How to Avoid Leprosy

"The Healing of Ten Lepers James Tissot Brooklyn Museum
“The Healing of Ten Lepers
James Tissot
Brooklyn Museum

There is in the middle of Paul’s letter to Rome a window into the apostle’s heart.  Listen to the passion and urgency of a man who grieves that his own people, blessed in every way, have yet to recognize their Messiah:

I tell the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Spirit, that I have great sorrow and continual grief in my heart.  For I could wish that I myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my countrymen according to the flesh, who are Israelites, to whom pertain the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the service of God, and the promises; of whom are the fathers and from whom, according to the flesh, Christ came, who is over all, the eternally blessed God. Amen.  (Romans 9:1-5 NKJV)

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