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Emanna for 06/02/2020

The Lord's Willingness to Heal Man's Leprosy

Bible Verses

Matt 8:2 And behold, a leper, coming near, worshipped Him, saying, Lord, if You are willing, You can cleanse me. (3) And stretching out His hand, He touched him, saying, I am willing; be cleansed! And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.

Words of Ministry

The diseases healed in the cases recorded in Matthew 8 are significant, for every disease signifies a specific spiritual sickness. The first class of people saved by the kingly Savior to be the people of the kingdom is represented by a leper. According to the scriptural examples, leprosy comes from rebellion and disobedience. Miriam became leprous because of her rebellion against Moses, God's deputy authority (Num. 12:1-10). Naaman's leprosy was cleansed because of his obedience (2 Kings 5:1, 9-14). All fallen human beings became leprous in the eyes of God because of their rebellion. Leprosy is the expression of rebellion. Rebellion is inward, and leprosy is the outward manifestation. Now the kingly Savior comes to save men from their rebellion and cleanse them from their leprosy that they may become His kingdom people. Leprosy is a filthy disease. In the Old Testament a leper had to be excluded from the camp of the children of Israel until he was cleansed. According to the law, a leper should be excluded from the people because of his uncleanness. No one could touch him (Lev. 13:45-46). But the new King, as a man and as the kingly Savior, touched him. What mercy and sympathy! By His one touch, immediately his leprosy was cleansed. What wonderful cleansing!

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry, from Witness Lee, Life-study of Matthew, pp. 312-313. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. (Repeat 5/18/99) Please visit us at www.emanna.com Comments to: comment@emanna.com.