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Where Are The Nine?
Where Are The Nine?
"And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?"
1. Luke 17:11-19.
11 On the way to
I. The situation.
A. Jesus, while traveling to Jerusalem, passed through the areas of
B. As Jesus entered into a certain village, he met ten lepers. Several parallels can be drawn between leprosy and sin.
1. Leprosy had brought these men to a common level.
a. The fact that one was a Samaritan implies the others were Jews. Normally, Samaritans and Jews had nothing to do with one another (John 4:9) Samaritan Woman. But now, these men are ignoring their racial differences and prejudices.
b. Likewise, sin brings all men to a common level before God (Romans 3:23).
2. Leprosy made these men unclean.
a. Lepers were required to warn others of their uncleanness (Leviticus 13:45). "The leprous person who has the disease shall wear torn clothes and let the hair of his head hang loose, and he shall cover his upper lip and cry out, ‘Unclean, unclean.’
b. Sin makes us unclean in the eyes of God.
3. Leprosy separated these men from society.
a. A leper had to either live alone apart from society, or in a leper colony (Leviticus 13:46). He shall remain unclean as long as he has the disease. He is unclean. He shall live alone. His dwelling shall be outside the camp.
b. Sin separates man from God and his people (Isaiah 59:1-2, II Thessalonians 3:6).
Isaiah 59:1-2 - Behold, the Lord's hand is not shortened, that it
II Thessalonians 3:6 - Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from any brother who is walking in idleness and not in accord with the tradition that you received from us.
II. The solution.
A. Leprosy had filled these men with despair.
1. These men had no human solution for their disease.
2. They lifted their voices, recognizing Jesus as Master and asking for His mercy.
B. There is no human solution for the problem of sin.
1. Salvation from sin can be found only in Christ (Acts 4:12). And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
2. What can take away a person’s sin? Consider I Corinthians 6:9-11 along with Revelation 1:5.
I Corinthians 6:9-11 - Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not
Revelation 1:5 - and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood
3. When we obey the gospel, we become recipients of God’s grace and mercy (Psalm 103:8, Psalm 103:17, Ephesians 2:4, Titus 3:5, Hebrews 4:14-16).
III. The sin (ingratitude).
A. Nine of the lepers were cleansed of their leprosy but did not return to thank Jesus.
B. One of the men, a Samaritan, returned, glorified God, fell down at Jesus’ feet, and gave thanks (Luke 17:15-16).
1. Are we thankful for the church?
2. Are we thankful for the Bible?
3. Are we thankful for fellow Christians?
4. Are we thankful for what God and Christ have done for us? Consider Philippians 2:5-11, Matthew 7:28-29, John 10:10.
Philippians 2:5-11 - Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Matthew 7:28-29 - And when Jesus finished these sayings, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, 29 for he was teaching them as one who had authority, and not as their scribes.
1. At least three lessons we ought to learn from the incident of Jesus cleansing the ten lepers:
a) We all need to be cleansed of our sin.
b) Ingratitude is a sin that we all ought to guard against.
c) God expects gratitude from every one of us.
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