2010-09-06 - The Benefits of Good Manners
Jesus asked, "Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine?" (Luke 17:17)
Ten lepers took it upon themselves to get Jesus' attention. They knew society did not think too highly of lepers, so they sought the Lord from a distance. They asked Jesus to have pity on them, and He told the men to go to a priest and show him that they were healed. None of the sick men looked down at their skin, to check what Jesus said was accurate, that they were healed of the dreadful skin disease. Instead, they took Jesus at His word, and left to tell a priest they were made clean.
"Thank you" is not a philosophical phrase. It is more polite and respectful. No doubt a phrase Jesus heard often, look at all the healings He did. One of the ten had to thank Jesus for healing him. It did not matter what the other nine men were doing; he was responsible for his actions. It seems this healed man wanted Jesus to know His words of health and restorations weren't said in vain. He went back and told Jesus he was cleansed. The disease was gone!
Lord, I never tire of singing Your praises. Your presence and power are awe-inspiring. May my life be an example how You answer prayer. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
How do you get Jesus' attention?