23~More About “Haze of Hopelessness”

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BACKGROUND FOR THIS EPISODE

(In Order of Appearance)

NEW TESTAMENT OF THE BIBLE:
  • Synagogues were meeting places for the Jews away from Jerusalem where the Temple was.  They apparently began to be built while the Jews were in exile in Babylon and their Temple burned down around 500 BC.  Synagogues were used primarily for teaching scriptures; they never imitated or substituted for the ceremonies commanded to be taken care of at the Temple such as sacrifices.  As the number of priests and Levites grew through the millenniums, they were only needed a short time each year at the Temple.  Therefore, they lived throughout Palestine.  Those priests who also taught scriptures were also called Rabbi which means teacher.
  • Mark 1:38-44Jesus said to them, “We must go to other villages near here. I must proclaim there, too. This is why I came.” 39Jesus went everywhere in the land of Galilee, proclaiming in their synagogues and throwing out demons. 40A man with leprosyc came to Jesus. He bowed down and begged Jesus, “You can heal me, if you want to.” 41Jesus felt sorry for him. So, he reached out and touched the man. Jesus said to the man, “I do want to heal you—be healed!” 42Immediately the leprosy left him; he was healed. 43Jesus made him go away immediately. He gave him a strong warning, 44“Don’t tell anyone about what happened, but go show yourself to the priest. Then give a gift to God, because you have been healed. This is what the law of Moses commands. This will prove to the priests that you are healed.”
  • Luke 17:11-19 – Jesus was traveling to Jerusalem, going from Galilee through Samaria. 12He came into a village. Ten men met him there. These men did not come close to Jesus, because they all had leprosy. 13But the men shouted to Jesus, “Jesus! Teacher! Take pity on us!” 14When Jesus saw the men, he said, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” As the ten men were going to the priests, they were healed. 15When one of the men saw that he had been healed, he went back to Jesus and praised God with a loud voice. 16He bowed down at Jesus’ feet and thanked Jesus. (This man was a Samaritan.)a 17Jesus answered, “Ten men were healed; where are the other nine!? 18Is this Samaritan man the only one who came back to give glory to God!?” 19Then Jesus said to him, “Stand up! You may go. You were healed, because you believed.”
  • Mark 1:38-44 – Jesus said to them, “We must go to other villages near here. I must proclaim there, too. This is why I came.” 39Jesus went everywhere in the land of Galilee, proclaiming in their synagogues and throwing out demons. 40A man with leprosyc came to Jesus. He bowed down and begged Jesus, “You can heal me, if you want to.” 41Jesus felt sorry for him. So, he reached out and touched the man. Jesus said to the man, “I do want to heal you—be healed!” 42Immediately the leprosy left him; he was healed. 43Jesus made him go away immediately. He gave him a strong warning, 44“Don’t tell anyone about what happened, but go show yourself to the priest. Then give a gift to God, because you have been healed. This is what the law of Moses commands. This will prove to the priests that you are healed.”
OLD TESTAMENT OF THE BIBLE:
  • Leviticus 13:3-5– The priest must examine the sore on the person’s skin. The hair in the sore may have become white. And, the sore may seem deeper than the person’s skin.e If so, it is leprosy. When he has finished examining the person, the priest must pronounce him to be ritually ‘unclean.’ 4“Sometimes there is a white spot on a person’s skin, but the spot does not appear to be deeper than the skin. If that is true, and if the hair from the spot has not turned white, then the priest must isolatef that person from other people for seven days. 5On the seventh day, the priest must examine that person again. Look, he may see that the sore has not changed. It might not have spread over the skin. Then the priest must keep the person isolated for seven more days…
  • Leviticus 13: 24-27 – “A person might get a burn on his skin from a fire. If the open sore becomes white or reddish-white,l 25then the priest must examine it. Look, the white spot might appear to be deeper than the skin. And, the hair at that spot might have become white. If these things are true, it is leprosy. The disease has broken out in the burn. Then the priest must pronounce that the person is ‘unclean.’ It is leprosy. 26However, the priest must examine the spot. Look, there might be no white hair in the bright spot. And, the spot may be no deeper than the surrounding skin. It may have faded.m If so, the priest must isolate the person from other people for seven days. 27On the seventh day, the priest must examine him again. If the spot has spread farther in the skin, then the priest must pronounce that the person is ‘unclean.’ It is leprosy. 
  • Leviticus 14:3– “A priest must examine the person who had leprosy. The priest must go to that person outside the camp. The priest must see if the leprosy is healed….
  • Leviticus 14:45-48 – Then the owner must tear down the house. He must remove its stones, all of its plaster, and its wood. And, he must take that to the ‘unclean’ place outside the town. 46Anyone who goes into that house while it was closed will be ‘unclean’ until the evening. 47Anyone who eats in that house or who lies down there must wash his clothes. 48“After new stones and the plaster have been put into a house, the priest must check it again thoroughly. Look, the mildew must not have spread in that house. Then the priest will pronounce that the house is ‘clean,’p because the mildew is gone.

OTHER JESUS QUOTES IN THIS EPISODE

LEPROSY MISSION INTERNATIONAL:
  • Leprosy is a very visible disease, starting with patches on the skin….having crooked hands, a nodulous swollen face, or sores on their hands and feet….Damaged nerves results not just in paralysis but in loss of sensation….burns go unrecognized, wounds untended, stones in shoes, and grit in the eyes are both undetected and untreated.  The end result can be loss of sight, fingers and feet.