Week 2 – Day 8
Reading for Week 2 – Gospel of Mark Chapters 1-7
For the next 7 days we are going to be looking at parables. This method of study is called “Picture it.” The goal here is to put yourself into the story. How would you feel if this was you involved in this situation? What would you do? Who do you most identify with in this parable? How does this apply to your life right now? As you go through the story, put yourself into each character and ask these questions. We want to personalize what we are reading to be a part of our lives and not just a story we are reading to get through a certain book of the Bible. Let’s do this thoughtfully, prayerfully, and slowly so that we can hear God speak to us through the pages of Scripture. This requires getting real and being willing to be real with each other. As we go through these parables let’s also look for ways to apply what God is showing us to our lives. We want to be doers of the Word and not hearers only. Let’s do this!!!
Today’s Reading – Mark 1:40-45
Now a leper came to Him, imploring Him, kneeling down to Him and saying to Him, “If You are willing, You can make me clean.” Then Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.” As soon as He had spoken, immediately the leprosy left him, and he was cleansed. And He strictly warned him and sent him away at once, and said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone; but go your way, show yourself to the priest, and offer for your cleansing those things which Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.” However, he went out and began to proclaim it freely, and to spread the matter, so that Jesus could no longer openly enter the city, but was outside in deserted places; and they came to Him from every direction.
I have always looked at leprosy as a type of sin, but have never put myself into the place of trying to be the person with leprosy. It is a very challenging thought. A person with leprosy would be desperate for healing. They would have a sense of hopelessness and isolation. There would be a longing in their hearts to be connected to community. As I put myself in the place of this leper, I began to see how separated that could make one feel. I realized as a leper I would not have friends to sit down and eat with, I would not be able to go to the market place and shop at leisure. In essence, my freedom would be stripped from me and I would be living a life in isolation. I would feel hopeless and have no sense of future or purpose.
Jesus stepping into that situation changes everything. All of a sudden a new life. All because one man is willing to touch the untouchable. This convicts me. How many people in isolation, and hopelessness have I passed by because society calls them less than others? I realized I very likely would not respond like Jesus did because I would have some excuse for staying away from the leper, after all I would not want to catch what he has, would I? How many missed opportunities are in my life because I am caution led instead of spirit led?
I think God is wanting me to see that there are those in my life who are seeking community. For whatever reason, they have been cut off, but I am called to walk with him and seek them out.
One choice in the right direction can change another person’s life.
Looking forward to hearing what you got from this and what you can do to apply it.