The Untouchables

Is your pain so great that you think, "Even God can't comfort me?"

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They're called the "Untouchables." There are tens of millions in India—outcasts in their own country. They're not outcasts because they have some dreaded disease or committed a crime. They are shunned because they are considered the lowest kind of person in the Hindu cast system. They are untouchable because they exist.

One of the most dreaded diseases of the ancient world was leprosy. A leper slowly, painfully rotted away. At the time of Jesus, lepers were to announce their arrival in public by shouting, "Unclean! Unclean!" and were untouchable.

A leprous man came to Jesus begging for healing. Remarkably, Jesus healed him by touching him. Jesus didn't have to touch the "untouchable" man in order to heal him. He did so as an act of comfort.

Is your pain so great that you think, "Even God can't comfort me?" Get on your knees and ask God to reveal to you His purpose for your life. Then pick up a Bible and begin reading the Way of life designed by the Creator. With God there are no untouchables.

For Beyond Today, I'm Gary Petty.

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