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Sunday School Lesson

May 8

Grateful Faith

 

Devotional Reading:Colossians 3:12-17

 

Background Scripture:Luke 17:11-19

 

Focal Verses

Luke 17:11-19

 

11And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee.

 

12And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off:

 

13And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.

 

14And 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.

 

15And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God,

 

16And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.

 

17And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?

 

18There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.

 

19And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.

 

Key Verse

 

One of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God. —Luke 17:15

 

Lesson Aims

 

After participating in this lesson, each learner will be able to:

 

1. Tell the story of the grateful Samaritan leper.

 

2. Explain how gratitude can be a barometer of one’s faith.

 

3. Write a prayer expressing gratitude.

 

 

Introduction

 

 A. Unending Ungratefulness

 

Those who live in Western democracies enjoy standards of living that people of centuries past would scarcely comprehend. By one estimate, those in the very bottom 10 percent of income in America are in the top 30 percent of income in the world as a whole. Relatively few in such a culture lack basic necessities, yet many are dissatisfied. Why is that? Shouldn’t people who have so much be happy and content?

 

Author Steve Maraboli observes that, “The more I understand the mind and the human experience, the more I begin to suspect there is no such thing as unhappiness; there is only ungratefulness.” Is he right? Are the happiest people those who are most grateful?

 

The religious heritage of ancient Israel linked gladness with thanksgiving. Joy, praise, and gratitude are interconnected (see Psalms 35:18; 69:30; 95:2; 100:4). Key elements of worship included both rejoicing and giving thanks. An oft-repeated worship refrain centers on thankfulness: “O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: because his mercy endureth for ever” (Psalm 118:1; compare Jeremiah 33:11). There is a fuzzy distinction at best between praising God and thanking God, both being at the very heart of worship.

 

Even so, the Bible depicts many ungrateful people. The history of the exodus could have been that of a celebration and quick victory march into the promised land. But grumbling, griping, and murmuring made it otherwise (see Deuteronomy 1:27). The dissatisfied heart always wants more, and greediness nullifies gratefulness. Even so, God “is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil” (Luke 6:35). This week’s lesson looks at a mighty act of kindness bestowed on 10 desperate men, of whom only one exhibited gratefulness. As we consider this account, may we search our own hearts to see if greed or gratefulness is our primary color.

 

B. Lesson Background: Leprosy

 

My father was a practicing physician for over 40 years. He once returned from a medical meeting in California where an acquaintance had taken him to a local hospital to see a special case: a patient who had been diagnosed with leprosy, now known as Hansen’s disease. The friend claimed that his was the only known case in the state. It was also the only time in my father’s long medical career that he had any contact with this ancient disease.

 

Relatively few people today are afflicted with this loathsome, legendary ailment. There are perhaps no more than 300 new cases annually in the U.S. But leprosy was well known in the ancient world, being described in the records of many cultures. Left unchecked, the disease results in visible lesions and deformations. Traditionally, those so afflicted have been forced to live under quarantine conditions, even into modern times. Leprosy was incurable until the advent of antibiotic drug therapies in the twentieth century.

 

Leprosy as described in the Old Testament probably included a wide range of afflictions of the skin, not just Hansen’s disease as we know it today. Laws concerning lepers are found especially in Leviticus 13:1-46; 14:1-32. To be a leper was to be “unclean,” often permanently. Those so afflicted had to warn others with cries of “unclean, unclean” (13:45) and were required to live apart (13:46). Therefore, lepers suffered not only from the illness itself but also from being ostracized socially. That was the condition of the 10 men of this lesson.

 

C. Lesson Background: Samaritans

 

At least one of the lepers in today’s lesson was a Samaritan. Samaritans, who lived in central Palestine, were distant relatives of first-century Jews. There was great animosity between the two groups in Jesus’ day (see Luke 9:51-53; John 4:9; 8:48), a type of bitter tribalism that had been fueled by centuries of negative incidents. The Old Testament traces the time line of these from 2 Kings 17 through Ezra 4 and Nehemiah 4. The period of time between the Old and New Testaments saw further antagonism develop.

 

How to Say It

 

Bartimaeus Bar-tih-me-us.

 

Galilean Gal-uh-lee-un.

 

Galilee Gal-uh-lee.

