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Your help in on the way

. And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off:
13. And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.
14. And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go show yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.
15. And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God,
16. And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.
17. And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?
18. There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.- KJV
Help is on the way!
I came back to say thank you!
Introduction:
We have become professional actors learning how to smile through pain and acting as if we have no problems. It is not that we want to deceive people, it is that when you have a certain level of problems your problems are so personal, that you feel like whom can I talk to about what I am going through. I am not trying to deceive anybody but my problems are so complicated that even if I had somebody to talk to I don’t have the words to express what I am going through right now.
Have you ever had a problem that you couldn’t explain yourself! You didn’t even know what to tell somebody you needed; you know you need something but you not even sure what you need. Have you ever had a dilemma that was so overwhelming that your prayer life got halted because you didn’t even know what to ask for and you find yourself just sitting and staring blankly into space.
Unresolved problems will drive you away from people, alienate you, and put you way off on an island by yourself. If you can relate to this or you no someone that is just barely holding on for dear life touch them and tell them help is on the way!
I needed that word for today, because sometimes life can take such a toll on your strength, attitude, finances, and relationships that sometimes we feel like throwing in the towel, quitting and giving up because of the frustrations of living life that has been marked by pain and disappointment. Add the fact the people make certain assumptions about you based on what you are dealing with; and question your integrity, your faith and your relationship with God.
However the reason that I haven’t given up or given in is because someway or somehow I still believe the My help is on the way!
Have you ever been in pain? Have you ever been at the end of what you thought you could stand? But you held on because of the promise of relief?
As long as I know that my help is coming I have hope! And when I have hope I hold on! And the reason that I am holding on is because I know that even when I don’t see it; I can expect it!
(NKJV)
1 I will lift up my eyes to the hills—From whence comes my help?
2 My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.
Tell your I’m holding on! And I won’t let go of my faith!
In the text today we see Jesus who is on his way to Jerusalem. He will be betrayed, tortured, abandoned and murdered. He’s going willingly, in the full knowledge of what will happen to him. Yet, instead of being paralyzed by fear, despair or anger at the unfairness of it all, he continues move with purpose and power and despite the impending misery He is still doing ministry!
What you are going through does not excuse you from doing what God has called/gifted you to do!
This is an interesting little story told only by Luke. For such a simple story, it is filled with significance. There are at least ten lessons we can draw from these lepers:
In other words their help is on the way!

1st Lesson is that Your dilemma has a deadline!

The reason I know that your dilemma has a deadline is because of verse 11…
(NKJV) — 11 Now it happened as He went to Jerusalem that He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee.
The scriptures takes the time to tell when the incident happens! Jesus is on his way to the cross! The Lord is showing us that you have to do ministry in spite of misery!
You and I don’t get a pass from doing ministry when were having a bad day!
Also…
Jesus did not allow the racist bigotry of his day to hinder him from doing the will of God!
Why did the Jews hate the Samaritans so much?
The nation of Israel was divided into two nations in the days of Rehoboam (). Israel was composed of the ten tribes to the north, and Judah was made up of Judah and Benjamin. The animosity between the Jews (inhabitants of the Judah, the southern kingdom) and Israelites began immediately after the division, as Samaria was the capital city of the northern kingdom (with Jeroboam as her first king). Rehoboam assembled an army to make war against Israel to reunite the kingdom, but God intervened through His prophet Shemiah (). Later, in speaking of the reign of Abijam, Jeroboam’s son, says “there was war between Rehoboam and Jeroboam all the days of his life.”
Immediately after the division, Jeroboam changed the worship of the Israelites in . No longer did the inhabitants of the north travel to Jerusalem to offer sacrifice and worship (cf ). Instead, Jeroboam set up idols in Dan and Bethel.
Later, after Israel’s fall to the Assyrians, they began to intermarry with the Assyrians, contrary to . This is why the Jews hated the Samaritans as “dogs,” or “half-breeds.”
The Samaritans were also a continuous source of difficulty to the Jews who rebuilt Jerusalem after returning from Babylonian captivity (, esp v 10; , esp v 2).
Eventually, the religion of the Samaritans evolved to the point that they held only the Pentateuch (Genesis-Deuteronomy) as being the law of God, rejecting all the books of poetry and prophecy. Furthermore, they claimed their copy of the Pentateuch was the only original copy (a claim still made today by what few Samaritans still survive).
A lesson to all bigots and racist, sometimes your healing is in the mouth of somebody you hate!
With out the word that came out of the mouth of Jesus these lepers would have died in their condition! But because of the pain and their predicament it overruled their deep seeded prejudices and racial hatred and those ten lepers were cleansed!

Lesson #2 Don’t let your condition stop you from meeting Jesus!

