By Dr. Judith Emenike
Luke 17:11-19 King James Version (KJV)
11. “And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee.”
12. “And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off:”
13. “And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.”
14. “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.”
15. “And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God,”
16. “And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.”
17. “And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?”
18. “There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.”
19. “And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.“
King James Version (KJV)
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There is a miracle in thanking God. There is Salvation coming through Thankfulness to God.
There were 10 lepers whom Jesus attended to. All were healed, the Bible tells us. But only one , a Samaritan, came back to thank Jesus. And Jesus was wondering:”Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine?”
One came back, called a Stranger, because he was a Samaritan. And traditionally, the Jews had nothing to do with the Samaritan. This problem goes back hundred of years, as the Samaritan were a mixed people, who through wars started mixing up with others and started worshipping other Gods. (For more info see: hatred between Jews and Samaritans). God cares not for which race, color or language you speak. He is a good God and wanted to show this stranger through Jesus, that his heart attitude mattered. God wants every man to come back to him. After the “Stranger” came back, Jesus said unto1in” verse: 19 And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole”.
The word whole is in greek here “SOZO” meaning
Strong Concordance: 4982 (sṓzō) is the root of: 4990 /sōtḗr (“Savior”), 4991 /sōtēría (“salvation”) and the adjectival form, 4992 /sōtḗrion (what is “saved/rescued from destruction and brought into divine safety”).]
4982 sṓzō (from sōs, “safe, rescued”) – properly, deliver out of danger and into safety; used principally of God rescuing believers from the penalty and power of sin – and into His provisions (safety).
Jesus set him free, he got saved. He delivered him out of darkness into His marvelous light. He was saved. Salvation came to the man of Samaria.
Thanking God brings miracles.
The 10 lepers were cleansed and healed as they went to the priest, according to tradition, so they could enter again a normal life.
Many people are experiencing God’s kindness.
“Psalm 103:8 The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.” Yes, the Lord is good.
“Psalm 145:9 The Lord is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.”
Because God is good to all, he deserves a thank you. I have seen many times that people are restored and made well, that people received prayer answers from God and were “restored” to normal life. But many returned back to their old life without seeking God, without thanks. Before, they had pain for 40 years, could not walk, could not see, could not .. could not .. could not… but the Lord healed them. The Lord Jesus did something good for them, before they turned around to God. Some were sinners, did not know God, but He in His Mercy, touched them. Did they return to Jesus to thank him? Many have not, just as the Bible tells about the 9 lepers –> 90% did not return to glorify God, to say thank you. Whereby if they would or had, the Lord would have or still will make them well – SOZO meaning-bring…safely, cured , ensure salvation, get well, preserved , recover, restore, save, out of trouble, out of demonic oppressions.
Yes, the Lord wants you not just to be touched, healed or cleansed, but he wants to save you out of all troubles.
“2 Corinthians 4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”
“Isaiah 54:14 In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee.He wants to save your soul, he wants to call you his own, he wants to be your father who takes care of his children.”
Yes, many troubles mankind has had, can be over with, if man, women and children start thanking God for His Goodness!
“Isaiah 55:12 For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.”
What has the Lord done for you? Has he healed you? Have you said thanks to Him, glorified His name? Have you returned to him? How often are you doing it? The Miracle is in thanking God. The more you thank him, the more you will see his blessings overshadow you. What about being thankful to those people in your life, whom God used to do something for you? Were you able to return and express your thanks to them?
The more we praise him, the more oppression, darkness over mans souls, or families will leave. As we praise God, he blesses us. As we draw near, he draws near to us. These are days of thanks, let’s keep thanking God for his goodness. It is undending. The more we thank God, the more his goodness will be visible in our lives, and again we thank him even more.
Surely you have heard the saying:” Praises go Up, Blessings come Down!” We need to bring God a perpetual praise, words of thanksgiving as often as we can, not just once a year on Thanksgiving Day, which is good, but not enough.
Let us have EVERY DAY THANKSGIVING DAY UNTO OUR GOD.
If you have not received Jesus Christ as your personal savior, but have experienced his goodness, now is the time to receive his salvation. Pray out loud:” Dear Lord Jesus, Thank you for being here for me, thank you for giving your life for me. Thank you for going through hell for me. I believe in my heart and confess right now, that you are the Lord, who forgives my sin, who shed his blood for me, who rose from the dead so I might have life. I ask you to forgive my sin, forgive my unthankfulness. I receive you right now as my Lord and Savior into my heart and life. Please help me from today to be thankful, to follow you.”
The Bible says in,
“Romans 10:9-10 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
9 If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 One believes with the heart, resulting in righteousness, and one confesses with the mouth, resulting in salvation.”
Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
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“Romans 6:17-18: “But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.”
Now, you are a child of God! Thanks be unto God for his goodness to have shined upon your life.
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Be Blessed ,
Dr. Judith Emenike