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Were the 9 lepers who did not return to give thanks to God no longer healed? Luke 17:19



      

Luke 17:19

NKJV - 19 And He said to him, "Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well.

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
In my opinion, the healing of the nine lepers who did not immediately return to give thanks to Jesus would not have been revoked.

By my reading of the account, Jesus told the Samaritan leper who had returned to give thanks to Him that he had been healed because of his faith. That same initial faith had originally been exhibited by all ten of the lepers, who called to Jesus from afar to heal them.

In addition, Jesus Himself had told all the lepers to go show themselves to the priest (as required by the Mosaic Law in Leviticus 14:2-3) to verify their cleansing. Perhaps the other nine lepers (even though they were also cleansed as they went) continued on their way in obedience both to the Law and to Jesus' command, while the Samaritan (whom even Jesus referred to as a "foreigner") either did not know, or did not feel as bound by, the provisions of the Law as the other lepers (who may have all been Jews, although the account does not specifically say that they were) did, due to not being an Israelite.

As such, even though the other lepers did not return immediately to give thanks to Jesus for their cleansing, I do not believe that their healing would have been revoked just because they did not display the type of immediate, personal thankfulness to Jesus that the leper who returned exhibited.

The point of this story's inclusion in the gospel (in my opinion) is to make us aware of the merciful (that is, undeserved) blessings that we all receive from God, and to let nothing hinder us in expressing our thankfulness (both joyfully and often) to Him for them.

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