2011-06-18 - The Ten Lepers
In Luke 17:11-19, we find the story of ten lepers and their encounter with Jesus. In Biblical times, those with leprosy were considered unclean and separated from contact with the rest of the people. Lepers were shunned. So, when Jesus passed by, these men were anxious to see him. They shouted, Jesus, Master, have pity on us. (Luke 17:13) Jesus responded by telling them to show themselves to the priests, and on their way they were cleansed.
How did these ten lepers respond to their miraculous healing? 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 himfor he was a Samaritan. (Luke 17:15-16)
What about the other nine? Jesus wondered why they had not returned. Were they not thankful?
How do we respond when God blesses us? Do we take time to give thanks? Do we acknowledge the source of our blessing?
All scripture references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.