Thank you for sharing about Prem. What an inspiration!
I completely agree that Jesus had no reason to be afraid of leprosy. In some parts of the world it survives apart from the human body, and, some strains are more virulent than others.
Leprosy is spread by long term contact and why should Jesus be afraid of leprosy if He can cure all illnesses.
Good point. He didn't contradict the man in John 5, which suggests an angel really did come and stir the waters.
It was said that an angel would stir the pool of Siloam at certain timings so that whoever enters it during those times would be cured of all sickness.
You seem to be suggesting that when Jesus spoke 'the word' to heal a person not present, that perhaps He was instructing an angel to go and touch the person? Are you? It's food for thought. But, it's not what I understand when I'm praying for God to touch another person in healing. I'm expecting HIM to do it!
But we do know that the Bible describes Jesus touching them to be healed, if command alone unaided could cure diseases, why don't Jesus and His apostles used command only instead of touch to heal the sick, raised the dead and cast out "demons"?
Matthew 8:8 The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed... 13 And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, [so] be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.
Mark 7: 28 And she answered and said unto him, Yes, Lord: yet the dogs under the table eat of the children's crumbs. 29 And he said unto her, For this saying go thy way; the devil is gone out of thy daughter. 30 And when she was come to her house, she found the devil gone out, and her daughter laid upon the bed.This story raises the question (in light of your comment about angels) of whether an an angel can cast out a demon. I see no scripture to support such an idea. When angels appear in both the OT and NT, they are messengers. Yes they are very strong, but, are they ever given credit for affecting the behaviour of demons, or (for that matter), given credit for healing?
Matthew 17:15 Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water. 16 And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him. 17 Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me. 18 And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour. The account in Mark 9 doesn't say Jesus touched the boy, either, but it makes a clearer separation between deliverance from the demon, and healing.
Mark 5:6 But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him, 7 And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, [thou] Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not. 8 For he said unto him, Come out of the man, [thou] unclean spirit. 9 And he asked him, What [is] thy name? And he answered, saying, My name [is] Legion: for we are many. 10 And he besought him much that he would not send them away out of the country. 11 Now there was there nigh unto the mountains a great herd of swine feeding. 12 And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them. 13 And forthwith Jesus gave them leave.Here again there is no record of Jesus touching Legion. (On a point of interest, Legion had already offered worship to God. V6 says 'He' ran and worshipped Him. It was not the demons who were 'worshipping' Him, although they recognised His power over them.)
I'm not sure what your point is, in this sentence, for we don't need to know the aetiology of an illness or disease to be able to pray as Jesus did. The fact that in the last hundred years bacteriology has developed has made no difference to the power of God or the effects of obedience to Him through faith.
Try talking to people of the 1st century or pre-schoolers and see if they understand about bacteria and the causes of diseases or not.
Every blessing to you, brother.
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