 

Gerizim Gair-ih-zeem or Guh-rye-zim.

 

kyrie eleison (Greek) keer-ee-ey eh-lay-uh-sawn.

 

Leviticus Leh-vit-ih-kus.

 

Moses Mo-zes or Mo-zez.

 

Samaria Suh-mare-ee-uh.

 

Samaritans Suh-mare-uh-tunz.

 

Shechem Shee-kem or Shek-em.

 

Concerning lepers, the Samaritans followed the regulations found in Leviticus. This included exclusion from regular village life of those so afflicted. The 10 diseased outcasts of this week’s lesson seem to have consisted of both Jews and Samaritans. We can liken this to a homeless camp made up of folks from divergent backgrounds, having been thrown together by desperate circumstances.

 

I. Ten Desperate Men

 

                                                                  (Luke 17:11-14)

 

 

A. Jerusalem Calls (v. 11)

 

11. And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee.

 

Jesus and His followers are still on the way to Jerusalem for Passover—Jesus’ final Passover. This Gospel marks this final trip as beginning in Luke 9:51. At that time, Jesus had sent messengers ahead “into a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him. And they did not receive him, because his face was as though he would go to Jerusalem” (Luke 9:52, 53; see the Lesson Background regarding this animosity).

 

Jesus prefers to minister in places that are open to His message, so He bypassed that particular Samaritan village (Luke 9:53; compare 9:5; 10:10, 11). He does not avoid Samaria as a whole, however, since the verse before us says He is passing through the midst of Samaria and Galilee (compare John 4:4). No geographical features separate the two areas in an obvious way. The distinction is determined by the makeup of the villages, with the Jewish villages of Galilee lying to the north of the Samaritan region. The Samaritans, for their part, are centered in the Shechem valley near Mount Gerizim and the surrounding area, roughly 25 miles due north of Jerusalem.

 

B. Lepers Beg (vv. 12, 13)

 

12. And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off.

 

We are not told if this certain village is Galilean (Jewish) or Samaritan. Both Jews and Samaritans isolate lepers (see the Lesson Background), so it may be either.

 

The fact that the 10 noted to be lepers stand afar off is in compliance with the Law of Moses (see Leviticus 13:46; Numbers 5:2). They stay near the village, where some of them may have family members who provide food and clothing. But the men do not venture close. Lepers who ignore the expectation of maintaining proper distance might be driven away by having rocks thrown at them from fear and loathing.

 

13. And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.

 

The physical distance between Jesus and the lepers—perhaps a hundred yards or more—is highlighted by the need for the men to raise their voices to be heard. The author gives the impression that they shout in unison, indicating a plan formulated before Jesus’ visit.

 

These 10 men therefore seem to have access to the community grapevine of information, despite their isolation. Friends or relatives who provide for them likely have shared stories they have heard about Jesus as a healer. The preparedness of this band of desperate men indicates that Jesus’ arrival at this particular village is expected and eagerly anticipated.

 

Their cry is a simple request for Jesus to have mercy. This is not a plea for a specific action, but a general appeal for favorable attention. Behind this request is the awareness that Jesus is a compassionate Master. If He notices the plight of the lepers, then He may extend His healing power to relieve their suffering.

 

Requests for God’s mercy occur frequently in the Psalms (examples: Psalms 30:10; 51:1; 57:1). The entreaty “have mercy” also occurs in Luke 16:24; 18:38, 39. In choral music, the Latin phrase kyrie eleison, meaning “Lord, have mercy,” is familiar (in particular, the first movement of Mozart’s Coronation Mass in C major).

 

There is sad irony in this request from these 10 men. They have experienced precious little mercy in the recent past. They have been excluded from their homes. They likely are targets of jests and taunts by the young boys of the village (compare 2 Kings 2:23). And most of all, they probably believe that God is punishing them in a merciless fashion (compare John 9:2).

 

Many things can cause a person to become unclean temporarily (example: Numbers 19:11). But since there is no effective cure for leprosy in this day, to be afflicted by this ailment is usually to remain permanently in an unclean status—a life sentence. This is why leprosy is so feared. Its appearance is a life-altering event that usually ends only with death.

 

C. Jesus Commands (v. 14)

 

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.

