Why Did Jesus Touch The Leper?

Touching the Leper

Mark 1:40 – 45

  • Zombie characters do not appear in the Bible.
  • However, lepers would come dangerously near to evoking the same level of horror that we associate with the undead.
  • Lice was a dreadful illness that slowly ate away at the body’s tissues.
  • They were not aware of the disease’s spread because it was unknown to them at the time of Jesus’ birth.
  • As a result, they placed lepers in quarantine.
  • (To get a sense of the fear and terror that leprosy generated in the ancient world, all you have to do is think of the recent events surrounding the Ebola outbreak).
  • In this case, what would you say to a person who approaches you and asks to shake your hand since they have a feared and infectious skin disease?
  • ″No, please don’t come near me,″ we’d all say together.
  • The idea that both of us will become sick is ridiculous.″ We’d keep the leper away from our home.
  • Jesus, on the other hand, does not.

As we read in today’s gospel, when Jesus sees the leper, he is overcome with compassion for him.He reaches out his hand and brushes up against him.Why would Jesus do anything like this?He is not urging us to abandon medical precautions and go about touching diseased individuals in order to help them.

  • Jesus touches the leper in order to demonstrate what God can do.
  • By doing this gesture, Jesus demonstrates that our God is prepared to push through any barrier in order to touch and save the diseased, the outcast, and the condemned.
  • For us, who happen to be the lepers, this is welcome news.
  • Saying to yourself, ″Now hold on a minute,″ you explain that you are not a leper.
  • I’m in good health.
  • My family and friends are here to support me.
  • ″I have a happy and prosperous life.″ That being the case, this gospel is not your gospel—or at least, it is not your gospel today—and you should not accept it.

However, if your life takes a turn for the worst, it is important to remember the gospel.If your health fails and you are forced to deal with a condition that limits your mobility or threatens your existence, this gospel assures you that God will not abandon you and that God intends to touch you even when you are afflicted with a sickness.The message of this gospel is that even when your relationships go apart, when your marriage fails, when your family divides, or when the people you trust turn their backs on you, God is still on your side and that God still intends to redeem you.When we make a mess of things because of greed, selfishness, pride, or weakness, it is tempting to believe that we have no longer earned our worth.We believe that we are dirty and that we do not deserve to be loved any longer.This gospel teaches us that our faults and failings are not obstacles to God’s acceptance of us.

  1. We are not infectious when it comes to Jesus.
  2. He still has the ability to restore us to wholeness.
  3. As a result, on the days when we are well and joyful, we should express our gratitude and appreciation to God.
  4. On the other hand, on the days when we are the leper, this gospel is our source of hope.
  • Despite the fact that we may consider ourselves to be walking corpses, God nevertheless sees us as his cherished daughters and sons.
  • And, if we call out, we will experience God’s presence and hear the words, ″I do will it.″ ″Let it be made clean.″

Why’d Jesus touch a leper when they were considered unclean?

  • This post is also accessible in the following languages: According to the gospel of Mark, a specific leper came to Jesus and begged Him to heal him of his disease.
  • Despite the leper’s appeal, there was some skepticism: ″If You are willing, You can clean me″ (ch.
  • 1:40).
  • The leper was dealing with three challenges in his head at the same time.
  • First and foremost, as far as is known, there has never been a record of someone being healed of leprosy since Naaman’s cure, which occurred 800 years ago.
  • So, why would Jesus come into contact with a leper like him, who is deemed filthy by society?
  • Second, the Jews considered leprosy as a punishment for sin; as a result, it was referred to as ″the strike″ and ″the finger of God″ among other names.
  • The Jews thought that such illness was the direct result of some form of sin committed by the individual who was afflicted with it.
  • As a result, if this was a judgment, why would Jesus go against the will of God and cure the person who was harmed?
  • Third, of all illnesses known in the East, leprosy was the most dreaded due to its incurable and spreading nature, as well as the horrifying marks it left on those who were infected with it.

As a result, the leper was declared filthy and excommunicated from society, according to the rules of the rite.Everything he came into contact with was contaminated.A person who was merely suspected of having this curse was required to present himself before the priests for inspection in order for his or her case to be decided.If he was declared a leper, he would be expelled from the camp of Israel immediately and would be forced to live with other lepers for the rest of his life.

  • Even royalty and high-ranking officials were not exempt from the provisions of the statute.
  • If a monarch is declared to be a leper, he or she will be forced to abdicate their throne.
  • Victims of leprosy were referred to as ″unclean,″ requiring ″cleaning,″ rather than ″sick,″ requiring ″healing,″ in both the Old and New Testaments.
  • So, how could the leper approach Jesus since he was barred from society according to the ceremonial requirement in place?
  • When the leper requested to be cleansed, Jesus responded with ″I will; be thou made clean,″ and then placed His hand on him out of kindness and compassion″ (Matt.
  • 8:3).
  • Knowing that touching a leprous man would result in uncleanness, Jesus went ahead and did it without a second thought.

Immediately, a healing wave went over the leper and restored his health.As a result, his skin became clear and healthy, his nerves were healed, and his muscles were stronger.The rough, scaly skin that was characteristic of lepers was no longer there.The healing of the leper instilled confidence in the people that Jesus was also a spiritual healer, capable of removing the scars of sin from the soul.Jesus came to this ill earth in order to cleanse the sinners, whose spiritual ailment was more deadly than leprosy at the time of his arrival.I’m here to serve Him.

