WHAT IS PERFECTION IN THE SCRIPTURES?

  • 2 Peter 2:1-3 KJV But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. 2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. 3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.

MANY today try to use the word ‘mature’ instead of the word perfect or any of its synonyms, but ‘maturity’ is not a synonym nor a definition of the word ‘perfect.’ It is not even a word used in Old Testament or the New.

NOTICE THAT MATURITY IS NOT A SYNONYM OF PERFECTION.

https://www.freethesaurus.com/maturity (see a graphic example of synonyms)

Webster defines maturity thus:

Synonyms & Antonyms for maturity

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Examples of maturity in a Sentence

His behavior shows a lack of maturity.

He reached emotional maturity late in his life.

According to Strong’s Concordance, SYNONYMS OF PERFECT OR PERFECTION are COMPLETE, COMPLETED, FINISHED.

Look at all the Scriptures that mention perfect, perfectly or perfection and see that the meanings all agree:

Matthew 5:482 Corinthians 12:9Hebrews 9:11
Matthew 14:362 Corinthians 13:9Hebrews 10:1
Matthew 19:212 Corinthians 13:11Hebrews 10:14
Matthew 21:16Galatians 3:3Hebrews 11:40
Luke 1:3Ephesians 4:12Hebrews 12:23
Luke 6:40Ephesians 4:13Hebrews 13:21
Luke 8:14Philippians 3:12James 1:4
Luke 13:32Philippians 3:15James 1:17
John 17:23Colossians 1:28James 1:25
Acts 3:16Colossians 3:14James 2:22
Acts 18:26Colossians 4:12James 3:2
Acts 22:31 Thessalonians 3:101 Peter 5:10
Acts 23:151 Thessalonians 5:21 John 2:5
Acts 23:202 Timothy 3:171 John 4:12
Acts 24:22Hebrews 2:101 John 4:17
Romans 12:2Hebrews 5:91 John 4:18
1 Corinthians 1:10Hebrews 6:11 John 4:18
1 Corinthians 2:6Hebrews 7:11Revelation 3:2
1 Corinthians 13:10Hebrews 7:19
2 Corinthians 7:1Hebrews 9:9

Some also try to say that when someone wants to obey Matthew 5:48, that he/she is actually talking about becoming ‘sinlessness’ (quoting Romans 3:23 and Romans 5:12) “all have sinned.” Instead of acknowledging that Scripture does not define the word that way nor does it teach that perfection is sinlessness anywhere, these unlearned people claim ‘sinlessness’ is the meaning, and that is why Christians can never become perfect.

We know the apostle Paul sinned when he was covetous in Romans 7:7-9, yet he was finally able to overcome that sin and become complete (fight the good fight, finish his course, keep the faith) before he died (2 Tim. 4:7-8). And there was a crown laid up for him.

  • Matthew 5:48 KJV “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”
  • Romans 7:7-9 KJV “What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet. 8 But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead. 9 For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.”
  • 2 Timothy 4:7-8 KJV “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: 8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”

GOD HEARS HIS HOLY PRIESTHOOD

“Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 2:5). Several metaphors are used to show the relationship between Jesus and His church or the “called out” ones. We often read of Jesus as the Good Shepherd with Christians being His sheep. We are children with God as our Father and Jesus as our older Brother. We are God’s husbandry and His building (1 Corinthians 3:9), Christ’s household (Hebrews 3:6). Other analogies speak of Jesus as the Vine and His disciples as the branches (John 15:1-5). The church is called His body (1 Corinthians 12:12-27Ephesians 2:22-233:64:4-16Colossians 1:18), with Jesus being the Head of that body. Scriptures are replete with lessons about the kingdom (Matthew 13:38-4216:15-19Mark 9:114:25Luke 17:20-21John 3:3-5Ephesians 2:19Acts 1:3) with Jesus being the King of that kingdom. A deeper study of the church reveals about ten such metaphors with each comparison given to help us see our position or relationship to each other, to God and to Jesus.

Focusing on the temple analogy, we see Christ is the chief corner stone (Ephesians 2:20-221 Peter 2:6-9), and we are “lively stones” in that one temple (1 Peter 2:51 Corinthians 3:9-111 Corinthians 3:166:19Revelation 3:12), while the apostles are the foundation (Isaiah 28:16Ephesians 2:19-22Revelation 21:14). We are called “living” or “lively stones” in His holy temple.

Under the Old Testament Law, the stones of a building had to be cleansed if they became “infected” to be sure the whole building was not polluted (Leviticus 14:34-57). In a similar way today, we cleanse the “living stones” of the spiritual temple (the church) or deliver them to Satan for the benefit of the whole congregation (1 Corinthians 5:1-72 Corinthians 7:12). We must purge out the leaven (sin) so the whole building/temple/body comprised of other living stones can be saved.