 

The simple command Go shew yourselves unto the priests is for the purpose of verifying that the men no longer have the signs of leprosy. This task is a responsibility entrusted to priests under the Law of Moses (see Leviticus 14:2, 3; compare Luke 5:14). A positive certification will mean that the 10 men will be able to resume their roles in family and village life.

 

There is a bit of drama to this healing that we will overlook if we do not read carefully. The text does not indicate that the 10 are healed immediately (contrast Luke 5:12, 13). Instead, the impression we are given is that healing comes only as the 10 with leprosy obey Jesus by beginning to walk away from Him to seek out the priests. It is at that point in time the symptoms of leprosy vanish.

 

We assume this means deformed fingers are made whole, and skin lesions disappear. Hair that had become unnaturally white (Leviticus 13:2, 3) returns to its natural color. And certainly those just feel better! They realize their trip to the priests is not a fool’s errand, but rather is the first step in reclaiming their normal lives.

 

A simple lesson here is that faith that results in obedience leads to healing (compare 2 Kings 5). For the 10 individuals of our text, this is physical healing. For us, it may be spiritual healing, a cleansing of our leprous, unclean hearts when we obediently follow Jesus (Acts 2:38-41).

 

What Do You Think?

 

When have you had a need met in such a way that God’s involvement was clear? How did you grow spiritually from this experience?

 

Points for Your Discussion

 

Regarding a family situation

 

Regarding a medical need

 

Regarding a housing need

 

Other

 

II. One Grateful Man

 

                                                                   (Luke 17:15-19)

 

 

 

A. Samaritan’s Return (vv. 15, 16)

 

15. And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God.

 

One of the healed men postpones his trip to the priests. Seeing all symptoms of his leprosy disappear, he makes a U-turn back to Jesus. And he doesn’t come quietly! His previous cry of “unclean, unclean” (Leviticus 13:45) is now replaced with praise. Perhaps the man is glorifying God for the first time in many years. He recognizes the miracle of healing and knows its source.

 

What Do You Think?

 

What experiences have helped you be more grateful for God’s blessings?

 

Points for Your Discussion

 

Regarding blessings via other Christians

 

Regarding blessings via unbelievers

 

Regarding blessings directly from God himself

 

16a. And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks.

 

For the man to fall down on his face is the posture of worship, appropriate only for worshipping God (see Revelation 19:10). This is the man’s instinctive reaction. He may not understand everything that has just happened, but one thing he does know: this man, Jesus, is God’s instrument in causing him to be healed, to be cleansed. The man has been shown mercy!

 

In the midst of this startling turn of events, the man cleansed of leprosy does the right thing. This man, who has suffered more than most of us can imagine, has not lost his humanity. His suffering may have caused doubts, but he still believes that God is in control—he knows that God is worthy of worship, praise, and thanksgiving.

 

16b. And he was a Samaritan.

 

Here is the surprise twist to the story. The Jews consider the Samaritans to be something like inferior cousins (see the Lesson Background). How can it be that a Samaritan is the only one who understands that God should be glorified and Jesus be thanked for the healing? The irony of this is similar to that of Jesus’ parable of the good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-35), where a Samaritan is the only one who understands what love for one’s neighbor truly is.

 

What Do You Think?

 

What was an occasion you were surprised by someone’s expression of gratitude? What did this teach you?

 

Points for Your Discussion

 

Regarding a short-term need

 

Regarding a long-term need

 

B. Jesus’ Concern (vv. 17, 18)

 

17, 18. And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.

 

In posing the questions we see here, Jesus transforms this miracle event into a teaching opportunity. The questions are almost like a mathematical story-problem: If 10 individuals are healed from leprosy, how many should give thanks and glory to God? What—only 1 came back to do so? What has happened to the other 9? Has God’s miraculous power failed and the 9 are still unclean lepers who have run away in bitter disappointment? No, that is not the case, because everyone present knows that all 10 have been cleansed. The 9 neglect to give thanks.

 

What Do You Think?

 

How can we do better at expressing gratitude?

 

Points for Your Discussion

 

Concerning methods for doing so

 

Concerning increasing our awareness of a need to do so

 

Other

 

Another curiosity is that the one who did come back is, of all people, a non-Jew, a stranger! This is a subtle rebuke to the Jews within earshot who assume that they are superior to Samaritans. In the end, relationship with God is demonstrated by one’s actions, not by ancestral connections or lack thereof (see Luke 3:8).

