“And behold, a leper came up to Him and, prostrating himself, worshiped Him saying, Lord if You are willing, You are able to cleanse me by curing me.” Matthew 8:2 Amplified
Jesus has just come down out of the mountains with a great throng of people and this leper throws himself down in front of Him. I love this scripture because the man is asking for God’s will to be done, he tells Jesus “if You are willing.” I think we would all agree that this man wants to be healed, leprosy was one of the worst diseases of its time. A person with that disease was considered an outcast and other people would even throw stones at them if they tried to enter society. Yet this man humbled himself to ask Jesus to do whatever was best for him.
We need to follow this lepers example when we go to Jesus with our problems, whether it’s a physical ailment, relationship issues, or financial needs, we need to say Lord if you are willing. I believe the Lord is always willing for us to be healed – spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and financially, but the key is leaving it up to Him. If we trust Him for eternal life, we can trust Him with our everyday life.
Jesus did heal the man and then told him to go and show himself to the priests and present the offering that Moses commanded, which is found in Leviticus 14:2-32. If you have a moment I recommend you go back to the book of the law and read what was required. It’s very lengthy, very specific and to our way of thinking would seem a bit absurd, but that’s what was required at that time. Remember though, God was not trying to make them look foolish, He was looking for obedience. We have to be careful though, to make sure our obedience and the things we do for God don’t become a god in themselves, the Pharisees let that happen to them.
In looking back at the verses in Leviticus I noticed a verse that hits home for me, it says, “If the cleansed leper is poor and cannot afford so much, he shall take one lamb for a guilt or trespass offering to be waved to make atonement for him.” When we come to Jesus for salvation we are poor, naked, and blind, but by His atoning blood, the blood of the Lamb, we are made right with God.