SUBJ: The healing of the leper as a
picture of our lost condition and wherein we learn of submission,
confidence and restoration as he approaches our Lord with absolute
deference to His will.
AIM: That we might be reminded of
our state before grace and moved upon to seek the Lord in all things
after the pattern shown here.
INTR: This story is well known and
is most tender as we contemplate the miracles of our Lord, but in
particular as we note the tenderness and compassion with which he dealt
with this man.
1. The story is there for our instruction and our
inspiration and our encouragement as we are directed to come to Him in
the most impossible circumstances.
2. While we may not apply “rules”
to our Savior, we may apply the manner of both the Lord and those
seeking Him in any instance. (We note some coming to Him and Him coming
to others). Notably, Bartimaeus and the lame man at Bethesday
case of the leper instructs us both as to a view of the way of salvation
applied both initially and in a continuing view of ourselves as healed –
“by His stripes we are healed.”
All of God’s dealings with us are in mercy and are in accordance with
His will. But, as soon as there is an acknowledgment of these things we
find a favorable response in Him. He delights to show mercy. Psalms
147:11 The LORD taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that
hope in his mercy.
I. Coming to Christ (v. 40)
1. With a sense
of need and the nature of his illness – the uncleanness within and
without – this man is nameless but known to all Bible students.
Clearly an impossible situation in the mind of the leper
2) He well
knew the implications and had suffered the circumstance and
should try to picture a circumstance where all are lepers and accepting
of that way of life.
4) Clearly a picture of the nature of sin in us
2. With an understanding of who He is
1) Worship – the leper knelt
2) Concession – I know you don’t have to
3. Confidence in His ability
– “thou canst”
4. If there is a sense of personal need, there is a
sense of personal confidence – “thou canst do it for me!”
Expectations from Christ ((vv. 41-42)
1. Compassion and the ability
of Christ to be so moved – He is God and we the sinners
2. The touch
1) His identity with us and ceremonial uncleanness
The act of identity that is so essential (Elijah, Elisha, the woman with
the issue of blood and the virtue gone out of Him…)
3) Our High
Priest: Hebrews 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be
touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points
tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
4) He knew our condition
more than did we and it is essential that we see our need in coming as
opposed to the submission to peer pressure or any other factor.
His will and the meaning to us of “I will.” With Christ it is more than
I hope or desire. James 1:18 Of his own will begat he us with the word
of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
4. At His word – the salvation is complete and thorough and applies to
sin as well as leprosy.
5. What of our expectations – we tend to
think small as to what the Lord can do and what we would have Him do.
III. Directions from Christ (vv. 43-44)
1. The charge of the Lord
here was stern
1) In that sin was the cause – Some instances are
Miriam, Gehazi and Uzziah
2) Matthew Henry thought this was a warning
about further sin
2. Do not report to any man but rather
thyself to the Priest for a confirmation and a witness to him
the Gospel testimony might be properly set forth
3. Because of the
disruption that would come because of crowds (note the aversion of
Christ to crowds and the efforts of men to gather them).
Reaction to the work of Christ (v. 45)
1. He published it anyway –
what do we make of it?
1) It was humility in Christ that wanted to
2) He would defer to the Father in all things
3) There were no recriminations forthcoming
2. In any event the man
could not contain, and the Lord went out into desert places so that they
would have to come to Him.