Luke 5:11-15

Luke 5:11 (KJB)
And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed him.

It did not take them long to realize who was standing there before them and telling them to follow Him. They wasted no time in leaving their fishing business and started following Jesus. This is how Christians are to be. As soon as we become saved, we start following Jesus and we become His disciples. We do not wait years to get involved with ministry but from the first moment on when we are called and saved, we begin our ministries, even if we do not know much but this we would know, that something has happened in our life which has changed us drastically.

Luke 5:12 (KJB)
And it came to pass, when he was in a certain city, behold a man full of leprosy: who seeing Jesus fell on his face, and besought him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.

In the Bible, leprosy represents sin because it starts out very small and unnoticed and then continues to grow in the body and then eventually it manifests itself outwardly just as sin does. Sin starts in the heart and soon it manifests its lustful desires until it completely takes over the body and it is permeated with sinful desires which the body eventually acts upon. When Jesus came down, a leper approached Him and was worshipping Him. He beseeched Jesus that if it would be His will, that He could make Him clean. If you notice the word that the leper used, “canst” which would be our word “can.” The word “can” is a word of ability. This leper knew that Jesus had the ability to heal but the leper asked Jesus if it was His will to heal him. God has the ability to heal and that goes without saying, but if a healing is not in His will for a person, then He will not heal them but He does not leave them alone because in the sickness or disability, God will strengthen His children to make it through.

Luke 5:13 (KJB)
And he put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will: be thou clean. And immediately the leprosy departed from him.

Jesus then realizes the faith of the leper and also sees the horrible condition he was in and has compassion on him. He puts forth His hand and touches the leper, which under the law was forbidden, and heals him. The healing took place immediately. This represents what a person experiences when they become a Christian. A person has all their sins weighing them down, then the Lord Jesus Christ saves them and in an instant, He removes all their sins from them, thus removing the weight of guilt, shame, and condemnation. (Psa 103:12 KJV) As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. Psalm 103:12 states the He removed our sins not covered them or made them white as snow as some misinterpret Isaiah 1:18. (Isa 1:18 KJV) Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. What God is speaking about here is the mushrooming effect of leprosy, it starts out small as red spots but then as it grows and infects the whole body, it turns it white as snow. This would be a total contradiction in the Scriptures if on the one hand God makes our sins white from red and then in other passages it states He removed them. (Col 2:13-14 KJV) And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; {14} Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; Both Psalm 103:12 and Colossians 2:13-14 state unequivocally that God removes our sins and does not cover them by making them white as many believe. Once the sin is removed, then we are clean according to biblical standards.

Luke 5:14 (KJB)
And he charged him to tell no man: but go, and show thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing, according as Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.

Then Jesus sternly charges the man to say nothing to anyone about who healed him. The word in the Greek for “charged” carries with it the meaning of “instruct or give orders.” Since Jesus was in Galilee and this man was healed in Galilee, Jesus now instructs this man to go to the priest for the required examination to verify his healing from the leprosy and to make the appropriate sacrifice. (Leviticus 14) The place where he was to have this done would have been in Jerusalem at the temple, which would have been a journey south of where he was. Now it seems strange that Jesus would tell this man not to say anything about it because He would have done this miracle of cleansing publicly in the sight of many of those who listened to His sermon. He was commanded not to say anything because it was not His time yet and He did not want to draw any attention to Himself before the appointed time. When one looks at Leviticus 14, we read the cleansed leper was to shave all the body hair and wash their clothes and body in fresh water. What a tremendous picture of what happens to the believer when they become saved, every vestige of sin is removed from us plus we are to remove anything which brings back memories of the old life. As the cleansed leper now begins his new life after his cleansing, the believer also begins their new life at the moment of salvation. I feel sorry for those that believe we can not learn anything of value for today from Leviticus.

Luke 5:15 (KJB)
But so much the more went there a fame abroad of him: and great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed by him of their infirmities.

The leper was cleansed but it seems that it is not in man to be obedient. As usual, the healed man did not obey the Lord and instead of going to the priest and showing himself so he could be declared clean, he went out and became the town crier and published it all around how he was healed and who healed him. The man had spread the word so well that it had become impossible for Jesus to enter any city openly because as soon as He would come, He would be recognized and there would be thousands waiting to be healed. So this caused Jesus to remain outside of the cities in the more rural areas and as soon as the people found out where He was staying, they would begin to go to Him and soon great crowds had formed wherever He was.

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