(KJV.) ST. LUKE 17:12-15
(12) And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off:
(13) And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.
(14) And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.
(15) And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God.
THE DESIGNATED DESIGNATIONS
Brethren, in this chapter, Jesus went to Jerusalem, as he went into a certain village, he saw ten lepers standing far off, when they saw Jesus, they lifted up their voices, said unto him; Master, have mercy on us; Jesus said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests: this was unbelievable! these men were lepers who needed to be cleansed of their infirmities; Jesus did not heal them right away, yet, he commanded them to go, and show themselves to the priests: per the law of Moses, whenever a leper was cleansed from leprosy, he will be brought to the priests, and they will take him outside the camp, to verify, make sure that the leprosy was completely healed, cf. Lev. 14:2-3; in this case, Jesus asked them to go, show themselves to the priest, when they were not yet cleansed of their infirmities? what was the reaction of these lepers? they obeyed Jesus, pleaded not with him, but by faith, proceeded to see the priests; however, before they got to the priest's office, miraculously, on their way there, the ten lepers received healings of their infirmities: the question is, what would have happened to them, if they did not obey the commandment of Jesus Christ to see the priests? this a point to ponder on!
There are two lessons to take from this text; first of all, the lepers, believed in Jesus Christ, that he is capable of healing them, before they approach him for deliverance; when Jesus asked them to see the priests, though they were not yet healed, they did not beg Jesus for instant miracles to cure them, but humbly obeyed his words, went their ways, and got deliverances from leprosy: same ways, whenever believers listen to the counsels of the Holy Spirit, allow him to guide their pathways of life, trust and obey him; though at times, they may not understand his mysterious ways, if they obey him, they will experience miracles in their lives; for, to obey is better than sacrifice. cf. 1 Samuel 15:22; secondly, the lepers believed Jesus, and acted upon his words, proceeded into their breakthroughs; therefore, today, if we have received words of encouragements from the Holy Spirit, let us be strengthened to act upon his will, there are greater benefits, blessings for those who believe in him, not that alone, but also do his will; let us rise up, proceed to various designated destinations in Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.
Guess what happened next, after the ten lepers were cleansed? ungratefully, only one of the lepers, who was a Samaritan, came back with a loud voice, glorified our Father through Jesus Christ; many times, believers take things for granted, simply because they are redeemed, have salvation, enjoying grace; regardless, the Lord delights in our appreciations, praises, and adorations, whenever he shines his lights of favors upon our lives; therefore, when we receive the goodness and mercies of the Lord, let us acknowledge him as the giver, praise, thank and give him all the glory; whether we feel blessed or not, let us acknowledge his presence, so long as we are alive, we are blessed in Jesus Name! Amen and Amen!
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
(KJV.) Luke 5:14 And he charged him to tell no man: but go, and shew thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing, according as Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.