18 Become quiet and believe the Lord

Luke 5:12-16
Psalms 46:1-11

T From a pain of Luke

 "And it came about that while He was in one of the cities, behold, there was a man full of leprosy;" (12) This morning, it is from 5:12-16. According to Matthew, because this is the event of the time Jesus finished Sermon on the Mount and went down from the mountain, it seems this area would be in the neighbor town of Capernaum. But, Luke said it "one of the cities"; probably it was his consciousness that it would not be "Capernaum". However, he is adding this to the miracle story of Capernaum. In a miracle story of Capernaum continuing until 6:11, this article is an event in the only other town. Including that reason why it was added to here, I want to hear the message of Luke.

 I want to hear some thing, and it is the first one. Both Matthew and Mark say "a leper came to Him", but only Luke adds words, "there was a man full of leprosy". It would be his finished examining that this person was attacked by that illness "from head to foot". Luke judged that the disease of this person was very severe. Indeed, it lets us feel the eye of the doctor, but he seems to emphasize this person simply is sick. As for Jews, it seems that it was sake of the consciousness that this disease is "dirty" rather than "a disease", and Jews wanted to remove that dirty thing. About this disease, the priest authorized it. And, in that "dirty", the person who committed a crime was recognized as dirty one; and the leprosy was a pronoun of the crimes. Perhaps Luke would make an objection against such Jewish consciousness which make it "dirty". The thing that the Jews assumed to be dirty and to avoid, is not only against for this disease. It was certain foods (the animals which do not ruminate, and which the hoof is not divided into), and it was also the foreigner (the alien), too. And Luke was a foreigner whom they disliked. Surely Luke would have been seen as "a dirty person" from Jews, many times. In this sense, I imagine "the leprosy person" was Luke himself, too. Therefore, Luke said "no" against such a Jewish consciousness, I think. This Gospel was written as the one which wanted the people of the foreigner church to read. Luke wanted to insist that such people and himself were the person who were permitted a crime by a cross of Jesus, I think. And, such expression which was said "the leprosy left him" (13); it would seem to emphasize such a delicate consciousness of Luke repeatedly.


U Expectancy to the Lord

 It is the second. "When he saw Jesus, he fell on his face and implored Him, saying 'Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.'" (12) "When he saw Jesus", it is not the meaning that he met Jesus who had passed there by chance. He heard that Jesus cured the disease of people and would wait for Him being gone down from the mountain. Because the person attacked by leprosy was isolated in the out-of-the-way wastelands, it would need the very much courage that he came out from the mountain to the town. He cannot enter the town, if he does not appear with shouting and crying "I am stained, I am stained!". And even while he is shouting so, but it is not unusual that a stone is hit on him by heartless people. Yes, he wished and wanted to see Jesus at the top of courage. Because there was the article of healing of the leprosy in the Old Testament (2 Kings 5:1-14), would he expect that it is possible for his illness? "He fell on his face and implored Him"; perhaps it will be the posture of the appeal. From the state that he said timidly "Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.", his pain seems to come that he had to live to rely on the goodwill of the person. Particularly, now, he is before the One who may be a great prophet, He might be the coming Messiah. He depended on the faintest hope to Jesus who can make him clean; it seems to reach us his heart he prostrated pitifully.

 And he told strong will that he wants to be cured to Jesus. Since he was attacked by this disease, he was almost dead person without will, and lived by the insignificant food which had been carried by courtesy of somebody; such he conveyed his wish to Jesus! A large number of people who came down from the mountain with Jesus watch what is going to happen carefully now. There might have been the person who carried food to him in them. While people was concentrating on it, he said, "Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.". This was really his confession of faith. And "that faith" reached Jesus.


V Become quiet and believe the Lord

 Jesus stretched out His hand and touched him. "I am willing; be cleansed." (13) Everyone of Jew was afraid of infection and did not want to touch such him, but Jesus stretched out His hand and touched him without at all caring about such a thing, while the many people paid attention to it. Even in modern Japan it is said that a disease called the leprosy became extinct 100%; but prejudice for the former patient does not yet disappear. It is not thought to be seat with such a sick person, even now. Besides in the ancient world among ignorance and superstitions, it was a surprising thing that Jesus did. There is an example of healing without touching, too. In the another article (17:11 -19) that Jesus healed an leprosy person, He did not touch a patient at all. The hearts of Jesus's pity would overflow to this person's painful and desperate wish, I imagine it so. When he saw Jesus among a great many crowds, though he could not notice (the clustering crowds also) it, but Jesus also was not invited as a normal member of the Jew. In the word that "He touched him", such hearts of Jesus overflowed and went out, I feel it so.

 Jesus stretched out His hand, and touched him with the mind of overflowing, and said. "I am willing; be cleaned." As if He touched his shiver, Jesus repeated words same as his wish. "I am willing"; it is the best translation. "Be cleansed", this is not the way of speaking of Jews whom Luke resists, but an order to illness, and it is the declaration of healing also. "And immediately the leprosy left him." (13) This was the testimony of disciples; surely the ill trace disappeared in a moment, and the people whom the progress of such healing watched closely would understand it. Surely, it was the wonder of God, but it was not the wonder to the Jew, and it would be the message of the recovery as people of God and would be loaded with the return to the country of God, I think. Because there is a meaning of "sacring", in "cleansing", Jesus did sacring of him. Would it become the act of touching to a leprosy person of Jesus? A cross of Jesus seems to appear and disappear there. Jesus carried his illness on His back. The cross was is in the center of miracle story, and I feel it was consciousness of Luke.

 And Jesus said to a healed person. "But go and show yourself to the priest, and make an offering for your cleansing, just as Moses commanded, for a testimony to them."(14) This is a way of the Jew style quite, but it may be said that the Jew was challenged at the trust recovery to their God. It says that there is still the wonder of God in you, though it has been completely forgotten that there was such a thing in old times... However, unfortunately they did not have such a delicate heart that affected it in fact. It will become a fuss later; but, we of the present age will be same, too, don't you? Luke added it finally, "But He Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray.". It is the best figure of confession of faith who believe Jesus; the heartstrings of Luke did resonance in "prayer" of such Jesus, I feel it.