And Jesus Touched Him
And Jesus put forth His hand and touched him, saying, “I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.”
– Matthew 8:3
This is the first occurrence in the New Testament of the would “touch,” and it is significant that it was Jesus who was doing the touching. When Jesus healed someone, He could (and sometime did) merely speak a word to accomplish the healing. The nobleman’s son, dying in Capernaum, for example, was healed when Jesus so spoke in Cana of Galilee, six miles away (Jn 4:46-53).
Often , however, He showed His love and concern by actually touching the person. Lepers were considered untouchable, for their loathsome disease was highly contagious and considered incurable. Yet Jesus touched him, and healed him! On another occasion, a young man had actually died, but Jesus “came and toucher the bier,” and the dead man was raised from the dead (Lk 7:14).
Peter’s wife’s mother was “sick of a fever” (Mt 8: 14-15), the work indicating a high fever and probably a contagious disease, but Jesus “touched her hand, and the fever left her.” On at least two occasions, bling men beseeched Him for their sight. “Then touched He their eyes…And their eyes were opened” (Matthew 9:20-30 and 20:34). A man who was deaf and dumb was healed when Jesus “touched his tongue…And straightway his ears were opened, and the string of his tongue was loosed, and he spake plain: (Mk 7:33,35). When Peter impetuously cut off the ear of one of the soldiers sent to arrest Jesus, “He touched his ear, and healed him” (Lk 22:51).
One touching was different. “They brought young children to Him, that He should touch them” and despite the disciples’ objections, “He took them up in His arms, put His hands upon them, and blessed them” (Mk 10:13,16).
-taken from Institute of Creation Research daily devotional: Tuesday, January 1
The Holy Annointing Oil
“You must never make any of it for yourselves. It is holy, and you must treat it as holy.”
– Exodus 30:32
The unique fragrance of this annointing oil was to be the scent of the temple prients only. After having been annointed with this blend of essential oils that the Lord specifically gave to Moses the individual would be set apart from the others by his smell! And leaving no doubt to others that he had been set apart for and dedicated to God!
So what was in the holy annointing oil? We are told that it was to be made of four specific spices, blended together by an expert perfumer. Those spices were myrrh, a costly rare spice that was used in healing remedies, beauty treatments, and embalming; sweet cinnamon, taken from the bark of the cinnamon stree, a species of laurel bush; cassia, the dried frlowers from the cinnamon tree, which spoke of transparency and purity; and sweet calmus, which is obtained by extracting it from the root of river reeds.
These spices underwent crushing and bruising as they melded together into this exquisite essential oil blend. Like these spices, Jesus had to be crushed by our sin before the fragrance of his precious life could be mixed with the oil of the Holy Spirit so that Christians could be annointed for service in God’s church. It may cost us to serve God, but Christ was ‘cruched’ to make it possible.
Cleansed and Annointed to Serve
“He will then pour some of the olive oil into the palm of his left hand, dip a finger of his right hand into the oil, and sprinkle some of it seven times toward the sacred tent. Next, he will smear some of the oil on your right ear lobe, some on your right thumb, and some on the big toe of your right foot, and pour the rest of the oil from his palm on your head. Then he will offer the other two animals–one as a sacrifice for sin and the other as a sacrifice to please me, together with a grain sacrifice. After this you will be completely clean.”
– Leviticus 14:15-18
Once cured of contageous disease a person back in bible times had to be examined by the priest and annointed with oil. When a Christian thinks of speaking, working, or serving God, we can remember must remember that we are only ‘cleansed lepers’ and we can be grateful beyond measure for his forgiving and transforming power in our own lives.
Broke But Not Busted
“Maybe there’s something I can do to help,” Elisha said. “What do you have in your house?” “Sir, I have nothing but a small bottle of olive oil.”
– 2 Kings 4:2
In scripture, oil is a symbol of the Holy Spirit. When life bankrupts us and we don’t know what to do, we need to remember that, like the little pot of oil that the widow possessed, we too have something that can be poured out before the Lord. Even in the pain God will show us practical ways out of our dilemmas if we are willing to listen to Him. We must draw on our hidden spiritual resources and then act – pour out what we have before God and allow Him to bless and fill us.
How’d You Sleep?
“When I go to bed, I think, When will it be morning? But the night drags on and I toss and turn till dawn.”
– Job 7:4
Many things can keep us from a good night’s sleep – wealth (believe it or not!), sickness, old age, grief, sorrow… And there are just as many ways to deal with it too! Prayer, a little lavender on your pillow, a better attitude, or spending a littel time in the Word are all good places to start. Sometimes in our quiet moments before God He will place a song in our hearts. Be real before God and read His Word. There are wonderful promises therein. The psalmist wrote, “I will lie down in peace and sleep, for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe.” (Ps 4:8)
Wound Bound and Broken Heart Soothed
“He heals the brokenhearted, binding up their wounds.”
– Psalm 147:3
If you are brokenhearted, call out to God. He is not a God that heals from a distance. He is right there with us. he is a caring shepherd tending to His flock. “I will search for my lost ones who strayed away, and I will bring them safely home again.” (Ez 34:16)