Friday, October 28, 2011
“And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger” (Luke 17:17,18 KJV).
In Luke 17:11 we find our Lord Jesus passing through Samaria and Galilee (northern Israel) on His way to Jerusalem. Verse 12 explains that there are ten lepers standing outside of a town. (Remember “leprosy” describes various skin diseases, so these unclean men are outcasts of society.) The ten lepers cry out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us” (verse 13). Verse 14 says, “And when he [Jesus] saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that as they went, they were cleansed.”
In Leviticus 14:1-ff., the LORD had given instructions to Moses concerning lepers (in the day of their healing, they were to go to the priest). Although they are still leprous, Jesus commands the ten lepers to go to the priests, as though they were already healed.
By faith, these ten lepers begin heading toward the Temple. Interestingly, notice how they were not healed until after they followed Christ’s instructions and had already begun walking to the Temple. These ten lepers knew Christ had the power to heal them, and they knew that as long as they obeyed Him, they would be healed. So, they begin walking (as though they were already cleansed). Because they had faith in Jesus’ words, they followed Jesus’ commands.
Luke 17:15,16 continue: “And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.”
As indicated in today’s Scripture, only one of the ten lepers thanked and glorified God. The other nine, sidetracked by the relief and healing, never bothered to glorify the God who had healed them. May we be like that lone leper, mindful of what the LORD has done for us, grateful to Him, and giving Him the glory that He so rightly deserves!