Chapter 43



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AN INDIVIDUAL JEW (Jesus touched and spoke)

(Mat 8:1-4)  When he was come down from the mountain [the mount of transfiguration], great multitudes followed him. And, behold, there came a leper [this leper was a Jew who had lost all social and religious privileges] and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean [Gk: pure]. And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him [Gk: to attach oneself to], saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed [Gk: purged, purified]. And Jesus saith unto him, See thou tell no man; but go thy way, show thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.

1.       Smith’s Bible Dictionary: leper = (Geikie in his : “Life of Christ” says:) Leprosy signifies smiting, because it is supposed to be a direct visitation of Heaven. It began with little specks on the eyelids and on the palms of the hands, and gradually spread over different parts of the body, bleaching the hair white wherever it showed itself, crusting the affected parts with shining scales, and causing swellings and sores. From the skin it slowly ate its way through the tissues, to the bones and joints, and even to the marrow, rotting the whole body piecemeal. The lungs, the organs of speech and hearing, and the eyes, were attacked in turn, till the last consumption or dropsy brought welcome death. The dread of infection kept men aloof from the sufferer; and the law proscribed him as above all men unclean.”

2.       Smith’s Bible Dictionary: Leprosy as a type of sin = Being the worst form of disease, leprosy was fixed upon by God to be the especial type of sin, and the injunctions regarding it had reference to its typical character. It was (1) hereditary; (2) contagious; (3) ever tending to increase; (4) incurable except by the power of God; (5) a shame and disgrace; (6) rendering one alone in the world; (7) deforming, unclean; (8) separating the soul from God, producing spiritual death; unfitting it forever for heaven and the company of the holy, and insuring its eternal banishment, as polluted and abominable.

AN INDIVIDUAL GENTILE (Jesus spoke only)

(Mat 8:5-13)  And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion [a Gentile, the captain of one hundred men], beseeching him, And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy [“paralytic”], grievously tormented [Gk: tortured:--pained, toil, tormented, tossed, vexed]. And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him. The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed [Gk: cured:--healed, made whole]. For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith [Gk: belief], no, not in Israel. And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. But the [unbelieving - faithless] children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness [separation from the wonderful Light of Love]: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth [remorse and great self-anger at their own folly (syn: foolishness, madness, stupidity, idiocy]. And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.

PETER’S MOTHER-IN-LAW (Jesus touched only)

(Mat 8:14,15)  And when Jesus was come into Peter's house, he saw his [Peter’s] wife's mother laid, and sick of a fever. And he touched [Gk: to attach oneself to] her hand, and the fever left her: and she arose, and ministered unto them.

1.       (John 1:14)  And the Word [of God] was made flesh [in Jesus Christ], and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.


(Matthew’s summation: Jesus touches us and speaks to us by the Word of God)

(Mat 8:16)  When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils [CAUSE: unclean spirits, devils, demons, fallen angels]: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick [EFFECT]: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.

1.       possessed = Gk: to be exercised by a demon:--have a (be vexed with, be possessed with) devil (-s) /// a demon or supernatural spirit (of a bad nature):--devil.

2.       (John 2:23-25)  Now when he was in Jerusalem at the passover, in the feast day, many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did. But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men, And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man.

3.       infirmities = Gk: feebleness (of body or mind); by impl. malady; mor. frailty:--disease, infirmity, sickness, weakness /// strengthless:--more feeble, impotent, sick, without strength, weakness.

4.       sicknesses = Gk: a malady:--disease, infirmity, sickness.

5.       Commentary: Jesus cast the CAUSES of our sins into the “bottomless pit,” and took upon Himself all the EFFECTS (syn: penalities) of those CAUSES.


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