Christians also serve as His holy priesthood (1 Peter 2:9), and it is our duty to offer up spiritual sacrifices (Psalm 50:1423141:2John 4:23-24Romans 12:1Hebrews 13:15-16), because this is acceptable to God by Jesus Christ (Philippians 1:114:18Colossians 3:171 Peter 4:11). Using the analogy of a royal priesthood, we see our relationship to our own High Priest. First of all, the priests in the Old Testament, chosen from the tribe of Levi (specifically the sons of Aaron), were continually serving God in the tabernacle (prior to the Temple), and He dealt with them there (Numbers 3:3-102 Chronicles 13:1026:18Luke 1:5-23). Today, we are a holy priesthood, a chosen people of God (Romans 8:28-291 Corinthians 1:27-29Ephesians 1:3-5James 2:51 Peter 2:9), and we serve Him in much the same way Aaron’s sons served under the Old Covenant, except that our sacrifices are primarily spiritual rather than physical (John 4:24).

As priests, we not only have a right to pray directly to God, but it is our duty to pray as part of our spiritual sacrifice (Hebrews 13:15). Like the priests in the Old Testament Temple, our prayers are heard because we have authority to go to God directly (John 16:23Ephesians 2:18). We are priests of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched (Hebrews 8:29:119:22-24) and Jesus is our high priest (Hebrews 2:17-183:1).

Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:14-16)

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CLEANSING OUR HOUSE

Beth Johnson

REVIEW OF LAWS CONCERNING LEPROSY:

         •       Deuteronomy 7:12-15 KJV Wherefore it shall come to pass, if ye hearken to these judgments, and keep, and do them, that the Lord thy God shall keep unto thee the covenant and the mercy which he sware unto thy fathers: 13 And he will love thee, and bless thee, and multiply thee: he will also bless the fruit of thy womb, and the fruit of thy land, thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep, in the land which he sware unto thy fathers to give thee. 14 Thou shalt be blessed above all people: there shall not be male or female barren among you, or among your cattle. 15 And the Lord will take away from thee all sickness, and will put none of the evil diseases of Egypt, which thou knowest, upon thee; but will lay them upon all them that hate thee.

         •       Deuteronomy 24:8 KJV Take heed in the plague of leprosy, that thou observe diligently, and do according to all that the priests the Levites shall teach you: as I commanded them, so ye shall observe to do.

         •       Numbers 5:1-3 KJV And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, 2 Command the children of Israel, that they put out of the camp every leper, and every one that hath an issue, and whosoever is defiled by the dead: 3 Both male and female shall ye put out, without the camp shall ye put them; that they defile not their camps, in the midst whereof I dwell.

THE LAWS CONCERNING LEPROSY (Leviticus 13:1 – 59)

The laws concerning leprosy may seem confusing to us today, but probably made perfect sense to a society that had experienced leprosy firsthand where they had lived in slavery for the past 400 years—the land of Egypt. Now again, in the land of Canaan, there was white flesh, yellow flesh, red spots, white hair, yellow hair, burns, getting rid of infested clothing, breaking and disposing of infected pots or even the wall of your house…Wow!

We must keep in mind that the Israelites (the promised children of Abraham) “inherited” the cities and everything in them from the people who previously inhabited Canaan. The Heavenly Father promised Abraham he would drive out those nations when they became completely evil. Genesis 15:1 KJV, gives the prophecy to Abraham we can see being fulfilled before our very eyes. Abraham asked for a child, and the LORD said his children would be like the stars in the sky for number (Genesis 15:5-6). In Genesis 15:7, God promised to give the land of Canaan to Abraham, but not right away. He gives a reason why there would be a delay in Genesis 15:16—“because the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.”

So what can Abraham expect in the meantime? What will fill up the time until the iniquity of the Amorites is full?

         •       Genesis 15:13-14 KJV And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs (EGYPT), and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years; 14 And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance.

         •       Genesis 15:18-21 KJV In the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates: 19 The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites, 20 And the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims, 21 And the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.

         •       Exodus 23:27-28 KJV I will send my fear before thee, and will destroy all the people to whom thou shalt come, and I will make all thine enemies turn their backs unto thee. 28 And I will send hornets before thee, which shall drive out the Hivite, the Canaanite, and the Hittite, from before thee.

         •       Deuteronomy 6:10-13 KJV  And it shall be, when the Lord thy God shall have brought thee into the land which he sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give thee great and goodly cities, which thou buildedst not, 11 And houses full of all good things, which thou filledst not, and wells digged, which thou diggedst not, vineyards and olive trees, which thou plantedst not; when thou shalt have eaten and be full; 12 Then beware lest thou forget the Lord, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage. 13 Thou shalt fear the Lord thy God, and serve him, and shalt swear by his name.

To me, the bottom line in all of all this was that disease, especially disease that could cost someone his or her life, must be detected, avoided, and destroyed at all costs. One does not want disease to infect his/her family, friends, or neighbors. Hmmm…kind of sounds like sin doesn’t it? Detect it in your surroundings, avoid it like the plague, and destroy it with prayer, the word, and faith coupled with obedience. God will be glorified and you will live!

