The distance that God’s people kept from lepers was as great as that between Jews and Samaritans. However, for a person to be both—that is to be an outcast, indeed. Ten lepers in misery, while keeping their distance, somehow know that Jesus is not going to pull away. They cry out for divine mercy.
The ten are healed, but nine soon forget, failing to return to give God glory and praise. We know nothing about them, but the silence invites us to wonder: did the healing last without the total trapeze-like abandon to the One who could do more than have them look good from the outside?
Surrender all outer and inner needs to Jesus. Grasp the hand of God in Jesus, as the healer and the healed become one.
Jesus, have mercy on us. v. 13
Sickness flees as I believe. v. 14
I praise You for my healing. v. 15
I return to thank you, Lord. v. 18
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