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Ignoring social constructs, Jesus touches and heals a leper (Matthew 8:1 – 8:4)

  • After Jesus had finished his Sermon on the Mount, he descended from the mountaintop to the disciples.
  • Large throngs of people followed him (recall that the people were ″astonished″ by his teachings, according to the passages that preceded it).
  • A man suffering from leprosy approached Jesus and bowed down before him.
  • ″Lord, if you are willing, you may make me clean again,″ he expressed his gratitude.
  • In response, Jesus extended his hand and touched the guy, saying, ″I am willing.″ ″Make sure you’re clean!″ The man was cured of his leprosy very immediately after being treated.
  • Jesus then instructed him, saying, ″Do not tell anybody about what I have done.″ Simply go to the priests and offer yourself to them so that they may proclaim you clean.″

Jesus goes above and beyond to help a man in need

  • When it comes to Jesus’ miracles, his healing of the leper is perhaps the most well-known and talked-about of them all.
  • It is especially moving when you consider the social standing of lepers in Jesus’ day.
  • Lepers were social outcasts who were compelled to live away from the rest of society.
  • Jesus, on the other hand, did not shun or dismiss the leper.
  • He, on the other hand, touches him, an act that, at the at least, increases the danger of infection and marks him as ceremonially unclean in the process.
  • Onlookers were likely to perceive Jesus as courageous, fearless, and filled with a huge degree of trust and faith that he would not be infected with the disease.
  • But Jesus goes on to say more, even though the tale might have ended here and retained its emotional significance.
  • He refused to embrace notoriety or public acclaim since he was a modest person.
  • He instructed the man not to inform anyone about what he had done.
  • And he asked absolutely nothing in exchange for his generosity, which he extended to someone who most people would have crossed the street to escape.

Although we may not have the faith to perform miracles like Jesus did in our day and age, we can nevertheless give to others on a daily basis via acts of kindness, compassion, and generosity (whether they ″deserve it″ or not), and we need not ask for anything in return.This is a true representation of what it means to be a Christian.

The multitude following Jesus

It is recorded in the Bible that the people who heard Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount were amazed by his teachings when he finished his sermon. As a result, it should come as no surprise that swarms of people began flocking to him. It is important to remember that Jacob prophesied of this vast gathering of people when he declared, ″Unto him shall the gathering of the people be.″

Jesus touches a leper

If the image of Jesus touching a leper makes you cringe, remember that it did the same thing to people in ancient times. In truth, Jesus’ contact would have declared him ceremonially unclean, necessitating the completion of a lengthy and well-documented ritual before he could be considered ″clean″ again. It took much courage for Jesus to come close to the leper.

Why Jesus told the leper to keep the healing a secret

Jesus was not only humble, but he was also intelligent. Probably, Jesus instructed the leper that he should remain silent in order to maintain the attention of the crowd on the lessons he was teaching rather than on his miraculous healings. It is significant to note that the leper did indeed inform others about Jesus’ act, according to Mark’s description of the event.

The leper’s faith

  • It is noteworthy that the leper never inquired as to whether or not Jesus was capable of healing him.
  • He appeared to approach Jesus with complete faith that Jesus would be able to heal his ailment.
  • The fact that he even approached Jesus in public while suffering from a contagious illness that needed him to be segregated from others proves that he was convinced in his heart that Jesus *could* heal him.
  • ″Thou canst,″ the leper declared emphatically, without a shred of doubt in his mind.
  • In the leper’s perspective, the only question was whether or not Jesus would be willing to perform the miracle (which of course, he was).

How quickly was the leper healed?

The healing was immediate, according to Mathew and all other New Testament writers, including John. The man was healed as soon as Jesus whispered the words into his ears.

The leper lifestyle in ancient times

  • The Greek word for leprosy refers to a broader range of illnesses than our modern-day understanding of the term.
  • Hansen’s disease was included in this category since it was a serious deep, contagious, and possibly incurable skin illness that was formerly known as leprosy (including, of course, Hansen’s disease).
  • The Bible informs us that the condition’s symptoms were white spots on the skin, ulcers, and the loss of fingers and toes, among other things.
  • In ancient times, lepers were shunned by society until they were judged to be healed by the priests.
  • In the event that someone approached them, they were forced to abandon the camp and shout out ″Unclean, unclean!″ In fact, the Pharisees held that if a person walked within ″six feet of a leper on a windless day,″ they were considered contaminated and need to undergo the necessary ceremonial cleaning procedure to be cleansed.
  • The leper must see the priest in order to be proclaimed clean once more (cured).
  • The priest would ceremoniously clean the leper’s garments and shave their hair before administering the healing ritual.
  • So, if the leper’s skin condition looked to have improved, they would be declared ″clean″ and allowed to reintegrate into society.
  • This technique, of course, prevented contagious diseases from spreading across the camp and infecting others as a result.

What was the biblical disease called leprosy and where did it go?