PLAGUE OF LEPROSY IN A GARMENT OR IN THE HOUSE

         •       LEVITICUS 13:47-59 KJV  The garment also that the plague of leprosy is in, whether it be a woollen garment, or a linen garment; 48 Whether it be in the warp, or woof; of linen, or of woollen; whether in a skin, or in any thing made of skin; 49 And if the plague be greenish or reddish in the garment, or in the skin, either in the warp, or in the woof, or in any thing of skin; it is a plague of leprosy, and shall be shewed unto the priest: 50 And the priest shall look upon the plague, and shut up it that hath the plague seven days: 51 And he shall look on the plague on the seventh day: if the plague be spread in the garment, either in the warp, or in the woof, or in a skin, or in any work that is made of skin; the plague is a fretting leprosy; it is unclean. 52 He shall therefore burn that garment, whether warp or woof, in woollen or in linen, or any thing of skin, wherein the plague is: for it is a fretting leprosy; it shall be burnt in the fire. 53 And if the priest shall look, and, behold, the plague be not spread in the garment, either in the warp, or in the woof, or in any thing of skin; 54 Then the priest shall command that they wash the thing wherein the plague is, and he shall shut it up seven days more: 55 And the priest shall look on the plague, after that it is washed: and, behold, if the plague have not changed his colour, and the plague be not spread; it is unclean; thou shalt burn it in the fire; it is fret inward, whether it be bare within or without. 56 And if the priest look, and, behold, the plague be somewhat dark after the washing of it; then he shall rend it out of the garment, or out of the skin, or out of the warp, or out of the woof: 57 And if it appear still in the garment, either in the warp, or in the woof, or in any thing of skin; it is a spreading plague: thou shalt burn that wherein the plague is with fire. 58 And the garment, either warp, or woof, or whatsoever thing of skin it be, which thou shalt wash, if the plague be departed from them, then it shall be washed the second time, and shall be clean. 59 This is the law of the plague of leprosy in a garment of woollen or linen, either in the warp, or woof, or any thing of skins, to pronounce it clean, or to pronounce it unclean.

         •       LEVITICUS 14:33-57 KJVAnd the Lord spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, 34 When ye be come into the land of Canaan, which I give to you for a possession, and I put the plague of leprosy in a house of the land of your possession; 35 And he that owneth the house shall come and tell the priest, saying, It seemeth to me there is as it were a plague in the house: 36 Then the priest shall command that they empty the house, before the priest go into it to see the plague, that all that is in the house be not made unclean: and afterward the priest shall go in to see the house: 37 And he shall look on the plague, and, behold, if the plague be in the walls of the house with hollow strakes, greenish or reddish, which in sight are lower than the wall; 38 Then the priest shall go out of the house to the door of the house, and shut up the house seven days: 39 And the priest shall come again the seventh day, and shall look: and, behold, if the plague be spread in the walls of the house; 40 Then the priest shall command that they take away the stones in which the plague is, and they shall cast them into an unclean place without the city: 41 And he shall cause the house to be scraped within round about, and they shall pour out the dust that they scrape off without the city into an unclean place: 42 And they shall take other stones, and put them in the place of those stones; and he shall take other morter, and shall plaister the house. 43 And if the plague come again, and break out in the house, after that he hath taken away the stones, and after he hath scraped the house, and after it is plaistered; 44 Then the priest shall come and look, and, behold, if the plague be spread in the house, it is a fretting leprosy in the house: it is unclean. 45 And he shall break down the house, the stones of it, and the timber thereof, and all the morter of the house; and he shall carry them forth out of the city into an unclean place. 46 Moreover he that goeth into the house all the while that it is shut up shall be unclean until the even. 47 And he that lieth in the house shall wash his clothes; and he that eateth in the house shall wash his clothes. 48 And if the priest shall come in, and look upon it, and, behold, the plague hath not spread in the house, after the house was plaistered: then the priest shall pronounce the house clean, because the plague is healed. 49 And he shall take to cleanse the house two birds, and cedar wood, and scarlet, and hyssop: 50 And he shall kill the one of the birds in an earthen vessel over running water: 51 And he shall take the cedar wood, and the hyssop, and the scarlet, and the living bird, and dip them in the blood of the slain bird, and in the running water, and sprinkle the house seven times: 52 And he shall cleanse the house with the blood of the bird, and with the running water, and with the living bird, and with the cedar wood, and with the hyssop, and with the scarlet: 53 But he shall let go the living bird out of the city into the open fields, and make an atonement for the house: and it shall be clean. 54 This is the law for all manner of plague of leprosy, and scall, 55 And for the leprosy of a garment, and of a house, 56 And for a rising, and for a scab, and for a bright spot: 57 To teach when it is unclean, and when it is clean: this is the law of leprosy.

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What does SIN do?

We are human beings, made in God’s own image (Gen. 1:27; Gen. 9:6). We are also stewards (Luke 16:1-13), and we must struggle against corruption of any form. Protecting our domain from plague and disease is authorized by Jesus (Heb. 12:14). We are priests and kings made through the covenant of OBEDIENCE (Matt. 28:19-20; Rev. 1:5-6). As such we are called to make a clear evaluation of both good and evil states (Heb. 5:14), since we know that we will judge the angels (1 Cor. 6:3). As sons and daughters of the living God (1 John 3:1-2), we will tear away the pitted, leprous spot, removing sin’s uncleanness from our ways (1 John 1:9).

The book of Leviticus is one of those books that make us appreciate the favor we enjoy today as a Christians. A chapter-by-chapter study is possibly the only way to read Leviticus all the way to the end. Few would be patient to finish each chapter because the temptation to skip to the end seems to be very strong. God took so much time to address every tiny detail that ordinary men and women would term very insignificant and repetitive. Yes, our Heavenly Father is interested in the details; all of them, and He wants his people to understand them too.

