I'm doing the New Testament portion of the reading plan this year & so my posts will be based on that portion.
A man with a skin disease came to Jesus. He fell to his knees & begged Jesus, "You can heal me if you will." Jesus felt sorry for the man, so he reached out his hand & touched him & said, "I will. Be healed!"
Jesus shows love & compassion first!
A man with leprosy would have been outcast. He probably would have had very limited contact with others & likely no physical contact in a long time. I can imagine he would have felt very lonely but more than that I believe each person longs for physical touch. Some maybe wouldn't agree with that as they may not be "huggers" but I think deep down each person needs to physically feel loved. Just a touch, a hand on the shoulder or a hug can be huge to a person all alone.
Jesus, before saying anything, reached out & touched him. He showed his love & concern first. The healing came but he showed his love while the man was still unclean.
God doesn’t wait for us to be “clean,” or perfect to love us. He loves us first and he waits for us.