The other nine

We know well the one who returned to thank Christ Jesus. But nine other lepers were also healed. See Luke 17:11–19 . We don't know them so well. I've wondered about them—wished I could just sit down with those men and chat a bit. Why did they fail to return? What could have been so pressing that they failed to see the healing Christ and say a simple thank-you?

I assumed that these were questions the world would never really be able to answer. But that was before I met some of those men early one morning. Well, met them in a unique sort of way. I was studying the account in the Bible, shaking my head in disbelief—with even a bit of self-righteousness—when I was sharply reminded of how the Bible is much more than just a historical record. Its spiritual lessons are penetrating; it provides powerful insight into our own life. That's when I came face to face with some of those nine.

BIBLE NOTES Pullout Section
November 29, 1982

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