The first seven chapters of Leviticus go on and on about various kinds of offerings to God and how to go about that service. The next three chapters tell in detail how the priests went about their priestly obligations. Next, the reader finds regulations about food to be eaten, purifications after childbirth, skin infections and bodily discharges. Our attention might be deeply drawn into chapter 14, which talks about leprosy in the house because we can actually relate that to the disease in people or even to cleansing the stones (1 Pet. 2:5) in the spiritual temple of the New Testament (1 Cor. 5:11-13).

Even as a child, I understood leprosy was a dangerous skin disease, and I was told lepers are kept outside society like outcasts to prevent the spread of the disease. As adults, when my husband and I travel, I see some people along the highway whom I understand to be lepers—especially when I see their fingers and toes. I have even seen some in the society from a close range. At first all I knew was that the sight of the affected skin was hideous- something that could make me feel nauseated instantly.

The Bible however, uses the term ‘leprosy’ for a range of diseases affecting the skin like we see in chapter 13 of Leviticus. Then it addresses the fungus or mildew in chapter 14 as leprosy in the house. The affected part of such a house is to be broken down and reconstructed to eliminate the blight. Fungus, mold, mildew, or even dry rot in the timbers, thrives in a damp environment and is likened to leprosy because it grows and spreads.

God instructed the Israelites to report any case of leprosy they observe to the priest. Before the priest comes to examine the house, it must be emptied. If, on examination, it is certified as infected, the affected wall is to be scraped off, thrown out of town and replaced with new wood, bricks, or stones. Then it is plastered again. An infected house was tagged ‘unclean’ until it was corrected and the required purification rites were carried out. Today, under the Law of Christ, there are no purification rites but the process is quite similar. The root cause is to be discovered and fixed before trying to correct the deformed wall. Otherwise the problem recurs. It’s like the initial treating of symptoms of cancer and ignoring the cancer itself—death will come soon.

SIN IS AN INFECTION

We can apply this to our lives as Christians. First of all, how does an infected house look? Unattractive, right? Yeah, that is how sin makes you look before God. Hence, the need for cleansing. Sin in the life of a Christian is an infectious disease like leprosy. It starts somewhere, and if it is left unchecked, it spreads. When you find yourself repeating a wrong thing over and over again, you should check for the actual problem you have in your heart and work on it. (See 1 John 1:9—paying particular attention to the process.  Notice it is not just forgiveness but cleansing too.  Our God is faithful to forgive AND to cleanse us.)

         •       Romans 7:15-19 KJV For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. 16 If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. 17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. 18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. 19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.

Paul went further and exclaimed “O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from the body of this death?” Was this supposed to justify sin? Who are we kidding? Paul answered himself in the next chapter.

         •       Romans 8:1-2 KJV There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death (the Mosaic Law).

SIN IS CURABLE

If you truly understand the work of the Spirit of the living God today, his inspired words in the scriptures set you free from the bondage of sin. The Spirit, through the wisdom in the written word of God, reveals a way out of the devil’s schemes. Underline the various sins you see in these verses.

         •       Mark 7:6-13 KJV He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. 7 Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. 8 For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do. 9 And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition. 10 For Moses said, Honour thy father and thy mother; and, Whoso curseth father or mother, let him die the death: 11 But ye say, If a man shall say to his father or mother, It is Corban, that is to say, a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; he shall be free. 12 And ye suffer him no more to do ought for his father or his mother; 13 Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.

         •       1 Corinthians 6:6-10 KJV But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers. 7 Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded? 8 Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren. 9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

         •       Ephesians 2:2-3 KJV Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

         •       Titus 3:1-3 KJV Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work, 2 To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men. 3 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.

         •       Titus 1:15-16 KJV  Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled. 16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.

         •       1 Peter 4:1-3 KJV Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; 2 That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God. 3 For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries:

         •       Revelation 21:7-8 KJV  He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.  8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

These are just a few among many sins people easily fall prey to. The solution is to find the root cause of any sin you find yourself repeating. If you find yourself always doing something wrong when you are in the company of someone or some people, social distancing comes in handy here. Avoid their company by all means. In 1 Corinthians 15:33 KJV we read, “Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.”

What about a sin that nobody physically encourages you to commit, yet you find yourself there all the time? Seek help. Remember God’s instruction earlier? If a man notices the plague in his house, he is to report to the priest. Today we do not have priests to report to, but there are people in the congregation who are more godly and spiritual than we are.  GAL. 6:1 KJV says “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such a one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.”

If or when anyone covers sin, it festers and the devil is exalted. Proverbs 28:13 KJV says, “He that covered his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaken them shall have mercy.” Decorating a wall infested with mildew is not the solution. It will look good for a few days, but the infested lines come back again. In the same way, wearing expensive clothing is not the cure for body odor.

YOU CAN DO BETTER

I urge you to examine your life today. Use a flash light or torch (the word of God) into the dark areas of your life and see if there is a mildew growing somewhere within the walls. Repair and clean it before it totally destroys you. A recurring sin in anyone’s life is an indication of a deeper problem lurking secretly in the heart. Take it to God in prayer and confide in a spiritually mature person (Galatians 6:1-2) who can hold you accountable and keep you in check.

