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Mark 1:40-45

Lesson # Mark 1:40-45
Study Material - Mark 1:40-45

You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.

Mark 1:40-45

40 And a leper came to Him, beseeching Him and falling on his knees before Him, and saying to Him, 'If You are willing, You can make me clean.' 41 And moved with compassion, He stretched out His hand, and touched him, and said to him, 'I am willing; be cleansed.' 42 And immediately the leprosy left him and he was cleansed. 43 And He sternly warned him and immediately sent him away, 44 and He said to him, 'See that you say nothing to anyone; but go, show yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded, for a testimony to them.' 45 But he went out and began to proclaim it freely and to spread the news about, to such an extent that Jesus could no longer publicly enter a city, but stayed out in unpopulated areas; and they were coming to Him from everywhere.

Several lessons are evident in this passage, but the most prominent is failure to advance in ones spiritual life. With advancement comes blessing, and that gives one momentum in life. Failure to capitalize on that momentum means loss of additional blessing, especially the compounding effect that multiple blessings have on ones life, or on ones family and even those in ones periphery.

This leper came to Christ in humility. Leprosy was sometimes the punishment of some particular sinners, as in Miriam's, Gehazi's, and Uzziah's, case. Perhaps this is the case of this leper, because when Christ healed him, Christ warned him, He threatened (which is a stern warning) him, with the fatal consequences if he should return to sin again.

Jesus issued the man some instructions, which are to go to the priest and make a thanks offering, so that the priest would too, see the miracle, and thus spread the news of the gospel doctrine for Christ. This spreading of the gospel and doctrine should appropriately come from the teaching of Bible doctrine and not from the gossip trails left by miracles. Gossip trails always get things mixed up and the important lessons get lost in the shuffle.

The leper was thrilled at receiving the blessing as Christ spoke and he was healed, completely. But he did not follow Christ's commands. Instead he spread the word of the miracle, not the word of the gospel. People should have been coming to Christ for Bible class. Instead they were coming for the circus and the quick fix for their ailments.

Christ clearly has the power to do anything He says. He is certainly willing to help those who are in need, and the entire human race is in need. Especially for salvation. Believers are in need for spiritual growth, but too many drop the ball just when they get a little blessing under their belt, then stray off into the distractions of the world and life in general.

He sends his word and heals, Ps 107:20, John 15:3, John 17:17. Christ gives importance and power to His word. That is what we have with us today. Christ did not come in the first advent to cure the worlds ailments, for certainly He could have spoken a word of command, and cured all the ills of the world forever. This He did not do. What is important is that we hear the gospel, believe, and thus become saved. This of course applies to unbelievers. Their alternative is the lake of fire.

For believers, spiritual growth is the objective, but too many get distracted in the world and do not see the importance in Bible study. A daily study program, which is generally perceived as 'boring' by most. We just need to hunker down and stick with the program, plugging away, day after day for the rest of our lives. Spiritual growth comes a little at a time each day of our lives.

If Christ had yielded to the crowds, His mission could have gotten lost in the distraction of the healing program, but He did not. As for each one of us, we too need to avoid getting distracted with the busy schedules of life. Getting our priorities in order. Study our Bible each day. Remain in fellowship as often as possible if not continually by keeping a close watch on our own life, and advance in our spiritual life. Then anything else you do in life - go for it. Climb your mountain, knit your socks, cook, play, work, apply your skills to a hobby, whatever.

But when you lay your head down each night before you sleep, 'I lay me down to sleep in peace, for Thou, O Lord, watch over me continually'. Doctrine should be the last thing on your mind each night and the first thing on your mind in the morning.

Christ moved away from the distractions and the wrong motives of the city. So too, in your soul you should move away from the activity and the wrong motives of your sin nature, and into the fellowship sphere of power which God gives you by way of Bible doctrine.

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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.

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