Matthew Lesson 9 Day 2

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Matthew Lesson 9 Day 2

Matthew 8:1-17

3) The leper comes to Jesus

Leprosy was, and in some places still is, a horrible disease. The sufferers gradually lose feeling, muscles waste away, and tendons contract.

As it progresses, they lose fingers and toes and may lose a hand or foot. “The duration of that kind of leprosy is anything from twenty to thirty years. It is a kind of terrible progressive death in which a man dies by inches.” (Barclay)1

According to Leviticus 13:44-46, lepers must observe the following rules:

  • Wear torn clothes.
  • Leave their hair uncombed.
  • Live outside the camp.
  • Call out, “Unclean, unclean!” if anyone approaches.

“In Jesus’ time, rabbis sometimes boasted about how badly they treated lepers. One bragged that he refused to buy even an egg on a street where he saw a leper; another boasted that he threw rocks at lepers upon seeing them.”1

  • Boldness—Luke 5:12 says the man was covered with leprosy. Lepers were forbidden to come near the non-leprous. In fact, the only thing more defiling than touching a leper was touching a dead body.
  • Humility—Jesus is his only hope.
  • Believes that Jesus is sent by God
  • He worships Jesus.
  • Faith that Jesus can make him completely clean—He has no doubt.

Jesus’ actions

  • Stretches out His hand
  • Touches him, demonstrating His authority over the Law.
  • Heals him, demonstrating His authority over the disease.
  • Instructs the leper to present himself to the priest in accordance with the law showing His commitment to it.
  • Orders the leper not to tell anyone else

Jesus’ emotions

  • NIV says Jesus was indignant, but the Amplified says Jesus was moved with pity and sympathy. Moved with compassion (NKJV) seems more in character with Jesus’ behavior toward others who clearly had no other hope. Unless Jesus was indignant toward the disease systematically consuming the man’s body. This would also be in line with compassion.
  • Willing (Perhaps that is more of an attitude, but it seems to me to be an outflow of emotion or his heart toward the man and his condition.)
  • Passionately adamant and stern about the leper remaining silent

Jesus’ words

  • “I am willing. Be made clean.”
  • “See that you say nothing to anyone; but go your way, show yourself to the priest, and offer for your cleansing those things which Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.” NKJV

Jesus said, “I am willing.”

It seems the leper asked out of humility and truly not knowing if Jesus was willing to heal a leper. In Matthew 4:23–25, Jesus healed many, and some may have been among the multitude he just taught.

While Jesus’ fame as a healer spread like wildfire, perhaps the leper is unaware of anyone healed of leprosy. To him, it may seem his case is either too difficult or that Jesus is unwilling to come near an unclean outcast.

Jesus demonstrates His willingness and ability to heal even the hopeless, contagious, and unclean. Jesus also demonstrates an absence of fear in the face of a communicable disease by touching the untouchable. I’m thankful the blood He shed and the body broken for us provides salvation and healing for all who ask.

“Bless (affectionately, gratefully praise) the Lord, O my soul; and all that is [deepest] within me, bless His holy name!

Bless (affectionately, gratefully praise) the Lord, O my soul, and forget not [one of] all His benefits—

Who forgives [every one of] all your iniquities, Who heals [each one of] all your diseases,

Who redeems your life from the pit and corruption, Who beautifies, dignifies, and crowns you with loving-kindness and tender mercy;

Who satisfies your mouth [your necessity and desire at your personal age and situation] with good so that your youth, renewed, is like the eagle’s [strong, overcoming, soaring]!

The Lord executes righteousness and justice [not for me only, but] for all who are oppressed.” Psalm 103:1–6 AMP

4a) The centurion

God-fearing, faith-filled, humble, compassionate, leader, who understood the value of time and understands the power of sending his word.

b.  Centurion’s words

This encounter occurred about six months after Jesus’ very first healing miracle (John 4:46) also in Capernaum. It’s possible the Centurion heard about how Jesus healed the nobleman’s son.2

  • Lord, I am not worthy or fit to have You come under my roof;” (Matthew 8:8b) AMP
  • “only speak the word, and my servant boy will be cured.” (Matthew 8:8c) AMP
  • “For I also am a man subject to authority, with soldiers subject to me.” (Matthew 8:9) AMP
  • “And I say to one, Go, and he goes; and to another, Come, and he comes; and to my slave, Do this, and he does it.” (Matthew 8:9) AMP

5) Jesus, the Healer, Jehovah Raphah

Prophecies about the healing ministry of the coming Messiah in Isaiah 29:18-19; 35:5-6; 42:6-7

  • –The deaf will hear.
  • –Blind eyes will see.
  • –The lame will leap like deer.
  • –The tongue-tied will sing songs of triumph. (TPT)

I believe that Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of the promise for total healing and redemption of man in mind, body, and spirit. This total healing was provided in Christ’s atoning sacrifice.   1 Peter 2:24

Jesus also said to His disciples—anyone, which means I’m included—back then and into the future to go and do even greater things. “I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, if anyone steadfastly believes in Me, he will himself be able to do the things that I do; and he will do even greater things than these because I go to the Father.”  (John 14:12)  

I want that! I want to speak with authority—sending the word to heal a paralytic. I want to set the captives free, raise the dead, win the lost, make disciples…I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.

Update: I have some testimonies since I wrote that in 2013.

Peter’s mother-in-law healed

In Luke 4:38-39 Jesus left the synagogue and entered Simon Peter’s house. His wife’s mother was sick with a high fever so they asked Jesus to help her.

Jesus stood over her, touched her hand, rebuked the fever and it left her.

She was so completely healed that she got up and served them.

In this account, we also learn that…

  • Simon (Peter) was married,
  • his wife’s mother lived with them,
  • Jesus does not object to marriage.
  • He was compassionate toward the sick and the family who loved her.
  • Jesus had no fear of catching her illness. (He got close enough to touch her hand.)
  • He treated women with more respect than most men in their culture.

Many healed after the Sabbath sunset

People brought many who were demon-possessed. He cast them out with a word.

He also healed everyone else who was sick.

Seventeen times in the Gospels, Jesus healed every sick person present.2

Matthew quotes Isaiah 53:4 to show that Jesus fulfilled the Messianic prophecy.

Jesus broke religious and cultural traditions and boundaries

He touched a leper and a sick woman.

Offered to go to the Roman centurion’s home to heal his servant.

6) Faith challenge

1 Peter 2:24 “ who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.”

Why then do I believe He has already forgiven our sins, but not already healed our diseases? I so long to regularly see incurable diseases healed.

Unlike the leper, we don’t have to ask if He is willing.

Jesus does not shrink back from the worst of the worst. Nothing we do or experience in this life is beyond His compassion and mercy.

The song Just One Touch From the King comes to mind…

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