“He shall cry out, 'Unclean, unclean!'
As long as the sore is on him he shall declare himself unclean,
since he is in fact unclean.
He shall dwell apart, making his abode outside the camp.”
“‘If you wish, you can make me clean.’
Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand,
touched him, and said to him,
‘I do will it. Be made clean.’
The leprosy left him immediately, and he was made clean.”
Jesus heals the man with leprosy, but does much more than just heal a terrible disease. Leprosy was dangerous. It had the potential to infect and destroy the entire community. Those infected were required to keep others at a distance and to live outside of the community. They were unclean and disconnected. Relationships were cut off, families ripped apart, and even practice of the faith was excluded.