  • For up to 20 years after infection, the bacterium that causes leprosy, also known as Hansen’s Disease, may survive in the human body without causing any physical signs.
  • However, the infection eventually results in extreme discomfort, nerve damage, and, in some cases, a debilitating loss of physical tissue.
  • In modern times, antibiotics may be used to cure leprosy, but in ancient times, the disease was thought incurable.
  • An investigation by the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, published in Science magazine in 2013, found traces of ancient leprosy DNA in the mass graves of a 600-year-old leper colony.
  • The team of biologists and archaeologists who conducted the investigation were from the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (a decayed tooth provided the best DNA sample).
  • They discovered that ancient leprosy was nearly equivalent to modern-day leprosy in terms of its symptoms.
  • By the start of the 16th century, leprosy appears to have been nearly eradicated from Europe, making this discovery all the more significant.
  • If the germs did not change, then it is most probable that people changed.
  • It is currently thought that a certain gene confers strong resistance to leprosy on some individuals, and that sometime around the Middle Ages, humanity developed to incorporate this gene into our genetic makeup.
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  • For up to 20 years without causing any physical symptoms, the bacterium that causes leprosy, also known as Hansen’s Disease, may survive in the human body.
  • When an infection progresses to a severe stage, it causes nerve damage and a devastating loss of body tissue, which is typically fatal.
  • Antibiotics are now available to treat leprosy, although it was once thought to be an incurable disease.
  • An investigation by the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, published in Science magazine in 2013, found traces of ancient leprosy DNA in the mass graves of a 600-year-old leper colony.
  • The team of biologists and archaeologists who conducted the investigation found no traces of ancient leprosy DNA (a decayed tooth provided the best DNA sample).
  • They discovered that ancient leprosy was virtually comparable to modern-day leprosy in both appearance and symptoms.
  • In addition, the discovery was significant since at the turn of the 16th century, leprosy looked to have almost completely gone from Europe.
  • Even if the germs did not change, it is most likely that people did so.
  • It is currently thought that a certain gene confers strong resistance to leprosy on some individuals, and that sometime around the Middle Ages, humanity developed to include this gene in our genetic composition.


  • The bacterium that causes leprosy, also known as Hansen’s Disease, may survive in the human body for up to 20 years without causing any medical signs.
  • However, the infection eventually causes extreme pain, nerve damage, and, in some cases, a devastating loss of physical tissue.
  • Antibiotics may now be used to treat leprosy, although it was once thought to be an incurable disease.
  • In 2013, Science magazine revealed the results of a study undertaken by the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in which a team of biologists and archaeologists explored the mass graves of a 600-year-old leper colony for signs of ancient leprosy DNA (a decayed tooth provided the best DNA sample).
  • They discovered that ancient leprosy was nearly equivalent to modern-day leprosy in terms of symptoms.
  • The discovery was significant since leprosy appears to have been practically eradicated from Europe by the turn of the sixteenth century.
  • If the germs did not change, it is highly probable that people did.
  • It is currently thought that a certain gene confers strong resistance to leprosy on some people, and that sometime around the Middle Ages, humanity developed to include this gene in our genetic composition.

The Message

  • As Jesus descended the mountain, the applause of the throng could still be heard echoing in his ears.
  • In response to this appearance, a leper knelt before Jesus, praying: ″Master, if you so want, you may cure my body.″ 3–4 ″I really want to,″ Jesus said as he stretched out and touched him.
  • ″Make sure you’re clean.″ All traces of the leprosy were vanished at that point and time.
  • ″Don’t spread rumors about this all around town,″ Jesus said.
  • Simply submit your healed body to the priest, together with the proper sentiments of gratitude to God, in hushed and private.
  • You will provide testimony to what I have done by your cleaned and appreciative life, rather than through your words.″ Eugene H.
  • Peterson’s The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language was published in 1990.
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The NET Bible

  • A great number of people greeted him as he descended from the mountaintop.
  • 8:2 And a leper came up to him and bent his head before him, saying, ″Lord, if you are willing, you may cleanse me.″ ‘I am willing,’ he said as he extended out his hand and touched him.
  • ″Make sure you’re clean!″ His leprosy was cleared up very immediately.
  • 8:4 As a result, Jesus instructed him to ″take care that you do not talk to anybody,″ but rather to ″present yourself to a priest and bring the offering that Moses prescribed, as a testament to them.″ First Edition of the NET Bible published by Biblical Studies Press; Bible in English titled The NET Bible; The NET Bible published by Biblical Studies Press in 2006.
  • Print.

King James Version

  • When he descended from the mountain, he was accompanied by large crowds.
  • 2 And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.
  • Three times, Jesus reached out his hand and kissed him, saying, I will; be thou clean.
  • And his leprosy was cleared up almost immediately.
  • 4 He then goes on his way, shewing himself to the priest, and offering the gift that Moses had commanded as a testimony to them, and Jesus tells him not to tell anyone about what has happened.
  • The Holy Bible: King James Version.
  • Electronic Edition of the 1900 Authorized Version.
  • Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009.
  • Print.
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Why did Jesus touch the leper?

