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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Today’s story in The Upper Room is titled “COMPASSION” by Margie Harding (Maryland). Margie’s story is very similar to an event that happened to us many years ago. We had a neighbor that lost one of her children through a tragedy and to see that family go through what they went through was the saddest thing we experienced. The night that my neighbors lost their child we saw a lot of friends and family coming and going to comfort and show their sympathy. We wanted to reach out to those people and let them know that we too were very sorry for their loss. It was a chilly night, so we made some coffee for them. A few days later, the mother of the child brought a gift to us, and we were so touched that through their grief they took the time to show their gratitude to us.
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In keeping with the law in Leviticus 13 and 14, Jewish leaders declared people with leprosy unclean. This meant that lepers were unfit to participate in any religious or social activity. Because the law said that contact with any unclean person made a person unclean, too, some people even threw rocks at lepers to keep them at a safe distance. Even the mention of the name of this disabling disease terrified people. But Jesus touched this man who had leprosy.
The real value of a person is inside, not outside. Although a person’s body may be diseased or deformed, the person inside is no less valuable to God. No person is too disgusting for God’s touch. In a sense, we are all people with leprosy because we have all been deformed by the ugliness of sin. By sending his Son, Jesus, God has touched us, giving us the opportunity to be healed. When you feel repulsed by someone, stop and remember how God feels about that person—and about you.
Although leprosy was incurable, many different types of skin diseases were classified together as “leprosy.” According to the Old Testament laws about leprosy, when a leper was cured, he or she had to go to a priest to be examined. Then the leper was to give a thank offering at the Temple. Jesus adhered to these laws by sending the man to the priest, demonstrating Jesus’ complete regard for God’s law. Sending a healed leper to a priest was also a way to verify Jesus’ great miracle to the community. (NLT)
Mark 1:40-45 – A man with leprosy came and knelt in front of Jesus, begging to be healed. “If you want to, you can make me well again,” he said.
Moved with pity, Jesus touched him. “I want to,” he said. “Be healed!” Instantly the leprosy disappeared—the man was healed. Then Jesus sent him on his way and told him sternly, “Go right over to the priest and let him examine you. Don’t talk to anyone along the way. Take along the offering required in the law of Moses for those who have been healed of leprosy, so everyone will have proof of your healing.”
But as the man went on his way, he spread the news, telling everyone that had happened to him. As a result, such crowds soon surrounded Jesus that he couldn’t enter a town anywhere publicly. He had to stay out in the secluded places, and people from everywhere came to him there.
Here is a part of Margie’s story:
“. . . Finally, after several weeks had passed, I wrote my neighbor and was surprised to receive a return note. She said that messages like the one I had sent brought an occasional ray of sunshine to her day. Each year since that exchange, I have sent a note near the anniversary of her child’s death and one near his birthday.
“Once on a chance meeting she hugged me and said, ‘Never let those cards stop coming. Everyone else forgets.’ She expressed gratitude that even years later, someone could still share the grief that she never forgets.
“Jesus was a man who understood compassion, and he taught us to share that compassion with others. Sometimes that compassion is as simple as sharing a hug, a note, a listening ear, and the love of Jesus.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Jesus calls us to show compassion.
Prayer: Compassionate Father, you know our pain. By your grace we can move forward when life hurts. Thank you for your healing touch. Amen.
Prayer Focus: PARENTS GRIEVING FOR A CHILD
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