27 A leper is cleansed.

Leviticus 14:1–32; Matthew 8:2–4; Mark 1:40–45; Luke 5:12–16

Why would a leper think Jesus might not want to heal him (Luke 5:12)?

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With a few exceptions, the Bible tells only about people Jesus healed. Under what circumstances would Jesus not want to heal someone (Luke 5:13)?

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Why do you think Jesus was “moved with compassion” (Luke 5:13)?

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What was unusual about Jesus touching the man (Luke 5:13)?

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At one moment, the man was obviously a leper. The next moment, after Jesus said, “Be cleansed,” all signs of the leprosy had disappeared (Luke 5:13). What scientific explanation can be offered for that change?

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Jesus must have known the miracle could never be kept secret. So why would he order the healed man not to tell anyone (Luke 5:14)?

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Why was it important for the leper to see the priest and offer sacrifices (Luke 5:14)?

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Which would the leper have done first, see the priest or “tell everyone” (Mark 1:44–45)? Why?

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What motivated the large crowds to see Jesus (Mark 1:45)?

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How often do you think Jesus withdrew to pray (Luke 5:16)? Why did he need to do that?

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Near one town, a leper kneeled before Jesus, begging. “Sir, you could make me well if you wanted to.”

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Matthew 8:2 A leper kneeled before him, begging. “Sir, you could make me well if you wanted to.”
Mark 1:40 A leper kneeled before Jesus, begging. “Sir, you could make me well if you wanted to.”
Luke 5:12 Near one town, a leper kneeled before Jesus, begging. “Sir, you could make me well if you wanted to.”
King James

Matthew 8:2 And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.
Mark 1:40 And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.
Luke 5:12 And it came to pass, when he was in a certain city, behold a man full of leprosy: who seeing Jesus fell on his face, and besought him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.

“I want to.” Moved with compassion, Jesus touched him. “Be cleansed.”

Eyewitness

Matthew 8:3 “I want to.” Jesus touched him. “Be cleansed.” Immediately, all signs of the leprosy disappeared.
Mark 1:41 “I want to.” Moved with compassion, Jesus touched him. “Be cleansed.”
Luke 5:13 “I want to.” Moved with compassion, Jesus touched him. “Be cleansed.” Immediately, all signs of the leprosy disappeared.
King James

Matthew 8:3 And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
Mark 1:41 And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean.
Luke 5:13 And he put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will: be thou clean. And immediately the leprosy departed from him.

Immediately, all signs of the leprosy disappeared.

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Matthew 8:3 “I want to.” Jesus touched him. “Be cleansed.” Immediately, all signs of the leprosy disappeared.
Mark 1:42 Immediately, all signs of the leprosy disappeared.
Luke 5:13 “I want to.” Moved with compassion, Jesus touched him. “Be cleansed.” Immediately, all signs of the leprosy disappeared.
King James

Matthew 8:3 And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
Mark 1:42 And as soon as he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed.
Luke 5:13 And he put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will: be thou clean. And immediately the leprosy departed from him.

Jesus dismissed him with strict orders. “Do not tell anyone about this. Show yourself to the priest, and offer the sacrifices, taking two birds as commanded by Moses. Your healing will become public record, so you will no longer be regarded as a leper.”

