11/18/18

Ten Lepers Healed (short Thanksgiving Season sermon / 11/18/18)

 

V 11 – Setting

            “on his way to Jerusalem”

            “border between Samaria and Galilee

 

V 12 – Ten men with leprosy… at a distance”

 

V 13 – “loud voice… take pity” or “have mercy”

·       did they know Whom, what they were asking (see Acts 3 with Peter/John at Temple gate)

 

V 14 – “Go show yourselves to the priest” (Mosaic regulation for rejoining society)

·       What, no “Be healed”?

·       No, just believe in me enough to act like you’re well

·       And they did!  And, “As they went, they were healed.”  When they obeyed, they were healed.

 

V 15-16 – one, when healed, decided there was a higher priority and power than Moses and turned back to Jesus

·       “praising God” (saw Jesus as God)

·       “threw himself at Jesus feet and thanked him”

·       “he was a Samaritan” (Lukan theme – see Luke 10:25-40)

 

V 17-18 – Jesus mused about the other 9

·       All 10 got mercy and were “healed”

·       Jesus thinks the proper reaction to being healed would be praising God

·       He seems especially taken that 9 Jews didn’t react that way but one Samaritan did.

 

V 19 – “Rise, go, your faith has made you well…” MSG: “healed and saved,” TPT: “brought salvation and healing”

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Gratitude is a big element of our salvation.  God especially expects it of His people.

 

An immigrant shopkeeper’s son asked his father one day: “Father, you keep accounts receivable in a cigar box, accounts payable on a spindle, and cash in the register.  How do you ever know what your profit is?”

Shopkeeper: “Son, I came here with only the pants I had on.  Today your brother is a lawyer, your sister is an art teacher, and you are a CPA.  Your mother and I have a nice house that we own, a car that we own, and this little shop that we own.  Add all that up, subtract the pants, and there’s my profit.”

 

A hot air balloonist planned a trip through the Alps.  He planned to launch from Geneva and plotted several stops he planned to make over the next week, a new city each day.  So the day arrived that he launched planning to go to Town A.  But the winds blew him a different direction and he planned at an unplanned destination.  The next day’s trip was a repeat; the winds wouldn’t allow him to go where he had intended.  And so it was, too, with the third launch.  Before he launched on the 4th day, he told the people standing there to watch.  I didn’t know about the three places I’ve landed but if I had known, I would have planned to stop at them all.”

 

Some reminder texts about how God cares for us and how we should be thankful:

 

Philippians 4:6 – “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God”

 

Ephesians 5:20 – “…always giving thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ…”

 

 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 – “Be joyful always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”

 

Romans 8:28 – “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God.”


V 11 – Setting

            “on his way to Jerusalem”

            “border between Samaria and Galilee

 

V 12 – Ten men with leprosy… at a distance”

 

V 13 – “loud voice… take pity” or “have mercy”

·       did they know Whom, what they were asking (see Acts 3 with Peter/John at Temple gate)

 

V 14 – “Go show yourselves to the priest” (Mosaic

regulation for rejoining society)

·       What, no “Be healed”?

·       No, just believe in me enough to act like you’re well

·       And they did!  And, “As they went, they were healed.”  When they obeyed, they were healed.

 

V 15-16 – one, when healed, decided there was a higher priority and power than Moses and turned back to Jesus

·       “praising God” (saw Jesus as God)

·       “threw himself at Jesus feet and thanked him”

·       “he was a Samaritan” (Lukan theme – see Luke 10:25-40)

 

V 17-18 – Jesus mused about the other 9

·       All 10 got mercy and were “healed”

·       Jesus thinks the proper reaction to being healed would be praising God

·       He seems especially taken that 9 Jews didn’t react that way but one Samaritan did.

 

V 19 – “Rise, go, your faith has made you well…” MSG: “healed and saved,” TPT: “brought salvation and healing”

_________________________________________________

 

Gratitude is a big element of our salvation.

 

God especially expects it of His people.

 

Shopkeeper’s son: “How do you know what your profit is?”

Shopkeeper: “subtract the pants, the rest is profit.”

 

Philippians 4:6 – “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God”

 

Ephesians 5:20 – “…always giving thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ…”

 

 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 – “Be joyful always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”

 

Romans 8:28 – “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God.”