One of the blemishes disqualifying descendants of Aaron from their priestly prerogative of approaching the altar of God’s sanctuary to offer bread to God (Lev 21:16-24). It was not appropriate to sacrifice lame animals to God (Deut 15:21; Mal 1:8; Mal 1:13). Jesus’s healing of the lame was one of the “deeds of the Christ” illustrating and bringing about the kingdom of God (Matt 11:2-6; Matt 15:29-31; Luke 7:18-23). By healing the lame in the Temple Jesus restored them to the worshiping community (Matt 21:10-17). Jesus’s healing of lameness was continued by Peter and John in the Temple (Acts 3:2-13) and Philip in Samaria (Acts 8:4-8).

Lev 21:16-24

16The Lord spoke to Moses, saying:17Speak to Aaron and say: No one of your offspring throughout their generations who has a blemish may approach to offer the fo ... View more

Deut 15:21

21But if it has any defect—any serious defect, such as lameness or blindness—you shall not sacrifice it to the Lord your God;

Mal 1:8

8When you offer blind animals in sacrifice, is that not wrong? And when you offer those that are lame or sick, is that not wrong? Try presenting that to your go ... View more

Mal 1:13

13“What a weariness this is,” you say, and you sniff at me, says the Lord of hosts. You bring what has been taken by violence or is lame or sick, and this you b ... View more

Matt 11:2-6

Messengers from John the Baptist
2When John heard in prison what the Messiah was doing, he sent word by his disciples3and said to him, “Are you the one who is t ... View more

Matt 15:29-31

Jesus Cures Many People
29After Jesus had left that place, he passed along the Sea of Galilee, and he went up the mountain, where he sat down.30Great crowds cam ... View more

Luke 7:18-23

Messengers from John the Baptist
18The disciples of John reported all these things to him. So John summoned two of his disciples19and sent them to the Lord to a ... View more

Matt 21:10-17

10When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil, asking, “Who is this?”11The crowds were saying, “This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee. ... View more

Acts 3:2-13

2And a man lame from birth was being carried in. People would lay him daily at the gate of the temple called the Beautiful Gate so that he could ask for alms fr ... View more

Acts 8:4-8

Philip Preaches in Samaria
4Now those who were scattered went from place to place, proclaiming the word.5Philip went down to the city of Samaria and proclaimed ... View more

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