Sunday, February 16th, 2014: Interactions with Jesus Series "Jesus and the Ten Lepers"

The disease of Leprosy and symptoms:

  • The term “leprosy” occurs 68 times in the Bible

     (55 X in the OT and 13X in the NT)

  • It was often considered a curse of God; due to sin
  • It is a disease of the nervous system
  • Spread by multiple skin contacts and respiratory droplet transmission
  • Patients experience disfigurement of skin and bones, twisting of limbs, curling of fingers to a claw shape
  • The worst is that people cannot sense touch or pain so that they injure themselves and are unaware

 

How Lepers had to identify themselves:

  • Stand at a distance as a group
  • Warn anyone approaching that they were lepers

 

Social impact of the disease on the leper:

  • Were not allowed to worship God in the Temple – because they were considered “unclean”
  • Not permitted to live with family
  • Could not have a job; resorted to begging
  • Carried great shame

 

Jesus said go show yourselves to the priest.  The priest had no power to heal them, but could pronounce them clean.

 

Faith: “As they went, they were cleansed”    

One returned to say thank you to Christ  (Lk. 17:11-19)

Fell down on his face in worship at the feet of Jesus

 

10 were cleansed from leprosy & 1 was cleansed from sin!

There is an impact of a thankless life: (Rom. 1:18-32)

  • Man suppresses the truth
  • God qualities are clearly seen; so man is without excuse
  • Man chose not to give thanks to God
  • Man’s thinking became futile and his heart darkened
  • Man chose to worship created things, not the Creator
  • God gave them over to a depraved mind

 

Gratitude attitude:             “Be a 1 in 10”

  • Say thank you
  • Be happy for someone else who succeeds
  • See God in midst of trial
  • Take time to….
  • Think beyond yourself
  • Give someone else credit
  • In the midst of pain…thank Jesus
  • Give yourself to others
  • Smile

 

See video of Sarah Churman who heard for the first time after receiving the Esteem Hearing Implant.

     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsOo3jzkhYA

     http://sarahchurman.blogspot.com/

  • Christian wife; age 32
  • Mother of two
  • Her mother-in-law spent $30,000 out of her retirement to give her daughter-in-law the gift of hearing.
  • Envoy Medical returned the $30,000 and her gave a 2nd hearing implant free
  • Sarah now blogs on “Thankfulness”, “Giving”, etc.

 

Her blog ends, “I hope everyone reading this has a great week. Tell everyone today what they mean to you. Smile often.” 

 

List 50 Reasons why I am Thankful / Grateful

     (See back page)

  • Thank at least one person each day.
  • Have a prayer time where you only thank God (with no requests for self and others)

 

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