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I ran into some red letters this morning—no big surprise there. It was right at the top of Matthew 11. You may be familiar with this moment in Jesus’ life. John the Baptist is in prison, and, OK, that may not have been in the vision he had for his own life.

He sends his disciples to Jesus with a burning question. Did I miss it? Did I point to the wrong guy. Are you Messiah or should I look for someone else?

Jesus’ reply is what struck me this morning.

"Go and report to John what you hear and see: the BLIND RECEIVE SIGHT and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the POOR HAVE THE GOSPEL PREACHED TO THEM. And blessed is he who does not take offense at Me." - Matthew 11:4-6 NASB

I was reading in the new Passion Translation, and where my trusty old NASB says  POOR, the Passion renders it “poor and broken.”

How did Jesus communicate to John that He was indeed Messiah, and John’s own plight was a worthy sacrifice?

By pointing out that the poor and broken were hearing the Good News of the Kingdom of God.

What’s your barometer? I confess. I tend to think about what impact I’m having in different terms. Do you?

“I’m killing it on social media!”
“My facebook page is blowing up!”
“I’m received by all the great preachers of the day!”

From His earliest days, Kings wanted to kill Jesus.
The religious leaders of the day hated Him.
The political leaders of the day just shrugged their shoulders and didn’t know what to do with Him.

But the blind, the lame, the lepers, the deaf, the poor and broken flocked to Him.

All this leaves me with a simple thought.

I need to place myself in the lives of the poor and broken. I need to be around the blind, lame, leperous, deaf, and dead. And then I need to open my mouth and set my hands free to touch, and love, and heal.

Yeah - that’s what I’m thinking this morning.

Thanks for listening.

See you again soon,

Ben

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Welcome to Friday Q&A.

I have no new questions in my mail bag today - ah well. There was a question a couple weeks ago that Brother Larry from Larry Who and I were tossing about. Feel free to jump into the discussion with your opinions or even your empirical knowledge of the subject matter. Larry is the author of many books which you can find on his site, or on Amazon.com and he has a wonderful and challenging blog.

So here is our little conversation - please feel free to join in.

Also - if you have questions of your own that you would like to pose to me - or to the community click the Q&A button to the right and we will give it a go.

 

Question: Is the leprosy as stated in the Bible the same as what we call leprosy today?


Good question – and i honestly am clueless on that one – Do you have any insight on that?

Leprosy as stated in the Old Testament was more of a skin discoloration or skin condition. (Exodus 4:6) Whereas today’s leprosy involves a nerve problem and leads to a rotting away of limbs, ears, nose, and other extremities.

They don’t seem to be related, but yet, they could be. Not sure about this.

I have heard that too, yet it always seemed pretty desperate when folks got it – like Miriam or Hezekiah, and with Jesus it is listed among the biggies – heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead – so i always thought it fell in there in severity to – like right next to dead – which sounds worse than – say psoriasis.

I agree, but from a Jew’s perspective, they were right next to the dead. They were blemished sheep who were not allowed into the Temple or near other Jews. As far as they were concerned, they might as well have been dead.

Wow – yes good point Larry!

OK - now it's your turn - What do you think, or know?

Thanks for coming by.

Don't forget to submit your questions.

Ben

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