Sometimes God asks us to respond in obedience to stimulate our faith. Naaman was told to go wash in the Jordan River seven times (2Ki 5:10) to be cleansed of his leprosy. Jesus told the man born blind to wash in the Pool of Siloam (Joh 9:7). Jesus told the paralytic to get up, take his mat and go home (Mar 2:9). You may feel the Lord has instructed you to do something. It’s to bring forth your faith to receive your miracle. Just do it. …as they went they were cleansed. Is the Lord asking you to do anything?

THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO LUKE CHAPTER 17

Were Not All Ten Cleansed? (Luke 17:11-19)

By Pastor Delbert Young

Were There Not Ten Cleansed? – Luke 17:11-19

Scriptures: Luke 17:11-12, Luke 17:13, Luke 17:14, Luke 5:14, Luke 7:13, Luke 13:12, Luke 17:15, Luke 17:15-19

Jesus began moving toward Jerusalem traveling along the northern border of Judea and the southern border of Samaria. This was his death march. He would be executed in Jerusalem.

Luke 17:11-12 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

We’ve talked about leprosy in depth studying Luke chapter 5:12-16 in a lesson titled “How Does Sin Looks to God?” There is no use in describing it again here other than to say leprosy was a horrible disease. A reason we don’t hear much about it today is it’s called Hansen’s disease and is treatable, but in the days of Jesus leprosy was considered incurable and brought a slow miserable death as leprosy took over the body decaying it away. Leprosy was considered contagious and there were serious laws concerning a person with leprosy (Lev 13 and 14) forcing a leper to be the ultimate outcast of society. Have you ever felt like an outcast? Have you ever felt something about you kept people at a distance? Perhaps you felt people were talking about and pointing you out so you stayed at a distance. I have. Maybe we can relate to these guys. Maybe we’re a colony of lepers.

Leprosy is symbolic with the corrupting nature of sin. Sin affects every area of life causing damaging decay to our spirit, soul, and body. It affects everything. Sin distances and separates us from those we love including God. It destroys families. It destroys relationships. It’s ugly. In our search for satisfaction in life we become leprous and Zombie like. Like Mick Jagger, we discover, “I can’t get no satisfaction.” At some point in the decay process Jesus comes to our village – our lives. Because we want satisfaction, cleansing, and wholeness and because Jesus is our only hope we come to place of crying out, “Jesus, Master have pity on us.”

Luke 17:13 and CALLED OUT IN A LOUD VOICE, “JESUS, MASTER, HAVE PITY ON US!

The reputation of Jesus preceded him and this leper colony came to see if Jesus would help them. This is what we did. We heard about Jesus before we found him. He’s the only hope. He’d helped others. Maybe he would help me. We went to find him crying “Have pity on us.” This is what we lepers do.

I love what they did. They called out in a loud voice. The KJV says “they lifted up their voices.” They shouted. Can I tell you it’s ok to lift up your voice to God? He likes it. Have you ever done this? Have you ever gotten loud with God declaring he is your Master? You should. It’s a part of your cleansing. Sometimes I can’t help but get loud. I want to be cleansed. In fact, I look for a place to get loud and express Jesus is my Master.

Luke 17:14 When he saw them, he said, “GO, SHOW YOURSELVES TO THE PRIESTS.” And AS THEY WENT, THEY WERE CLEANSED.

Jesus constantly did miraculous healings in different ways. He didn’t use a formula. There was no formula then and there is no formula today. God doesn’t meet our needs with simple formulas. We are unique. We are complicated. In chapter 5, Jesus touched the leper and the leper was cleansed. Jesus then told him to go show himself to the priest (Luk 5:14). Here, Jesus just said,“Go show yourselves to the priests.” The way Jesus will minister to you is unlike how he will minister to anyone else. Why? He is your personal Savior. Jesus understands you and knows what you personally need for your cleansing.  You know what you want. Jesus knows what you need for your miracle and cleansing.

Why did Jesus tell them to “Go, show yourselves to the priests?” This is what the law said to do in Leviticus. Leviticus gives a lengthy extensive process requiring several days at the least (Lev 13; 14; 22). There were priests everywhere, so they didn’t have to go to Jerusalem to find priests. They would need to go to Jerusalem if the priests deemed it necessary they offer sacrifices. However they did need to be legally declared and documented cleansed by priests to reenter society.

Also, leprosy was incurable. The priests, for the most part like the Pharisees, were not supporters of Jesus. These lepers would be a testimony to the priests about Jesus. This is exactly what he’d told the leper in chapter 5.

Luke 5:14  …go, show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your cleansing, as A TESTIMONY TO THEM.”