  • Matthew 8:1 – 4 (New King James Version) – 1 The huge throngs who accompanied Him as He descended the mountain were amazing to witness.
  • 2 And lo, a leper approached Him and bowed his head in devotion, saying, ″Lord, if You are willing, You can cleanse me.″ Clarify Asked to Share a Report Jeremy Low on the 12th of December, 2016.
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  • Jesus could have healed the leper just by speaking to him (as he did in Luke 17:12-19, for example), but instead He touched him as a physical evidence of God’s compassion for even the most outcast and ″unclean″ of humans, according to my interpretation.
  • According to my understanding, such an action did not constitute a violation of the law because the regulations addressing leprosy and the isolation of lepers (as far as I am aware) were intended to safeguard non-lepers.
  • When Jesus chose not to take the necessary precaution, he was giving a tangible example of ″doing more than others do″ in addition to healing the leper (as He instructed His followers in passages such as Matthew 5:46-48).
  • 12th of December, 2016 0 replies Please Vote ‘Yes’ Report it to others Jack Gutknecht, a graduate of the ABC/DTS program and a musician in the Baptist church music ministry, First, take a look at the overall image, which is an overview of Matthew 8:1-4, which describes the cure of the leper: 1) The Untouchable Sinner (Isaiah 8:1-4) – Picture of a Sinner Worshiping – 8:1,2 Picture of a Savior Willing – 8:3 Picture of a Silent Witness – 8:4 The Bible depicts three types of sinners in verses 8:1,2, and 3.
  • When Jesus made contact with the untouchable, not only did He receive the untouchable’s contamination (although this is debatable-″normally such an action would defile a person, but the sinless Christ was defiled by nothing, including touching the leper,″ Ryrie writes in his THE MIRACLES OF OUR LORD), but He also passed on His health!
  • Do you believe that this isn’t exactly what He did for us on the cross when He was made sin for us (2 Cor.

5:21)?Perhaps this might serve as an illustration of the great mystery that was involved when the spotless Savior became sin for us on the cross (2 Cor.5:21) The stranger didn’t question His ability to cure him of his leprosy; he could have wondered if He was willing to do it.God is more than pleased to spare!

  • Absolutely!
  • He is ″God our Savior, who will have all men to be spared″ (1 Tim.2:3–4), and he is the ″God of all mankind.″ God is ″not willing that any should perish″ according to the Bible (2 Peter 3:9).
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Jesus and the Leper

  • As a result, a guy suffering from leprosy approached him and bowed down in front of him, saying, ″If you are willing, you can cleanse me.″ The guy was touched by Jesus’ hand as He stretched out to him.
  • ‘I am willing,’ he expressed his willingness.
  • ‘Keep it tidy!’ He was cured of his leprosy very immediately.″ Matthew 8:2–3 (KJV) Leprosy is unquestionably one of those diseases that I have never had much experience with, nor did I anticipate to in the future.
  • Of course, cancer is a concern.
  • Yes, there is HIV.
  • Pneumonia, without a doubt.
  • TB is checked off the list.
  • But what about leprosy?
  • I had assumed it was something reserved for the Father Damiens and Brennan Mannings of the world, who later in their life relocated into leper colonies to care for the sick and suffering.
  • I was wrong.

However, we are now entering a region that has become well-known as a result of its association with leprosy in the past.Originally known as Korah (or Kore’, as the locals say it), the settlement was established more than seventy years ago when an American missionary doctor established a leprosy hospital outside the city boundaries of Addis Ababa at the behest of Emperor Haile Selassie II.The region around the hospital served as a haven for the thousands of persons suffering from leprosy who traveled to the hospital from all over the country in the hope of getting better or finding a new home.They were also trying to get away from the severe persecution they were experiencing.

  • To have leprosy was considered a misfortune, and once afflicted, you were relegated to the status of a social pariah.
  • Families have attempted to assassinate family members who had been infected with leprosy in order to remove the curse from their lineage, and there are several examples of this.
  • To be afflicted with leprosy was to be subjected to religious, bodily, and social torment.
  • As a result, Kore’ became a haven for lepers.
  • Hundreds of thousands of people were treated at the Alert hospital, and many of them began to recover.
  • Despite this, the region of Kore’ retained its negative connotation.
  • It was dubbed ″the cursed area,″ since it was where the misfits dwelt.

As a quick tour around Kore’ will reveal, there are many people who have been disabled by the affects of leprosy, those who have been deformed, those who are suffering from HIV/AIDS, the old with nowhere to go, the homeless orphans, and some of the most impoverished people on the planet.More than 120,000 individuals now call Kore’ their home.Many have come to this place, but only a handful have ever departed.Living in a location that is referred to as cursed and broken has long-term consequences for a person, both in terms of internalizing what it means to be worthless and in terms of the social shame and spiritual oppression that come with living in such a dismal area, which can persist for years.As the metropolis has overtaken this once-thriving town and merely absorbed it into what feels more like the slums, it is nevertheless referred to as ″forgotten,″ ″filthy,″ ″cursed,″ ″broken,″ and ″forgotten again.″ When I read about the leper who had a chance encounter with Jesus, I think about how the scenario is comparable to mine.First and foremost, I am struck by Jesus’ willingness to submit to His Father’s plan.

  1. Jesus had just completed a series of marathon teaching days, which we now refer to as the Sermon on the Mount, and was on His way down the mountain, accompanied by vast throngs of followers.
  2. Is there a time when you didn’t want to be disturbed by an interruption because you’d poured your heart and soul into something else and didn’t have anything left to give?
  3. I am grateful that Jesus reacts to the leper in a manner that is different from what I would have done after spending so much time teaching and interacting with the masses.
  4. Perhaps I did something similar to what I do frequently — dodge the interruption and keep going on.
  • Jesus, on the other hand, replies to the man’s plea.
  • Not only does he reciprocate, but his acts toward this individual are nothing short of scandalous in nature.
  • The leper was seen as an outcast.

In order to maintain his reputation as an outsider, he felt compelled to scream out ″Unclean, Unclean″ as he strolled down the street.This was done to guarantee that no one came too close to him and risked illness or becoming spiritually unclean as a result of doing so.In this way, the leper became a social pariah, having lost his family and friends as well as any opportunity to connect with members of society who were not lepers.Because of his skin disorder, he was no longer able to participate in group worship and was suffering the physical consequences of his illness.He is devoid of all hope.He is in a state of desperation.

