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Lesson # Luke 5:12-13
Study Material - Luke 5:12-13
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.
12 And it came about that while He was in one of the cities, behold, there was a man full of leprosy; and when he saw Jesus, he fell on his face and implored Him, saying, 'Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.' 13 And He stretched out His hand, and touched him, saying, 'I am willing; be cleansed.' And immediately the leprosy left him.
We need to here remind ourselves that the book of Luke speaks to Christ as a man. The book of Matthew speaks of Christ as King. The book of Mark speaks of Christ as a servant. And the book of John speaks of Christ as God. All four books present Jesus Christ in the totality of His essence and role in history with respect to man.
Often people look at the Old Testament and the New Testament as two different Gods, or religions if you will, but both Testaments merely present the looking forward to, and subsequent glorification (historically speaking) of the unique person of the universe, the God/man, Jesus Christ.
As referenced in Matthew and Mark, He, Jesus, comes upon a man with leprosy. All three gospels look at this miracle with slightly different views as we mentioned above. Each of the gospels look at Christ from different perspectives.
Here Luke looks at Christ as the man, from mans point of view, from the touching or personal relationship we can have with God, and from His role as a compassionate man for His fellow mankind.
The leper was in an advanced stage of leprosy, a disease of lesions on the skin and superficial nerves leading to loss of sensations, and resulting in the deterioration and deformity of the outer skin and limbs presenting a picture of vulgar and horrendous appearance. The victim sort of dissolves away, slowly, until death overtakes and ends the misery. But prior to death the loss of sensation, touch, smell, sight, hearing, severs the victim from all reality around him. It is a descent into darkness that is horrifying, terrifying, and totally alone for the person who has the disease.
The man approached Jesus. He has obviously seen or heard of the miracles, but more here is presented. He obviously believed in the power of Christ to do what He says He can do, and with only the spoken word. Too, he was not sure if Christ was willing, because he was so far gone in his life.
So long as we are alive and breathing. Salvation is available to us all. There is no sin that you can commit that would exclude you from salvation. When Christ went to the Cross, He paid the price for all sins - no exceptions.
The man symbolizes a person saturated in sin, as we all are from the moment of our birth. W are born spiritually dead, though physically alive. We died because of one mans sin, Adam. That sin is handed down to every generation through the genetic reproduction of the human race. Only one man did no have this genetic deficiency, Jesus Christ. He was born of the seed of the woman. You recall that Joseph had nothing to do with the pregnancy of Mary.
As we grow up physically, our body needs nourishment, proper nourishment, to grow healthy bones and such. Got milk!!! Anyway, our soul needs proper nourishment as well, Bible doctrine. With the wrong kind of nourishment or lack of it our body deteriorates. Look at the pictures we commonly see of folks starving in Africa. Not exactly candidates for Cosmo magazine! Anyway, the soul too, when starved gets ugly looking. Thus the leprosy presented by the man.
When we get to Ephesians we will study the scar tissue of the soul, and the corruption that occurs when Bible doctrine is excluded from the life. The senses grow insensitive, and sooner or later the soul is calloused over and darkened permanently. Death follows.
We have seen the three great threats to man kind. Attitude (influence from demons and the demon possession depicted previously which represents our frame of mind), then fever (the attack on the inner parts of the body, their deterioration as a result on that bad influence), and then leprosy, the eventual overflow of all the bad decisions we make in life. Our life finally deteriorates right in front of us, and life ends.
There is nothing that can prevent us from being cured spiritually - if we want to be saved. Attitude toward Christ is foremost in determining our future. What think ye of Christ. Believe and be saved. Do no believe and your destiny is eternal separation from God, which is a lake of fire, eternal misery, terror, aloneness. How could anyone want the latter and refuse to simply believe in Christ? A thought that takes all of but a second to do, and of which will change ones destiny from destruction to total happiness.
The leper approaches Jesus, knowing that He is capable. The leper expresses faith. Jesus expresses desire to have better for the man, and gives it freely. Jesus touches him and in so doing assumes the sin (the degenerate decaying process) onto Himself, and removes it from the man. The man is cured instantly and his health is restored immediately.
Everyone who believes in Christ receives a healthy soul instantly and if the Bible study process continues, then that soul will build up strong muscles and bones - milk for the bones, the foundation of Bible doctrine in the soul which builds a strong framework in the soul, and meat for the more advanced doctrines which add the finishing touches to that temple, or structure that a believer constructs in his soul.
Of course if one disregards Bible study after salvation, then he is still saved, but his soul will deteriorate once again and he will suffer the same consequences of a degenerate life.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
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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