Sunday, June 2, 2019—Mike Teel, Pastor
BE DILIGENT: THE UNTOUCHABLES
FOCAL PASSAGE: Mark 1:40-45… A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.” 41 Jesus was indignant. He reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” 42 Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cleansed. 43 Jesus sent him away at once with a strong warning: 44 “See that you don’t tell this to anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your cleansing, as a testimony to them.” 45 Instead he went out and began to talk freely, spreading the news. As a result, Jesus could no longer enter a town openly but stayed outside in lonely places. Yet the people still came to him from everywhere.
THE SETTING OF THE BOOK OF MARK
Each Gospel was written to reach a different group of people.
Matthew. . .Matthew wrote primarily for the Jews.
Luke. . . . . .The Greeks with focus on humanity of Jesus.
John. . . . . .The whole world that Jesus Christ of Nazareth is the Son of God.
Mark. . . . . . The Romans and his theme is Jesus Christ the Servant.
A CALL FOR HELP
Leprosy is a symbol of sin in the Scriptures.
You are ABLE, but are you WILLING?
A CARING RESPONSE
He responded with a touch of His hand and the Word of God.
Our world is looking for a Caring Touch / Caring Response.
A CLEANSING REACTION
The cleansing ceremony in Leviticus 14 of a Leper is symbolic of salvation.
Interesting thought: Jesus told this man to keep quiet, and yet he told everybody. Jesus commands us to tell everybody – and we keep quiet!
LIVE IT OUT
> Who are the UNTOUCHABLES God has placed in your life?
> How can you serve those who do not know Christ?
> Who, here today, needs to be cleansed and made whole?