Luke 17:11-19; "And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee.
v. 12 And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off:
v. 13 And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.
v. 14 And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go show yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.
v. 15 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God,
v. 16 And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.
v. 17 And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?
v. 18 There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.
v. 19 And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole".
At that time lepers were not allowed to be with other people but they could converse with one another.
These ten men were asking for Jesus to have mercy on them, they didn't ask for a healing just for Jesus to have mercy on them. Jesus did show mercy on each one of them. Jesus didn't tell them He had healed them but told them to go show themselves to the priest to be inspected.
Only one was so thankful when he saw that he was healed that he turned back towards Jesus and thanked Him and glorified God in a loud voice for his healing. In verse 16 it says he fell down on his face at the feet of Jesus giving Him thanks.
This man was a Samaritan while the other nine were Jews. The Samaritans did not have the pure knowledge and worship of God that the Jews did yet it was the Samaritan that glorified God but the Jews forgot.
Jesus knew only one thanked and glorified God while the other nine didn't. Jesus told him he had been cured because of his faith. The rest were cured because of Jesus' compassion in their distress.
How many times have we called out to Jesus in distress and Jesus answered our call to him because of the distress we were in? How many times have we called out to Jesus in faith because of our distress? When I call out to Him I want it to be because of the faith I have that I know He will help me out in my distress.
I want to always remember to thank Him. I have to be truthful, there have been times I have called out to Him and I have forgotten to thank and glorify Him when He answered my call. I don't believe it happens to often but it has happened. When I do remember I am so ashamed that I have forgotten. I then ask Him to forgive me for forgetting to thank and glorify him. I know He forgives me as I know He sees my heart and how it feels.
Are you one of the nine that forgets to thank Him or are you the one that thanks Him and gives Him glory?
May you always know the love, joy, and peace of the Lord!
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