The Biblical Story of The Ten Lepers

Luke 17:11-19 MSG Version

(Verse 11-13)…It happened that as He (Jesus) made His way toward Jerusalem, He crossed over the border between Samaria and Galilee.  As he entered a village, ten men, all lepers, met him.  They kept their distance but raised their voices, calling out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”

(Verse 14-16)…Taking a good look at them, He said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.”  They went, and while still on their way, became clean.  One of them, when he realized that he was healed, turned around and came back, shouting his gratitude, glorifying God.  He kneeled at Jesus’ feet, so grateful.  He couldn’t thank Him enough…and he was a Samaritan.

(Verse 17-19)… Jesus said,”Were not ten healed? Where are the nine?   Can none be found to come back and give glory to God except this outsider?”  Then He said to him,  “Get up. On your way.  Your faith has healed and saved you.”

I was listening to my favorite minister’s this past Sunday, when one of them chose this passage of scripture to preach from.  In a capsule, his message was that nine were healed, but not restored to wholeness, the one that came back to thank Jesus was the one that was restored to wholeness.  

I said to myself, “Now wait just a minute, I’ll have to check this out!”  I had never heard that preached before.  I ran references in the Webster’s Dictionary and the Oxford Dictionary (old English) and, comparisons between all the versions that I respect, the Message, King James, English and the Amplified Version’s.  I had assumed something without study and perfect reading and understanding.  What is that old saying, “Never Assume!”

Then the Revelation started to sink in, how many times have I read Jesus saying, “Healed and be made whole?”  There is a difference in the meaning of the words.  So I have been chewing, so-to-speak, as I read,  watching exactly what Jesus says in each and every instance that He heals.  For instance,  He also said in many places, “Is it easier to say be healed or thy sins be forgiven?”  

This has opened my eyes up to a new-found treasure to sift through…I love it!  One could study this subject on and on.  May it  make you as curious  as it made me…and I am still studying this subject…good job Jentezen Franklin, that hook caught me and hopefully, many more!  I am still running down scriptures on this subject!

“I Thank God For Minister’s That Make Us Think, And, Stick Strictly to The Word of God!”

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