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The Lord gives further precise instructions to Moses on how they should present offerings to Him in the Tabernacle. The Book of Leviticus describes in details how blood sacrifices should be presented and it is clear that many such offerings were made by the Israelites.

Why? Because sacrifices were seen as a means of reconciling man with God. Man turns away from God on a daily basis through his sinfulness, so many sacrifices are required.

Jesus would be the last blood offering to be made, he would die for us and sacrifice Himself on the cross, once and for all. Before that day, as we recall in Mark’s Gospel, Jesus would spend His time teaching His disciples through miracles, explaining the scriptures and casting out demons.

Interestingly, while some men questioned how Jesus had the power to forgive sins (only God could do that) the demons knew exactly who he was and that he came from God.

The purpose of these miraculous signs was not only to show God’s power and glory but to demonstrate the power of faith. The four men who brought the paralysed man before Jesus went to extra-ordinary lengths to lower him down through the roof to be healed.

But it is through the healing of the leper that we get a first glimpse of Jesus as an outcast from society – he had touched the leper and was therefore unclean, so he had to stay out in secluded places. As Christians today, we often find ourselves cast out from society, out of line with its culture, but do not be afraid for we are surely following in the footsteps of our Lord and Saviour!

Scripture: Leviticus 1:1-3:17; Mark 1:29-2:12, Psalm 35:17-28; Proverbs 9:13-18

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