[vc_row full_width=”” parallax=”” parallax_image=””][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]The Central Proposition of the Text is important in Bible study. Summing all of the elements into one complete thought is a great way to ensure that you understand the text. Obviously, you cannot say everything about the text in one sentence, but finding that one sentence that sums it up is extremely useful, even if difficult to do.
The Central Proposition of Mark 1:40-45 is discussed in this episode.
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By considering all the needs of the leper, Jesus was able to show true compassion to him.
There is no clear statment of purpose in this section, as in most of the Scriptures. That does not mean there is no purpose, of course.
There are a couple of “theological judgments” in the text that helps us pinpoint what the CPT is. One relates to the problem of evil and suffering. Because Jesus did not attempt to forgive the man, but instead healed him, this shows that Jesus did not consider the leper to be in his condition because of sin. However, it was commonly accepted in that society that people with leprosy probably deserved to have it. Either they or their parents did something terrible and they are being punished for it.
The fact that Jesus touched the leper is also significant. It shows a “theological judgment” that Jesus made to make an emotional connection with the leper and not simply to address his most immediate and obvious need.
This stands out as an example of compassion, and points to the possibility of the reason this passage was recorded for us. It gives us a clearer picture of what Jesus was doing and the value that He placed in humans.
This evidence about Jesus leads to great appreciation of Him and His message. It helps build trust in Him, understanding that He has more in mind than simply trying to “gain followers”. He cares not just about our immediate problems, but also our not-so-obvious ones.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_width=”” parallax=”” parallax_image=””][vc_column width=”1/1″]