The Healer Behind the Healing
-  When he was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him.
-  And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.
-  And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
-  And Jesus saith unto him, See thou tell no man; but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.
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Leprosy, in those days, was a horrible disease not only physically but mentally as well. Lepers were considered to have done evil and this was their punishment. As a result, people misguidedly perceived leprosy as a symptom of sin in the lepers soul.
The Law of Moses has detailed instructions in place. Leviticus 13, Leviticus 14 advises of the proper ways for the leper to guard against interconnecting with others. And because of that, most people (and even the priest’s) treated lepers in a horrible manner. But in his grace and mercy, Jesus treated them with love.
The Man With Leprosy
Jesus had just finished his Sermon on the Mount. After that. the people followed him down the mountain. And then, a man with leprosy came to Jesus, worshipping Him.
The leper understood that Jesus was more than just a healing man. He calls out to Jesus saying “Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.”. In fact, the leper had a knowledge that other people were missing. He cried out “Lord”.
The leper wanted a healing and knew that Jesus could heal him. However, he didn’t know if Jesus was willing to heal him. So he asks, “Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.”
The Man Had Faith
Jesus was willing to cure him. Why? Because, the Leper knew that Jesus had the Godly power and authority to heal. As a result, his faith in Jesus healed him.
There was no ceremony and no pompous used. Jesus reaches out saying, “I will – be cleansed”. The leper completely healed, at that moment, with just one touch from Jesus.
Many healing’s throughout Jesus’ ministry happened without Jesus touching the person. In this case, Jesus specifically touched the leper. As a result, it showed the people that he has the authority to go above the laws of Moses. In the same way, the touch could have been to confirm the man’s belief of exactly who Jesus is and the power he possesses.
The Leper Healed
The man is no longer a leper. Jesus tells him not to tell anyone that Jesus healed him. However; Christ did instruct him to go to the priest. Jesus wanted the man to obey the rules of the Mosaic laws (Leviticus 14). Jesus wanted him to get the blessing of health from the priest’s. As a result, the man (no longer a leper) could go back into the town and back to his family.
During That Era
Legal steps had to happen in order for the man to receive a public bill of good health. If he didn’t, he could not be welcomed back into the fold.
Once the man gathered the required items for the sacrifices, he then must take to them the priest. The priest uses the sacrifices in a ceremony. Following the ceremony, the man then receives a certificate. Proof the once leper is now healed from leprosy.
It was important for the man to get to the priest’s as soon as possible. If the priest’s received the news of the man’s healing from others, it would give the priests an advantage. They would have time to find a reason why they wouldn’t believe him. They might even reject that he had ever been a leper. Perhaps, not given him the certification that he needed in order to receive a public bill of good health.
Jesus wanted the priest’s to hear the man’s own testimony. As a result, it would also be proof that Jesus was indeed the true Messiah.
My Prayer for Matthew 8:1-4
Thank you that you are always aware of everything going on. Father, you knew this leper inside and out, before you ever came face to face.
You allowed him to know who Jesus really is. And, permitted the leper to come forward, knowing, without doubt that Jesus could heal him. As a result, through his faith, he was healed.
The leper had obviously already heard of Jesus and his healing’s. Possibly, he may have heard Jesus’ voice drifting down the mountains and he took strength in what he heard. Regardless of how; he knew who Jesus was he had no doubt at all that Jesus could heal him.
Before That Day
The leper had most likely endured the ailment for a very long time. He probably tried to think of ways he could rid himself of the disease. He suffered the disease and the loneliness of not being with his family.
Quite often, when I am in a tough place, I may try to fix the problems myself. Really, I should be turning them over to you. Whether I need hope or a blessing. Perhaps, a healing or forgiveness. Whether I need to stop fearing or need to learn love and patience, you are always willing to help me.
The leper, had to wait, hoping for Jesus to come his way. I am blessed to have access to the Holy Spirit and Jesus and you Father, continuously.
Thank You Lord
Through this story, I am reminded that love and faith hold an important part in who I am. How I live and how people may see Jesus’ effect on my life, is essential.
I am very blessed to be your daughter. Furthermore, I pray that I always show others how wonderful it is to live for you everyday.
In Jesus’ precious name I pray, Amen