His despair is evident in his cry for help to Jesus.It is at this time that I am always impressed by how near the leper appears to being between despair and faith.Some would remark on the leper’s faith, stating that he was aware that Jesus had the ability to heal him.Meanwhile, I’m struck by the despair that stems from the dead end in which he’s found himself in this situation.

There was no known treatment for leprosy at the time.Whatever happened, either Jesus cured him or nothing did.Faith and desperation, it is possible, are more intimately related than we give them credit for sometimes.I believe that faith for the leper is neither the same sort of faith as the ″Little Engine That Could,″ nor is it the same kind of faith as the ″Name It and Claim It.″ More likely than not, I believe it was a basic faith that had heard about what Jesus was capable of and called out in desperate need.Aside from that, I find it fascinating that the man does not want to be made ″well,″ but rather that he be made ″clean.″ He prays to Jesus for anything that would not only restore his physical health, but will also enable him to reintegrate into society once more.A person who was formerly considered an outcast is no longer such.

I’m no longer on my own.It is no longer believed to be cursed or forgotten.Assume the thrill of being able to stroll down the street and scream ″Clean″ with great enthusiasm, and without having to worry about being accused of anything as he ensured that pedestrians knew to stay their distance.If Jesus were to do this for him, it would completely transform his life.He would not only be well, but he would also be entire for the first time in his life.Reading this chapter, I am reminded of the difficulties that those who live in Kore’ are experiencing.

  • Those who have been forgotten, those who have been afflicted, those who have been shattered They are still hopeful, though, based on what I have observed, that someone would happen to come down the street and reach out to them.
  • They are not ″too far gone″ by any means; rather, many of them have maintained a level of endurance in the face of adversity that would put most of us to shame.
  • They, like the leper in Matthew, are on the lookout for the One who can restore them to health and wholeness.
  • The most stunning aspect of Jesus’ relationship with the leper, on the other hand, is His touch.
  • As Jesus draws nearer to him, he gives him his whole and undivided attention before reaching out and touching him.
  • With this contact, Jesus runs the risk of getting physically diseased while at the same time rendering Himself completely filthy from a religious standpoint.
  • To the religious folk, Jesus’ touch would have been deemed a gut-wrenchingly inappropriate thing to do.
  • It wasn’t just that he breached the rules; he also placed his own life in danger.
  • What was He thinking when he decided to take such a risk?
  • He put himself in danger in order to do a task that was not even essential for the leper’s physical cure at the time.
  • Only a few sentences later, we observe how Jesus cures the Centurion’s servant despite the fact that he is not physically present.
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So what is the point of touching the leper?In this section, I envision myself to be the leper described.Since being diagnosed, I have been deprived of physical touch, and now when The Master goes down the street, he reaches out and touches me.

  • He made an impression on me!
  • Despite the fact that I was completely forgotten, he stretched out to me and not only recognized my existence, but also went near enough to touch me.
  • This man’s healing is brought about by Jesus on a deeper level than only his bodily well-being.
  • In doing so, Jesus elevates him from the ranks of the untouchable pariah to a position of worth and remembrance.
  • Using my imagination while reading this passage, I envision that Jesus becomes known to the leper not just as Lord and Master in that time, but also as a friend and companion.
  • Jesus’ gesture toward the leper is the pinnacle of self-sacrificial compassion and mercy on the part of God.
  • He then follows it up with the extremely practical instruction to the leper (former leper) to go to the priest and demonstrate that he has been cleansed of his filthiness.
  • This man’s return to relationship, society, and religious practice would be made possible by the priest’s inspection.
  • Jesus exhibits His desire for this guy to be entire not just spiritually and physically, but also emotionally and relationally by demonstrating His desire for him to be whole.
  • This guy and his predicament are thoroughly addressed by Jesus, who is completely present to him and displays an abundance of compassion and mercy towards him.
  • When Sammy, a prominent leader in Kore’, tells his tale to us, it is remarkable to hear how Jesus’ contact with a leper spoke into the area of despair where many people found themselves in Kore’.
  1. They were taken aback when they realized that Jesus would want to touch them and reach out to them despite their poverty and hopelessness, and they were surprised.
  2. It was a pleasant surprise and breath of fresh air.
  3. And it was precisely this personal touch that brought their attention to Christ.
  4. When they learned of Jesus’ acceptance of the leper and of themselves, Jesus transformed them, giving them hope and speaking purpose and worth to their lives.
  5. The lie that the adversary had been telling them all along, that they were worthless, cursed, and forgotten, was revealed and broken when they came to know the One who was full of compassion and pity for them and who had been telling them this all along.
  1. I think of the countless people in Kore’ who have not yet had the opportunity to encounter this Jesus who welcomes them into his embrace and transforms their names from broken and outcast to cherished and beloved friends of God.
  2. And then there’s the King of All, who delights in reaching out to the unreachable and allowing His Kingdom of healing and mercy to burst in at the most unexpected of moments, bringing freedom, forgiveness, closeness, and favor.
  3. When the curtain is raised and His Kingdom is seen, it has the potential to provide healing to even the most dire of circumstances.
  4. Jesus, please assist us to maintain our attention on you and to reach out to those who have been marginalized and ostracized from society.
  5. Please help us to avoid walking right by individuals who are in need.
  6. May we, in your Name, be able to touch the untouchable and give worth to those who have been cursed.
  1. To those who are ugly and diseased, may we embody you in our physical bodies.
  2. And, may we always be willing to follow your guidance in order to assist you in providing complete healing to people who are sorely in need of hope…except for You.
  3. After all, even if the circumstances appeared to be completely different, that was me as well – desperate and without any real hope…except for You.