 

Attitude of Ingratitude?

 

A few years ago, a Florida TV station reported on a mother of 15 children who was complaining about a lack of help from social services. She had indeed been receiving assistance, and the father of 10 of her children also had provided some support. But after he was arrested, she was evicted from her apartment and ended up in a hotel room with 12 of the children. She lashed out: “Somebody needs to pay for all my children. ... Somebody needs to be held accountable, and they need to pay.”

 

The video went viral on the Internet, chalking up over 180,000 viewings. As you might expect, the woman’s attitude resulted in a firestorm of criticism. On the other hand, she also received sympathetic responses from people who offered various reasons for why she was justified in feeling unfairly treated. Overall, however, many felt that her statements indicated a lack of gratitude for the support that others had provided.

 

Attitudes of ingratitude have a long history! Had the nine who didn’t return to Jesus simply never learned to express gratitude? Were they so overjoyed at being healed that, as they ran to share the news, they forgot to thank Jesus in the process? Did they feel that they were entitled to their healings, given their lengthy suffering? Let us remember: “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).—C. R. B.

 

C. Jesus’ Declaration (v. 19)

 

19. And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.

 

After addressing the onlookers, Jesus turns to the Samaritan himself with the declarations we see here. The man’s new life has begun, and he can get up and go about his business, which first entails getting the blessing of the priests. The man is right to give the credit for the healing to God, but Jesus teaches him a lesson as well: it is through his faith that he has been healed.

 

This does not mean that the man has had the power to heal himself all along. It does not mean that the power of his personal faith in and of itself has brought about the healing. It means, rather, that his trust in God (as demonstrated by his initial act of obedience to seek out the priests) is pleasing to God, by whose power the leprosy has been vanquished.

 

What Do You Think?

 

How does an “attitude of gratitude” contribute to a growing faith?

 

Points for Your Discussion

 

Regarding the Christian’s outlook on so-called entitlements

 

Romans 6:17, 23; 7:25

 

1 Corinthians 15:57

 

Ephesians 2:8, 9

 

Other

 

Faith Healers

 

Medical charlatans have a long and colorful history. Purveyance of “snake oil” is not limited to centuries past, as hucksters even now promote products as miracle cures for a myriad of ailments. Christians are targets, and some practitioners of fraudulent “faith healing” are occasionally exposed in the process.

 

The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry is an organization that specializes in examining claims that involve the paranormal; a bias against anything supernatural seems to be foundational to their work. Faith healers provide fodder for the skepticism of committee members. In at least one notable case, a well-known healer was proven to be receiving information via radio transmissions from backstage, messages that the healer claimed to be a “word from God” regarding an affliction to be cured. He frequently “cured” nonexistent ailments.

 

Unfortunately, charlatans parading as faith healers create doubt even among Christians as to whether God will heal. Indeed, He can and does! But for reasons of His own, God does not always choose to do so (compare 2 Corinthians 12:7-9). We keep in mind that the healing of one’s spirit is more important than the healing of one’s body, which eventually perishes anyway.—C. R. B.

 

Conclusion

 

 

A. Healing Faith

 

This week’s story is not a lesson that any Christian can be healed if he or she simply has enough faith. The darker side of such an idea is to believe that any Christian who suffers from illness or ailment is lacking in faith. Certainly, the lesson is about the importance of faith, but it is much more a lesson about the need for gratefulness whenever God blesses us.

 

Several times in the Gospels, Jesus heals people and pronounces that their faith has made them whole. Examples include the woman with the issue of blood (Luke 8:43-48) and blind Bartimaeus (Mark 10:46-52). There is a double meaning for one of the words in these texts, for a term in Greek that is translated “made ... whole” is the same word that is translated “saved” in verses like John 3:17: “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” Healing and salvation are both signs of being made whole.

 

While we might be skeptical of some claims of healing in the church today, there is no need to dismiss them all. Our God is a God of healing, a lesson that Jesus taught repeatedly in His ministry. Miraculous healing is a gift of God; it is not something to be controlled by a human. Certain individuals might be instruments of God’s healing power, but God is the one from whom healing comes.

