This week we are covering ceremonial uncleanness. We find that when the Messiah came He healed all manner of sickness and disease.
The reading and discussion this week is around determining how a person is considered clean or unclean. For obvious reasons this was a safe guard for the people of Israel so sickness was handled in a way not to put the rest of the people at risk. There are arguments that exist that say Jesus was not Torah observant. This argument is not valid.
In Matthew 8 we see Jesus respond in the following manner. “Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing,” he said. “Be healed!” And instantly the leprosy disappeared. Then Jesus said to him, “Don’t tell anyone about this. Instead, go to the priest and let him examine you. Take along the offering required in the law of Moses for those who have been healed of leprosy. This will be a public testimony that you have been cleansed.”
Jesus lets the leaper know that he should go and have the priest examine him which was required by the Torah. If Jesus was to have ignored or broken the Torah, He would have omitted the need to go to the priest. Jesus was the fulfillment of the Torah.
In Luke 17 we find Jesus has healed ten leapers, but only one has returned to give glory to God. This is an interesting lesson for us. God healed ten and sent them to the priest for examination. Only one comes back which gives us a clue into the hearts of the other nine. Although ten were healed, nine are unable to come out of that which they know to recognize the one true God they serve.
Elisha and Naaman meet each other through a set of odd circumstances. Naaman’s expectations of his healing are less than he hoped for. Naaman was more convinced he needed to meet the man who performed the healing than the one who healed him. However, Naaman showed himself to be teachable and able to exercise faith and belief by washing himself in the river 7 times. Naaman comes back to the man of God and says, “Now I know that there is no God in all the world except in Israel.” Wow, what a statement from Naaman.
Questions for Reflection:
▪ Do I understand that Jesus fulfilled and did not break the Torah?
▪ What will it take for me to come with “child like faith” in my understanding of God?
▪ Do I have faith and belief like Naaman?
▪ Do I believe in the God who gives me breath or do I go about my own way?