Praise with understanding-6

Psalms 47:7 “For God [is] the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding.”
…From yesterday…
Luke 17:12 “And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off:”
Luke 17:13 “And they lifted up [their] voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.”
Luke 17:14 “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.”
Luke 17:15 “And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God,”
This encounter between Jesus and the ten lepers is one loaded with revelations and lessons; but for the sake of this piece let us take it from the praise angle.
Ten lepers met Jesus and he told them to go show themselves to the priests. Note that in their days you didn’t go to show yourself to the priest unless you were healed of leprosy. Anyone that tried it could be killed or banished from the city forever.
Leprosy is said to be an infectious disease that causes severe, disfiguring skin sores and nerve damage in the arms and legs. In most cases, it cuts off the patient fingers and toes. It also affects the skin and in some cases the eyes leading to a form of blindness.
Before and during the time of Jesus, especially the days preceding the New Testament, it was believed that leprosy was primarily caused by a curse that was placed on someone. As a result, anyone infected with leprosy was banished from the community.
The disease was surrounded by terrifying, negative stigmas and patients were shunned as outcasts. They were only allowed to stay outside the city gate. They were considered impure and the only condition under which they could go to town or get in contact with a priest was when they were cleansed or healed.
To be continued…
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