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From biblical times to the onset of the Black Death in the fourteenth century, leprosy was considered the worst human affliction, both medically and socially. Only fifty years ago, leprosy, or Hansens disease, was an incurable infectious illness, and it still remains a grave global concern. Recently, leprosy has generated attention in scholarly…
Our Savior in all His ministry had mercy on the poor lepers, saying to them, "Gatharisthete" ("Be thou cleansed"). This is a verb in the imperative mood, second person, singular number, and is still ringing around the world fraught with unutterable mercy to every lost soul which is full of leprosy, without a single exception, and doomed to endless woe, unless felicitously expurgated by the cleansing blood, which the Holy Spirit applies to every abandoned, believing, soul, reaching every corpuscle of spiritual blood, eliminating the virus of depravity, verifying the adjective used in the English Bible in connection with the word, "Be thou clean," which means the removal of all impurity out of the spiritual organism, making you clean, like Adam and Eve before they fell, when they had no idea what sin was.
It is wonderful how everything in Bible lands is now going on as when our Savior and His apostles were on the earth. They still have the lepers in that country. The Lord has let me make four journeys thither in the last twenty years. I always gave especial attention to the lepers, as I was so very sorry for them. They exiled them to prevent the spread of the disease. If you have your skin ruptured anywhere and a particle of the matter should strike your organism, it will disseminate throughout, like a little taint in a ham of meat will quickly infect it all. As it is hereditary they prohibit them from marrying.
About the author:
William Baxter Godbey (1833-1920) is considered as one of the most influential evangelists in his time. He ministered salvation to thousands, and led many of those into entire sanctifiation. His ministry was marked by revival everywhere he went, and preached the Gospel for over 70 years. He travelled back and forth across the continental United States, and is said to have circled the globe in missionary work a full five times.
He wrote well over two-hundred books, (though many of them would be considered tracts or pamphlets rather than complete books) including a complete, seven-volume New Testament commentary, which paired well with his translation of the New Testament.
It is truly unfortunate that Godbey is best known today for his eccentricity rather than his contributions to the Kingdom of God. One that will quickly become evident in his use of the initials "N.B." throughout many of his books. This is short for "Nota Bene" which means, "Note Well".
Without question, this tireless worker for God is worth remembering, and prayerfully, these books will continue to be a blessing for a new generation.