Eyewitness

Leviticus 14:1–32 The Lord said to Moses, “Require this of lepers who believe they are healed: Ask for a priest to go outside the camp and examine him.
If the leprosy is gone, the priest will make a sacrifice using two clean, living birds laid upon cedar wood, red fabric, and a hyssop branch. One of the birds is to be killed in an earthen vessel over running water. Dip the living bird, cedar wood, scarlet fabric, and the hyssop in the blood of the dead bird over the running water. Sprinkle the man seven times, pronouncing him clean, and release the living bird into the open field.
The man must shave all his hair and wash himself and his clothes in water. He may then enter the camp but must remain in his tent for seven days. On the seventh day, he will again shave all his hair, including beard and even his eyebrows. He must wash himself and his clothes in water. Then he will be clean.
On the eighth day, he must bring a sacrifice of two unblemished male lambs, a unblemished yearling female lamb, eight cups of fine flour mixed with olive oil, and a quart of olive oil.
At the door of the tabernacle, the priest will present the man to the Lord. The priest will offer one male lamb with the olive oil for a trespass offering, waving the offering before the Lord. Kill the lamb in the holy place, where sin offerings and burnt offerings are made. These offerings are most holy, belonging to the priest.
From the trespass offering, the priest will take some of the blood and put it on the tip of the man’s right ear, the thumb of his right hand, and on the big toe of his right foot. With some of the olive oil in his left hand, he will dip his right finger in the oil seven times and sprinkle it before the Lord. From his hand, he will put oil on the man’s right ear, the thumb of his right hand, and on the big toe of his right foot, covering the blood of the trespass offering. The remaining oil in the priest’s hand is to be poured upon the man’s head, making atonement for him before the Lord.
The priest will make the sin offering to atone for the man’s uncleanness. Then he is to kill the lamb and make the burnt offering and the meat offering upon the altar for his atonement, and he shall be clean.
If the man is poor, to make atonement he may bring only one lamb for the trespass offering to be waved, eight cups of fine flour mixed with olive oil for the meat offering, a quart of olive oil, and two turtledoves or young pigeons, whatever is available, one for the sin offering, the other for the burnt offering. For his cleansing, the man is to bring all this to the priest before the Lord at the door of the tabernacle.
The priest will offer the lamb with the olive oil for a trespass offering, waving the offering before the Lord. From the slain lamb of the trespass offering, the priest will take some of the blood and put it on the tip of the man’s right ear, the thumb of his right hand, and on the big toe of his right foot. With some of the olive oil in his left hand, he will dip his right finger in the oil seven times and sprinkle it before the Lord. From his hand, he will put oil on the man’s right ear, the thumb of his right hand, and on the big toe of his right foot, covering the blood of the trespass offering. The remaining oil in the priest’s hand is to be poured upon the man’s head, making atonement for him before the Lord.
The priest will kill one of the turtledoves or young pigeons for the sin offering, the other for the burnt offering and the meat offering for his atonement, and he shall be clean before the Lord.
This is the requirement for those who have had leprosy but cannot afford the full offering for cleansing.”
Matthew 8:4 “Do not tell anyone about this. Show yourself to the priest, and offer the sacrifices commanded by Moses. Your healing will become public record so you will no longer be regarded as a leper.”
Mark 1:43–44 Jesus dismissed him with strict orders: “Do not tell anyone about this. Show yourself to the priest, and offer the sacrifices, taking two birds as commanded by Moses. Your healing will become public record so you will no longer be regarded as a leper.”
Luke 5:14 “Do not tell anyone about this. Show yourself to the priest, and offer the sacrifices, taking two birds as commanded by Moses. Your healing will become public record so you will no longer be regarded as a leper.”
King James

