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Luke 17:12 And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off:
Luke 17:13 And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.
Luke 17:14 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.
Luke 17:15 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God,
Luke 17:16 And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.
Luke 17:17 And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?
Luke 17:18 There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.
Luke 17:19 And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.
But where are the nine? Being healed of leprosy and giving nothing for the blessing, after which not even a thanks let alone heartfelt gratitude for being made whole by Jesus. They had not within them anything but take........... not a moment of give, not even for what they had just received by Grace. One out of ten men was grateful for the greatest gift any of them had ever received.
I suspect the other nine were lepers again before they even made it to show themselves to the priest.
This to me is like the resurrection of Jesus our LORD in a way. These men were basically dead, they had no life and what they did have was miserable in every way. They all knew who Jesus was, they all called to him for healing and had the faith that they would be healed and made whole. He didn't even touch them He just spoke to them and they were healed.
What would you do if you were given the gift of life by a Word??
Knowing your heart and spirit was filled with death and the infection of sin and no cure, no way to purge this filth from your soul. Then you hear of Jesus of Nazareth and how Truth is in Him and He speaks words of life to all He encounters. His life is an open book for all to see. Filled with wonders that none have heard or seen. Many had been taught by the religious leaders of the time of the miraculous things God had done for His people of which there were very many. But this man spoke of the importance of following the Law which in those days was the Ten Commandments and only the Ten Commandments. They knew that the remaining 603 judgments were to be carried out for the breaking of the Law. This man spoke of having mercy and not sacrifice. He did not want the killing of any more of His innocent creatures for man's not obeying the Law. The religious leaders had emphasized the need to continually kill these creatures to atone for their sins instead of teaching the people to focus on the Law and obey. If they obeyed there is no sin. No more innocent creatures had to die at the hands of man to atone for his own sin.
This man spoke of loving each other and helping each other. Looking out for those less fortunate and the widows and the sick. To see to the needs of one another and teach them to walk in this covenant of good which is the Law. This covenant which is for our good and if we walk in it...ALL WILL BE WELL. All will live and prosper together in righteousness and truth.
This man not only spoke but acted in this covenant of good. He walked all around the land and among the brethren. He fed the people wherever He went not only with miraculous acts of turning water into wine, 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish to feed 5000 people with twelve baskets left over, also 7 loaves of bread and afew fish to feed 4000 people with seven baskets left over............hmmmmmmm
I wonder if the twelve baskets left over and the seven baskets left over have anything to do with
the Twelve Tribes of Israel and the Seven Churches. God's Word is perfect in every way.
Anyway He did feed literally many others and most importantly fed them living waters so if they would take of and drink they would never thirst again......ever.
John 4:9-10 Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.
Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.
John 4:14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
Matthew 25:34-40 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
This man healed us all if only we would accept it. To accept means to receive and believe. To believe means to live and love it with all your being. The problem is that many, many....most do not know that He has healed us. He has done it.........It is finished
Matthew 13:15 For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
Luke 4:18-21 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.
And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.
Hosea 11:3 I taught Ephraim also to go, taking them by their arms; but they knew not that I healed them.
This man not only physically healed relentlessly.......
Matthew 8:16-17 When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick:
That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.
Matthew 12:15 But when Jesus knew it, he withdrew himself from thence: and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all;
This man healed the spirit .......
Luke 6:18-19 And they that were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed.
And the whole multitude sought to touch him: for there went virtue out of him, and healed them all.
This man fulfilled the covenant of good in every way. His very life from birth to death and even after death. He is the covenant of good, He is the rod...
Isaiah 11:1-4 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:
And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;
And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:
But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.
Revelation 12:5 And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.
This man is God in the flesh, God in His visit to His children. A Special body prepared to hold the Spirit of God. To walk among His children and show them the Way of Righteousness and Truth. To show them of living the covenant of good and its results of eternal life. The resurrection of Our LORD Jesus shows us the results of this choice of life. Our LORD God saying to gather on every side to my sacrifice that I do sacrifice for you, even a great sacrifice upon the mountains of Israel, this is the Grace of our LORD GOD.
Ezekiel 39:17 And, thou son of man, thus saith the Lord GOD; Speak unto every feathered fowl, and to every beast of the field, Assemble yourselves, and come; gather yourselves on every side to my sacrifice that I do sacrifice for you, even a great sacrifice upon the mountains of Israel, that ye may eat flesh, and drink blood.
Jesus revealed to us in the Gospel to be of good cheer for He has overcome the world. He has shown us that we can obey the covenant of good and live. No we can never be as pure as He is but we can live His Law. This is what it means to follow Him in Truth.
John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
1 John 4:4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
Job 36:11-12 If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures.
But if they obey not, they shall perish by the sword, and they shall die without knowledge.
Acts 5:29 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.
Romans 6:16-17 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.
This doctrine is the Law of GOD, the Covenant of Good, the Ten Commandments. This Law is eternal and by and for All Things thru out All Creation.
This Jesus the Christ............His sacrifice on the Cross is a most priceless selfless gift of Grace for all the sin we have had in our lives. If we look upon this sin for real and repent for real before our Father and ask forgiveness He will gladly give it to you. The key is to then look upon His life and all that it encompasses as we have discussed only some of it. It means to feel in your heart as He feels in His heart, all these things he willingly did for us, not because he had to, because he wanted to. He did it for the few that would truly follow Him. Many are called, Few are chosen. The life of our Jesus the Christ is our teacher and our example. He is our Savior...........We are the sowers
Because at the end of the day the Lord GOD (Father) will gather the one out of ten from the four corners of the earth and heaven with His power the LORD God ( Jesus the Christ, the stretched out arm, the right hand) and leave the nine to their own devices.
Matthew 24:31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
I pray to our Father in Heaven that your choice is not in the nine that are lost...