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Daily Devotional with Pastor Jon

August 22

And the remnant of the oil that is in the priest’s hand he shall pour upon the head of him that is to be cleansed: and the priest shall make an atonement for him before the LORD.

Leviticus 14:18

Only four groups of people were anointed with oil upon the head: kings, prophets, priests . . . and lepers. Isn’t that just like the Lord to include lepers in such an august group?

Every day, she made her way to the stream to draw enough water for the two large pots she would carry half a mile back to the manor. Because one of the pots was cracked, by the time she arrived, only a pot and a half were full. After a few years, the cracked pot said, “I’m not worthy. I try to be. I want to be. I mean to be. But I never come through. I only make it half way. Why didn’t you discard me long ago?”

“I want to show you something,” the servant girl replied. And she took the pots on the walk again. “What do you see?”

“All kinds of flowers,” the pot answered.

“That’s right,” the girl said. “They’re there because every day, without you even knowing it, you watered the ground so they could grow.”

I think we all feel like cracked pots. We want to do good, but it seems we never do. But here’s what we need to know: lepers were anointed to be the bouquet of grace. Lepers like us are producing something in which our Master delights. Sure, there’s an anointing on the king and the prophet and the priest. But there’s an anointing on the cleansed leper as well, if for no other reason than to be a trophy of God’s grace.

This Daily Devotional is an excerpt from the book "A Pillar By Day" by Pastor Jon. "A Pillar By Day" is a collection of 365 short devotions from the Old Testament books of Genesis through Deuteronomy. If you would like your own copy of "A Pillar By Day" you can order one from the SearchLight Store.

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