Jesus cleansing a leper – Wikipedia

Jean-Marie Melchior Doze’s painting of Christ cleaning a leper was completed in 1864. One of the miracles performed by Jesus was the cleaning of a leper. Matthew 8:1–4, Mark 1:40–45, and Luke 5:12–16 are all passages from the Synoptic Gospels that tell the narrative of Jesus’ birth.

Biblical narrative

  • According to the Gospel of Matthew, when Jesus Christ descended from the summit after his Sermon on the Mount, he was accompanied by enormous crowds of people.
  • A man with leprosy approached Him and bowed before Him, pleading with Him, saying, ″Lord, if you are willing, you may cleanse me from my disease.″ A large number of individuals who were lepers followed this man in order to be cured.
  • The Gospels of Mark and Luke make no connection between the passage and the Sermon.
  • The guy was touched by the hand of Jesus Christ, who stretched out and touched him.
  • ″I’m ready,″ he stated confidently.
  • ″Make sure you’re clean!″ He was cured of his leprosy very immediately.
  • Then Jesus addressed him, saying, ″Make sure no one knows what you’re up to.
  • But go, present yourself to the priest, and provide the gift Moses instructed as a sign of your commitment to the people of Israel.″ Instead, in Mark and Luke, he stepped outside and started to speak freely, spreading the word.
  • Consequently, Jesus was no longer permitted to visit a town publicly and was forced to remain outdoors in isolated locations.
  • Despite this, people continued to come to Him from all over the world.

Leviticus 13

  • Ongoing debate surrounds the question of whether the condition presently known as Hansen’s disease is the same ailment that was recorded in Biblical times as leprosy.
  • As the condition proceeds, pain is replaced by numbness, and the skin loses its natural color and becomes thick, glossy, and scaly, as well as losing its original texture.
  • As a result, sores and ulcers appear, particularly around the eyes and ears, and the skin begins to bunch up with deep furrows between the swells, giving the affected individual a lion-like appearance on his or her face.
  • Due to the fact that the illness affects the larynx as well, the voice becomes raspy and has a grating tone to it.
  • A person suspected of being infected with leprosy is dealt with in certain ways according to the instructions in Leviticus 13.
  • A priest would be required to examine the lesion, and if the condition did not improve after a period of monitoring and surveillance, the individual would be pronounced ritually ″unclean.″ Leprosy was seen as a form of divine curse, a manifestation of fundamental immorality.
  • To be proclaimed unclean as a result of leprosy required the unlucky individual to rip his garments and place a covering over his top lip while yelling ″unclean, unclean″ over and again.
  • People who were suffering from this ailment were required to reside separately outside of the camp because the Jews were afraid that they were spreading it.
  • They were cast out of the community and left homeless, unable to rely on the assistance of family and friends for their well-being.
  • The guy had broken the rule of Leviticus by approaching Jesus in this manner.

In touching the leper, Jesus likewise goes against the letter of the law of Moses.Matthew 10:8 mentions particularly that when the Son sent out his disciples with orders to treat the ill, he especially addressed purifying the lepers.Charles Haddon Spurgeon, a British Baptist preacher, presented a sermon in which he compared the situation of a person suffering from leprosy to that of a person who is in a state of spiritual sin.Leprosy represents the pollution caused by sin, which results in a person’s estrangement from God and from the rest of society.

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  • Ten lepers are cleansed
  • the ministry of Jesus
  • miracles of Jesus
  • parables of Jesus
  • and the king of Tzaraath


  1. Tzaraath
  2. Jesus’ ministry
  3. Jesus’ miracles
  4. Jesus’ parables
  5. Tzaraath’s cleansing of 10 lepers

Leviticus 13–14: Leprosy

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Leviticus 13–14

  • The Old Testament Seminary Student Study Guide (2002, p.
  • 59–60) has a chapter on leprosy in Leviticus 13–14.
  • It is the sickness of leprosy that is addressed in Leviticus 13–14.
  • According to the descriptions in these chapters, leprosy was a term that included a variety of contagious skin illnesses, including ringworm.
  • More information about leprosy may be found in the Bible Dictionary (pages 723–24), which includes the terms ″leper″ and ″leprosy.″

Studying the Scriptures

Activity A should be completed while studying Leviticus 13–14.

  • Make a comparison between the cleansing of leprosy and the cleansing of our sins.
  • Because leprosy was so obvious and included the degradation or corruption of the body, it functioned as a good emblem of wickedness because it was both visible and debilitating.
  • Sin corrupts a person spiritually in the same manner as leprosy corrupts a physical being.
  • After being cleansed of leprosy, a man is required to follow the instructions in Leviticus 14 in order to be ceremonially or religiously pure.
  • We may draw analogies between the process of being cleansed of leprosy and the process of overcoming the consequences of our sin.
  • Before you begin studying Leviticus 14, it is important to understand that when a person had leprosy, he or she was compelled to reside outside of the camp.
  • The same may be said about sin.
  • When we sin, we break our connection with the Lord and His Church and are cut off from complete communion with them.
  • For example, we may be denied the opportunity to receive the sacrament or to get a temple recommendation.
  • This section of Scripture contains the actions necessary to become ceremonially free of leprosy.

