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or the cold of dropsy; the lethargy of palsy, or the rage of madness; the filth of leprosy ,
or the darkness of ophthalmia—all knew the power of His word, and fled at His
command. In every corner of the field He was triumphant over evil, and received the
homage of delivered captives. He came, He saw, He conquered everywhere. It is even
so this morning. Whatever my own case may be, the beloved Physician can heal me;
and whatever may be the state of others whom I may remember at this moment in
prayer, I may have hope in Jesus that He will be able to heal them of their sins. My
child, my friend, my dearest one, I can have hope for each, for all, when I remember
the healing power of my Lord; and on my own account, however severe my struggle
with sins and infirmities, I may yet be of good cheer. He who on earth walked the
hospitals, still dispenses His grace, and works wonders among the sons of men: let me
go to Him at once in right earnest.

Let me praise Him, this morning, as I remember how He wrought His spiritual cures,
which bring Him most renown. It was by taking upon Himself our sicknesses. "By His
stripes we are healed." The Church on earth is full of souls healed by our beloved
Physician; and the inhabitants of heaven itself confess that "He healed them all." Come,
then, my soul, publish abroad the virtue of His grace, and let it be "to the Lord for a
name, for an everlasting sign which shall not be cut off."

From Charles H. Spurgeon's Morning & Evening - May, Day 7, Morning.
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Matthew 8:1-4
8:1 Jesus Cleanses a Leper

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."

3 Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying,
"I am willing; be cleansed."
Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.

4 And Jesus said to him,
"See that you tell no one; but go your way, show yourself to
the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them."
NKJV


"Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used
by permission. All rights reserved."
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Jesus Cleanses a Leper
Matthew 8:1-4
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Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean!
Charles H. Spurgeon
"Great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them all."

----What a mass of hideous sickness must have thrust itself under
the eye of Jesus! Yet we read not that He was disgusted, but
patiently waited on every case. What a singular variety of evils
must have met at His feet! What sickening ulcers and putrefying
sores! Yet He was ready for every new shape of the monster evil,
and was victor over it in every form. Let the arrow fly from what
quarter it might, He quenched its fiery power. The heat of fever,
Leprosy is a chronic infectious disease caused by a bacteria, Mycobacterium leprae. It is also known
as Hansen's disease, named after its discoverer, Gerhard Armauer Hansen, in Norway, 1873.
Leprosy mainly affects the skin, the peripheral nerves, mucosa of the upper respiratory tract and the
eyes. It can affect all ages and both sexes. Leprosy is transmitted from one untreated person to
another via the respiratory tract or skin. Today, leprosy is curable and if detected early will not cause
any permanent disability.

The most common symptoms of leprosy are: skin lesions that have decreased sensation to touch,
heat, or pain and are lighter than the persons normal skin color. Skin lesions that do not heal after
several weeks to months. Numbness or absent sensation in the hands and arms, feet and legs, and
muscle weakness.

Leprosy if left untreated, can eventually cause cosmetic disfigurement, nerve damage in the
extremities and sensory loss in the skin. People with long-term leprosy may lose the use of their
hands or feet due to repeated injuries caused by lack of sensation and feeling to pain. Infection then
sets in which can result in tissue loss, fingers and toes shortening as cartilage is absorbed by the
body, and bones become irreparably damaged. It is also capable of causing blindness if left
untreated.

Leprosy is one of the world's oldest diseases, tracing back to the ancient civilizations of China, Egypt
and India. Leprosy was also rampant during the 13th century in Europe. Historically, it is one of the
most stigmatized diseases with a reputation of being highly contagious, disfiguring and incurable. In
the past leprosy sufferers were banished to "leper colonies". Unfortunately, this practice still exists in
some countries today, even though leprosy is now curable and is not considered highly contagious.
Fear of the disease, which often causes rejection and exclusion from one's home and community,
can often do more damage than the disease itself.

Leprosy is found mainly in Angola, Brazil, India, Madagascar, Mozambique, Myanmar, and Nepal.
Many believe leprosy is a disease of the past, but every year literally hundreds of thousands of new
cases of leprosy are found around the world.

The bacteria causing leprosy was discovered in 1873. Treatment became available in the late 1940s
with the introduction of dapsone. This was revolutionary for leprosy patients since it allowed them to
be treated in outpatient clinics, making isolation no longer necessary. Today, the drugs used to cure
leprosy have greatly improved. The length of treatment time is shorter and more effective.
Christopher W. French
What is leprosy?
As I created this web page, I thought a lot about Jesus healing the lepers and wanted to
learn more about the disease myself. This information below I gathered from many
different websites, and is a summery of what I have learned about leprosy. Even today,
Jesus could walk the streets in many parts of the world and still find great multitudes of
people to heal from this terrible disease. The encouraging news is leprosy can now be
cured, there are treatments and medicines that are very successful. My prayer is that God will give us
the means to find and heal all these beautiful people, every last one!
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