Chapter # 5 Paragraph # 2 Study # 1
March 4, 2007
Lincolnton, N.C.

<326> Thesis: Living with ambiguity is a major challenge. Introduction: As we turn to our Bibles this morning, we turn to a new record of Jesus' works. Luke 5:12-16 is a record of Jesus' response to the entreaty of a leper. Leprosy had its place on the cultural stage in the first century as that generation's equivalent of AIDS. It was communicable, gradually destructive, incurable, and considered to be a judgment from God. Anyone who had it was forced to deal with all of these aspects of it at every level -- physically, emotionally, and spiritually. So, for Luke to immediately turn from Jesus' acquisition of disciples to Jesus' healing of a leper probably means something significant. This morning we are going to begin a consideration of the record of the cleansing of this leper.