Daily Delight

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Jesus Heals Ten Men With Leprosy

11 Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy[a] met him. They stood at a distance 13 and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”
14 When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.
15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice.16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.
17 Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18 Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”

We see ten men who have the worst disease of their day. Leprosy attacks the body, leaving sores and damaged limbs.  They were cast out of their own society. They were to touch no one and be touched by no one. These men longed for a loving touch. They needed love. Before they were healed, while there was still a tremendous risk,  Jesus was willing to give them that touch. Now, Jesus says to these lepers, "Go and show yourselves to the priests.” They look down at their bodies. The hands of one man are still mangled. Another man looks at his leg, which ends with a filthy rag at the knee. All of these men were no better off than they had been minutes earlier, when they first spotted Jesus. But in order for the miracle to happen, these men had to start walking in faith before their circumstances changed one bit. Is there a more potent lesson for us? We cannot wait until the problems are over to start walking in faith. We cannot put conditions on a holy God. God places a demand for faith on us before anything has changed. 

What is God demanding of your faith?

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About the Author

Megan Faulkner≫ ≫Megan Faulkner is a Delaware native now claiming the shores of New Jersey as her home (after a decade of living there!) Megan is a full time Youth Pastor at a local Church in New Jersey and a missionary who spends some of her year in the nation of Haiti.  When she's not traveling or spending time with families she serves, she can be found on the beach or spending time with her family and friends. Megan is a devoted fan of the Phillies, Steelers, and loves all things cheese or chocolate. 


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