Happy Wednesday! In today's account Jesus is approached by a social outcast (Leper) who would be seen as unclean. Notice the Leper's verbal and physical posture in approaching Jesus, Jesus' response and the effects of this interaction with Jesus. These daily reading and reflection questions are designed to help you grow in Jesus and for Groups as a three part guide when they meet.
What are you thankful for today?
What is overwhelming you right now?
How have you obeyed Jesus since last time (yesterday)?
Pray for the needs you are facing, for the Spirit to help you discover truth and for those you are walking with to discover his gospel.
40 And a leper came to him, imploring him, and kneeling said to him, “If you will, you can make me clean.” 41 Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand and touched him and said to him, “I will; be clean.” 42 And immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean. 43 And Jesus sternly charged him and sent him away at once, 44 and said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded, for a proof to them.” 45 But he went out and began to talk freely about it, and to spread the news, so that Jesus could no longer openly enter a town, but was out in desolate places, and people were coming to him from every quarter.
+ WHAT is happening in these verses? (write it in your own words or use these questions)
_ In vs. 40 What four things do we find the leper doing?
_ In vs. 40 How does the leper frame his question to Jesus?
_ In vs. 41-42 What moves Jesus and what does he do?
_ In vs. 43-45 What does Jesus tell the leper to do and how does it effect Jesus' ministry?
+ HOW, does your identity in Christ compel you to respond with action? (Discuss in guy/girl break-outs, use these questions to help)
_ Is there a change in your posture towards Jesus that you need to make?
_ Is there a change in your posture towards someone else that you need to make?
_ Is there sin in your life you need to confess or turn from?
+ WHO can you share this passage with today? (e.g., your family at dinner, a friend, co-worker or neighbor you are walking with to discover the message Jesus)