In the Valley of the Lepers

BFB220409 Leper on the Day of His Cleansing
Leper on the day of his cleansing, Simon Fokke, after a drawing Louis Fabritius Dubourg, 1722-1784, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

The reason we don’t reach out more to undesirable people is because they are, well, undesirable. But how much of that undesirableness is because they are actually toxic to us, and how much is a description we have assigned based on our own preferences? This is why it’s uncomfortable to read that our Messiah made a habit of reaching out to the undesirables. It gets even more uncomfortable when we realize we ourselves are undesirable, but He reached out to us anyway.

Leviticus 14:1-15:33; 2 Kings 7:3-20; Exodus 29:19-21; John 5:19-20, 14:9-15; James 1:26-27, 4:1-12

Click here to listen to the podcast: In the Valley of the Lepers

Click here to download the transcript: In the Valley of the Lepers.pdf

Music: “Made to Leave” (feat. Mason Clover), Exodus Road Band, Heart of the Matter, 2016. See the official video on Youtube at The Exodus Road Band’s music is available at

Author: Albert J. McCarn

I am a lifelong disciple of Jesus (Yeshua) of Nazareth, an avid student of the Bible, a devoted husband and father, a 29-year veteran of the United States Army, and a historian who connects people with their own stories.

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