LukeThursday, Apr 19, 2018
In the story of the ten lepers, the gratitude of the Samaritan is supposed to deliver a shock and illustrate just how inappropriate ingratitude is for Jewish people. If a Samaritan knows enough to express appropriate gratitude to God for a miraculous healing, how much more so should the Jewish people do the same?Read This More from Luke
Yeshua’s instructions probably surprised and disappointed the ten lepers. The problem was that the lepers had not yet been healed. A glance at their own flesh confirmed that the leprosy still clung to them. Showing themselves to the priests while their bodies still bore the affliction could serve no purpose.
With a gesture, he indicated the funeral bench on which Nicodemus and Joseph had left the body. The women’s eyes fell upon the Master’s abandoned grave clothes. They saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the cloth which had been on His head.
The Master felt the malevolent power of evil bearing down on Him. “And behold, terror and great darkness fell upon him” (Genesis 15:12). “The cords of death encompassed [Him] and the terrors of Sheol came upon [Him; He] found distress and sorrow” (Psalm 116:3). In that hour, He did not want to be utterly alone.
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