I wish to draw out three simple truths from Luke’s gospel of the ten lepers that were healed. We can read this from Luke 17:11-19.
11 Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus travelled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 2 As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance 3 and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” 14 When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed. 15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 6 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan. 17 Jesus asked, ‘Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 8 Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?”19 Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”
This passage was placed upon my heart as I was waiting on the Holy Spirit. As I drew in closer to the Spirit of God three truths began to emerge into my mind.
1/ Jesus knew the scriptures. When he said ‘Go show yourselves to the priest,’ he was referring to the Mosaic Law recorded in Leviticus. The law regarding healing and health required a person with a skin complaint to show themselves to the priest so they could be diagnosed as clean or un clean. These rituals are spelled out in chapter 17.
Many times I sense that when believers make comments regarding the subject of healing they do so without reference to the scriptures. If we knew our scriptures I am sure we would not make statements that push the sick down. We would have a closer insight into the mind of Christ and the ‘methodology’ that God displays in regard to health, healing and sickness.
This is not the blog to outline these truths laid out in the word of God but to encourage us to have an examination of our own theology concerning health, healing and sickness. Does our understanding match up to the word of God? Do we act and walk in our discipleship according to the scriptures? Or have we been moulded by the world and science concerning healing? Does our theology include a God of Love and a God who is good?
Secondly when Jesus involved the priests he was including the medical practitioners of the day. I believe this is an important point. As one reads the requirements from Leviticus 17 you are struck by the detailed and elaborate procedures that both the priest and cleansed person were to undertake.
I believe we can see a similarity in these verses to the medical professionals today. Jesus did not see a divide between faith, the power of God and the medical requirements of the day. This is not to say that medical science has all the answers but that they have their part to play as long as they are subjected to the Lords word. This to me is a mind set of unwavering believe of doubt; for the enemy will temp us away from the word of God and have us place our faith in science. No, our faith must be in the ‘God-head’ who will work through the medical professionals. We need to keep our hierarchy correct. God is Lord not the doctors.
Thirdly Jesus and the angels in heaven rejoice over thankfulness. I believe this is implied in verse 18. Jesus was moved by this one healed former leper coming back to thank him. It is clear that this thankful person received no more grace than the other nine, yet I would like to believe that in Jesus’ heart this person had a special place. To hear from the voice of Jesus that he was made whole would stay with him for the rest of his life and he would draw strength from those words.
This sense of rejoicing and thankfulness was a main theme of my last blog and here we sense that this positive attitude is pleasing to God. For in rejoicing and walking with a thankful heart we keep the enemy at bay. Being thankful aligns our heart with the heart of Jesus.
Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil.
8 This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. Proverbs 3
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17
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