BY Femi Awodele
LUKE 17:11-19 – Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”
When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed. One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him-and he was a Samaritan.
Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”
The above was our family sharing at THANKSGIVING, led by Rev. (Dr.) Bunmi Dada – nice to have a few Bible teachers in the family. The discussion on the passage above blessed our family across age spectrum (8-78) and I feel it would bless and encourage you.
In the times and days of Jesus, leprosy was a disease without cure, and lepers are banished to the outskirts of the city, because the disease is highly contagious – families find ways of feeding their lepers in the colony (watch the movie – Ben Hur).
The news about Jesus healing the sick and raising the dead must have spread across town, that even those in the leper colony heard about Jesus, so imagine how these lepers felt when they saw Jesus walk (with his disciples) by their colony.
In Dr. Luke’s account, they started to yell “Jesus, Master (meaning Lord) have pity on us”, Jesus saw them and had pity, so he told them “Go show yourself to the priests”. Couple of things to note here – Jesus DID not say you are HEALED, He simply said follow the law of Moses, but with a different twist – while you still have your crap. At some point we know that the 10 lepers obeyed and were all healed (verse 14).
One of the 10 lepers was a Samaritan (Samaritans were mixed Jews – and full Jews don’t interact with based on the law of Moses, except in a leper colony I guess). The 9 nine lepers knew the law and as instructed by Jesus went straight to be declared fit for the society.
The one Samaritan leper perhaps did not know the law of Moses, perhaps he was just excited, whatever the case – once he got healed on the way (with the other nine), he turned back and came to THANK Jesus, and Jesus went out of His way to recognize this THANKSGIVING ACT by a Samaritan (emphasis on Samaritan).
There are so many lessons in the above passage, and I believe the Holy Spirit is the best teacher – so, He’ll reveal more than I can, if and when you ask Him. One cannot however miss, the importance of THANKSGIVING in whatever situation we find ourselves, we cannot miss the lesson that God does pass through (or know) the deepest tunnel of life with us, we cannot miss the fact that Biblical Principles, if applied is also for gentiles who surrender to Christ.
May the LORD of the season be with you and yours through the season.
– Femi Awodele is the Executive Director of Christian Couples Fellowship International, Inc., a marriage ministry with chapters worldwide based in Omaha, Nebraska, in the United States
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