What about our homes as parents? How attentive are you to the conducts of the members of your home? Could there be someone of questionable behavior that could influence the others? Ask for your Heavenly Father’s intervention through prayers, and take necessary actions to correct such conduct in love. Above all, read the scriptures daily. New Testament Christians have a promise that those living under the Law of Moses did not have.

         •       1 Corinthians 10:13 KJV  There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

THE STONE THE BUILDERS REJECTED

Did the Jews stumble at the stumbling stone, or did they fall? King James Version first says “they did not fall” (Rom 11:11) and then says “the Jews did fall” (Roman 11:12). However, the Greek says “they did not fall” in both verses. The stumbling was a temporary stumbling (Rom. 11:11) ‘until the fullness of the Gentiles come’ in (Rom. 11:1225). That happened at least somewhere around 68 AD or later ‘so all Israel shall be saved’ (Rom. 11:26). The stumbling ‘stone’ is almost if not totally referring to Christ.

If the church had started off to be Jewish, with the Jews’ scorn for Gentiles, the Gentiles would have had a tremendous barrier to overcome to obey the gospel. With the Gentiles coming in first, and the Jews seeing an ordinary non-clergy member with the same miraculous powers the Jew knew that their Old Testament prophets had, they certainly had nothing to boast about. The Jew would have liked to have had the power themselves (John 6:28). In AD 70 when Jerusalem and temple were destroyed, and the Jewish nation summarily destroyed by being scattered all over the world, they had nothing left to be proud about. Thus the barrier (old wine tastes better than the new) was removed because there was no more old wine!

Many references are made to the prophecy that the Jews would initially reject Christ.

Consider the following scriptures about God

1) Blinds the Jews so the Gentiles will accept the gospel (Rom. 10:1911:1113-14).

2) Provokes the Jews to jealousy by blessing the Gentiles (Rom. 11:30-32 – these scriptures are not so clear on how he will provoke the Jews to envy)

3) Opens the eyes of the Jews to see that Jesus is Christ and be saved (Rom. 11:23-30)

Jesus knew the prophecy that the Jews would be blinded.

And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand (Matt 13:10-13).

Jesus reminded the Pharisees of the prophecy that the Jews would reject him.

When the lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto those husbandmen? They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons. Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes? (Matt 21:40-42).

Jesus prophesied that the kingdom would be taken from the Jews and given to the Gentiles.

Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder (Matt 21:43-44).

Even after the cross the majority of Jews continued to reject Christ Peter reminded the chief priests of the same prophecy.

If we this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole; Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner (Acts 4:9-11).

The Jews continue to be blinded many years after the cross.

For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; (1 Cor. 1:22-23).

The Jews were still blinded 20 years after the cross.

But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ. But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart. Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away (2 Cor. 3:14-16).

Shortly before the destruction of Jerusalem the Jews were still blinded.

Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed (1 Pet. 2:6-8).

Paul applied the same Scripture as the reason that the Jews were still blind 30 years after the cross for the Jews’ blindness.

What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith. But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness. Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone; As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed (Rom. 9:30-33).

Paul understood the reason the Jews were blinded.

For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in (Rom. 11:25).

Jesus had prophesied that the fullness of the Gentiles would be brought in after the destruction of Jerusalem.

And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled (Luke 21:24).

The prophesy that Isaiah had a vision the year that King Uzziah died is the prophecy that is quoted. “In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple” (Isa. 6:1).

This is the prophecy, which was quoted many times by Christ and the apostles.

And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not. Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed (Isa. 6:9-10).

Isaiah did not ask why Israel would be blinded. “Then said I, Lord, how long? And he answered, Until the cities be wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land be utterly desolate” (Isa. 6:11-12).

Isaiah asked how long that blindness would continue. The Lord informed Isaiah that Israel would be blinded until men were moved far away. There was a great forsaking in the midst of the land. “And the Lord have removed men far away, and there be a great forsaking in the midst of the land” (Isa. 6:12).

Isaiah prophesied that a tenth of the Israelites would return.

But yet in it shall be a tenth, and it shall return, and shall be eaten: as a teil tree, and as an oak, whose substance is in them, when they cast their leaves: so the holy seed shall be the substance thereof (Isa. 6:13).

Now consider the Lord’s explanation of his plan for blinding the Jews.

The Lord appeared to totally reject the Jews….but….

What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumbling block, and a recompence unto them: Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, and bow down their back alway (Rom. 11:7-10).

The Lord had a plan to bring the Jews back. God made three points in this verse.

I say then, Have they stumbled (4417) that they should fall (4098)? God forbid: but rather through their fall (3900 – side-slip- not fall) salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy (Rom. 11:11).

1) The Jews stumbled but they did not fall.

2) Salvation came to the Gentiles because the Jews stumbled

3) Salvation came to the Gentiles in order to cause the Jews to be jealous of the Gentiles

He makes three points in this verse: “Now if the fall (3900) of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness?” (Rom. 11:12).

1) The Jews’ falling caused the world (Gentiles) to be rich

2) The Jews’ diminishing caused the Gentiles to be rich

3) The Jews’ “fullness” would be much more make the world rich

Paul spoke to Gentiles, not Jews in these verses: “For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office” (Rom. 11:13).