 

Although we may never have witnessed it, a miraculous healing of a physical ailment would be easy for us to understand. If a person had visible symptoms of leprosy that suddenly disappeared, then we would conclude that God had acted. But the Bible accounts of such miracles should push our thoughts beyond that of physical healing. They should push us to understand how our hearts need to be healed. Our hearts have been diseased by sin, hardened by selfishness, and broken by loss. Can they ever be made whole?

 

Here is the lesson: the grateful man who had leprosy was healed in more than body; his heart was made whole as well. That’s what the other nine missed—how sad! Healing begins with faith, with trusting God. We begin to heal when we yield our independence and throw ourselves into the arms of our Father. Healing is nurtured when we follow this faith with gratefulness as expressed through praise and thanksgiving. If a physician saves my life through skillful heart surgery, it would be natural to want to thank him or her. How much more should we turn and thank God, who heals our hearts and makes us whole for eternity!

 

B. Closing Prayer

 

O God, heal our hearts! Teach us to praise You gratefully even in the midst of trouble. We pray this in the name of the one who healed the lepers: Jesus our Lord. Amen.

 

C. Thought to Remember

 

Healing begins with faith.

 
 
 
 
 

Kid’s Corner

Your Faith Can Do More Than Heal You

Luke 17:11-19

Sunday, May 8, 2016

 

 

Luke 17:11-19

 

(Luke 17:11)  While He was on the way to Jerusalem, He was passing between Samaria and Galilee.

This event takes place as Jesus is on His way to Jerusalem for the last time, and He is in an area where He will meet Jews, Samaritans, and others. As the Son of God, Jesus welcomed people no matter their racial or religious background in order to heal them, teach them, point them to the true God, give them the true interpretation of the Scriptures, and declare himself as their Lord and Savior.

 

(Luke 17:12)  As He entered a village, ten leprous men who stood at a distance met Him;

Those with leprosy were physically unclean. To prevent the spread of leprosy the law of God required lepers to keep their distance from others and proclaim their uncleanness. Most Jews and many others considered the physical uncleanness of this disease a sign of a person’s sinfulness and spiritual uncleanness. Their condition of leprosy brought these ten men of different racial and religious backgrounds together for companionship and mutual support (because at least one of them was a Samaritan). Obeying the law of God, they did not physically approach Jesus or the village, but called out to Jesus.

 

(Luke 17:13)  and they raised their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”

Perhaps they had seen Jesus before or had at least heard of Him. They did not see Jesus “by chance,” for Jesus came to seek and save those who are lost. From a respectful distance, they called out to Jesus by name “Jesus,” (His name means “rescue, deliver, God saves”). They also called Jesus their “Master,” which can also mean “commander, employer, or teacher.” They sought the compassion and mercy of Jesus; they knew they did not deserve His help. Whatever their need was, they wanted Jesus to meet their need. It was obvious to all that they were lepers, but they probably had other needs too. To ask Jesus for “pity” is to ask Him humbly to meet all the needs that He sees we have.

 

(Luke 17:14)  When He saw them, He said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they were going, they were cleansed.

Jesus knew they wanted healing, and they had called out to Him because they knew He had healed others. As far as we know from Luke, Jesus did not say anything except “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” Jesus upheld the true interpretation of the ceremonial laws as recorded in the books of Moses, which commanded people who had a skin disease to go to the priest for proper diagnosis (and possible treatment). If they were healed (or thought they were), they went back to the priest for a statement that they were or were not healed. Of course, in this case, they would tell the priest how Jesus had healed them. When they obeyed Jesus, He healed them physically. The faith they had in Jesus led them to obey Him, and they expected the nearest priest to declare that they were healed when they went to him as the law dictated.

 

(Luke 17:15)  Now one of them, when he saw that he had been healed, turned back, glorifying God with a loud voice,

A Samaritan who was healed came back to Jesus praising God with a loud voice (probably as loud as the one he had used when he asked Jesus for pity or healing). Luke does not tell us how far he got before he came back to Jesus; however, Jesus probably healed these ten men the very moment they took a step in obedient faith. Each man would have rejoiced mightily in their physical cleansing, but the Samaritan was so filled with joy that he felt moved to go back to Jesus praising God and to thank Jesus. His response indicated not only physical cleansing but also moral and spiritual cleansing as a result of his faith in Jesus. Having come to full faith in Jesus, the Holy Spirit moved him to praise and thank Jesus.

