It says when a cause of disease was found and corrected, then a person gradually recovered without anymedical treatment. On hearing these evidences we give hearty thanks to our gracious God for sucha wonderful body. Now we are addressing a question,
Is there anyone who would dare to say that our Creatorwishes to make our life as miserable as possible …?
Certainly not. On the contrary, our Creator
desires allpeople to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth,
(1Ti 2:4).* If you reflect on the matter of our discussion, you should guess that the central theme of our study todayis God’s healing. The OT reading of the day (2King 5:1-4) narrates the well-known story of healing the Syriangeneral Naaman from leprosy; and the gospel from (Mar 1:40-45) tells about Jesus’ healing of a leper.Both readings narrate the miracle healing of leprosy. In the first instance, it was done through the prophetElisha, and in the second, by the Son of God who is the originator of both healings. According to one source,the healing of the leprosy, among the people of Israel was known, but healing among other nations it was not,except in the early stages.
Even today the name of this dreadful scourge of the Eastern world strikes terror intoour hearts
. . . , says a narrator. If it happened with a man, it brought him to his knees. And if he wasdiagnosed with a proof that man was pronounced unclean.
And the leprous who has the disease shall weartorn clothes and let the hair of his head hang loose, and he shall cover his upper lip and cry out, ‘Unclean,unclean.’ The man shall remain unclean as long as he has the disease. He is unclean. He shall live alone. Hisdwelling shall be outside the camp
(Lev 13:45,46).* Please note, except for the oral tradition, there is no remedy provided for leprosy in the Bible. It could begone by itself, that is to say, accomplished by a miracle. Today we read how the king of Israel responded tothe request of his neighbor king of Syria to cure his commander in chief Naaman from leprosy. He just tore hisclothes and said,
“Am I God, to kill and to make alive, that this man sends word to me to cure a man of hisleprosy?”
(v.7). From this we infer that there was a strong conviction in Israel that only God was able to curea victim from his leprosy.* Another scriptural remark on the matter concerns to the cause of leprosy. Fist, we reflect on theoccasion of King Azariah’s leprosy depicted in (2 Kg 15:1-5). The cause of his disease was disobedience toGod’s Law. It says, during his reign
the high places were not taken away. The people still sacrificed and madeofferings on the high places. And the Lord touched the king, so that he was a leper to the day of his death, andhe lived in a separate house.
Secondly, we reflect on King Uzziah’s leprosy described in (2 Chr 26:16-21).Making a long story short, let’s say that the cause of the king’s illness was also disobedience to God. Once hehad taken an advantage over the high priest’s responsibility by burning incense in the sanctuary. Being warnedby the priests to stop doing it, the King became angry; and behold, leprosy broke out on his forehead becausethe Lord had struck him, (vv.19,20). Another case is that of Miriam, Moses’ sister, (Num12:1-13).