Luke 17 v 11 “Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus travelled along the border between Samaria and Galilee.”
Can you walk down the grey path? It is a lot more difficult than the black and white paths of life.
The border between Samaria and Galilee is a grey path, It is neither one or the other. The Samaritans were definitely considered as unclean people by those in Galilee. This is borderland and an unclean place. They haven’t even arrived yet in the next border town of the leper colony and here they are, Jesus leading them in uncomfortable places. They would meet their own kind there but also people who were known as below them, people who didn’t please God though they tried by following Scriptures, they never worshipped in the Temple of Jerusalem and so were sub-standard. Galilee was where Jesus had performed miracles and had cleansed so many lives. But along the border is where a new culture develops between the acceptable and the not so.
Does everything have to be clear cut for you?
Are there certain streets you will never walk down?
Is your favourite verse in the Bible, ‘Come out from among them’? (2 Corinthians 6:17)
Do you never like to use grey?
Jesus walks in the questionable places.
Jesus walks in the places that were united but now stand divided.
Jesus walks where no one really wants to.
Jesus walks in the messy places.
He likes the grey.