 

(Luke 17:16)  and he fell on his face at His feet, giving thanks to Him. And he was a Samaritan.

The Samaritan threw himself at Jesus’ feet in adoring worship, which Jesus accepted as the Son of God. What Jesus had done for him inspired him to praise God and proclaim that Jesus was his salvation from his disease. The Samaritan could have gone to a Samaritan priest for validation that he was healed, but his faith in Jesus moved him to return to Jesus first, before Jesus had moved on to someplace else.

 

 

(Luke 17:17)  Then Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But the nine—where are they?

For the benefit of His hearers, Jesus pointed out the fact that He had cleansed all ten lepers; not one out of ten. He made clear to the crowd that He had healed all who had asked for healing and not just this one man who had returned to thank Him. The other nine who had been healed had not returned to give thanks to God in the presence of the One who had healed them. Not all who receive help from God and Jesus choose to thank God and Jesus for the help they have received, but instead go on to live their lives for themselves. Luke does not tell us what the other nine did, because the emphasis is upon the one who went to Jesus with praise and thanksgiving. Perhaps the other nine only wanted physical cleansing, while the Samaritan cried out in his heart for physical, moral, and spiritual cleansing, so Jesus cleansed him immediately and completely.

 

(Luke 17:18)  “Was no one found who returned to give glory to God, except this foreigner?”

If the other nine had gone on to the priest praising and thanking God for Jesus’ healing them, Jesus would probably have reported this fact in some way to the crowd. As it was, the Samaritan acted in accordance with the writings of Moses and praised God and thanked Jesus (no doubt led by the Holy Spirit). Jesus showed once again that many who were not Jews came to faith in Him and praised the true God, while many who were Jews did not give God the glory that God deserved or recognize Him as the Messiah.

 

(Luke 17:19)  And He said to him, “Stand up and go; your faith has made you well.”

The Samaritan was cleansed physically, morally, and spiritually by his faith in Jesus; a faith that he expressed in a loud voice praising God and thanking Jesus. He knew his body was well, and his spirit was made well too. As the King James Version states, Jesus made him “whole.” In the Greek New Testament, the word for “well” and “whole” can be translated “saved.” In other words, “Your faith has saved you.” Jesus had saved him and not just healed him physically, so he came back to praise God and thank Jesus for saving him. Not everyone Jesus healed physically came to saving faith in Him, but those Jesus healed physically had good and sufficient reasons to believe in Jesus as Lord and Savior. Some only went to Jesus to have their physical needs met and to be healed, not to also have their moral and spiritual needs met; not also to repent and follow Him and His teachings. We do not know if this man later went to see a Samaritan priest or not, but we can be assured he continued to praise God and tell others what Jesus had done for him.

 

 

 

Your Faith Can Do More Than Heal You

Luke 17:11-19

Sunday, May 8, 2016

 

 “Then Jesus said to him, ‘Rise and go; your faith has made you well’” (Luke 17:19).

 

Leprosy is a debilitating skin disease that slowly destroys the body and mind. To prevent the spread of leprosy in Jesus’ day, lepers could not enter homes or villages or touch those without leprosy. For companionship, leprosy sometimes brought people of different races and religions together. Countries use similar quarantine methods today. Ten men suffering physically and mentally with leprosy gathered outside a village between Galilee and Samaria. Keeping their distance and with a loud voice, the ten men called out, “Jesus, Master, have pity (or mercy) on us!” (Luke 17:13). Jesus gave all ten men exactly what they asked; however, they did not receive their physical cleansing until they turned in obedient faith to show themselves to a priest, who would declare them clean and remove them from quarantine. No doubt these men rushed with joy to the nearest priest the moment they saw that Jesus had cleansed them so they could return to their

families and live normal lives again. One of the ten did something different,  probably before he went to the priest. He returned to Jesus and with a loud voice for all to hear he praised and thanked God for his healing. Jesus noted that all ten were healed, but only a Samaritan, a foreigner, had returned to praise God. This Samaritan demonstrated that he had received more than the others, more than

physical healing. Jesus declared that his faith had made him “whole” or “well.” The word Jesus used in Greek also means “saved.” His thankful faith response to Jesus’

gracious healing made him physically, spiritually, and eternally clean and whole, which meant far more to him than physical healing.

