Matthew 8:1-4; Mark 1:40-45; Luke 5:12-16; Matthew 9:1-8; Mark 2:1-12; Luke 5:17-26

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READ and STUDY the WORD

Jesus Heals A Man With Leprosy

Matthew 8:1-4 (KJV) When He (Jesus) was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed Him.  And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped Him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.  And Jesus put forth His hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.  And Jesus saith unto him, See thou tell no man; but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.

Mark 1:40-45 (KJV) 40 And there came a leper to Him (Jesus), 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.  43 And He straitly charged him, and forthwith sent him away; 44 And saith unto him, See thou say nothing to any man: but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing those things which Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them. 45 But he went out, and began to publish it much, and to blaze abroad the matter, insomuch that Jesus could no more openly enter into the city, but was without in desert places: and they came to Him from every quarter.

Luke 5:12-16 (KJV) 12 And it came to pass, when He (Jesus) 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.  13 And He put forth His hand, and touched him, saying, I will: be thou clean. And immediately the leprosy departed from him.  14 And He charged him to tell no man: but go, and shew thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing, according as Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.  15 But so much the more went there a fame abroad of Him: and great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed by Him of their infirmities.  16 And He withdrew Himself into the wilderness, and prayed.

Jesus Heals A Paralyzed Man

Matthew 9:1-8 (KJV) And He (Jesus) entered into a ship, and passed over, and came into His own city.  And, behold, they brought to Him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.  And, behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, This man blasphemeth.  And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?  For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith He to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house.  And he arose, and departed to his house.  But when the multitudes saw it, they marvelled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto men.

Mark 2:1-12 (KJV) And again He (Jesus) entered into Capernaum after some days; and it was noised that He was in the house.  And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door: and He preached the word unto them.  And they come unto Him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four.  And when they could not come nigh unto Him for the press, they uncovered the roof where He was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay. When Jesus saw their faith, He said unto the sick of the palsy, son, thy sins be forgiven thee.  But there was certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only?  And immediately when Jesus perceived in His spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, He said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts?  Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk?  10 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (He saith to the sick of the palsy,)  11 I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house.  12 And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion.

Luke 5:17-26  (KJV) 17 And it came to pass on a certain day, as He (Jesus) was teaching, that there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, which were come out of every town of Galilee, and Judaea, and Jerusalem: and the power of the Lord was present to heal them.  18 And, behold, men brought in a bed a man which was taken with a palsy: and they sought means to bring him in, and to lay him before Him.  19 And when they could not find by what way they might bring him in because of the multitude, they went upon the housetop, and let him down through the tiling with his couch into the midst before Jesus.  20 And when He saw their faith, He said unto him, man, thy sins are forgiven thee. 21 And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this which speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?  22 But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, He answering said unto them, What reason ye in your hearts?  23 Whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Rise up and walk?  24 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power upon earth to forgive sins, (He said unto the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy couch, and go into thine house.  25 And immediately he rose up before them, and took up that whereon he lay, and departed to his own house, glorifying God. 26 And they were all amazed, and they glorified God, and were filled with fear, saying, We have seen strange things to day.

1. Who were among the people listening to Jesus (Luke 5:17a)?  Pharisees and doctors of the law. 

2. What was present with the Lord Jesus (Luke 5:17b)? the power to heal.

3. How did the man with palsy get to Jesus (Luke 5:19)? He was let down through the roof.

4. What did Jesus say when He saw their faith (Luke 5:20)? “Man, thy sins are forgiven thee.”

5. Of what did the scribes and the Pharisees accuse Jesus (Luke 5:21)? Blasphemy

6. What did Jesus say to them about sin (Luke 5:22-24a)?  “What reason ye in your hearts?  Whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Rise up and walk?  But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power upon earth to forgive sins …”

7. What did Jesus say to the man with palsy (Luke 5:24b)? He said unto the sick of the palsy, “I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy couch, and go into thine house.”

8. What did the man with palsy do (Luke 5:25)? The man immediately rose up, took up his bed and departed glorifying God.

9. How did those gathered respond (Luke 5:26)? They were all amazed, they glorified God, and were filled with fear, saying, We have seen strange things to day.

HEAR the WORD

Listen to what the scribes say within themselves in Matthew 9:3. Though we cannot read anyone’s mind, Jesus did and still can. 

Matthew 9:2-5 NIV 2 Some men brought to Him (Jesus) a paralytic, lying on a mat.  When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.”   3 At this, some of the teachers of the law said to themselves, “This fellow is blaspheming!”  Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, “Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts?  Which is easier to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? 

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder Matthew 9:2-5. Why did Jesus say to the man his sins were forgiven?  My Bible notes say we must be careful not to concentrate on God’s power to heal physical sickness more than on His power to forgive spiritual sickness in the form of sin.

MEMORIZE the WORD

Matthew 8:3 Jesus reached out His hand and touched the man.  “I am willing,” He said, “Be clean!”…

EASY MEMORIZATION DIRECTIONS

1. Copy a verse you want to memorize on three individual index cards.

2. Choose three places you frequently go to each day and place one of the memory cards in view.

3. Each time you find yourself near one of the memory cards read it aloud.

4. After a week of reading the memory cards you will most likely be able to recall the verse/s without reading them.

5. Try it for a week and find out.

LOVE AND LIVE the WORD

We must be careful not to become so set in our religious habits that we expect God to work only in specific ways.   We shouldn’t limit God by  our mind set and lack of faith.

TEACH AND SHARE the WORD

We need to realize sin is a disease we all have.  Only Jesus’ touch can take away our sin and restore us to health.  And we need to teach and share this with as many people as possible.

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray when we are sick, whether physically, mentally, or spiritually, we will ask You to heal us (Matthew 8:3).  If we have sinned, I pray we’ll be quick to repent and ask for Your forgiveness (Matthew 9:2).   Lord, I pray we will not entertain evil thoughts in our heart, but will turn to You for forgiveness and healing (Matthew 9:4). Lord, I pray we will give You glory for all that You do in our life (Luke 5:25).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.   AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I always give God all the glory.” <>< Dona