Paul’s (God’s) plan was to make the Jews jealous (stimulate them). “If by any means I may provoke to emulation (3863 = stimulate alongside) them which are my flesh, and might save some of them” (Rom. 11:14).

He mentioned his plan to provoke the Jews to envy in the previous chapter. “But I say, Did not Israel know? First Moses saith, I will provoke you to jealousy by them that are no people, and by a foolish nation I will anger you” (Rom. 10:19).

He makes two points in this verse: “For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?” (Rom. 11:15).

Casting the Jews away (blinding them) caused the world (Gentiles) to be reconciled to God. What would happen when God receives the Jews? Receiving the Jews would be life from the dead.

Another three points: “For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches” (Rom. 11:16).

1) The firstfruits (Jews) were holy

2) The lump (leavened bread illustration) must be holy if what came from it was holy

3) The root (tree illustration) was holy so what comes from the tree must be holy

Another two points: “And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree” (Rom. 11:17).

1) Some of the branches (tree illustration) – the Jews

2) The wild olive tree (Gentiles) were grafted into the root

3) The Gentiles were thus getting their spiritual food and strength from the root (God or Christ)

Apparently the Roman brethren (Gentiles) were boasting that they were accepted and the Jews were not. “Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee (Rom. 11:18).

The Roman brethren were apparently boasting that the Jews had been cut off so the Gentiles could be part of the tree. “Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in” (Rom. 11:19).

The Jews were broken off because of unbelief. “Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear” (Rom. 11:20).

The Gentiles should not boast but rather fear that they also would be taken out. The Roman brethren needed to remember that God can cut anyone out of the tree. “For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee” (Rom. 11:21).

God has two ways to respond to men.

Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off “Rom. 11:22).

1) He responds with goodness to those who continue in his goodness.

2) He responds with severity toward those who fall.

The promise—If the Jew believes, God is able to graft them in. “And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be graffed in: for God is able to graff them in again” (Rom. 11:23).

If God can graft a wild branch (a Gentile), he can graft the natural branch (a Jew) back into the olive tree (Christ).

For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert graffed contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be graffed into their own olive tree? (Rom. 11:24).

Now the explanation to keep the Roman brethren from being proud:

For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in (Rom. 11:25).

1) God blinded part of Israel

2) God blinded a part of Israel only until the fullness of the Gentiles enters Christ

When God brings the spiritual Jews into Christ, all (spiritual) Israel will be saved.

And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins” (Rom. 11:26-27).

At this point the (blinded) Jews are enemies of the gospel.

As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers’ sakes. For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance (Rom. 11:28-29).

The Gentile Romans obtained mercy through the Jew’s unbelief (blindness). “For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief” (Rom. 11:30).

God’s plan was to show the blind Jews mercy through the mercy he gave to the Gentiles. “Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy” (Rom. 11:31).

God is the one who concluded the blind Jews in unbelief—for his plan. “For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all” (Rom. 11:32).

No one knows the Lord’s mind and plans unless he reveals them. “For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor?” (Rom. 11:34).

Beth Johnson

Chennai Teacher Training School

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LEPROSY (Part 2)

LEPROSY WAS SENT AS A JUDGMENT FROM GOD:

