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Bible Study Matthew 8:1-4 Jesus Healing the Leper

Updated on January 7, 2012

For the leper to obtain his healing, he had to seek out where Jesus was. When he found Jesus the very first thing he did was to worship Him. The leper did not ask for healing right away, but worshiped him. Then he asked to be healed if it was Jesus' will, and said he believed Jesus can heal him. Even though the leper knew Jesus could heal him, he did not know the will of God. He did not have the Bible. What he would have known from the Torah was what the Pharisees taught. He may have seen Jesus heal others and/or heard Jesus speak. We do not know if the leper only heard about Jesus, witnessed a healing from a distance, or was standing on the outskirts of the crowd on the Mount of Olives. All this leper knew is that Jesus can heal. Because he did not know the will of God, he asked Jesus if it be thy will heal me. Note that he did not command Jesus to heal him, but asked to be healed.

Jesus responded "I will", and healed the leper. Was this the will of God just for the leper, or for everybody? From Jesus' ministry throughout the Bible, there is not a place I know of where he ever turned down someone when they asked him, and told him that they believed that he could heal them. He did not even have to be touching the person or be in their presence to heal them. This can be seen in the next verses about the centurion asking for a servant's healing. It is God's will to heal everyone who asks him, and believes that he can heal them.

Today many pray to God, if it is your will. The problem is that we know the will of God through his word. All we need to do to know what the will of God is to study God's word. Most people do not even read the Bible. They are lucky enough to crack open the Bible during church service. Then they expect to know everything just from hearing the sermons once a week. Hearing the Word builds faith, but reading the Word gives you personal knowledge and realization of what the Bible is saying. When we know the will of God, we can pray confidently knowing our prayers are in the will of God, and that God will answer them.

The other thing interesting here is in verse 4 where Jesus tells the leper to tell no one that he healed him. First we know that the crowd followed Jesus off the mountain in Matthew 8:1. It takes a crowd awhile to dissipate especially when they are following the speaker. When Jesus gave the instruction to the leper, there was already the crowd of people around them who saw Jesus heal the leper. In verse 4, Jesus only gave the instruction to the leper, and not the entire crowd that was there with them. Why did Jesus give the instruction to the leper not to tell anyone knowing there were others around watching and listening to what was happening? More than likely a few in the crowd would spread the word about the miracle.

I believe this may go back to Jesus' earlier teaching while on the Mount of Olives in Matthew 6:1-6 and Matthew 6:18. Here Jesus taught to do things in secret. Jesus was not able to perform this miracle in secret being out in the open with many people around him. Jesus would not be afraid of drawing a bigger crowd to him, since there were people in the crowd who more than likely went and told as many as they could. Then this principle of doing things in secret, do not boast to others, and you will be rewarded was directly for the leper when Jesus told him to tell no one. Jesus may not have wanted to be boasted about. Even though he was the divine Son of God, he was also human. If the leper did not receive that instruction, he may have gotten so side tracked with telling all he could about the miracle, that he might not have made it to the priest and offered the gifts Moses commanded.


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      8 years ago

      thank you i used this for my homework :)

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      Katherine Parker 

      8 years ago from Indiana

      I have pondered on why Jesus told him not to tell anyone. I never considered that telling would distract him from following the Mosaic Law. Thanks.

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      8 years ago

      Great insight into Matthew! I also like your comment on a lack of reading the bible daily which I still struggle with at times. God bless.

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      10 years ago

      tell no one... Often people followed jesus like he was some traveling sideshow just because of the 'miracles'. Jesus didn't want a quantity of followers, Jesus wants quality. Nice hub :)

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      days leaper 

      11 years ago from england

      I will do one better. ..I will Thank God and Jesus for You! -when I next remember to pray ("memory like a sieve" could've been my hubname!)

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      Bible Studies 

      11 years ago from PA

      days leaper - Thank God, Jesus, and the Holy Ghost. They are the ones who put the words down through me. I'm only a vessel. I can not gain these insights without the holy ghost leading me. He is also the one that makes them good, and the writing decent. If I'm not in tune with God one way or another, I can't write them. You can tell how in tune with God I am by how good the teaching and writing is.

      Marliza you are absolutely right. How to know if God is there is to see if the person is making it about God or them self. If they make it about them self, then God is not going to be there. God will be there doing his miracles, works, and wonders when the person makes it all about God whether God draws a large crowd to that person, or have individuals to up to them just to touch them while the person is working on repairing a fence. The repairing the fence was a story I heard from someone I met in a church, and their great grandmother use to know the person who could usually be found working on or near his farm fence, and all you would have to do was go up to them and let him touch you and nothing had to be said.

      I do believe God still can work through us, but we have to be willing to let him, have faith, and give all the glory to him. It seems like we lost something from God in today's world, and many are looking for it again. I hope we find it.

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      days leaper 

      11 years ago from england

      It seems sad that church nearly turned me from looking for God. I wrote toughts about Judas, no-one seemed to want to know him either. Now of course, your teaching a respect I never thought of. To not think of a wrong as being like Judas, but more like the Leper. It's a lot less Grandiose! Thank You!

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      Marliza Gunter 

      11 years ago

      Interesting concept..and if you get people who can do miracles and healing, then it is a huge show, stage, lights, sound..and lots of money making the rounds...just the opposite of how Jesus did do blessed.. :)

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      11 years ago from Canada

      Great hub! I often wondered the same question. Why did Jesus say don't tell others. I think that what you said makes sense. I also think because maybe he needed more time to do the will of the Father and telling others would of sped up the accusations from the Pharisees ect. My other thought which might me silly, is that when you tell some people not to tell they tell things more. lol

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      11 years ago

      What do you think the crowd expected Jesus to do..?

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      Bible Studies 

      11 years ago from PA

      Thank you very much for sharing your own insight. :) Keep letting your light shine also. God Bless.

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      11 years ago from Bay Area California

      Your heart for God is evident in your writing. Think you for encouraging others to not just hear about who God is, but to know him. It is is true that we often will just go to church and think that is it...when in truth, we are missing out in some of the best parts...those quiet moments alone with God!

      Thank you for letting your light shine! God Bless YOU!!


      Paul wasn't healed when he asked. This can help us understand why sometimes even though we do ask, God may have other greater purposes than we can see- "To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me"(2 Cor 12:7).


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