Mark 1: 40 -45 Jesus Cleanses a Leper

40 And a leper came to him, imploring him, and kneeling said to him, “If you will, you can make me clean.” 41 Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand and touched him and said to him, “I will; be clean.” 42 And immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean. 43 And Jesus sternly charged him and sent him away at once, 44 and said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded, for a proof to them.” 45 But he went out and began to talk freely about it, and to spread the news, so that Jesus could no longer openly enter a town, but was out in desolate places, and people were coming to him from every quarter.

Mark 2: 1 -22 Jesus Heals a Paralytic

1 And when he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. 2 And many were gathered together, so that there was no more room, not even at the door. And he was preaching the word to them. 3 And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. 4 And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him, and when they had made an opening, they let down the bed on which the paralytic lay. 5 And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” 6 Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, 7 “Why does this man speak like that? He is blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” 8 And immediately Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that they thus questioned within themselves, said to them, “Why do you question these things in your hearts? 9 Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise, take up your bed and walk’? 10 But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he said to the paralytic—11 “I say to you, rise, pick up your bed, and go home.” 12 And he rose and immediately picked up his bed and went out before them all, so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!”

LIBERATING US FROM LEPROSY

Mark1:40-45 A Person with Leprosy is…

  1. Suffering-very badly
  2. Avoided-1st for self-defense, because you don’t want to catch this contagious disease that affects the skin, mucous membranes, and nerves, causing discoloration and lumps on the skin and, in severe cases, disfigurement and deformities.
  3. Rejected as a social outcast -and metaphorically as a moral outcast.

In Deut. 28: 15 -23 & Ex. 23: 25 Israel is promised immunity from diseases if it obeyed God’s law. Ex 23: 25 says, “You shall serve the LORD your God, and he a will bless your bread and your water, and I will take sickness away from among you.”

This means …

  1. Israel was the recipient of a special blessing -not transferrable to other entities / people of faith. (Applies to Israel only!)
  2. God spoke to Israel a general principle that applies to contemporary churches, so if we are completely obedient we will be disease free.
  3. Every blind, deaf, crippled, diseased Israeli was a witness to their failure to obey God.
  4. God’s healing power was only for people of the Old Testament.

In relation to praying for the sick, James 5: 14-15 says “IF” sin has been committed they will be forgiven, so…

IF “A” IS TRUE, THEN “C” MIGHT BE TRUE.

WHILE LEPROSY SYMBOLIZES THE CORRUPTION OF SIN, CONTRACTING THE DISEASE DOES NOT MEAN IT IS A DIRECT CONSEQUENCE OF PERSONAL SIN.

God does give us promises that nations (people groups) who obey Him will be BLESSED & those that worship idols will be CURSED. Let’s explore this concept by turning in our Bibles to Duet 28.

LEPROSY SYMBOLIZES THE CORRUPTION OF SIN

DUETERONOMY 28 -The Leprosy In Our Land

Duet 28: 1-6 Obedience = Blessings In Your Cities and Fields, Pregnancies, Food & Provisions

Duet 28: 7-14 Obedience = Blessings In Your Nation’s Foreign Affairs, Your Environment & Work

Duet 28: 15 -24 Disobedience = Cursed Cities, in the Field, Your Womb & Health

Duet 28: 25-27 Disobedience = Cursed to be defeated & flee before enemies. (1×7 dynamics) We’ll be stricken with what appears boils, tumors and scabs and itch, which cannot be healed. (STDs?)

Duet 28: 28-35 Disobedience = Confusion & Groping because you can’t determine which direction to go. Forfeiture of Prosperity; Loss of Children 32Your sons and your daughters shall be given to another people, while your eyes look on and fail with longing for them all day long, but you shall be helpless. (Isn’t this what Common Core Education is doing to our children as they are being told to wear Burkhas to school, being desensitized to sexual sin, and taught anti-Biblical values?)

33 A nation that you have not known shall eat up the fruit of your ground and of all your labors, (Free Trade Bills. Think of the deceit: Rule of Thumb In Global Economy is move production to distribution & distribution to where the consumers are. America & the West are still the greatest stable consumer cultures. So why is production, which provides the highest paying jobs being shipped away from US?)

Duet 28: 36-44 Disobedience = 36Another nation’s values shall overrule, & you’ll worship idols. 38 inflation with eat up your efforts, so you’ll work harder to get much less. 43 the immigrant will rise higher than you.

Duet 28: 45-51 Destruction by Immigration Is What Is Taking Place In Europe & May Soon Be Here. It’s the proverbial “Eating You Out of House and Home” You will serve an enemy nation that will swoop down like the eagle, = rapidly overtake the land. They won’t speak your language (Press 2 for Spanish). They will be from a harsh culture and be 50 a hard-faced people who won’t respect the old nor show mercy to the young.

Duet 28: 52-57 The most civil will crack in the crisis and do terrible things to others.

Duet 28: 58-63 If we obey we get blessed, but disobedience will be accompanied by extraordinary afflictions that dramatically will decrease the population:

Duet 28: 64-68 If we disobey we get scattered to be terrorized by those who worship demon-idols, and who as a result reflect incredible torture and terror on its captives:

THE LOST LEPER TAKES A LEAP OF FAITH

Mark 1: 40-41 The Lost Leper Takes A Leap of Faith a leper came to him, imploring him, and kneeling said to him, “If you will, you can make me clean” (= katharismos,a cleansing/purging). 41Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand and touched him and said to him, “I will;

The Leprous man expressed faith by

  1. Living outside the city
  2. Breaking the rules to seek Jesus
  3. Expressing faith by saying “If Thou canst, Thou wilt;” (if you can, will you make me clean)
  4. Expressing faith by saying “If Thou wilt, Thou canst.” (I know you can, so will you make me clean.”)

