The Jerusalem Prayer List – April 7th, 2016
By Joseph Shulam
This week the Synagogues around the world are reading Leviticus 12-13 this week. This section is dealing with the illness of leprosy. Leprosy was considered one of the most infectious illness. The Torah has several chapters dealing with the diagnosis of Leprosy and the prognosis of this horrible illness. In Israel there are not many leprous people. With modern antibiotics such illnesses are no longer as serious as they were in the past. In the New Testament we have a couple of stories about Yeshua and Leprous men. The one that I would like to share with you in this Jerusalem Prayer List is from Luke 5:12-13, “And it came to pass, while he was in one of the cities, behold, a man full of leprosy: and when he saw Jesus, he fell on his face, and besought him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And he stretched forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou made clean. And straightway the leprosy departed from him.”
Let us look at this event between Yeshua and this nameless leprous man.
- 1. The place is anonymous – “he was in ONE of the cities.”
- 2. “Behold” – this means suddenly. This means that the man surprised Yeshua and those who were with Him.
- 3. This leprous man was “full of leprosy.” This means that he was in a very advanced stage of this disease. I would read into these words that his sick man was in a final position and had nothing to lose.
- 4. “He saw Yeshua,” this statement teaches me that this Leprous person did not only see Yeshua with his eyes. He must have recognized Yeshua as ONE who can do something that was considered impossible “make me clean” he said to Yeshua.
- 5. This man “fell on his face” before he asked Yeshua to clean him from the leprosy. Falling on your face is a sign of worship and submission and paying deep homage. This man was sick but also submissive to God’s and Yeshua’s decision and desire. I feel that this scene of a very sick man with leprosy, a man who might have a good reason to be hopeless and despondent, but a man who does not give up and at the same time keep a humble attitude.
- 6. The preface that this leprous person prefaced his statement is also of great importance: “Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.” This man did not have any doubt that Yeshua can heal him and can make him clean from leprosy. The words “If thou wilt” are of great importance to me. The sheer “hutzpah” – “sassiness” that some people have to command God and to demand from Yeshua is beyond blasphemy as far as I am concerned. “Lord, if thou wilt,” leaves the option of healing and cleaning from Leprosy in the hands of the Lord. Who do some “preachers” and “pastors” think that they are to command God or to command the Holy Spirit to do something on their command? This Leprous man had a humility that showed respect for the Lord and in spite of his serious situation he showed that he was willing to submit to the Lord’s will and decision to heal and cleans him or not.
- 7. Yeshua responded to this man with leprosy in the most surprising manner. Yeshua “stretched forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou made clean!” Normally a healthy person that does not have leprosy would not touch a person with leprosy for fear of being infected with this disease. By touching this leprous person Yeshua makes a statement with double meaning. The first is, “I am a healer” and has total control over the leprosy. Second, the leprous person was a human being and needed the touch of reassurance from Yeshua. By touching the person Yeshua affirms that this person is healed instantaneously at the very moment of Yeshua’s touch.
- 8. Yeshua answers both of the leprous person’s questions: “I will; be thou made clean.” The man was cleaned immediately.
The simplicity of this encounter is so wonderful. I pray that the Lord will give me that kind of simple and humble power to approach the Lord like this man with leprosy. I wonder if I have ever fallen on my face before the Lord. I don’t mean just physically as a ceremony falling on my face. I mean really putting myself like a slave bowing down before the Lord Yeshua in submission, in acceptance of whatever the Lord has for me. Really on my face broken and desperate, but at the same time full of faith in the Lord and His ability to heal, bless, resolve my problems, give me strength. Yes, broken in need but full of faith and hope in the Lord’s ability and in the Lord’s willingness to resolve my problems.
If you feel like me about your relationship to the Lord – you too might just pray and at least spiritually fall on your face and in your moment of need approach the Lord Yeshua with humility and simplicity and at the same time don’t forget “If you will” – “If you would!” Give the Yeshua the option to want to touch you and heal you.
Please continue to pray for the whole Middle East, and pray for Aliyah of the Jewish victims of the Spanish and Portuguese Inquisition. We must pray for Israel to open the doors for these Jews that were forced to convert to Catholicism. Right now it is time to pray for this big event that I am sure will happen and Israel will have enough population to settle the Negev desert as the prophet Obadiah predicted thousands of years ago.
Pray for Netivyah and the Roeh Israel Congregation in Jerusalem. Pray for the young leadership and the men of the congregation. We want to advance and to be an effective Jewish Community of Disciples of Yeshua. We want to live a Jewish Life-style, and pray in accordance to Jewish Tradition that does not contradict the Word of God, and we want to be faithful to the Lord Yeshua. We need your prayers and the young leadership needs God’s wisdom and your prayers.
Please keep praying for Marcia my wife! She is at home alone and she needs to be constant in her care of the diabetic and insulin and take her medication on time. Pray for me to travel on Monday to New York and from there to Israel safe and strong.
In Brazil please continue to pray for Paulo. Also, please don’t forget to add Maria (Marcelo’s mother) and his father in your prayers.
In the United States we keep on praying for our dear sister Ruby in Oklahoma, Michael Knezevich in Portland, and for Danah and Noaam our daughter and granddaughter in California, and for Liz in Georgia, and for Mike in California. Marcia’s father and mother in East Tennessee also need your prayers. Barry our son was in he ER a few days ago with sever stomachache and problems. People prayed and immediately Barry started to feel better, but we need to pray for his health and for Joey and Beth’s health too.
In Finland, we have Anna has fallen again and he is still in the hospital. Please ask for mercy on her and a blessing on her daughters and granddaughters. Please also pray for Satu-Maria and her daughters, Anne-Mirjim and Anna-Majia, and Tim Tucker.
In Jerusalem please pray for Zvi and Sara, Tania, Lyudmila in Jerusalem and also for Lyudmila in Moscow, Miriam, Zvi D., David S., and Martha his wife.
Raymond and his family and his work in Singapore are really precious brothers who need guidance and wisdom from God for his work and company and healing.
We pray for the following dear brothers and sisters: Pastor Curita in Tokyo, and the husband of Yumi, Sadako San, Shoko San, Takeo Sensei and Tomoko San all in Japan.
Please don’t forget the Netivyah’s food distribution program, the Kol HaYeshua Radio broadcasts, and the work of Netivyah in presenting the Good News to Israel and the world through both teaching and also publishing.
God be with you and bless you for your standing with Israel and with us in Netivyah.