  • 2 Kings 5:1-26 GEHAZI WAS CURSED WITH NAAMAN’S LEPROSY.) Now Naaman, captain of the host of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master, and honourable, because by him the Lord had given deliverance unto Syria: he was also a mighty man in valour, but he was a leper. 2 And the Syrians had gone out by companies, and had brought away captive out of the land of Israel a little maid; and she waited on Naaman’s wife. 3 And she said unto her mistress, Would God my lord were with the prophet that is in Samaria! for he would recover him of his leprosy. 4 And one went in, and told his lord, saying, Thus and thus said the maid that is of the land of Israel. 5 And the king of Syria said, Go to, go, and I will send a letter unto the king of Israel. And he departed, and took with him ten talents of silver, and six thousand pieces of gold, and ten changes of raiment. 6 And he brought the letter to the king of Israel, saying, Now when this letter is come unto thee, behold, I have therewith sent Naaman my servant to thee, that thou mayest recover him of his leprosy. 7 And it came to pass, when the king of Israel had read the letter, that he rent his clothes, and said, Am I God, to kill and to make alive, that this man doth send unto me to recover a man of his leprosy? wherefore consider, I pray you, and see how he seeketh a quarrel against me. 8 And it was so, when Elisha the man of God had heard that the king of Israel had rent his clothes, that he sent to the king, saying, Wherefore hast thou rent thy clothes? let him come now to me, and he shall know that there is a prophet in Israel. 9 So Naaman came with his horses and with his chariot, and stood at the door of the house of Elisha. 10 And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be clean. 11 But Naaman was wroth, and went away, and said, Behold, I thought, He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of the Lord his God, and strike his hand over the place, and recover the leper. 12 Are not Abana and Pharpar, rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? may I not wash in them, and be clean? So he turned and went away in a rage. 13 And his servants came near, and spake unto him, and said, My father, if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it? how much rather then, when he saith to thee, Wash, and be clean? 14 Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean. 15 And he returned to the man of God, he and all his company, and came, and stood before him: and he said, Behold, now I know that there is no God in all earth, but in Israel: now therefore, I pray thee, take a blessing of thy servant. 16 But he said, As the Lord liveth, before whom I stand, I will receive none. And he urged him to take it; but he refused. 17 And Naaman said, Shall there not then, I pray thee, be given to thy servant two mules’ burden of earth? for thy servant will henceforth offer neither burnt offering nor sacrifice unto other gods, but unto the Lord. 18 In this thing the Lord pardon thy servant, that when my master goeth into the house of Rimmon to worship there, and he leaneth on my hand, and I bow myself in the house of Rimmon: when I bow down myself in the house of Rimmon, the Lord pardon thy servant in this thing. 19 And he said unto him, Go in peace. So he departed from him a little way. 20 But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said, Behold, my master hath spared Naaman this Syrian, in not receiving at his hands that which he brought: but, as the Lord liveth, I will run after him, and take somewhat of him. 21 So Gehazi followed after Naaman. And when Naaman saw him running after him, he lighted down from the chariot to meet him, and said, Is all well? 22 And he said, All is well. My master hath sent me, saying, Behold, even now there be come to me from mount Ephraim two young men of the sons of the prophets: give them, I pray thee, a talent of silver, and two changes of garments. 23 And Naaman said, Be content, take two talents. And he urged him, and bound two talents of silver in two bags, with two changes of garments, and laid them upon two of his servants; and they bare them before him. 24 And when he came to the tower, he took them from their hand, and bestowed them in the house: and he let the men go, and they departed. 25 But he went in, and stood before his master. And Elisha said unto him, Whence comest thou, Gehazi? And he said, Thy servant went no whither. 26 And he said unto him, Went not mine heart with thee, when the man turned again from his chariot to meet thee? Is it a time to receive money, and to receive garments, and oliveyards, and vineyards, and sheep, and oxen, and menservants, and maidservants?
  • 2 Chronicles 26:14-21 KING UZZIAH And Uzziah prepared for them throughout all the host shields, and spears, and helmets, and habergeons, and bows, and slings to cast stones. 15 And he made in Jerusalem engines, invented by cunning men, to be on the towers and upon the bulwarks, to shoot arrows and great stones withal. And his name spread far abroad; for he was marvellously helped, till he was strong. 16 But when he was strong, his heart was lifted up to his destruction: for he transgressed against the Lord his God, and went into the temple of the Lord to burn incense upon the altar of incense. 17 And Azariah the priest went in after him, and with him fourscore priests of the Lord, that were valiant men: 18 And they withstood Uzziah the king, and said unto him, It appertaineth not unto thee, Uzziah, to burn incense unto the Lord, but to the priests the sons of Aaron, that are consecrated to burn incense: go out of the sanctuary; for thou hast trespassed; neither shall it be for thine honour from the Lord God. 19 Then Uzziah was wroth, and had a censer in his hand to burn incense: and while he was wroth with the priests, the leprosy even rose up in his forehead before the priests in the house of the Lord, from beside the incense altar. 20 And Azariah the chief priest, and all the priests, looked upon him, and, behold, he was leprous in his forehead, and they thrust him out from thence; yea, himself hasted also to go out, because the Lord had smitten him. 21 And Uzziah the king was a leper unto the day of his death, and dwelt in a several house, being a leper; for he was cut off from the house of the Lord: and Jotham his son was over the king’s house, judging the people of the land.

ISOLATION OF LEPERS

  • Leviticus 13:46 KJV “All the days wherein the plague shall be in him he shall be defiled; he is unclean: he shall dwell alone; without the camp shall his habitation be.”
  • Numbers 5:2-3 KJV “Command the children of Israel, that they put out of the camp every leper, and every one that hath an issue, and whosoever is defiled by the dead: 3 Both male and female shall ye put out, without the camp shall ye put them; that they defile not their camps, in the midst whereof I dwell.”
  • Numbers 12:14-15 KJV “And the Lord said unto Moses, If her father had but spit in her face, should she not be ashamed seven days? let her be shut out from the camp seven days, and after that let her be received in again. 15 And Miriam was shut out from the camp seven days: and the people journeyed not till Miriam was brought in again.”
  • 2 Kings 15:5 KJV “And the Lord smote the king, so that he was a leper unto the day of his death, and dwelt in a several house. And Jotham the king’s son was over the house, judging the people of the land.”
  • 2 Chronicles 26:21 KJV “And Uzziah the king was a leper unto the day of his death, and dwelt in a several house, being a leper; for he was cut off from the house of the Lord: and Jotham his son was over the king’s house, judging the people of the land.”

SEPARATE BURIAL OF LEPERS

2 Chronicles 26:23 KJV “So Uzziah slept with his fathers, and they buried him with his fathers in the field of the burial which belonged to the kings; for they said, He is a leper: and Jotham his son reigned in his stead.”

