temple, concerning which I have written a few words in earlier posts. The third ceremony concerned the ritual of purification that Mary had to undergo according to the Law after the birth of her firstborn. Each ceremony had some significance in Jewish society, and each of the rituals tell a story about human life and how that life relates to God. Luke paints a picture of the birth of Jesus, the Son of God, and how he was introduced into Jewish society, and what that would mean in terms of God’s relationship to mankind. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 18, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Have I, Your Friend, Become Your Enemy?

At this point in Galatians, I believe Paul comes to a heart-to-heart part of his message. He expresses his personal sadness over how the Galatians have acted. He began by recalling how they had treated him while he was with them during his first missionary journey. Paul had been attacked, but not by them. He was attacked by his own countrymen—the Jews of the Diaspora who lived in the cities of Galatia. At one point Paul was left for dead. He was stoned, and, though Luke is not clear on the matter in Acts 14:19-20, Paul was probably dead. Yet, whether dead or near death, God performed a miracle, and Paul rose up as though unharmed. Nevertheless, according to his letter to the Galatians, he recalled his wounds and how they affected his preaching the Gospel to them. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 4, 2015 in Gospel, Law

 

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