Luke 5:12-16 Jesus Cleanses A Leper-The Importance Of Prayer.
Leprosy carried with it something more than a medical condition. We do not read that the leper was healed, but that he was cleansed (v. 12). There was very thorough and detailed prescriptions in the law for the priestly oversight of leprosy (Lev. 13-14). No doubt it had something to do with its communicable nature. The last thing anyone wanted to do was to touch someone who had leprosy. But this is exactly what Jesus did (v. 13). And upon his cleansing Jesus told him to fulfill the law and show himself to the priest to confirm his new condition (Cf. Lev. 13:1-3; 14:2-32 Cf. Lk. 17:14). This confirmation would serve as a testimonial to the miracle which he had received (Cf. Mt. 8:2-4). Out of compassion Jesus was willing, and it was this willingness that the man knew was all that kept him from being whole (Mk. 1:40-44). The news again spread, and the crowds came to be healed of various infirmities (v. 15 Cf. Mk. 1:45). However, Jesus “Himself often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed.” Lk. 5:16 (Cf. 6:12; 9:10, 18; 11:1; Mt. 14:23; Mk. 1:35; Heb. 5:7) This was the source of Jesus strength.