Clean, Sin, Faith, and Jesus Power Mark 1:40 to Mark 2:12

Mark 1:40-47, Mark 2:1-12

jesus unclean leper

Jesus is not afraid to touch an unclean leper

1:40 What is wrong with the man?

Looks like a skin disease, but, it’s actually caused by nervous system damage. Because you can’t feel pain, you bruise and injure your body. Fingers, toes, nose fall off.

Anyone suspected of having this disease had to go to a priest for examination (Leviticus 13:2-3). If found to be infected, “the leprous person who has the disease shall wear torn clothes and let the hair of his head hang loose, and he shall cover his upper lip and cry out, ‘Unclean, unclean.’ He shall remain unclean as long as he has the disease. He is unclean. He shall live alone. His dwelling shall be outside the camp” (Leviticus 13:45-46). The leper then was considered utterly unclean—physically and spiritually.

Incurable by man, many believed God inflicted the curse of leprosy upon people for the sins they committed. In fact, those with leprosy were so despised and loathed that they were not allowed to live in any community with their own people (leper colony).

A leper wasn’t allowed to come within six feet of any other human, including his own family. The disease was considered so revolting that the leper wasn’t permitted to come within 150 feet of anyone when the wind was blowing. Lepers lived in a community with other lepers until they either got better or died. This was the only way the people knew to contain the spread of the contagious forms of leprosy.

1:40 How does the man come to Jesus?
1:40 How does he ask? How is this like the The Lord’s Prayer?
1:40 What does he think of Jesus power to do it?
1:41 What does Jesus feel (NIV is wrong here, the word is ‘compassion’)?
1:41 What does Jesus do and what does Jesus say to heal him? (touches him even though he is unclean, “Yes, I want to do it, absolutely”)
1:41 Jesus words are not just about healing but about what else (clean)?
1:42 How fast does it happen?
1:44 Why does Jesus want him to see a priest and follow the Bible instructions in Leviticus? (restores him to his family and society)
1:45 Did the man obey Jesus? So, what got messed up?

This passage is about what we can see and what we cannot see
2:1-2 Jesus came home. What did he do? Were people interested?
2:3-4 What do the men do?
2:5 Jesus saw something, what was it? (faith)
2:5 What Jesus says does not seem to fit, why?
2:6-7 Who is in these verses and what is happening with them?
2:8 What does Jesus know? Does God know what we are thinking?
2:9 Answer Jesus’ question, which is easier?
2:10 The BIG BUT … What does Jesus want you to know? Who does Jesus say he is and what can he do?
2:11-12 How fast does it happen? What do the people think?

Invitation: In both these passages, Jesus shows that he wants us to be clean of sin. He has the power to heal it and the power to forgive it. We also know that he will pay for it through his suffering on the cross.  Do you want this for yourself, or, do you want to live your life without Jesus’ healing, forgiveness, and payment for your sin?

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