Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—
who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s
Also read Luke 17:11-19
We read in Luke 17 a story of when Jesus traveled on the border of Samaria and Galilee (cultural and religious rivals). This unpopular and courageous travel plan enabled him to minister to people on the fringes of acceptability. Jesus traveled in the tension of his culture in order to be available to all.
There were ten men traveling together, bound in common by disease despite their cultural and religious differences. When we are in danger or pain, the superficial distinctions of race and religion often give way to more profound bonds that we have as human beings. We are seeing that played out in many ways as we all battle the Corona virus.
Jesus listened to their cries and granted the request for healing. He chose to use this as a teaching moment, so he gave them instructions in the Rabbinic model.
They were to show themselves to the priests, as was the custom for healing leprosy (Lev. 14:2) This was to be a witness to the priests that healing had taken place, and it was consistent with the law. The Samaritan also went to the priest – wonder what that was like?
Jesus gave them directions for healing, but they were not immediately healed. They were healed along the way as they followed the directions of Jesus. When we respond in obedience, we allow God to do His work- work we are unable to do ourselves. What we can do is be obedient to Him, and He will do the rest.
Prayer: Father, you can make us whole, not just clean for a time. Thank you for the availability of being whole in Jesus, Amen.