Wednesday, October 5, 2016

DIAGNOSIS

Today’s Reading: Leviticus 13

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The ancient Caesarea Maritima city and harbour was built by Herod the Great about 25-13 BC. It served as an administrative centre of Judaea Province of the Roman Empire. You can read in Acts chapter 10 about the story of Cornelius, who lived in Caesarea. Cornelius, his family, and neighbours were cleansed from the leprosy of sin as the Holy Spirit came upon them.

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Key Verse: Leviticus 13:44

…he is a leprous man. He is unclean. The priest shall surely pronounce him unclean; his sore is on his head.

 

When Jesus healed the 10 lepers, as recorded in Luke 17, He said to them, “Go show yourselves to the priest.” The priests were the medical doctors of the day. Jesus’ miracles will always stand the test of medical scrutiny. The word “leprosy” is found 28 times in Leviticus alone. Obviously, God and Moses treated this disease most seriously. There are two purposes for the instructions concerning leprosy. First, the health of those suffering from this dreaded disease, as well as the protection of others from the disease, and second, the spiritual lesson that leprosy illustrates. Leprosy illustrated for Moses the spiritual corruption that will infect God’s people if left untreated, and if there is no separation from sin.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord, please bless those that serve us in the medical profession. You care about every detail concerning our health and the treatment of our diseases. You are our Healer, Lord Jesus. Please help me to keep clean spiritually. Give me a heart that yearns to honour You always in all I do, say, and think. I pray these blessings through the Person of the One who healed many lepers, the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

From time to time Norma-Jean and I have sent offerings to the Leprosy Mission of Canada. A pill has been developed which can halt and reverse the spread of this disease, particularly if taken regularly at an early stage. Thousands have been helped. In the early 1970’s I travelled to Calcutta. There I spent time with missionary Mark Buntain, who established a wonderful Christian congregation and built a great hospital. In a Sunday morning service we were together at the altar laying hands on the sick, praying for their healing. Before me stood a lady with an obvious leprous sore on her head. To my shame, I drew my hand back, but not Mark. He laid his hand upon her forehead, and prayed. The following Wednesday she appeared at the church. The leprous sore on her head was gone. She was pregnant at the time. Norma-Jean and I took on the support of the Avatoon family (the husband and father had left them). She named the new baby, David, after me. I have never felt so unworthy. Today, the three children are professionals in various fields. Reynold, our son, met the eldest daughter in Calcutta a few years back and took a picture (below). What a joy to receive his first-hand report! Reynold and his wife Kathy were there dedicating a school building project on behalf of Crossroads Missions. Many of you supported this project that helped to get young children away for a few hours each day from the city dump and into school. Reynold called this missions project, “Treasures in the Trash.”

Yours because of God’s concern for every person,

David

Below is the picture of Rita Avatoon. I first met this person when she was a little girl living in a Calcutta slum with her leprous pregnant mother and another sister. A baby boy soon arrived. Mother named him David. Norma-Jean and I had a part in supporting this family until all three children graduated from University.

 

15 thoughts on “Wednesday, October 5, 2016

  1. Thank You, Lord Jesus, for being our healer. Thank you, David, for sharing the photo of the beautiful girl you and Norma-Jean have helped to heal. The power of love is all transforming. Amen. Blessings fellow saints in the Lord.

    The heavens declare the glory of God;
    And the firmament shows His handiwork.
    Psalm 19:1 NKJV

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  2. Thank you for your blog today Pastor David…I am always blessed by your truthfulness, honesty and obedience in sharing your life lessons with me…
    this is your purpose right now. God is good! ALL THE TIME!

  3. Amen Monina: Blessings to all and especially you Pastor David, hope you are home and are feeling completely well again. I am thanking God for you and your lovely family and for the amazing work you are doing In His Name. You are such an inspiration to all of us. Eleanor M.

  4. What a touching story David. You made me cry when you spoke so honestly about stepping back and not wanting to touch this leperous woman.
    I am reminded of the verse in Mark 16 that tells us what we can do for people that are sick. “. These signs shall follow them that believe, they will lay hands on the sick and they will recover”.
    Praying for your total healing man of God.

  5. Praise God David that you are home. I came home yesterday also but without my suitcase. would you pray dear friends that it returns. thank you friends. GER.

    • Dear Father you know exactly were Geraldine’s luggage is. I pray in the Name of Jesus your dear Son, that it will be returned intact to this dear lady. We believe in your promise that if we ask anything in your name believing we will receive. Mark 11;24. Amen.

      • Agreeing with Eleanor for Sister Ger’s luggage to be located and returned to her. When two or three gather together in prayer, You are there with us, Lord. Amen.

      • Lord I know without a doubt that You will return Ger’s suitcase, You did so much of that for me these last few months, You found everything that I had lost! You can and will do the same for Ger! I have realized that when little things happen, we are to turn to God for help! He cares about EVERY ASPECT OF OUR LIVES!
        I lost my ear rings, HE FOUND THEM!
        so, Lord, we praise and thank you for helping Ger and for being with her on her journey and we are thankful and happy that she is home, she will rest and soon be able to go again! Thank you Lord.
        Lord thank you also that David is home also! We pray for total healing of this man and that he will enjoy his home and family!
        Yes, Lord, we thank you for everything we have, for who we are, for where we are, for what we have! All we can say is THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU LORD GOD ALMIGHTY!

  6. Thanks for sharing your testimony re the Leprous family. Praise God for healing that Mother of Leprosy and His faithfulness in their lives. God bless you Norma-Jean for your faithfulness to them financially and I believe, spiritually as well.

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