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Leviticus 14:1-57

As I read through the 14th chapter several times, two things kept running through my mind. One was a memory of an event in November 2004 when my apartment walls had to be torn down because of “mold.” Yikes that was tough so I know what it is you have to do to get rid of “leprosy,” on the walls. It ain’t easy.

The second thing that floated through my head was the thought of, “the curse of the law.”

Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us (because it is written, "Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree") (Galatians 3:13 NET.)

Just reading everything that needed to be done once you were cured of “leprosy” is exhausting. Keeping the Law was a burden because sin is a burden. I am so glad Jesus told us,
Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. (Matthew 11:28-30 KJVR)

While thinking about this I also realized there was a bigger blessing for one of the ten lepers Jesus cleansed, he turned back to worship and give thanks (Luke 17:12-19). Jesus had sent all ten to the Temple to show themselves to the priests and on the way, all ten were cleansed. Once at the Temple they would have had to participate in the expense and time of the ritual cleansing. This would have put their new beginning of living their lives on hold until the entire ceremony was completed provided they had the finances for bringing the offering for the poor.

The man who came back to worship was told to “go thy way,” where before they all were told to “go show thyself to the priest.”

And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off: And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go show yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed. And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.
(Luke 17:12-19 KJV)

An attitude of gratitude does great wonders. All were cleansed but only one was freed.

Grace and peace,
Ramona

I have found myself trying to immediately give God praise and grattitude after every small and large daily victory. It helps to remind be that everything is his.

Our words definitely matter! I used to say that old adage growing up, Sticks and stones break my bones but words never hurt you is a lie from the devil..Words seap deep in the depths of your heart and foundation and they can and will hurt. If they didn't then why do children commit suicide from being bullied at schools or wives refuse to leave a broken marriage due to mental and emotional abuse and sometimes take their life or children who are unsure of their sexuality become so confused by others words spoken over them. Also, the unchanging unfaultered word of the bible, how could it change so many lives and that is because whatever you give your attention becomes your affection! Words are powerful!!

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