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”

There were two things involved in our focal scripture; faith and instruction. When Jesus saw the ten lepers he gave them an instruction that takes serious faith to obey.

As we saw earlier, lepers are not permitted to go to the Temple and must not be seen near a priest. The instruction that Jesus gave them was completely against the order.

The only time a leper can be sighted near a priest or in the Temple is if he or she is whole or cleansed from leprosy. It is only the priest that has the authority to declare a leper whole.

Leviticus 14:2 “This shall be the law of the leper on the day when he is to be pronounced clean: he shall be brought to the priest [at a meeting place outside the camp];”

Leviticus 14:3 “The priest shall go out of the camp [to meet him]; and [he] shall examine him, and if the disease is healed in the leper,” (AMP)

We see this in Leviticus 13:13 as well. Once the priest examines the leprous man and see that he is clean, he is reintegrated into the society.

What the instruction Jesus gave them translates to is that they are already cleansed, so they should go and show themselves to the priests so that they can be pronounced cleansed and reintegrated into the society!

They understood that Jesus is the Master over sickness and disease, and also knew that the Mercy of God was the One speaking to them but the issue is this, the leprosy was still evident in their bodies.

These folks understood that if they appear before the priest unclean, they can be stoned and even excommunicated permanently from that vicinity.

It was not an easy task but they made up their minds to go all the same. It takes courage and faith to obey God’s instructions and you must know it!

To be continued…

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