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. THE PITIABLE OBJECT THAT IS WERE PRESENTED. The malady was one of the most distressing that ever seized a human being. It was usually regarded as produced by the immediate agency of the Most High. The rules prescribed for its treatment were very minute and stringent. Among the many immunities with which we are favoured in this happy land, may be reckoned the entire absence of leprosy. But if bodily leprosy is unknown among us, spiritual leprosy is not.
1. It was hereditary.
2. A representation of sin in the consequences with which it was attended.
II. THE APPLICATION WHICH HE MADE.
1. It was earnest.
2. It was humble.
3. It expressed great confidence in the Saviour's ability.
4. It indicated some doubt of His willingness to exert the power He possessed.
III. THE RESPONSE HE MET WITH.
1. The emotion which the Saviour felt — "Moved with compassion."
2. The act He performed — "Put forth His hand, and touched him."
3. The words He uttered — "I will; be thou clean."
4. The effect produced — "The leprosy departed from him."
IV. THE DIRECTIONS HE RECEIVED.
1. These instructions were necessary. The law enjoined that the priest should pronounce the leper clean before he could enjoy the privileges — whether social, civil, or religious — of which he had been deprived.
2. However needful these instructions may have been, the restored leper, in the fulness of his joy and gratitude, was unable to comply with them. See the ability of Christ to save. A personal application to Him is necessary.
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