[vc_row full_width=”” parallax=”” parallax_image=””][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]The purpose of finding key words is to help you find the meaning of the passage. When we look at a passage, the meaning is usually clear, but as we dig in and find the important words, we discover important questions about the text. Sometimes this completely changes the way we understand the text. Other times we understand it more clearly.
The exciting part is that we never know what jewels are there until we dig in and see what’s there![/vc_column_text][vc_separator color=”grey” align=”align_center” style=”” border_width=”” el_width=””][vc_single_image image=”586″ style=”vc_box_rounded” border_color=”grey” img_link_large=”” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”medium” title=”The Compassionate Christ”][vc_separator color=”grey” align=”align_center” style=”” border_width=”” el_width=””][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_width=”” parallax=”” parallax_image=””][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]The words in the text reveal ideas about compassion, suffering, and the focus of Jesus. They reveal questions that help us understand the purpose of the text and see the application of it. The power in the text is found in such nuances. So pay attention to what you read, and think about the implications and meaning behind the text.
For example, verse 40 reveals the word “leper”. Most of us have a vague understanding of what it is, but just a casual perusal of Google shows you the incredible destruction of the disease. There are various forms, and undoubtedly the word was used to describe a host of terrible diseases, but we know the ancients did not take the term lightly. The word would have been as powerful and feared as our society fears the word, “cancer”.
The emotional toil was perhaps worse than the phyical. Sufferers would lose family and be outcasts of society. Tie that together with the Law of Moses, and the restrictions found there, and we see the picture of need that this man represented.
He fell at the feet of Jesus, begging for help. Asking if He would be willing to do it, knowing that He could.
And Jesus said He was willing, and He reached out and touched the man and commanded that he be well. And he was well.
I can’t imagine the elation of being able to walk home and see his family again, and to tell them that he was home ot stay! I can’t imagine what it would be like to go from outcast to being accepted into the community.
And yet Jesus told him not to tell others, but to go to the priest and make the necessary sacrifices required by the Law of Moses. It was the entrance into society again.
I am sure the man eventually went to the priest, but he certainly spread word to everyone he could. It’s easy to understand why he would do it.
It caused more problems for Jesus though.
Listen to the episode and hear several more ideas discussed. This is a powerful passage and one that deserves to be considered. You’ll be a better person by learning and applying this, and all other passages of the BIble. May God bless the study of His word!
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