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As we head out on the disciple-making adventures God has ordained for us, no doubt there will be moments that we encounter Enemy resistance. As in Mark 5, the Enemy's plan may seem powerful and insurmountable.  In those times it is important to realize that "our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in heavenly places" - Eph. 6:12. I find it amazing that this demon-possessed man who no one could subdue, even with chains, had no recourse but to bow and ask permission to move when found face-to-face with Jesus. Jesus then released this man from the grip of the Enemy, and sent him as the first missionary to the gentiles. Only Jesus has absolute power to control whatever is controlling you. And like the demoniac, those who have placed their faith in Jesus alone for the forgiveness of sins have experienced the joy of Jesus' command of freedom and forgiveness. How amazing it is to see Him turn us and those in our lives from maniac to missionary!


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Many of the laws we'll read about in Leviticus have to do with ceremonial and physical cleanliness. The concept of cleanliness permeated the Israelite's life, and great care was taken to limit the spread of "unclean" things such as leprosy. Indeed, leprosy was an especially tragic disease -- not only was the disease incurable, the person was considered unclean and cut off from the community. Throughout OT times, the laws to bring a person cured from leprosy back into Jewish society had never been used (ref. Leviticus 14). The common thought was that only the Messiah would be able to cleanse someone with leprosy and set these laws in motion.


Which is why Jesus' healing of the man with leprosy in Mark 1:40-45 should make us stand up and take notice. This sign tells us a couple things: 

(1) This is a sign of power and holiness! Notice how Jesus cleans the man with leprosy -- He touches him. Jesus does not become unclean. He makes the unclean clean. 

(2) Jesus is the Messiah! Notice his instructions to the man -- they are the ones from Lev. 14. While it looks like the man didn't obey the instructions (can you blame him?), it's pretty clear that this was a messianic sign for the Jewish leaders to investigate.


Take a moment today to praise our precious Savior Jesus. He has the power to make the unclean clean. He is willing. Be cleansed!



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