Leviticus 14:1–32 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, This shall be the law of the leper in the day of his cleansing: He shall be brought unto the priest: And the priest shall go forth out of the camp; and the priest shall look, and, behold, if the plague of leprosy be healed in the leper; Then shall the priest command to take for him that is to be cleansed two birds alive and clean, and cedar wood, and scarlet, and hyssop: And the priest shall command that one of the birds be killed in an earthen vessel over running water: As for the living bird, he shall take it, and the cedar wood, and the scarlet, and the hyssop, and shall dip them and the living bird in the blood of the bird that was killed over the running water: And he shall sprinkle upon him that is to be cleansed from the leprosy seven times, and shall pronounce him clean, and shall let the living bird loose into the open field.
And he that is to be cleansed shall wash his clothes, and shave off all his hair, and wash himself in water, that he may be clean: and after that he shall come into the camp, and shall tarry abroad out of his tent seven days. But it shall be on the seventh day, that he shall shave all his hair off his head and his beard and his eyebrows, even all his hair he shall shave off: and he shall wash his clothes, also he shall wash his flesh in water, and he shall be clean.
And on the eighth day he shall take two he lambs without blemish, and one ewe lamb of the first year without blemish, and three tenth deals of fine flour for a meat offering, mingled with oil, and one log of oil. And the priest that maketh him clean shall present the man that is to be made clean, and those things, before the Lord, at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation:
And the priest shall take one he lamb, and offer him for a trespass offering, and the log of oil, and wave them for a wave offering before the Lord: And he shall slay the lamb in the place where he shall kill the sin offering and the burnt offering, in the holy place: for as the sin offering is the priest’s, so is the trespass offering: it is most holy: And the priest shall take some of the blood of the trespass offering, and the priest shall put it upon the tip of the right ear of him that is to be cleansed, and upon the thumb of his right hand, and upon the great toe of his right foot: And the priest shall take some of the log of oil, and pour it into the palm of his own left hand: And the priest shall dip his right finger in the oil that is in his left hand, and shall sprinkle of the oil with his finger seven times before the Lord: And of the rest of the oil that is in his hand shall the priest put upon the tip of the right ear of him that is to be cleansed, and upon the thumb of his right hand, and upon the great toe of his right foot, upon the blood of the trespass offering:
And the remnant of the oil that is in the priest’s hand he shall pour upon the head of him that is to be cleansed: and the priest shall make an atonement for him before the Lord. And the priest shall offer the sin offering, and make an atonement for him that is to be cleansed from his uncleanness; and afterward he shall kill the burnt offering: And the priest shall offer the burnt offering and the meat offering upon the altar: and the priest shall make an atonement for him, and he shall be clean.
And if he be poor, and cannot get so much; then he shall take one lamb for a trespass offering to be waved, to make an atonement for him, and one tenth deal of fine flour mingled with oil for a meat offering, and a log of oil; And two turtledoves, or two young pigeons, such as he is able to get; and the one shall be a sin offering, and the other a burnt offering. And he shall bring them on the eighth day for his cleansing unto the priest, unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, before the Lord.
And the priest shall take the lamb of the trespass offering, and the log of oil, and the priest shall wave them for a wave offering before the Lord: And he shall kill the lamb of the trespass offering, and the priest shall take some of the blood of the trespass offering, and put it upon the tip of the right ear of him that is to be cleansed, and upon the thumb of his right hand, and upon the great toe of his right foot: And the priest shall pour of the oil into the palm of his own left hand: And the priest shall sprinkle with his right finger some of the oil that is in his left hand seven times before the Lord: And the priest shall put of the oil that is in his hand upon the tip of the right ear of him that is to be cleansed, and upon the thumb of his right hand, and upon the great toe of his right foot, upon the place of the blood of the trespass offering: And the rest of the oil that is in the priest’s hand he shall put upon the head of him that is to be cleansed, to make an atonement for him before the Lord. And he shall offer the one of the turtledoves, or of the young pigeons, such as he can get; Even such as he is able to get, the one for a sin offering, and the other for a burnt offering, with the meat offering: and the priest shall make an atonement for him that is to be cleansed before the Lord.
This is the law of him in whom is the plague of leprosy, whose hand is not able to get that which pertaineth to his cleansing.
Matthew 8:4 And Jesus saith unto him, See thou tell no man; but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.
Mark 1:43–44 And he straitly charged him, and forthwith sent him away; And saith unto him, See thou say nothing to any man: but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing those things which Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.
Luke 5:14 And he charged him to tell no man: but go, and shew thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing, according as Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.

Instead, the man went into the town and told everyone what had happened.

Eyewitness

Mark 1:45 Instead, the man went into the town and told everyone what had happened. As the report of Jesus’ power rapidly spread, large crowds gathered to hear his teaching and ask for healing of their diseases. No longer could Jesus openly enter a town without being surrounded by large crowds. Even in the country, people from everywhere kept coming to him.
King James

Mark 1:45 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 the report of Jesus’ power rapidly spread, large crowds gathered to hear his teaching and ask for healing of their diseases. No longer could Jesus openly enter a town without being surrounded by large crowds. Even in the country, people from everywhere kept coming to him.

Eyewitness

Mark 1:45 Instead, the man went into the town and told everyone what had happened. As the report of Jesus’ power rapidly spread, large crowds gathered to hear his teaching and ask for healing of their diseases. No longer could Jesus openly enter a town without being surrounded by large crowds. Even in the country, people from everywhere kept coming to him.
Luke 5:15 As the report of Jesus’ power rapidly spread, large crowds gathered to hear his teaching and ask for healing of their diseases.
King James

Mark 1:45 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.
Luke 5:15 But so much the more went there a fame abroad of him: and great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed by him of their infirmities.

He often retreated to a secluded place where he could be alone and pray.

Eyewitness

Luke 5:16 He often retreated to a secluded place where he could be alone and pray.
King James

Luke 5:16 And he withdrew himself into the wilderness, and prayed.