On the way to Jerusalem he was passing along between Samaria and Galilee. And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance and lifted up their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” When he saw them he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus answered, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” And he said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.”
Comment: Lepers were shunned from society. People were terrified to get the disease. The sufferers tendered to gather together for companionship. They were obviously kept alive by family provisions or as a result of begging. This group, presumably out of sympathy included a Samaritan. Samaritans had a different religion and were usually despised by the Jews. They had deserted Judaism by mixing it with Baal worship.
Standing at a distance they came to the right Man. You are going to be healed is inferred as he tells them to go and officially receive the official stamp of healing from the Jewish priestly authorities. They seemed to have trusted that they would be healed as they headed off for their certificates allowing them to fully come back into society. Walking along they were made whole. I take it the rest were healed and were thankful.
But the Samaritan guy is so ecstatically thankful that he forgets the certificate, races back to his ‘Saviour’, falls at Jesus feet in thanks, joy and a zillion expressions of worship.
The mediocrity of thankfulness for all of God’s blessings, as seen so often in society is surely severely condemned by this delightful story.
Prayer: I would express my thanks to You as this man did, daily my Lord!