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Cleansing Ten Lepers from Samaria

Luke 17:11 And as He was going to Jerusalem, He passed between Samaria and Galilee. (12) And as He entered into a certain village, ten leprous men, who stood at a distance, met Him. (13) And they raised their voice, saying, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us! (14) And when He saw them, He said to them, Go and show yourselves to the priests. And as they went, they were cleansed. (15) And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, glorifying God with a loud voice; (16) And he fell on his face at His feet, thanking Him. And he was a Samaritan. (17) And Jesus answered and said, Were not the ten cleansed? But the nine, where are they? (18) Were none found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner? (19) And He said to him, Rise up and go; your faith has healed you.

In 17:11-19 we have the record of the Savior’s cleansing ten lepers in Samaria. Instead of making any selection, the Lord immediately healed them all. Actually, He did not say to them, “Be healed!” He said, “Go and show yourselves to the priests. And it came about as they were going away, they were cleansed.” Only one of the ten–a Samaritan–remembered the One who had healed him and came back to say something to Him (vv. 15-16). The important point is that this record reveals the highest standard of morality in the Lord’s saving grace. We know from chapter ten of the Gospel of Luke that while the Lord was on the way through Samaria, He was rejected in Samaria.

The Lord must have realized that the majority of the ten lepers in 17:11-19 were Samaritans. If I had been the Lord, I might have said, “You Samaritans rejected Me and now you come to Me for cleansing. You must regret the wrong that you did to Me and apologize, and then I will heal you.” The Savior, however, did not calculate matters in this way. On the contrary, He acted in the highest standard of morality to exercise His saving grace. As soon as the ten appealed to Him for mercy, He healed them all without preference. This displays His high standard of morality in His salvation.

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