And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying to him, If you will, you can make me clean.…
I. THAT A WISE RESERVE SHOULD BE EXERCISED BY THE NEWLY CONVERTED IN REFERENCE TO THE INNER EXPERIENCES OF THE SOUL. Because unwise talk is likely —
1. To injure the initial culture of the soul.
2. To awaken the scepticism of the worldly.
3. To be regarded as boastful.
4. To impede the welfare of Divine truth.
II. THAT THIS WISE RESERVE MUST NOT INTERFERE WITH THE IMPERATIVE OBLIGATIONS OF THE SANCTUARY.
1. To recognize its ordinances.
2. To perform its duties.
3. To manifest in its offerings a grateful and adoring reception of beneficent ministry. With this no reserve of temperament or words must be allowed to interfere.
III. THAT THIS WISE RESERVE IS SOMETIMES VIOLATED IN A MOST FLAGRANT MANNER. How many young converts act as the cleansed leper. We must be careful to speak at the right time, in the right manner, under the right circumstances.
(J. S. Exell, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: 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.