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Solomon Temple Missionary Baptist Church

                                          Grateful faith
                                                                                                                  Luke 17:11-19
                                                                                         ( Scriptures are quoted from NIV translation )
Leprosy:
 
 1 :a chronic infectious disease caused by a mycrobacterium affecting especially the skin and peripheral nerves and characterized by the formation of nodules or marcules that enlarge and spread accompanied with eventual paralysis, wasting of muscle, and production of deformities – called also Hansen’s Disease.
2: a morally or spiritually harmful influence
~ Mirriam — Websters Dictionary
 
Revelation 11:17 “saying “We give thanks to you Lord God Almighty, the One who is and who was, because you have taken your great power and have begun to reign.”
 
Mark 2:17 “…It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
 
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
 
Psalm 118:1 “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.”
 
“This is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes.”
~ Elizabeth 1
 
“Blessed are those that can give without remembering and receive without forgetting.”
~ Unknown
 
Questions:

Does the fact that there were ten lepers, one a Samaritan represent anything in particular?
Did all ten lepers receive the same healing?
There are 86,400 seconds in a day, should we use sixty of those seconds each day to say thank you Lord?
If we burned up sixty seconds thanking God, would we be left with only 86,340 seconds or as God says “you’re welcome” would we end up with all the time we needed that day? 
Come join us during our Bible Empowerment Hour at 9:30 am to discuss receiving blessings from God and giving thanks.
 
      There are a few things going on in today’s scripture, let’s talk about the lepers themselves and then go on. Look at the above definition of leprosy. It describes a rather dreadful thing going on with the afflicted. Open sores, growths all over the body, nerves going dead, losing feeling in the body and so forth. I’m thinking it’s probably even worse than it sounds. One of the lepers is a Samaritan. The Samaritans were considered unclean in this time because, they were Samaritans. OK, let’s be a little bit fair, they were considered unclean as a race because they had intermarried with the locals and their religion, although they worshiped the God of Abraham, was tainted by the locals. Remember the Samaritans were sort of picked on in the NT, the woman at the well who recognized Jesus as the Messiah and the Good Samaritan who aided the injured man while the righteous Jews avoided him. One of the lepers was one of those awful people. They all were afflicted with this disease however so now there really was no distinction between them, at least not yet. They saw Jesus in the distance and cried out “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” They did recognize Jesus apparently or at least heard of the miracles of Jesus and asked Jesus to heal them.
      Jesus told them to show themselves to the priests, he did not however heal them on the spot, no instant gratification here. They needed to show their faith somewhat by heading off to the priests. Remember in Leviticus that the priest had to declare them clean, so they could go back to their congregations. Jesus knew this, of course and so he instructed them to go to the priests. All ten of the lepers had the faith to do as Jesus told them. While they were walking to go to the priests and get their clean bill of health, they noticed each other being healed. Now here is where their differences show up.
      The Jews continue on their way presumably to the priests for their clean bill of health. The lowly, outcast Samaritan however does as Samaritans seem to do and turned around to come back and thank Jesus. What was it that the Apostle Paul wrote to the Thessalonians? We should give thanks in all circumstances for it is God’s will in Christ Jesus. Jesus represents the grace of God, for it was God that sent his only begotten Son here so that our sins could be washed away by the Blood of Jesus. The Samaritan was not only washed clean of his physical affliction but his soul was also washed clean. The other nine lepers who just went on their way only had that physical healing, not the spiritual one the outcast Samaritan had. I’m not down playing their physical cleansing because as we saw of the nature of the disease, that was huge, but really compared to the cleansing of our souls. Nine former lepers just were healed of the affliction and one, the Samaritan was healed of his physical affliction and his soul was washed clean as he gave thanks to our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ. There is no doubt which of those places described in Revelation the Samaritan will spend eternity, the other nine, not sure. Where they spend eternity depends on whether their spiritual blindness was cured and they saw the light of Jesus or not.
       So what was the significance of there being one Samaritan among the lepers and the Samaritan being the one to come back and praise and thank Jesus? The Jews were the chosen ones and the Samaritans were the outcasts in the eyes of the Jews. That was the longstanding order of things. There is a new covenant in Jesus however. No one is excluded in this new covenant of grace from God. No one is so good that they don’t need the grace of God and no one is so bad that the grace of God is not available to them. It is written in the Gospel of Mark that Jesus came to administer to the sick, the healthy don’t need so much administering to. No one is excluded from the Kingdom of God, everyone has the grace of God available to them, just accept Christ as our Savior who died on the Cross and was resurrected three days later and be cleansed of sin by the blood of Jesus. Sounds too simple? Look at the Samaritan in this scripture. He did as it is written in Psalm 118 and gave thanks and praise to the Lord for he is good and his love for us is forever. Look at our lives and those around us, perhaps accepting Jesus as our Savior, while sounds simple, is not so readily done.
 
Always Remember:
Luke 17:19 “Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.” How many times have we all read that Jesus said you are healed by your faith. The power of Jesus, as the Samaritan found and recognized is an awesome power and by our faith Jesus heals us physically and spiritually, all we need is faith in Jesus. Praise be to God!
 
Some Scriptures to consider:
 

Romans 10:11-13
Psalm 50:15
John 10:9, 14:6
Mark 2:17
Romans 8:9
Psalm 118:1
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 
Father God we come before you to say thank you Lord. We thank you for all you have blessed us with and ask right now for all the love, peace, joy and comfort we can find through our faith in you Lord. We say these things in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ! Amen!
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