It is divided into two parts.Read each set of passages from Leviticus 14, outline each phase, and explain how the steps illustrate the process of sin and repentance in the context of the passage.The passages are followed with a question that will assist you in focusing your thoughts.

  1. Verses 2–3. If leprosy is a metaphor of sin, who could the priest possibly represent?
  2. Verses 4–8. There are several things you should be aware of: (a) cedar wood is known for its ability to help preserve other things from decay and corruption
  3. (b) scarlet is a deep red color that represents blood, which is a symbol of life and the Atonement
  4. (c) hyssop was used in the Old Testament as a purifying plant
  5. (d) blood and water are both symbols of birth (see Moses 6:59). Given this knowledge, what do you believe these verses are trying to communicate?
  6. Verse 9. Except for the hair on their heads, newborns often have little or no hair. What do you think the message of this passage could be? (See 3 Nephi 11:37 for further information.)
  7. Verses 10–14. Consider the symbolism of Exodus 28–29, which is comparable. What role may symbolism have in this situation?
  8. Verses 15–18. As a symbol of peace and purity, the olive tree, as well as olive oil, came to be associated with receiving the Holy Ghost and engaging in good works and acts of service (see D&C 45:56–57). The next verses explain how this is a step in the process of getting clean from sin (see 2 Nephi 31:17). Last but not least, what allows for repentance to be possible?

The Mighty Miracles Of Jesus The Healing Of A Leper

  • The miracles Jesus accomplished during His career totaled more than 40, including curing the sick, transforming the natural components of nature, and even resurrecting people from the dead.
  • Generally speaking, a miracle is defined as an event that occurs outside of the realm of normalcy.
  • Each month, we will take a deeper look at one of His miracles in order to gain a better understanding of the depth of His affection for us.
  • Understanding Jesus’ miracles has the potential to transform your life, and it all begins with trusting in Him via confidence in Him.
  • The disease of leprosy was thought to be a very serious one in biblical times, having significant social and theological ramifications.
  • Lepers were deemed dirty and were kept apart from the rest of the population.
  • A leper was forced by law to remain isolated from the rest of society.
  • As described in Mark 1:40-45, the leper who approached Jesus violated this code by touching him, and Jesus himself violates it by touching the leper.
  • ″A man with leprosy approached Him and pleaded with Him on his knees, ‘If you are willing, you can cleanse me.’ When His extended out His hand, he made contact with the guy.
  • His response was, ‘I am willing.’ ‘Keep it tidy!’ His leprosy vanished immediately, and he was completely cleaned.″ This leper had no doubts about the fact that Jesus’ authority was unquestionable.

His determination to approach Him was unwavering, despite the vast crowds and despite his illness.Being the first to come before Jesus was his only hope, and so he did everything he could to overcome his disadvantages.And Jesus restores his health.In his desperate attempt to obtain assistance, the leper defied social conventions and broke the law.

  • According to the rules governing those suffering from leprosy, they were required to keep a safe distance from those who were not afflicted, but this man came right up to Jesus and asked for help in a sincere manner.
  • In Leviticus 5:3, there is a law that prohibits anyone from coming into contact with a leper.
  • Jesus, on the other hand, knows our hearts, not our afflictions.
  • What lessons can we take away from this miracle?
  • Jesus reached out and touched people with an unimaginable amount of love and without hesitation.
  • In the face of the leper, he did not hesitate to embrace him.
  • For how long had the leper been without the sensation of being held in another’s grasp?

Throughout his leprosy years, he had never received a kiss, a hug, a handshake, or any other physical contact from another person.This destitute outcast yearned for the embrace of his Savior.The touch of Jesus was an outward expression of the Lord’s compassion for this man, as well as for all of us—children—in God’s his heart of compassion.His incredible love for us is the reason that He reaches out to make contact with us, regardless of how unclean our hearts and souls may be.

The encounters of Jesus with others

  • As a result, Jesus interacted with a diverse group of individuals, ranging from religious leaders to social outcasts.
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  • Jesus proceeded to a town on the border of Galilee and Samaria, where he met with the people.
  • He was greeted by a group of 10 guys who were all suffering from a dreadful skin ailment.
  • They approached from behind and cried out, ″Jesus!″ Master!
  • Please have pity on us!″ ″Go, and let the priests to examine you,″ Jesus instructed them.
  • They were cured while on the way.
  • One guy came back to thank Jesus, and he happened to be a Samaritan.
  • Jesus inquired as to the whereabouts of the other nine people who had been healed, and he concluded, ″Your faith has made you well.″


  • People who suffered from the skin illness leprosy were considered outcasts throughout the historical period of the Bible.
  • There was no treatment for the sickness, which increasingly disfigured a person as a result of the loss of fingers, toes, and finally limbs as the condition progressed.
  • In order to survive, leprosy patients were had to abandon their houses and families and live with other sufferers on the outskirts of the city.
  • They’d have to scrounge for food on their own.
  • When anybody approached them, they were required to ring a bell and yell ″unclean″ in response.
  • They were also prohibited from having any interaction with persons who did not have the sickness.
  • They were not permitted to travel to the market and were not permitted to participate in religious services.
  • Jews were not allowed to return to society after having a skin ailment from which they had been cured (which was improbable in the case of leprosy), according to Jewish law.
  • They needed to go to the priest and be tested before getting a certificate declaring that they were now ″clean.″ Palestine was split into three regions: the Galilee, Judea, and Samaria (the Land of the Twelve).
  • The Jews despised the Samaritans, who lived in Samaria and were known as the Samaritans.

