Messiah (Christ) Sends A Healed Leper, To Encourage Corrupt Authorities To Observe The Commandments (Matthew 8:1-4 Explained).

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Brief Summary

This explanation of Holy Scripture shares how there were typically no miracles being carried out by the priests and authorities in the second temple in Jerusalem by the power of G-d’s Holy Spirit.

This was because the authorities typically practice occult foreign worship (ref. Ephesians 6:12, Mark 11:27-29, Matthew 12:24, 2:27) – in a similar manner to how they also did in the past even before then (ref. Ezekiel 8:5, 8:7-10, 8:14-15, 8:16-17, 2 Kings 1:3, 1:16, Malachi 1:10).

The King Messiah (Christ) however, was allowed to practice miracles and works by the Holy Spirit of G-d (Isaiah 48:16 NIV) – as he was completely faithful and observant.

In the account of when he healed an unclean leper, this miracle was something that the priests likley hadn’t seen in a very long time – such miracles left them confounded (ref. John 9:26-27).

With the man now miraculously healed, he was told to offer a ‘gift’ according to the Law of Moses (ref. Leviticus 14:1-32) directly to the priests, to complete the gift/offering part of the commandment.

When the priests/authorities had seen the man healed of leprosy, and that he was being observant as per the Law of Moses (Torah) with regard to bringing the gift/offering to the priest – this also could likley serve as an opportunity for the priests to regain a fresh appetite for the commandments, and see the value in strict, faithful observance.

Table Of Contents

Interpretation
About Corruption And Miracles
No More Outward Miracles Allowed By G-d’s Holy Spirit Today

This explanation will also in turn show that both faith and works (observing the law of Moses) are what is expected of both G-d and the Messiah (ref. Romans 3:31 ESV, James 2:26).

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Subject Passage:

1 When he came down from the mountain, great crowds followed him. 
2 And behold, a leper came to him and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.” 
3 And Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I will; be clean.” And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. 
4 And Jesus said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a proof to them.”
Matthew 8:1-4 ESV

Interpretation

Corruption amongst the priests and other authorities existed in the time of the second temple (ref. Ephesians 6:12, Mark 11:27-29, Matthew 12:24, 2:27).

There was even prohibited money changing inside the temple (ref. Matthew 21:12-13)

By the Messiah (Christ) sending the man that he had miraculously healed of unclean leprosy to the temple, to give a gift to the priest as per the law of Moses (ref. Leviticus 14:1-32), this also served as an effective way to correct and encourage the priests inside the temple to see the benefit of strict, faithful observance.

This is said as the culture, priests, and authorities are generally and sadly known for their corruption – they were deliberately sinning and even engaging in foreign worship (ref. Mark 11:28-29, Ephesians 6:12, Matthew 12:24, 2:27).

About Corruption And Miracles

If corruption exists amongst G-d’s people, Holy Scripture tends to show us that G-d ceases dealings with deliberate sinners, and instead He favours the few humble and righteous left in the land (ref. Psalm 18:26);

‘…there is no God in Israel to inquire of his word…’
(2 Kings 1:16 ESV)

This can be seen in practical accounts such as those of;

• Ezekiel, where G-d had shown him how the people were engaging in sinful practices such as idolatry and occult pagan worship (ref. Ezekiel 8:5, 8:7-10, 8:14-15, 8:16) – even the kings of Israel (ref. Ezekiel 8:17; ‘House of Judah’) etc.

• Elijah was a faithful person and G-d used him to speak words of correction to a then sinning king of Israel. This was in a time when Israel was described as having no G-d, because He was not pleased with the people engaging in foreign worship practices and the like (ref. 2 Kings 1:3, 1:16).

• The Messiah (Christ), continually performed miracles. The corrupt chief priests and authorities continually asked how such miraculous works were being done (ref. Mark 11:27-28, John 9:26).
They asked because they themselves were typically prone to practicing forbidden foreign occult worship, and thus not able to do the same positive life giving healing works (ref. Mark 11:28-29, Ephesians 6:12, Matthew 12:24, 2:27).

We can also see the example of obedient Jonah outside of the land of Israel;

• G-d dealt through obedient Jonah to appeal to the sinful people of Nineveh to repent of their lawless practices (ref. Jonah 3:4, 3:8).

No More Outward Miracles Allowed By G-d’s Holy Spirit Today

‘…the sun [Christ] be darkened [with his message], and the moon [G-d] shall not give her [His] light [Holy Spirit for outward miracles]…’
(Matthew 24:29 KJV, explanation in [brackets])

Today, Holy Scripture confirms that;

a) The context of the gospel and what the Messiah (Christ) actually represents would be hard to find out – overall on this earth, it is tyoically darkened.

and that,

b) G-d does not give His Holy Spirit to mankind for the purpose of outward miracles, such as healing (ref. John 9:4-5, whilst healing a blind man ref. John 9:6-7)

Hoping it is fruitful with you.

May the Holy G-d bless you beyond maximum, believing in His risen Son the Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yehoshua HaMoshiach). Amen.

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“Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. May not copy or download more than 500 consecutive verses of the ESV Bible or more than one half of any book of the ESV Bible.”

“Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.”

“Scripture quotations taken from the New American Standard Bible® (NASB), Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995, 2020 by The Lockman Foundation Used by permission. http://www.Lockman.org

“Scripture quotations marked (NIV) are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide. http://www.zondervan.com The “NIV” and “New International Version” are trademarks registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Biblica, Inc.™ “

The Orthodox Jewish Bible Copyright Artists for Israel Intl Used by permission © The Orthodox Jewish Bible fourth edition, OJB. Copyright 2002, 2003, 2008, 2010, 2011 by Artists for Israel International, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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