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August 8, 2015

DEVOTIONAL – AUG 6

by Leslie John

LEPER HEALED

Leslie M. John

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. (Matthew 8:2-4)

Leprosy is a sign of sin. Notwithstanding any theory the medical science would say about Leprosy, this disease was under the control of God. He could turn this incurable disease as transient that could be arrested or heal fully or allow it to last permanently as He wished. Lord Jesus Christ healed leper fully as we read in Matthew 8:2-4.

A leper approached Lord Jesus Christ and worshipped Him and prayed to him that if Jesus willed He can make him clean. The leper believed that Lord Jesus Christ can heal him and, therefore, asserted very firmly that if He willed He can heal him. Seeing how the leper believed in Him, Jesus touched him saying, “I will, be thou clean”. The man was fully healed of leprosy immediately and was cleansed. Jesus said to him not to tell anyone but go the priest and offer the gift that Moses commanded for a testimony. There are three points to note here:

1. The leper worshipped Jesus
2. The leper prayed to Jesus
3. 3. The leper acknowledged the Lordship of Jesus Christ

Worship is to bow down and pay respect. The word is translated from Greek transliterated word “proskuneo”. (Strong’s number 4352),which means to kiss, like a dog licking his master’s hand or to prostrate oneself in homage.

It can be seen that the leper prayed to Jesus that if He willed He can make the leper clean. Why did leper use the word ‘clean’, instead of ‘heal’. Hebrew transliterated word “tahowr” (Hebrew Strong’s Number 2889) and Greek transliterated word “katharizo” (Strong’s number 2511) mean to cleanse, purge, purify. Obviously leprosy is un-clean, impure, and needs to be purged and cleansed.

There are three things that Jesus told the cleansed leper to do.

1. Tell No man (Until he sees the priest to show that he was healed of leprosy)
2. Offer the gift to the priest as Moses commanded
3. Bear it as a testimony in order that he may be admitted into society (Cf. Lev 14:1-32)

Worship is to bow down and pay respect. The word is transliterated from Greek word “proskuneo”. (Strong’s number 4352) that which means to kiss, like a dog licking his master’s hand or to prostrate oneself in homage.

It can be seen that the leper prayed to Jesus that if He willed He can make the leper clean. Why did leper use the word ‘clean’, instead of ‘heal’? Hebrew transliterated word “tahowr” (Hebrew Strong’s Number 2889) and Greek transliterated word “katharizo” (Strong’s number 2511) mean to cleanse, purge, purify. Obviously leprosy is un-clean, impure, and needs to be purged and cleansed.

There are three things that Jesus told the cleansed leper to do.

1. Tell No man (Until he sees the priest to show that he was healed of leprosy)
2. Offer the gift to the priest as Moses commanded
3. Bear it as a testimony in order that he may be admitted into society (Cf. Lev 14:1-32)

Lord Jesus Christ came into this world in the form of a servant and in the likeness of man and did many miracles and wonders. He taught repentance and the way to salvation. He said:

“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6)

Lord Jesus Christ bore our sin that was worse than leprosy disease in order that if we believe in Him we shall not perish but have everlasting life. Whoever repents of his/her sins and confesses by mouth that the Lord Jesus Christ is the Son of God and believes in heart that God raised Him from the dead shall be saved.

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved” (Romans 10:9)

“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him” (2 Corinthians 5:21)

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