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All Scripture quoted, in both sermons and daily thoughts, unless otherwise noted, is from the ACP/King James Version. The words in red are those of God the Son, the Lord Jesus and the words in purple are those of God the Father and God the Holy Ghost and the words in this sickly EPA greenish color are of satan.
Monday, April 9, 2012
Lord, if thou wilt ... Mark 1:40-45, Matthew and Luke
Keyword: The Chronological order of the life of Our Christ
As we study the ministry of Jesus in Chronological order, we continually see folks from all over coming to Him for physical healing. Today's study focuses on three of the four Gospels' account of a leper who said "If Thou wilt, Thou canst make me clean." One of the reasons we study history is to be able to avoid making the same mistakes of those who went before us. For example, some time in the past 4400 years or so, since Noah and his family got off the ark and all of a sudden animals, snakes and things were no longer friendly, someone picked up a venomous snake, got bit, died and since then history teaches us not to pick up venomous snakes.
Likewise we should learn not to repeat the mistakes of those who came to Jesus for less than the right reason(s).
40 And there came a leper to Him, beseeching Him, and kneeling down to Him, and saying unto Him, "If Thou wilt(wills), Thou canst make me clean." 41 And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth His hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean.
42 And as soon as He had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed. 43 And He straitly charged him, and forthwith sent him away; 44 And saith unto him, See thou say nothing to any man: but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing those things which Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.
45 But he went out, and began to publish(tell everyone how Jesus had healed him) it much, and to blaze(broadcast) abroad the matter, insomuch that Jesus could no more openly enter into the city, but was without in desert places: and they came to Him from every quarter. (Mark 1:1-45 ACP/KJV)
As Jesus walked along, a leper came to Him, fell down before Him and begged to be healed of leprosy. Jesus healed this man and then instead of asking a doctor's fee, He simply said to the man, "Go show yourself to the priest, have him declare you clean, and pay what is called for by Moses in Leviticus. And tell no one what has happened here today." Yet this man disobeyed God. Even if he did not understand that Jesus was God, you would think that whatever was asked of one who was healed of leprosy by the one healing him, would have been gladly followed.
Let's look at Mathews account of the same incident:
1 When He(Jesus) was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed Him. 2 And, behold, there came a leper and worshiped Him, saying, "Lord, if Thou wilt, Thou canst make me clean." 3 And Jesus put forth His hand, and touched Him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. 4 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 8:1-4 ACP/KJV
Matthew's account of this amazing feat, while adding no more detail does verify that Jesus indeed both healed the man and told him not to say anything to anyone about how he got healed but to go show himself to the priest and pay what is called for in the law of Leviticus.
But Matthew's account says nothing about the man disobeying Jesus. So, let us go to Luke's account of the same healing.
12 And it came to pass, when He was in a certain city, behold a man full of leprosy: who seeing Jesus fell on his face, and besought(begged) Him, saying, "Lord, if Thou wilt, Thou canst make me clean." 13 And He put forth His hand, and touched him, saying, I will: be thou clean. And immediately the leprosy departed from him. 14 And He charged(commanded) him to tell no man: but go, and shew thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing, according as Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.
15 But so much the more went there a fame abroad of Him: and great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed by Him of their infirmities. 16 And He withdrew Himself into the wilderness, and prayed. Luke 5:12-16 ACP/KJV
While Luke does not directly collaborate Mark's account of the man's disobedience to the Lord's command to say nothing, but simply go do what the law of Moses required, verses 15 and 16 seem to imply that someone reported the cleansing of the leper.
What is important though is this, it is becoming more and more clear that while all of Jerusalem, Judea, Israel, and the surrounding areas heard about Jesus and came to be healed, it is still only the Samaritans that were interested more in salvation than physical healings.
While I cannot address your church, I can address the many churches I have attended and belong to. I hear a lot more people asking for physical healing than I do salvation. When I go up to someone after hearing them ask for prayers for this one or another for physical healing and ask if the one they asked for healing for is saved or not, more often than not, they will say "I'm not sure, but I don't think so." How is it that so many, even after 1,980 years still put physical healing over salvation? How is it that parents still ask for miraculous healings of the physical body but ignore the Spiritual need of their child?
Oh yes, physical healing is nice, and yes, I too pray for physical healings and more finances, but, folks, salvation is what Jesus came to earth to give us a path to.
If your son or daughter has autism and is also a liar, which do you put first when praying for them? Do you pray for healing from the autism or that Christ would sear the soul of that child to stop the lying?
Let me get more personal, if you turned on the TV and heard that I was dying what would you pray for: my life, my family, or my salvation? If anything other than my salvation, please reconsider your praying priorities. For autism is nothing without salvation, cancer is nothing without salvation, death is horrible, it is the opening of eternal damnation, pain, suffering, torment and absolute and utter destruction without salvation.
Don't be like the leper in today's study, don't be a fool. The physical is here and now, the spiritual is eternal. All that matters folks is salvation, nothing else. Yes Jesus healed people, yes the apostles healed people, but that was only to get their attention, only to fulfill Old Testament Scripture. Salvation, the one and only path to salvation, is what Jesus left heaven and came to earth to give us. It is what the Gospel of Christ is all about.
Please, learn from these fools who only seek physical healing, get your priorities straight. Pray God to cleanse your heart first and foremost, pray Christ will allow you to be more like Him. There is no guarantee that you will live long enough to even finish reading today's thought, and then whose will those things be that you have prayed for?
In our next study we shall see Jesus leaving Capernaum and going to Galilee.
Sometime in the not too distant future I want to talk to you men in the Militias, about Luke 20:25 and Matthew 24:24.
Lord, make my faith as that which I perceive the Samaritans to have had. Amen.
As you ponder today's Scripture, ponder also your own relationship with Christ. Are you a Samaritan or are you a Galilean?
Lord give us eyes to see, ears to hear and a heart attuned to Your word.
Men, let us strive to be men who follow Christ, and pray our wives will, as Peter's and Abraham's wives did, simply follow.
Nai erchomai kurios Iesous.
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