B & D NOTE, THE MAN DID NOT ASK A QUESTION, BUT STATED

HE KNEW CHRIST COULD HEAL HIM.

Cleansing is the Lord’s provision for both sin and leprosy

THE LOST LEPER IS REDEEMED & CLEANED

Mark 1: 40-41 The Leper Once Was Lost But Now Is Found The Savior and the leper – 40 And a leper came to him, imploring him, and kneeling said to him, “If you will, you can make me clean.” 41 Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand and touched him and said to him, “I will;

  1. Richardson, M.A. says The Leprous man
  2. Was painfully aware of his lost condition. -as a sinner comes to see his sin as disgrace and uncleanness before God. He realized his need.
  3. Understood the present opportunity to reach out to the Great Healer who was close by; (2 Cor 6:2 -“Behold now is the acceptable time; now is the day of salvation.”
  4. Plainly acknowledged the Lord’s position as a powerful healer and helper of the lost. He confessed his need and got the remedy.
  5. Upon confessing his need, he got cleansed -symbolic of being washed in the blood of the Lamb.

MAKING THE MOST OF THE MASTER’S MERCY

THE LEVITICUS LAW FOR CLEANSING LEPERS

Mark 1: 44 Jesus commanded the man to show himself to the Priest and go through the Levitical offering process for his cleansing as God instructed through Moses in Leviticus 14 because:

  1. The Lord wanted to demonstrate that He had not come to destroy even the ceremonial law, but to reveal Himself as the fulfillment of it. (Matt 5: 17)
  2. Through the priest the man would be accepted back into the community.
  3. It would prove the reality and completeness of Christ’s cleansing work.
  4. It was better for the man’s own spiritual life to go through the week-long process and cherish and contemplate what Christ now means to him. (The man is hyped about healing, but needs to become a disciple to point others to salvation.)

ALLTHE ABOVE

Lev 14: 4-5 The priest takes “2 birds alive and clean, cedar-wood, scarlet thread, and hyssop: These symbolize Christ who is alive and sinless, but who will die for us on a cross, and atone for us like during the Exodus Passover Israel dipped hyssop in the scarlet blood, and placed it on their doorways.

THE BIG PICTURE OF OBEDIENCE

Mark 1: 43-45 God sees the context -the circumstances related to an event, so it is important that we obey.

43 And Jesus sternly charged him and sent him away at once, 44 and said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded, for a proof to them.” 45 But he went out and began to talk freely about it, and to spread the news, so that Jesus no longer could openly enter a town, but was out in desolate places, and people were coming to him from every quarter.

When the cleansed leper spread the news about his healing…

  1. He neglected to make a “proof” to the priest, as indicated by the word “But”.
  2. The priest did not receive the testimony about Christ
  3. It limited Christ’s ability to walk around openly, due to crowds of wonder seekers clamoring for a sign.
  4. It made it more difficult for people to receive services from Christ.

RAISE THE ROOF -JESUS IS IN THE HOUSE!!! (1)

Mark 1: 29 & 2:1 Jesus Is In Simon-Peter’s House

29 And immediately he left the synagogue and entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. 30 Now Simon’s mother-in-law lay ill with a fever, and immediately they told him about her. 31 And he came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and the fever left her, and she began to serve them.

Jesus healed Simon-Peter’s mother so she could SERVE

Mark 2:1 and again he entered into Capernaum, after somedays; and it was reported that he was in the house/ “at home”. So Simon-Peter’s home had become Jesus’s home.

If you rented or loaned your house to a motorcycle gang or a drug dealer, do you think it might have an outcome that effects the building? (Would a gun fight, or fist fights possibly damage the walls, windows, etc.?)

Well having Jesus in your house is going to have some outcomes too.

RAISE THE ROOF -JESUS IS IN THE HOUSE!!! (2)

Mark 2: 2-4 What Happens When Jesus Hits Your House

2 And many were gathered together, so that there was no more room, not even at the door. And he was preaching the word to them. 3 And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. 4 And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him, and when they had made an opening, they let down the bed on which the paralytic lay.

When Jesus hits your house, you may experience

  1. loss of privacy – as many were gathered together
  2. loss of convenience – as there was no more room, not even at the door
  3. an amazing unleashing of God’s Word – as Jesus was preaching the word to them
  4. You risk what the other guests may do – like the four men carrying a paralytic removed the roof!

RAISE THE ROOF -JESUS IS IN THE HOUSE!!! (3)

Mark 2: 5-12 For the paralytic to be healed there had to be 4 follow throughs of faith:

For the paralytic to be healed there had to be 4 follow throughs of faith:

SUMMARY LIBERATING US FROM LEPROSY  

Mark 1: 40-45 Jesus was moved with pity (compassionate, tender care for those with the tremendously debilitating disease of Leprosy -he healed 10 at once in Luke 17: 11 -14

The leprosy in our land can be healed if we dare to:

CLOSING PRAYER:

God may You work such faith, commitment, discipline, and obedience in us so we can believe you more, love you more than our reputations of what others think of us, and completely commit our way to You so You can direct and use us to participate effectively on Your Harvest field, Your Healing field, and Your Battle field. In Jesus Name we pray! Amen!!!

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