This would force the priests to declare and document a miracle actually had taken place through Jesus.

But, there is one more thought. Sometimes God asks us to respond in obedience to stimulate our faith. Naaman was told to go wash in the Jordan River seven times (2Ki 5:10) to be cleansed of his leprosy. Jesus told the man born blind to wash in the Pool of Siloam (Joh 9:7). Jesus told the paralytic to get up, take his mat and go home (Mar 2:9). You may feel the Lord has instructed you to do something. It’s to bring forth your faith to receive your miracle. Just do it. “…as they went they were cleansed.” Is the Lord asking you to do anything?

Luke 17:14 WHEN HE SAW THEM, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.

Amazing things happened when Jesus saw people. The word “saw” doesn’t mean to simply “see.” Of course Jesus was able to see them, but he saw them. The word “saw” is eido {i’-do} meaning to perceive, notice, discern, discover; i.e. to turn the eyes, the mind, the attention to anything. They had the attention of Jesus.

Jesus saw the widow at Nain whose only son had died.

Luke 7:13 WHEN THE LORD SAW HER, his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry.”

Then Jesus proceeded to raise her son from the dead. There was the woman who for eighteen years was bent over double by a crippling spirit.

Luke 13:12 WHEN JESUS SAW HER, he called her forward and said to her, “Woman, you are set free from your infirmity.”

She immediately straightened up. There’s intensity when Jesus saweido -people.Intense compassion comes from him. There are times in life we are like lepers and life is decaying us. There are times we are like the widow whose son died. Our hearts are broken and we don’t understand. There are times we’re looking down like the woman doubled over by life for many years. Jesus saw them all and when he saw them everything changed. When Jesus saw you everything changed. Life changed. Life became filled with feeling. Life came alive with meaning and understanding. Life straightened up.

I was pondering this. When you or I encounter hurting leprous, broken-hearted, bent over people, what is our response? Do we only “see” them? Do we avoid eye contact completely? Do we have pity on them? Something happened if you truly saw them. I’m not good here. How about you? Who have you “saw” lately?

Luke 17:15 One of them, WHEN HE SAW HE WAS HEALED, came back, praising God in a loud voice.

I want to ask you a few seemingly unconnected questions. Did you specifically notice birds singing this morning? Did you specifically notice the earth spinning? Did you see angels this morning? Though most of us likely didn’t take specific notice of these things, how many know birds were singing, the earth was spinning, and there are angels around?

Here’s my point. All ten lepers took off to find the closest priests to pronounce them clean, butone of them saw he was healed. The other’s missed what God was doing in their lives, or didn’t respond well if they did notice. They were focused on themselves. God is working in our lives no matter if we notice or not. God is working in the lives of others if they notice or not. God is working in your life now. Can you see it? If you do what is your response?

Luke 17:15-19 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? WAS NO ONE FOUND TO RETURN AND GIVE PRAISE TO GOD EXCEPT THIS FOREIGNER? Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you WELL.”

What’s the big deal about his being a Samaritan? Samaritans were despised by the Jews. The Jews believed themselves superior, yet it was only the Samaritan recognizing he’d had an encounter with God. Sometimes it’s the person we feel superior who has a proper response to God.

Jesus asked three rhetorical questions: “Were not all ten cleansed? Were we not all cleansed by the blood of Jesus? Where are the other nine? Where is their thankfulness? “Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” Are you telling me only one out of ten is thankful? This is one of the few times Jesus expressed aggravation with the ingratitude of people toward God.

God worked in all ten, but only one properly responded. He stopped everything and ran back to Jesus. As he came back he was praising God in a loud voice! There’s the loud voice again. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. How thankful are you for what God has done in your life? Have you ever expressed it? Have you ever praised God with a loud voice? Have you ever knelt in his presence at Jesus’ feet? If not, why not? If honestly answered most would say “I’m embarrassed.” Aren’t you thankful Jesus wasn’t embarrassed to hang on a cross naked for you? How thankful are you? Many go through life showing themselves to the priests. “See how clean I am! Look what God’s done for me!” Only a few truly thank God with a proper response. God loves and appreciates our expressions of thankfulness and there’s a reason.

Verse 14 said all ten were cleansed – katharizo {kath-ar-id’-zo} make clean from physical stains and dirt. Verse 19 says one was made well sozo {sode’-zo} – to save, keep safe and sound, to rescue from danger or destruction. How we respond makes a difference. Something special happens when we take time to give thanks to God? We’re all lepers cleansed by the blood of Jesus, but how thankful are we? Consider falling at his feet and telling him. Consider praising him with a loud voice. It will bring you something special.

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