Results of Obedience

In the seventeenth chapter of the Gospel of Luke we may read of the ten lepers who were cleansed. Much has been written and spoken about the ingratitude expressed in the fact that but one of them returned to give thanks to God for the healing. This is very natural, because it was blameworthy; but there are also valuable lessons of obedience and its fruits to be drawn from the incident.

The scene is one which appeals strongly to the imagination. The earthly ministry of the Master was approaching its close; and we can readily believe that as he journeyed down to Jerusalem, the countryside was filled with reports of the marvelous works he had wrought wherever he had gone. No doubt the roadway was lined with people who "thronged him" in quest of his help, as we read they so commonly did. No potentate of a temporal earthly kingdom, attended by the pomp and circumstance of wordly position, ever evoked from the hearts of humanity the response which welled forth as the humble but mighty Nazarene quietly pursued his way.

Among the crowds of people, but yet not really of them because their physical condition required that they stand "afar off," were the ten leprous men who called to him, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us." And when Jesus saw them he answered, "Go shew yourselves unto the priests"—apparently these words, and nothing more.

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