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Why did Jesus touch the leper?


Matthew 8:1 - 4

NKJV - 1 When He had come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed Him. 2 And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, "Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
In my opinion, although Jesus could certainly have healed the leper merely through the spoken word (as he did in Luke 17:12-19, for example), He touched him as a visible demonstration of God's love for even the most outcast and "unclean" of individuals.

Such an action did not violate the Law because the provisions concerning leprosy and the isolation of lepers (as far as I am aware) were meant for the protection of non-lepers. By choosing to forgo that precaution, Jesus (in addition to healing the leper) was providing a concrete example of "doing more than others do" (as He instructed His followers in passages such as Matthew 5:46-48).

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