Praise with Understanding-10
Psalms 47:7 “For God [is] the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding.”
They always left God out of every success and achievements, whereas this Samaritan had a different understanding; he knew that all his achievements centred on God.
He knew that he was God made, not a self-made man. He humbly saw God working for him and making things to favour him. He understood that it was the grace of God that was at work for his success.
A Samaritan therefore knew he was a product of God’s grace and mercy; the question is which one are you? A Pharisee or a Samaritan?
To round-up this piece, let us look at Jesus’ statement in verse 19;
Luke 17:19 “And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.”
Jesus said his faith had made him whole. The word I want us to look at here is the word “whole”.
The word “whole” means “entire”, “sound”, “uninjured” and “healthy”.
It is from the Greek word, “sozo” which means complete without any part missing! I love that! I am sure the Holy Spirit put this word here to let us know that this Samaritan got back all the probably “missing fingers” and “toes,” aside the perfect skin he got!
Those other nine got healed, but from the word “sozo” we can conclude that they went away with some “missing parts”.
Friend, the nine were healed and needed the priest to clean them and tell the whole community that they should not be despised, although they still had traces of leprosy; but that Samaritan didn’t need the priest. He went back to the community as one who had never had the symptoms of leprosy, let alone suffered from the disease!
He was perfect, he needed not to beg to support himself; he had complete fingers and toes. He was fully integrated into the society.
To be continued…
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