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7 February, 2015 19:05

February 7, 2015


I’d like to pose a question to you if I may. What was the only disease Jesus never healed? For that matter we have no record of any of the disciples healing anyone with this particular disease either.

I can hear the wheels turning as some of you are ransacking your brains trying to figure out the answer. I also know that once I tell you the answer, most of you will immediately object to what I say.

This disease was so horrific that the moment you were diagnosed with it, your life would abruptly change. Suddenly your circle of friends would almost immediately disappear. You would have to leave your house and employment, but worst of all, your family.

The disease I’m referring to was leprosy. I know you’re saying to yourself he’s forgotten the ten lepers Jesus healed etc. Hold on a minute. I’m well aware of the story of the ten and how only one came back to give thanks.

Now here is where it pays to study exactly what Jesus told His disciples. He said ‘heal the sick and cleanse the leper’. Incidentally the word used here for cleanse is the same word John used when he wrote, ‘If we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.’ Notice, Jesus never told His disciples to heal the lepers.

This begs the question, Why? I’m glad you asked. Leprosy in the Bible as most of you know, typifies sin. Now we don’t ask or pray to be healed from sin but rather cleansed of it. Correct?

Leprosy however doesn’t just typify sin generally speaking, but specifically addresses one sin in particular. That sin is rebellion. Take your Bible and look at just about every case of leprosy in the Old Testament and you can more often than not trace the leprosy back to rebellion. Take for instance Miriam who rebelled against Moses and became a leper. Then there was Gehazi’s rebellion against his master and Elisha’s word to Naaman that he would not accept a gift in exchange for his healing. Gehazi pursed Naaman and told him a lie in order to secure some of the promised gift. Consider also King Uzziah who thought he had the right to function in a priestly manner. Despite the objection of the priest, he entered the house of God to offer sacrifices. Consequently God struck him with leprosy because of his rebellion against the priesthood.

Finally, how often have you heard the verse ‘Though your sins be as scarlet they shall be as white as snow…?’ We usually think of this verse positively rather than negatively. However, if you read it in the context of Isaiah’s message you will see that it contains a warning. The prophet is addressing the nation of Israel as a whole and compares their condition to a body covered in sores.(leprosy) He then tries to reason with them; asking how long they are going to continue in their rebellion. Then he adds, ‘Though your sins be like scarlet (this is the beginning stage of leprosy) they shall be or become like snow.’ When leprosy is fully developed it is white like snow.

Isaiah is trying to reason with his people not to continue in their rebellion against God lest their condition worsens. Remember, Miriam became a leper as white as snow as did the others.

Leprosy is spread by the fluids from the mouth or nasal passages. For that reason people would cover their mouths and cry ‘unclean, unclean.’ Rebellion is usually spread by word of mouth also. Leprosy causes the members of the body to become insensitive and shrink in size. Rebellion also caused the members of the Body of Christ to become unresponsive and insensitive and fall away. Lepers were quarantined or isolated from the rest of the congregation so as not to spread the leprosy. Members of the Body of Christ who are proven to be rebellious are usually asked to leave in order to protect the Body from further harm. Finally, when a leper was healed he was in most cases then sent to the priest to verify their ‘healing’. True repentance from rebellion requires one to go and submit again to the authority they once had been seeking to undermine.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Scott and Isaiah permalink
    February 10, 2015 12:03 pm

    Great Word! We enjoy you so much!

  2. February 15, 2015 9:39 pm

    That was great David. It sure answered a lot of questions. Your teaching is so inspiring. It draws me out, and makes me want to study the word even more. Thank you so much for your faithfulness. I pray that you and your wife had a wonderful time in New Zealand with your family. God bless…

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