[This is the second installment of the People Jesus Touched series.]
Jesus is seated on a hillside, perhaps overlooking the Sea of Galilee in the distance. Throngs of people have gathered to hear Jesus, whose fame is increasing every day. The people crowded in and around Jesus to hear him and to see him. Perhaps on this day, they’ll be able to see a miracle like has been rumored. Jesus begins to teach. They listen with bated breath to his every word. All eyes are on him.
People from the city, the villages, and the country have gathered to hear this rabbi teach. Young and old. The schooled and the simple. The wealthy and the poor. Clean and the unclean.
Ah, the unclean. The ceremonially unclean, though not necessarily because of sin, they’ve been separated because of their uncleanness. Separated from their community until they no long suffer from their condition. On this day, it’s a man with some sort of skin disease and is unclean because of it. He’s come to hear this rabbi teach, but only from a distance. Close enough to hear. Not so close to cause an issue with the other people. Continue reading