Daily Archives: December 3, 2011

2 Chronicles 2; 1 John 2; Nahum 1; Luke 17

11 As Jesus continued on toward Jerusalem, he reached the border between Galilee and Samaria. 12 As he entered a village there, ten lepers stood at a distance, 13 crying out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”

14 He looked at them and said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.”[b] And as they went, they were cleansed of their leprosy.

15 One of them, when he saw that he was healed, came back to Jesus, shouting, “Praise God!” 16 He fell to the ground at Jesus’ feet, thanking him for what he had done. This man was a Samaritan.

17 Jesus asked, “Didn’t I heal ten men? Where are the other nine? 18 Has no one returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” 19 And Jesus said to the man, “Stand up and go. Your faith has healed you.[c]” (Luke 17:11-19)

Somehow I am drawn to this story. While I often tend to gloss over the familiar stories I come back to this over and over again. Maybe it is because we just celebrated Thanksgiving and had a sermon on being thankful. Maybe it’s because I wonder about some things…

The most famous Samaritan is the “Good Samaritan”.  We even have a hospital in Baltimore named after him. Now we find out that the one leper that came back to thank Jesus was a Samaritan. The Jews may not have liked these people, but they sure get a good reputation in the New Testament. There is a general theme that the people that are closest to God are often not the ones with all the correct theological answers, but the ones with heart.

Did the other nine not believe that Jesus healed them? After all, they were doing what they were commanded to do. Maybe they thought that they deserved the credit since they did what was commanded. It made me wonder how often we all give ourselves way too much credit for consequences of simple obedience. While we do need to do our part, and obedience is important, we can’t forget the source of all good things.

Earlier in Luke we hear Jesus say that servants shouldn’t be thanked for simply doing their job. When we don’t give thanks, are we thinking that God is our servant just doing His job? Ugh. I hope not.

Lord, I am sorry for the times when I do not give thanks in all things. I want you to know that I truly am thankful.



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