 

 

Your Faith Can Do More Than Heal You

Luke 17:11-19

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Thinking Further

Name _________________________

 

1. Do you think these ten lepers saw Jesus “by chance” and called to Him? Based on what you know about Jesus and the Bible, give a possible explanation for your answer.

 

 

2. The lepers called Jesus, “Master.” How important is it for those who say they believe in Jesus to call Him, “Master”? Give a reason for your answer.

 

 

3. In what situations might you pray to Jesus, “Have pity on me!”?

 

 

4. What can we do that indicates we have faith in Jesus?

 

 

5. Give thanks to Jesus for something you experienced in the past week.

 

Questions for Discussion and Thinking Further

 

1. Do you think these ten lepers saw Jesus “by chance” and called to Him?

Based on what you know about Jesus and the Bible, give a possible explanation for your answer. No. I believe Jesus knowingly followed the Holy Spirit to meet them there. Most probably, at least one of the lepers unknowingly led the others to the village at the time appointed by God for them.

 

2. The lepers called Jesus, “Master.” How important is it for those who say

they believe in Jesus to call Him, “Master”? Give a reason for your answer.

Very important. It shows that we are willing to learn from Jesus as our Teacher (He may want to teach us something in answer to our prayers as well as our Bible studies and other experiences). It shows Jesus that we are willing to obey Him as our Lord and Savior, and also follow and serve Him as He directs us in the Bible and by the Holy Spirit.

 

3. In what situations might you pray to Jesus, “Have pity on me!”?

When we do not know what our problem is or the solution to it. When we are aware that we are unworthy to receive from Him what we need from Him. When we need forgiveness for sin, cleansing from sin, power to overcome temptations and obey Him.

 

4. What can we do that indicates we have faith in Jesus?

Trust Him and obey Him.

 

5. Give thanks to Jesus for something you experienced in the past week.

 

 

 

Word Search

Your Faith Can Do More Than Heal You

Luke 17:11-19

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Name _________________________

 

N J X R Q F X K S Y C R E M O

D Y H N A D S A N E K V N W J

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G X T F V A B J U W H M I Q O

O H M G R G T R K R U T P C R

D G O I E V J S E G B K Y S E

T K T S O G H E E T W V T A I

Z A P D R S A C R I S E I M G

N I F Y U N W L W U R A P A N

G T H S E L C E L M S P M R E

I R E T B I K A Z I F A B I R

V J L Q Y H P N L B V E L A L

B S H P R A I S I N G F C E D

N G A L I L E E Q E Y U O Z M

K E H S Z W O D Y S O R P E L

Jerusalem

Jesus

Samaria

Galilee

Leprosy

Village

Ten

Master

Mercy

Pity

Priest

Cleansed

Praising

Thank

Samaritan

God

Foreigner

Faith

 

 

    

True and False Test

Luke 17:11-19

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Name _____________________    

 

Circle the true or false answers. Correct the false statements by restating them.

 

1. Jesus met ten men with leprosy inside a small village in Galilee. True or False

 

2. The ten lepers pressed forward to touch Jesus’ garments to be healed. True or False

 

3. Each of the ten lepers called Jesus their Lord and Savior. True or False

 

4. Jesus told the lepers to bath in the Jordan River if they wanted to be healed. True or False

 

5. Nine of the ten lepers went to the Jordan River and were healed. True or False

 

6. One of the nine healed lepers also went to the priest as Jesus told him. True or False

 

7. Jesus was happy when He heard that nine of the ten lepers had obeyed Him and were healed in the Jordan River. True or False

 

8. The one who disobeyed Jesus was later healed by Peter in the temple. True or False

 

9. Jesus made certain all ten were from Judea before He told them how to be healed. True or False

 

10. When Jesus was crucified, because John was not there, one of the ten healed lepers comforted Jesus’ mother at the foot of His cross. True or False

 

 

 

Answers to the True and False Test

Luke 17:11-19

Sunday, May 8, 2016

 

1.    False

2.    False

3.    False

4.    False

5.    False

6.    False

7.    False

8.    False

9.   False

10. False