What's in a name?
By SimonLeper
12/5/2012 7:41:49 PM
During my reading of the Gospels this last time around, I was drawn to several of the biblical groups and figures in new ways. One was the people the Savior healed, and in particular, the lepers. They were outcasts in their communities. They were unclean and unwanted. Nevertheless, the Lord in his compassion healed them as they came to him. Late in His life, He was found having supper in the home of Simon the Leper.

What a blessing to know that Christ doesn’t reject the ill and infirm or those who are unwanted in society. To the contrary, He invites all to come unto Him so He can give them rest.”
Simon the leper shows up in a couple of the Gospels—“Simon the leper (Matt. 26:6; Mark 14:3), in whose house Mary anointed Jesus (TG).”

From the Bible Dictionary a part of the definition of Leper is: “The disease was regarded as a living death”. Lepers were seen as those plagued. I think in the same way those of us who suffer from sexual addiction also see ourselves as outcasts. For the most part, society has accepted every addiction under the sun with compassion—overeating (although there is a heavier stigma here than with many addictions), smoking, alcohol, drugs, etc—except that of pornography and sex addiction. I know that this addiction thrives in the dark and perhaps that is why.

Maybe Satan knows that unlike any other addiction this is the one that carries the greatest stigma with it. Many people think of sex addicts as perverts who will stop at nothing to get what they want. And so perhaps it is the lepers that I can feel the most at home with.

This is why it’s significant that Simon the leper is identified as such. If he truly was a recovered leper he would never forget it. And I imagine that he was friends with Christ and never forgot him because Christ may be the one who healed him. It’s an enchanting notion to think of Simon the leper and the one out of the ten lepers as one in the same. It’s enticing to think that Simon kept his title of leper to remember what the good Lord had done for him.

Like a leper I too am in desperate need of healing. I need to always remember what I am because it is in this remembering that I remember who healed me and who has my back. I like the humility of Simon the leper and he is a new hero of mine.


Thankfully, He can heal us    
"What a wonderful miracle. :)"
posted at 03:51:27 on December 6, 2012 by Anonymous
Thankfully, He can heal us    
"What a wonderful miracle. :)"
posted at 03:52:42 on December 6, 2012 by Anonymous

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