Monday, April 30, 2012

Mark 1:39-42 commentary: as soon as he had spoken

39 And he preached in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and cast out devils. 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. 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.

Notice that these synagogues have people with devils in them. Don’t think you’ll go to church to pick up a clean spirit. Churches are full of devils trying to pervert the Scriptures.

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.

Here is a picture of a sinner being saved. Leprosy is, in type, a picture of sin, always starting small. You won’t walk down the street and be slapped with the biggest temptation of your life. Usually it starts small and eventually you’ll be where you don’t want to be. Leprosy deadens the nerves as sin does deaden the sensations. Sin is so gross that before you realize it you’ve lost part of yourself that can’t be replaced. When you come to Jesus Christ you are healed immediately although you will always carry with you in your life the scars of that sin to remind you of how merciful God has been.

Note that the leper had no part of his own healing save to believe that Jesus could save him. Notice that Jesus Christ healing is immediate.

Modern versions of the Bible leave out the fact that Jesus spoke this man disease free. Jesus had command with His very speech to remove this dreaded disease from this leper. He spoke this disease away just as He spoke creation into existence. Removing this important statement based on two corrupt manuscripts, Sinaiticus and Vaticanus, is inexcusable. The Byzantine Text, also called the Majority Text, reflects the largest number of surviving manuscripts of the Bible and includes this all important phrase.

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