Mark 1:41-45

Mark 1:41 (KJB)
And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean.

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.

Mark 1:42 (KJB)
And as soon as he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed.

Jesus had no sooner spoke and the leprosy had departed from the man and he was cleansed. There was no elaborate formulas or ceremonies. Jesus just spoke and it was done. This is another evidence of His deity because as He spoke the universe and earth into existence, He just speaks and sickness departs. He only needs to speak and whatever He is speaking to will obey. (Luke 8:24 KJV) And they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish. Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm. (Psa 33:8-9 KJV) Let all the earth fear the LORD: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him. {9} For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.

Mark 1:43 (KJB)
And he straitly charged him, and forthwith sent him away;

Then Jesus sternly charges the man to say nothing to anyone about who healed him. The word in the Greek for “straitly charged” carries with it the meaning of “scold or be angry” in addition to “charge sternly.” It seems Jesus was showing anger at this man because it was now becoming almost impossible for Him to proclaim the Gospel because of all the healings which He was doing. This is a very important point because there are many in the charismatic movement who believe that God wants everyone healed and that simply is not true. If Jesus is to heal everyone then why did He show anger? It was because these healings were now hindering the progress of Him proclaiming the Gospel which was His primary calling. We need to take a lesson from this that all these signs and wonders are nothing but a diversion from the truth of sending forth the Gospel. These signs and wonders are not to be focused on but the sending forth of the Gospel is to be focused on.

Mark 1:44 (KJB)
And saith unto him, See thou say nothing to any man: but go thy way, show thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing those things which Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.

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.

Mark 1:45 (KJB)
But he went out, and began to publish it much, and to blaze abroad the matter, insomuch that Jesus could no more openly enter into the city, but was without in desert places: and they came to him from every quarter.

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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