In the past, their forefathers and foremothers had married foreign invaders with non-Jewish ancestry.Since then, because they were not ‘pure’ Jews, the Samaritans have been considered as second-class citizens.

Understanding the text

  • The 10 guys who had leprosy stood at a safe distance since they were aware that the law forbade them from having contact with those who did not have the illness infected with them.
  • However, Jesus does not heal the leprosy patients right once, but rather tests their faith by instructing them to go and see the priests.
  • They are healed while traveling to the destination.
  • The one who returns, on the other hand, is the one who has the most trust and gratitude towards Jesus.
  • We do not know how many of the men were Samaritans, but the fact that the lone one who returned was a Samaritan is crucial in this context.
  • ″Why is it that this foreigner is the only one who has returned to express gratitude to God?″ Jesus inquired.
  • Performing this miracle demonstrates Jesus’ attitude toward persons who have been marginalized by other members of society.
  • Jesus has no bias towards leprosy patients and is willing to treat them if they come to him.
  • Throughout the passage, Christ expresses his gratitude to the Samaritan for his faith.
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Bible Passages

  • When it came to the care of lepers during the Middle Ages, Christianity had a significant impact.
  • Several Bible verses from both the New Testament and the Old Testament had an impact on lepers’ conceptions of themselves as having sinned and being filthy.
  • The Old Testament had several references to lepers as a result of religious shame, but the New Testament demonstrated Jesus’ righteousness and compassion in dealing with those at the bottom of the social ladder.

These passages are from the Hebrew Scripture.

  • Through the Middle Ages, Christianity had a significant impact on how lepers were treated.
  • Bible verses from both the New Testament and the Old Testament had an impact on people’s conceptions of lepers as sinners and dirty people.
  • The Old Testament had several references to lepers as a result of religious shame, but the New Testament demonstrated Jesus’ righteousness and compassion in dealing with those at the bottom of the social hierarchy.

The following are excerpts from the Christian New Testament.

Chapter 8 of the Revised Standard Version A leper approached him and bowed before him, pleading, ″Lord, if you will, you may make me clean,″ according to the text.3.And he reached out with a clean hand and touched him, saying, ″I shall be clean.″ 4.And his leprosy was cleared up almost soon.4.And Jesus said to him, ″See to it that you say nothing to anybody; instead, go, reveal yourself to the priest, and offer the gift ythat Moses prescribed, as a demonstration to the crowd.″ ‘Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, drive forth devils: freely ye have received, freely give.’ -King James VersionChapter 10 8.

Chapter 11 – Getting to Know Yourself 5.The blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are resurrected from the dead, and the poor are preached to by the gospel of Jesus Christ.Chapter 26 is a collection of essays on various topics.6.

Jesus was now in Bethany, at the home of Simon the leper, when the story begins.The Gospel of Mark, as published in the Revised Standard Version Chapter 1: Introduction 40 And a leper came to him, pleading with him, and bowing before him said, ″If you will, you may clean me.″ ″I’ll do it; just be clean,″ he responded, reaching out his hand to touch him and expressing his compassion for him.42 And the leprosy vanished from him immediately, and he was declared clean.

  • He reprimanded him and ordered him away immediately, telling him, ″Make sure you say nothing to anybody; instead, go and reveal yourself to the priest, and offer for your purification what Moses instructed, as a proof to the people.″ ″Make sure you don’t say anything to anyone,″ he urged.
  • 45 But he went out and started to speak freely about it, as well as to spread the story, so that Jesus could no longer publicly enter a town, but had to travel to the countryside, where he was surrounded by crowds of people from all around.
  • Chapter 14 3 of the King James Version And while he was in Bethany, at the house of Simon the leper, he was eating dinner when a lady approached him with an alabaster box containing a costly ointment of spikenard; she broke the box open and poured the contents on his head.
  • Chapter 17 of the Revised Standard Version 12.
  • After entering a settlement, the apostle was greeted by 10 lepers who stood at a distance and raised their voices, saying, ″Jesus, master, have mercy on us.″ As he continued on, the lepers rose their voices and pleaded, ″Jesus, master, have mercy on us.″ 14.
  • Upon seeing them, he instructed them to ″go and present yourselves before the priests.″ And while they walked, they were cleansed of their sin.

15.Then, when one of them realized he had been healed, he turned around and praised God with a loud voice;16.and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, thanking God and expressing gratitude.He had transformed into a good Samaritan.17.After that, Jesus remarked, ″What, there were not 10 cleansed?

Where have the other nine gone?18.With the exception of this foreigner, no one else was found to return and express gratitude to God.″ 19.And he told him, ″Rise and go your way; your faith has restored you to good health.″ Chapter 4 verse 27 of the King James Version And there were numerous lepers in Israel during the time of Eliseus the prophet, and none of them, with the exception of Naaman the Syrian, were cleansed.Chapter 7 (Chapter 22) And Jesus responded by instructing them to ″go their way″ and ″tell John what ye have seen and heard,″ such as how the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers have their lesions cleaned, the deaf hear, the dead have their bodies resurrected, and the gospel is proclaimed to the poor.

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