Summary: This passage demonstrates the principle of the church in the church. That is, there are only a few (remnant) who are grateful enough to show it. Some people call this the pareto principle - 20% or less do 80% or more of all ministry.

Where are the other nine?

LUK 17:11 Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee.

LUK 17:12 As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance

LUK 17:13 and called out in a loud voice, "Jesus, Master, have pity on us!"

LUK 17:14 When he saw them, he said, "Go, show yourselves to the priests." And as they went, they were cleansed.

LUK 17:15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice.

LUK 17:16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him--and he was a Samaritan.

LUK 17:17 Jesus asked, "Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine?

LUK 17:18 Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?"

LUK 17:19 Then he said to him, "Rise and go; your faith has made you well."

Greek 2390. iaomai, ee-ah’-om-ahee; mid. of appar. a prim. verb; to cure (lit. or fig.):-heal, make whole.

Greek 2168. eucharisteo, yoo-khar-is-teh’-o; from Grk 2170; to be grateful, i.e. (act.) to express gratitude (towards); spec. to say grace at a meal:-(give) thank (-ful, -s).

Greek 3173. megas, meg’-as; [includ. the prol. forms, fem. megale, plur. megaloi, etc.; comp. also Grk 3176, Grk 3187]; big (lit. or fig., in a very wide application):-(+ fear) exceedingly, great (-est), high, large, loud, mighty, + (be) sore (afraid), strong, X to years.

Greek 5456. phone, fo-nay’; prob. akin to Grk 5316 through the idea of disclosure; a tone (articulate, bestial or artificial); by impl. an address (for any purpose), saying or language:-noise, sound, voice.

LUK 17:15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice.

LUK 17:16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him--and he was a Samaritan.

A day in the life of a leper.

1.) A day in the life of these 10 lepers.

(1) Old Testament Laws concerning leprosy. Lev. 13:45-46

(a) Proclaimed unclean by the priest.

(b) Clothes torn.

(c) Head shaven.

(d) Covering over the upper lip.

(e) Had to proclaim himself unclean.

(f) Quarantined.

(2) True even of the priests Lev. 22:4, and of leperous kings 2 Chron. 26:21.

2.) Thank God this day will end differently than the day before it.

There are four ways which these lepers parallel those who have been redeemed.

I.) They Were Distanced From Christ By An Uncleaness Which They Could Not Help. (Lk. 17:12-13)

1.) Leprosy is a type of sin.

2.) Doctrine of universal sin. (Rom. 5:12-21, Ps. 51:5, 53:3, Isa. 64:6, Rom. 3:23, 1 Jn 1:8)

3.) All believers have had to face this fact!!!

II.) They Were In Need Of A Miracle From God. (Lk. 17:13)

1.) Nothing less than a miracle would work!

2.) Nothing less than mercy would bring it!

3.) The drug addict, etc…

4.) All sinners must have a merciful miracle from God!!!!

5.) Man’s extremity is God’s opportunity!

III.) They Were All Healed. (Lk. 17:14)

1.) All sinners can have a miracle from God! (Jn. 3:16)

2.) All who come to Him do receive this miracle of salvation!!!

3.) All that Christ demanded was the obedience of faith. “as they went”

4.) This is the same as today.

IV.) A Small Percentage Demonstrated Their Thankfulness. (Lk. 17:15-16)

1.) This is a sad truth.

2.) Pastoral and benevolence ministries can attest to this tragic fact.

3.) Even in the church many do not show their thanks for what God has done for them!

(1) Attendance.

(2) Service.

(3) Giving.

Application : If God has heard your cry for mercy let Him hear your hallelujah!!!

Appeal : Demonstrate your gratitude by a quality commitment.

I can be thankful for what God has done for me.

I can do it without shame.

“Loud voice” & “he threw himself at Jesus’ feet”.

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