And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. 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. And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. And Jesus answering said, “Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.” (Luke 17:11-19)9)
The Carnal Application
Leprosy is a mildly contagious disease known as Hansen’s disease today, and it can be readily treated. In Jesus’ time people who were physically unclean or who had a disease were considered to be spiritually unclean, and could not participate in prayers or make sacrifices in the temple. The people in Palestine were afraid of lepers because they could infect healthy people with their disease, and they despised the lepers as people who must have committed terrible secret sins. Since leprosy shows in the skin, lepers could not hide their illness from the community, so they were shunned and forced to live apart, because other people were afraid they could catch their disease from them. Though leprosy is not fatal, it can affect the voice and vision, as well as the skin, nose, toes, and fingers, and the leper’s physical condition continued to deteriorate during his or her lifetime.
The Spiritual Application
The lepers knew that Jesus had power and went out to meet Him. Many are called, but few are chosen and far fewer remain faithful. There were ten lepers, and only one returned to praise and thank Him for the healing. The same goes true today, as only one in ten that come to Christ Jesus remain steadfast to the end. We are also living in the last days, when men and women are unthankful among other things. When Jesus had mercy (mercy is being spared from judgment or harm that’s deserved) and healed all ten of them, they were then commanded to show forth their cleanliness to the priests. After Jesus make us whole or a new creature, we glorify His name and power to all who will hear us. A Samaritan was a partial Jew (from those who were deported to various nations and were intermarried with the Gentiles) or seen as a sell out, and was despised by the mainstream Jewish community. Until Israel is revived spiritually (which is first and foremost shown by the 144,000 Jewsih virgins from various tribes who will preach to the whole world the Gospel), the strangers (Gentiles or Non-Jews) or stones, will cry out the praises of God alone. God often uses the despised, low things or rejected ones, and gives them a new life. He uses what men consider foolishness (preaching) to save them.