Luke 17:11-19 – The 21st Sunday after Pentecost – for Sunday, October 9, 2016
â€œNo one returned to praise God except this foreigner?â€ (Luke 17:18)
Then, as Luke continued the account of this healing, the readerâ€™s informed that the ten men had skin diseases. â€œSkin diseasesâ€ is how the Common English Bible translates leproi from the New Testament Greek. Other translations use leper or leprosy. We now know anyone with a â€œskin diseaseâ€ could be labeled as a leper during Biblical times. Regardless of accuracy, they were considered unclean; to be avoided, scorned, and isolated. Their outward appearance served as an obvious clue to their inner sins.
Next in the passage, after instructions from Jesus, and after departing to become cleanâ€”healed and acceptable to societyâ€”one of the ten returned. He was a Samaritan.
How could Jesus do that!
Why would Jesus do that?
Those two phrases would likely describe the first century listenerâ€™s reaction to this tale when one of the healed men is revealed as . . .
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