He looked upon them, fully aware of their condition. “Go show yourselves to the priests” (Eyewitness Luke 17:14).
Eyewitness: p. 175
In Your Bible: Leviticus 13:2; Luke 17:11-19
We pray asking God for help. We may not see immediate results, but we know he will answer in the best way. Knowing this we might thank him as we ask. It’s in his timing to show results. It’s in our timing to show thanksgiving and praise.
This account of the ten leprous men, is found only in Luke. Ten leprous men received mercy/healing. But what else did Jesus want?
A Request of Jesus
Jesus traveled between Samaria and Galilee on his way back from Jerusalem. As he came to a town, ten leprous men came to him. They weren’t allowed to come too close to people and according to Jewish Law they must warn everyone by shouting “Unclean. Unclean.” The men cried out to Jesus for what they wanted. “Lord Jesus, have mercy upon us” (Eyewitness Luke 17:13). This sincere plea came from the heart of each man. Jesus, fully aware of their condition, had compassion for them. Oddly, what Jesus did was to show his mercy and remind them what the Law required.
Jesus said, “Go show yourselves to the priests” (Eyewitness Luke 17:14). As they went away, the lepers received their healing.
However, only one came back to Jesus. He saw he had been healed and said with a loud voice, “Praise God! He fell at Jesus feet and thanked him” (Eyewitness Luke 17:16).
God’s Mercy Is Healing
“Didn’t I heal ten men?” Jesus asked. “Where are the other nine? Except for this foreigner, no one has returned to give glory to God. Stand up now and go. Your faith has made you well” (Eyewitness Luke 17:17-19).
Naturally, Jesus wanted to see all of these who were healed. He wanted them to know the they were clean because they had faith in him. Jesus’ desire is for mankind to know God is merciful, loving, and caring. Oddly, the only one who returned was a Samaritan!
Application: Simple words from Jesus are not merely simple words. He knew the key required for this healing was their faith in him. The leprous men received all they asked of Jesus. Yet only one returned and praised the source. Believers must remember to thank Jesus.
Prayer: Father, help me realize all that you do for me. I thank you for eyes and ears to see and hear you. You bless me in so many ways. I don’t ever want to forget to be thankful.
Question: Why do you think the nine lepers did not return to give thanks? Why do we miss what God is doing? Is our focus too much on ourselves?