Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Saturday, February 29, 2020

Theme: COMMENTARY ON THE BOOK OF MARK CHAPTERS 1-6

Text: “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. And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean.” – Mark 1:40, 41.

 

Comment: As our Lord Jesus Christ preached throughout all Galilee, doing what people of his generation had not seen before, that of casting out devils, a leper came to him seeking to be cured.  He showed humility and faith in Jesus Christ, stating that if only the Lord will have mercy on him, his cure was as good as done. The Bible says, Jesus Christ had compassion on him, touched him and healed him. Though lepers were particularly dreaded among the Jews and therefore were separated from many of the privileges of society, our  Saviour allowed them to come close to him. Christ showed his regard for the law by asking the man who was healed to show himself to the priest and offer for his “cleansing those things which Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them”. See Leviticus 14:2-32. So great was the stigma that the man needed the certification from the priest to be accepted as cured! Though he had been warned, the man could not contain his joy and therefore began to “blaze abroad the matter”.  (Mark 1:45) When one had been plagued for so many years one’s joy will know no bounds when God reverses one’s condition. The Bible says, “When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The LORD hath done great things for them.” – Psalm 126:1. 2.