What Happened To The Nine?

   Jesus encountered ten leprous men, who cried out to Him for mercy.   They knew that where Jesus is, there is the possibility and probability of the highly unusual.  Many times, Jesus simply touched a sickly person, other times He merely spoke to them and they were healed.  In this case, He instructed them to go and show themselves to the priest.  This was necessary in order for them to get back into society, because leprous people were quarentined.  The strange thing is that it was “as they were going” that they were cleansed.  Now it was definitely Jesus who did the healing, but this healing was activated by their obedient faith.  The point of the story is that one, and only one, came back to say, “Thank you,” and he was a Samaritan, meaning he was the one whom people would have thought to be the most unlikely to give gratitude to God.  There is something said here about, “red, yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight.”  Jesus then asked the question, “Where are the nine?”  Everybody we see around us has been blessed by God.  The rain falls on the just and the unjust, but it is true, nine out of ten never seem to as much as think of giving gratitude to God.   Ephesians 5:18 says, “In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God concerning you.”  Not only should we ask, “Where are the nine,” but we should ask, “Who are the nine,” and we should make sure that we are not in that group.

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