A man with leprosy came to Him (Jesus) and begged Him on his knees, “If You are willing, You can make me clean.”
Jesus was indignant. He reached out His hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” He said. “Be clean!” Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cleansed.
Jesus sent him away at once with a strong warning: “See that you don’t tell this to anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your cleansing, as a testimony to them.”
Instead he went out and began to talk freely, spreading the news. As a result, Jesus could no longer enter a town openly but stayed outside in lonely places. Yet the people still came to him from everywhere.
Mark 1:40-45 NIV
I’m curious. How do you read this true scenario? Was the man’s behavior disobedient or grateful?
Was the healed man dismissive of Jesus’ authority?
Or was he simply so overwhelmed with gratitude that he couldn’t help but tell everyone of his miraculous healing?
And was this glorifying to God? The healed leper was testifying to the kindness and power of Jesus.
But, didn’t Jesus, Messiah, command the healed man to go directly to the priests with his testimony? Wasn’t he strongly warned by Jesus not to tell anyone? The man was supposed to follow the law of Moses. (See Leviticus 13-14)
Did the healed man’s actions affect the movement of Jesus in that community? Was the work of God hampered by the man’s exercise of his free will? If so, how?
Worth pondering, this scenario is a much deeper well than it might appear on a cursory review.
I’m curious. Holy Spirit, what insight and revelation of truth would you like to reveal through this scripture? How does this real life scenario apply to my life in 2021?
Please come Holy Spirit and bring wisdom. Please reveal to me what You want me to know. Come and teach me how to honor Jesus and submit to His authority in my life. For my own good and for His glory…
I’m curious. What do you think?
Eyes on Jesus and Shine,