Bible Commentary: “Jesus Reached Out His Hand”

April 8, 2015 at 5:02 pm | Posted in Bible Commentary | Leave a comment
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Bible ImageJesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he
said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cured of his leprosy”. (Matthew 8:3)”.

In Leviticus 13:9 we are told, “when the plague of leprosy is in a man,
then he shall be brought unto the priest”. Plague, the body shakes when
it hears that word. The Black Death ravaged Europe with the Bubonic plague; whenever there is plague no one is spared. Whenever even a hint of an infectious disease is suspected the medical community is alerted and all the vaccines are made ready. In the Old Testament, for Leprosy, the suspected leper was not sent to a doctor he was sent to the priest and his skin was inspected. If leprosy was discovered the man was declared unclean and sent out of the camp, “He is a leprous man, he is unclean: the priest shall pronounce him utterly unclean; his plague is in his head. And the leper in whom the plague is, his clothes shall be rent, and his head bare, and he shall put a covering upon his upper lip, and shall cry, Unclean, unclean. All the days wherein the plague shall be in him he shall be defiled; he is unclean: he shall dwell alone; without the camp shall his habitation be” (Leviticus 13:44-46). The doctors had no part in this disease only the priests because leprosy was a representation of sin and only God can take away sin; the priest was God’s representation on earth so it was the priests duty to pronounce clean or unclean. Finally, in Numbers 5:2-3 God commands the people,
“Command the children of Israel that they put out of the camp every leper, everyone who has a discharge, and whoever becomes defiled by a corpse. You shall put out both male and female; you shall put them outside the camp, that they may not defile their camps in the midst of which I dwell.”

In Matthew 8:2-3 we read of the story of the man with leprosy who came and knelt at the feet of Jesus, “A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cured of his leprosy”. This was a man who was not supposed to be where he was. He was supposed to be outside
the city yet he had heard about Jesus and had come to be healed of his disease. According to the law just touching a person with leprosy defiled you and a defiled person was to be placed outside the city as well. There really must have been a moment of complete uncertainty as the leper knelt as he wondered what Jesus would do. By law Jesus was obligated not to touch the man, but Jesus is our Great High Priest and only the Priest can pronounce a man clean; so Jesus reached out His hand. “And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him, called by God as High Priest “according to the order of Melchizedek,” (Hebrews 5:9-10)

What a thrill the man must have experienced as he saw Jesus reach out to him to touch him. This was going to be the first time in a long, long time that he was going to be touched, to feel the warmth and sensation of another persons hand. The man must have bent his head to brush his cheek against the hand or the arm that was touching him to enhance the pleasure of the touch. And then the man heard the words: “Be clean”.  The High Priest has spoken His pronouncement, the man was not clean but
was commanded to be clean and immediately he was cured of his leprosy. Jesus did not have to worry about defilement by touching the man because He knew that he was going to be healed immediately by the power that was in Him. He can cleanse us from what defiles us because of who He is.

Child of God – does a sin defile you and you feel cut you off from the body and God? Does alcoholism, drug addiction, pornography or gambling seems to rule and is destroying your marriage, your career, your relationships? Fear not! Jesus is Holy and cannot be contaminated by the things of this world. Just kneel at the feet of Jesus and remember that He can make you whole. Jesus will reach out His hand and touch you
and you will be made whole.

Our prayer:
Lord, cleans me from everything that defiles me and prevents me to enter into your presence. As the leper the things that are not clean and yet part of me, I reject deeply. Help me Lord, forgive me and make me whole.

If you want to have a personal relationship with Jesus as your Lord and Savior pray: “Dear Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and that out of love for me you willingly sacrificed your life so that I may live. I repent of all my sins and open my heart to you as my Lord and Savior. Amen.

If you prayed this prayer for the first time or if you have any questions please contact us. We would love to hear from you.


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