Luke 17:12-19 – Where are the Nine?

Luke 17:12-19
12 And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off:
13 And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.
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.
15 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God,
16 And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.
17 And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?
18 There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.
19 And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.

-Notice Jesus’ reaction when the 1 (former) leper returns to give thanks to God.  Before recognizing the gratitude of the one, Jesus first calls attention to the ingratitude of the other nine.  The Lord does so much for us: He provides continual mercy that keeps us from destruction (Lamentations 3:22-23), He gives sunshine and rain for everyone (Matthew 5:45), He gave His only Son for the sins of mankind (John 3:16).  In all of this, God expects us to give Him thanks (Psalm 100:4), He commands us to give Him thanks (1 Thessalonians 5:18), and as we learn here, He watches as so many turn away without giving Him thanks. “Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!”  (Psalm 107:31)

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