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Healed on the Way

 

Sunday, Jul 24, 2016

“And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off: And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. 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.”

Luke 17:12–14

Jesus has all power and authority, and He often demonstrated that during His ministry by healing those who were sick beyond the power of medicine. Few things were more dreaded than leprosy both because of the terrible impact it had on the person’s life, and even more so because it was so contagious. Once they were identified, lepers were cut off and cast out from society unless they were carefully examined by a priest and certified to be healed.

Normally when Jesus healed people it happened instantaneously. Usually He would either speak to the sufferer or sometimes touch them and they would be healed. In this case, however, He took a different approach. Jesus told these ten men to go to the priests for examination. He did not command them to be healed. He did not lay His hands on them and pronounce them cured. Instead He told them to do what they would do if they had already been healed—and it was only as they went in obedience that they were cleansed of their leprosy.

Many times we want God to lay out every step of His plan in detail and make sure we understand it before obeying. But God normally only lays out one step at a time. Psalm 119:105 says, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”Faith is not revealed when we see the entire picture, but when we act on what we have been told.

Today’s Growth Principle: 
If we do not obey what God has already said, we have no reason to expect Him to give us further direction.
 
  
By Paul Chappel