Luke 17:12 “And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off:”

The Bible records that these men were standing afar off. It is forbidden by law and custom to come near those who were sound and whole for fear of infecting them.

The concept of quarantine and lockdown dates back in history.

Leviticus 13:46 “As long as you have the disease, you are unclean and must live alone outside the camp.” (CEV)

Numbers 5:2 “to say to the people of Israel, “Put out of the camp everyone who has leprosy or a bodily discharge or who has touched a dead body. Now that I live among my people, their camp must be kept clean.”” (CEV)

Anyone who has leprosy is considered unclean and so must stay outside the camp. As a matter of fact if a leprous man is coming he must shout so that every other person can give way for him to pass.

That was the plight of these lepers. They were probably abandoned in this village with no one to help and since they are not permitted to come near “normal” people they stood afar off.

What makes a man stand far away from the Lord in our modern day is guilt from sin. A sinful man is considered unclean. The devil has a way of dragging the believer back into sin consciousness so that he would not be able to stand boldly in the place of prayer.

The devil’s main tactics is to keep us as far away as possible from our Saviour. Once he succeeds at it, he can then deal with the believer. That is the reason why we must not allow anything to break our fellowship with the Father.

However, there is something you must know:

Psalms 103:12 “As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.”

Note carefully that he didn’t say as far as the North is from the South. He used East to West. Here is why:

To be continued…

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