Week 31, Section 45

Summary: A year since Jesus was baptized his public ministry now includes more healing as he shows his compassion to others and the number of followers and disciples is increasing.  Our study today reveals something more about Jesus’ purpose, his manner of ministry, and his concern for our own physical condition.

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Matthew 8:1-4 Mark 1:40-45 Luke 5:12-16 John
1 When he came down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him. 2 Behold, a leper came to him and worshiped him, saying, “Lord, if you want toa, you canb make me clean.” 3 Jesus stretched out his hand, and touched him, saying, “I want to. Be made clean.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansedc. 4 Jesus said to him, “See that you tell nobody, but go, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.d 40 A leper came to him, begging him, kneeling down to him, and saying to him, “If you want to, you can make me clean.” 41 Being moved with compassion, he stretched out his hand, and touched him, and said to him, “I want to. Be made clean.” 42 When he had said this, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was made clean. 43 He strictly warned him, and immediately sent him out, 44 and said to him, “See you say nothing to anybody, but go show yourself to the priest, and offer for your cleansing the things which Moses commanded, for a testimony to them.d 45 But he went out, and began to proclaim it muche, and to spread about the matter, so that Jesus could no more openly enter into a city, but was outside in desert places: and they came to him from everywhere.f 12 While he was in one of the cities, behold, there was a man full of leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he fell on his face, and begged him, saying, “Lord, if you want to, you can make me clean.” 13 He stretched out his hand, and touched him, saying, “I want to. Be made clean.” Immediately the leprosy left him. 14 He commanded him to tell no one, “But go your way, and show yourself to the priest, and offer for your cleansing according to what Moses commanded, for a testimony to them.d 15 But the report concerning him spread much more, and great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed by him of their infirmities.e 16 But he withdrew himself into the desert, and prayed.g No account of this story

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Study Notes:

“Lord if you want”- notice how the man came to Jesus, honored/regarded him with the title ‘Lord’. In his question he begins by recognizing the ‘will of God’. The will of God is an important aspect when asking for healing and other aid from God.  As in the Lord’s Prayer we are to subject ourselves to the will of God which may not be our wealth and happiness but most certainly includes the wholeness of spirit and
Notes The leper recognizes the ability of
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Testimony to them – That is to the priests, so that 1) they would know that a healing took place and they had no part in making it happen, 2) to fulfill the due process of the Mosaic law, and 3) perhaps most importantly the fulfillment of prophecy about the Messiah who would come and heal.  This is important to understand as the subsequent footnote will show that his failure to follow Jesus instructions
Instead the healed man went out and told people of the miracle. Interestingly Jesus does not punish the man.
Notes
He went away and prayed –

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