3. The leper’s attitudes and actions…
boldness—Luke 5:12 says the man was covered with leprosy. Lepers were forbidden to come near the non-leprous.
belief that Jesus was sent by God
posture of worship
faith that Jesus could make him completely clean—He had no doubt.
4. a. Jesus’ actions
stretched out His hand
instructed the leper to present himself to the priest in accordance with the law
ordered the leper not to tell anyone else
b. 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 an outflow of emotion or his heart toward the man and his condition.)
passionately adamant and stern about the leper remaining silent
c. 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
5. “I am willing.” I believe 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 no-doubt some were among the multitude he just taught.
While Jesus fame as a healer had spread like wildfire, perhaps the leper was unaware of anyone healed of leprosy. To him, it probably seemed as though his case was the most hopeless of all the sickness Jesus would ever encounter.
Jesus demonstrated His willingness and ability to heal even hopeless cases. Jesus also demonstrated 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 provided 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!
2 Bless (affectionately, gratefully praise) the Lord, O my soul, and forget not [one of] all His benefits—
3 Who forgives [every one of] all your iniquities, Who heals [each one of] all your diseases,
4 Who redeems your life from the pit and corruption, Who beautifies, dignifies, and crowns you with loving-kindness and tender mercy;
5 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]!
6 The Lord executes righteousness and justice [not for me only, but] for all who are oppressed. Psalm 103:1–6 AMP
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 we believe He has already forgiven our sins, but not already healed our diseases?
Unlike the leper, we don’t have to ask if He is willing. It’s already done. We just have to accept it.
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.
As usual, a song comes to mind…
Just One Touch From the King