INSTANCES OF LEPROSY NOT MENTIONED ABOVE

FOUR LEPERS OUTSIDE SAMARIA

  • 2 Kings 7:1-7 KJV Then Elisha said, Hear ye the word of the Lord; Thus saith the Lord, To morrow about this time shall a measure of fine flour be sold for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, in the gate of Samaria. 2 Then a lord on whose hand the king leaned answered the man of God, and said, Behold, if the Lord would make windows in heaven, might this thing be? And he said, Behold, thou shalt see it with thine eyes, but shalt not eat thereof. 3 And there were four leprous men at the entering in of the gate: and they said one to another, Why sit we here until we die? 4 If we say, We will enter into the city, then the famine is in the city, and we shall die there: and if we sit still here, we die also. Now therefore come, and let us fall unto the host of the Syrians: if they save us alive, we shall live; and if they kill us, we shall but die. 5 And they rose up in the twilight, to go unto the camp of the Syrians: and when they were come to the uttermost part of the camp of Syria, behold, there was no man there. 6 For the Lord had made the host of the Syrians to hear a noise of chariots, and a noise of horses, even the noise of a great host: and they said one to another, Lo, the king of Israel hath hired against us the kings of the Hittites, and the kings of the Egyptians, to come upon us. 7 Wherefore they arose and fled in the twilight, and left their tents, and their horses, and their asses, even the camp as it was, and fled for their life. 8 And when these lepers came to the uttermost part of the camp, they went into one tent, and did eat and drink, and carried thence silver, and gold, and raiment, and went and hid it; and came again, and entered into another tent, and carried thence also, and went and hid it. 9 Then they said one to another, We do not well: this day is a day of good tidings, and we hold our peace: if we tarry till the morning light, some mischief will come upon us: now therefore come, that we may go and tell the king’s household. 10 So they came and called unto the porter of the city: and they told them, saying, We came to the camp of the Syrians, and, behold, there was no man there, neither voice of man, but horses tied, and asses tied, and the tents as they were. 11 And he called the porters; and they told it to the king’s house within. 12 And the king arose in the night, and said unto his servants, I will now shew you what the Syrians have done to us. They know that we be hungry; therefore are they gone out of the camp to hide themselves in the field, saying, When they come out of the city, we shall catch them alive, and get into the city. 13 And one of his servants answered and said, Let some take, I pray thee, five of the horses that remain, which are left in the city, (behold, they are as all the multitude of Israel that are left in it: behold, I say, they are even as all the multitude of the Israelites that are consumed:) and let us send and see. 14 They took therefore two chariot horses; and the king sent after the host of the Syrians, saying, Go and see. 15 And they went after them unto Jordan: and, lo, all the way was full of garments and vessels, which the Syrians had cast away in their haste. And the messengers returned, and told the king. 16 And the people went out, and spoiled the tents of the Syrians. So a measure of fine flour was sold for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, according to the word of the Lord. 17 And the king appointed the lord on whose hand he leaned to have the charge of the gate: and the people trode upon him in the gate, and he died, as the man of God had said, who spake when the king came down to him. 18 And it came to pass as the man of God had spoken to the king, saying, Two measures of barley for a shekel, and a measure of fine flour for a shekel, shall be to morrow about this time in the gate of Samaria: 19 And that lord answered the man of God, and said, Now, behold, if the Lord should make windows in heaven, might such a thing be? And he said, Behold, thou shalt see it with thine eyes, but shalt not eat thereof. 20 And so it fell out unto him: for the people trode upon him in the gate, and he died.

KING AZARIAH

2 Kings 15:5-6 KJV “And the Lord smote the king, so that he was a leper unto the day of his death, and dwelt in a several house. And Jotham the king’s son was over the house, judging the people of the land. 6 And the rest of the acts of Azariah, and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the Chronicles of the kings of Judah?”

SIMON

Mark 14:3 KJV “And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard very precious; and she brake the box, and poured it on his head.”

LEPERS HEALED

MIRIAM

Numbers 12:13-14 KJV “And Moses cried unto the Lord, saying, Heal her now, O God, I beseech thee.  14 And the Lord said unto Moses, If her father had but spit in her face, should she not be ashamed seven days? let her be shut out from the camp seven days, and after that let her be received in again.”

NAAMAN

2 Kings 5:8-14 KJV And it was so, when Elisha the man of God had heard that the king of Israel had rent his clothes, that he sent to the king, saying, Wherefore hast thou rent thy clothes? let him come now to me, and he shall know that there is a prophet in Israel. 9 So Naaman came with his horses and with his chariot, and stood at the door of the house of Elisha. 10 And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be clean. 11 But Naaman was wroth, and went away, and said, Behold, I thought, He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of the Lord his God, and strike his hand over the place, and recover the leper. 12 Are not Abana and Pharpar, rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? may I not wash in them, and be clean? So he turned and went away in a rage. 13 And his servants came near, and spake unto him, and said, My father, if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it? how much rather then, when he saith to thee, Wash, and be clean? 14 Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.

LPROSY HEALED BY JESUS

  • Matthew 8:3 KJV “And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. 3 And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. 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 1:40-45 KJV “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. 41 And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean. 42 And as soon as he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed. 43 And he straitly charged him, and forthwith sent him away; 44 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. 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: 12-15 KJV “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. 13 And he put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will: be thou clean. And immediately the leprosy departed from him. 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. 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.”
  • Luke 17:12-19 KJV “And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off: 13 And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. 14 And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed. 15 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, 16 And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. 17 And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? 18 There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. 19 And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.

DISCIPLES EMPOWERED TO HEAL

  • Matthew 10:6-8 KJV “But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7 And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. 8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

Beth Johnson

Chennai Teacher Training School

Women’s Studies

Muliebral Viewpoint

Articles and Books by Beth Johnson