By Arla, Aug 9 2019 01:00AM
The crowd is shocked! Nobody touches a leper! But Jesus does! Just reaches right out and touches him!
Instantly white scaly skin becomes as smooth and pink as a child's, the muscles firm with no sign of atrophy.
It's the same when we come to Jesus asking for cleansing from our past, his response is immediate and passionate, "I want to! Be clean!"*
Tenderly Jesus looks into the man's eyes and focuses the joy-giddy healed leper, "Say nothing about this to anyone, but go show yourself to the priest with the offering Moses commanded for cleansing...."
And there is good reason behind it. He doesn't want news of the healing to reach the priests and their hatred before the newly-healed leper does, setting up resistance in announcing him clean, cheating him out of restoration to his family.
Jesus sends him to the very ones who had diagnosed him, as evidence of Jesus' power over even leprosy, giving testimony to him as Messiah.
It also answers their charge that he is opposing Moses' laws. While many priests reject it, others are moved, who later give voice to their faith.**
Another reason for the requested silence: Jesus knows priests and Pharisees will twist perspective, making it look as if he is breaking down their ritual laws. If lepers start flocking to him, they will use "contamination" to frighten people away.
The healed leper doesn't listen; thinking Jesus modest, he broadcasts his healing, and Jesus has to discontinue teaching and healing for a while because of crowd-control.
Matthew 8 :2-4, Mark 1:40-44, Luke 5 :12-16 *Galatians 1:4, 1John 5:14-15, 1John 1:9 **Acts 6:7