“And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.”
King James Version (KJV)
8:2 A leper came - Leprosies in those countries were seldom curable by natural means, any more than palsies or lunacy. Probably this leper, though he might not mix with the people, had heard our Lord at a distance. #Mark 1:40; Luke 5:12|.
Mt 8:2 There came a leper. Compare Mr 1:40-45 Lu 5:12-15. Leprosy was a dreadful and hopeless disease. It begins as a skin disease, defies medical skill, and is a kind of living death. Dr. Schaff says: ``Near the Jaffa gate of Jerusalem I saw, in 1877, these miserable creatures with withered limbs imploring aid, and visited a hospital of incurable lepers.'' There are various forms of the disease, but white leprosy seemed most common among the Hebrews. With it the sufferer became white from head to foot. The leper, by the law of Moses, was regarded unclean, was separated from the people, was regarded as death, and the disease was a type of sin. See Le 13:1-12 2Ki 5:27 Nu 5:2. Lord. An expression of faith, as well as the words that follow.