Luke 17: 12-13 “As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance 13 and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”
If you became leprous then life as you knew it ended. You would never be the same again. You were stigmatised, marginalised and not only from society, but seen as God’s judgment on you.
The unclean are still with us today. They are not leprous people, but they are seen as displeasing to God.
- They can be found outside.
They are not welcomed. They have to change their ways to be accepted. If they came in they would make us all unclean.
From the borderlands of Samaria and Galilee Jesus is now approaching a village. On the border of the village are ten men who all had leprosy. The ‘clean’ people are in the village and the ‘unclean’ are outside.
- They usually gather in like-minded groups.
If the ‘Church’ doesn’t want them then they will form new churches, communities that are held together not so much in what they believe but in who is against them.
- They are at a distance to the body of Christ.
They do not know how to draw near. Some have tried and found rejection and condemnation. A distance is safer for them.
- They can make a loud noise even for a small number.
The level of noise is not indicative of how many are speaking but the level of passion even if for only a few.
- They often don’t ask for what they truly need.
They are conditioned to ask for ‘stuff’ to survive their life, whether that be money or food etc. They don’t ask for healing.
Jesus met the unclean that day and something unexpected was about to happen!