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Jesus on Infection Control and Quarantine

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During the Corona Virus outbreak there is a lot of talk about infection control and quarantine.
Today I was reminded of this odd little story of a healing that Jesus performed:

Jesus Cures a Blind Man at Bethsaida (Mark 8:22-26)
They came to Bethsaida. Some people brought a blind man to him and begged him to touch him. He took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village; and when he had put saliva on his eyes and laid his hands on him, he asked him, “Can you see anything?” And the man looked up and said, “I can see people, but they look like trees, walking.” Then Jesus laid his hands on his eyes again; and he looked intently and his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. 26 Then he sent him away to his home, saying, “Do not even go into the village.”

Sounds gross, right?
Smearing spit in someone’s eye would be the greatest way to spread all kinds of infections. But then all of a sudden Jesus seems to understand what he just did and asks the man to self-quarantine: Stay at home and avoid public places.

The moral of the story?
Finding the right balance of engagement and solitude is not easy