(NKJV) — 12 Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off.
There is no place to small or insignificant for God to stop by to deal with your dilemma. A certain village…
Have enough faith to seek Him out just as your are… Don’t let who you are stop you from getting what you need from God!
there met Him ten men who were lepers…
The first thing that I notice is that there were 10 lepers!
In the Bible, the number 10 is used 242 times. The designation "10th" is used 79 times. Ten is also viewed as a complete and perfect number, as is 3, 7 and 12. It is made up of 4, the number of the physical creation, and 6, the number of man. As such, it signifies testimony, law, responsibility and the completeness of order.
In we find the phrase "God said" 10 times, which is a testimony of His creative power. God gave the 10 Commandments to man.
Ten therefore represents man's responsibility to keep the commandments. A tithe is a 10th of our earnings and is a testimony of our faith in the Lord.
The Passover lamb was selected on the 10th day of the 1st month (), as was Jesus, the Lamb that takes away the sins of the world (; ).
When God punished Egypt for not letting Israel go there were 10 plagues.
And a tenth of 10 is 1 ten lepers were heal but only one returned!
So then 10 lepers is to say that in the number 10 we have the symbolic language that means God’s divine perfection and order but in the lepers we have the human condition; so that in this particular parickupe we see the results of what happens when God’s divine perfection and order meets a fallen human condition!
These 10 leperous men did not stand directly in the road so as to make an actual meeting, but are close enough to beg.
Sin will cause you to have to beg!
The law required them to keep away from the rest of the people. () The rabbis are said to have prescribed a fixed distance at which lepers must keep some say as little as 16’ and others have is high as 500’.
The lesson is Get as close as you can to Him.
Who stood afar off
William Barclay described what a leper looks like: “The whole appearance of the face is changed, till the man loses his human appearance and looks, as the ancients said, ‘like a lion or a satyr.’ The nodules grow larger and larger. They ulcerate. From them comes a foul discharge. The eyebrows fallout, the eyes become staring. The voice becomes hoarse and the victim wheezes because of the ulceration of the vocal chords. The hand and the feet always ulcerate. Slowly the sufferer becomes a mass of ulcerated growths. The averaged course of the disease is nine years, and it ends in mental decay, coma, and ultimately death. The sufferer becomes utterly repulsive to himself and others”
How do you get this disease?
These 10 lepers seized the opportunity they had the determination to say, “ we’re not going to die like this…
Uncleanliness will cause you to be separated from God, and the people that love you.
As an ambassador of Christ our message should be one of hope for tired weary souls. So many people stand far off from the church and church service for fear that they are not good enough because were the ones who have declared them unclean.
WE know that Sin will cause you to be driven away from fellowship with God.
Many people are like spiritual lepers they stand afar off from the only help for what’s hurting them!

Lesson #3 Your break-through is in your mouth!

(NKJV) — 13 And they lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”
One thing about unclean people; they stick together, but church folk.
One of our problems is that there is no “they” in us…
If you want to get the Lord’s attention you better open your mouth!!!
Open your mouth while you’re still in the mess…
Calling on God will cost you something.
They didn’t even know what to ask God for…have mercy on us but because of their praise He fixed what they needed fixing!
They lived up their voices! The way to get the Lord’s attention is to open up your mouth!
It was not on the Lord’s agenda to heal lepers his agenda was to go to Jerusalem; but because they lifted up their voices…

Lesson #4 Its the Word of the God that brings healing!

(NKJV)
9 How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word.
(NKJV)
20 He sent His word and healed them, And delivered them from their destructions.
(NKJV) — 14 So when He saw them, He said to them, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed.
Those who expect Christ’s favors must obey His commands. He was asking them to do what healed lepers do! Their healing was tied to a test!
If you do what He says for you to do then you can have what He says you can have!
Go Show yourselves to the priest… go back to church, God is going to put your deliverance on display!
Had they not done what He said—or demanded something more dramatic, etc.—they would have missed healing because your help is on the way!
Disobedient saints miss so much of God’s blessings!

Lesson #5 the danger of being ungrateful!

(NKJV) — 17 So Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine?
Faith enough to be healed is not always faith enough to be grateful…How often we hear requests; how seldom we hear praise.
Only this foreigner has returned? V.18–evidently, some of the lepers cleansed were Jews. Maybe they said, since we are Jews we deserved our healing. Maybe they said, we are children of Abraham so we should be blessed. But this one said, I don’t deserve all He has done for me. It took a miracle to hang the world in space, it took a miracle to hang the stars in place, but when He saved my soul, cleansed and made me whole, it took a miracle of love and grace. I want to return and say, Jesus you didn’t have to do it, but I am so thankful that you touched me.
There is more to God than just healing…
When you are ungrateful you miss so much.

Lesson #6 do good in-spite of the response!

He did for them in spite of knowing they would be ungrateful
Doing good should be based on need, not on potential response…

Lesson #7 the power of grace and mercy!

A. In spite of their lack of gratitude, they kept the blessing
B. Human ingratitude is not answered by divine retraction
C. Fortunately, lack of gratitude does not sacrifice most blessings

Lesson #8 Gratitude is the seed to more!

(NKJV) — 15 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, 16 and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan.
A. The grateful man was a hated Samaritan there will always be somebody who will give God glory. You can always tell who the Samaritans are… To whom I forgive much love me much.
B. Those we look down upon often excel us in virtue He was a Samaritan! It’s not going to be who you think.
The ones that return realize that Jesus has done something for them that no one else could do. This leper realized that the power of Jesus was the only power that could cleanse his leprosy. Today, I realize that only Jesus can wash away my sins. Only Jesus can give me a new life. It wasn’t the Scribes and Pharisees, it wasn’t at a Synagogue meeting, it was an encounter with the Lord. Jesus can do what no other power can do. I just want to thank you Lord. V.15
The ones that return just can’t hold their praise and worship in. V.15b Praising God in a loud voice. I don’t know if this person was a loud person by nature. I don’t know if they were usually the boisterous type. But on this day, nothing could hold back his praise. The ones that return are those that nothing can keep back their praise. The reason we come to church is because we can’t hold back the praise. What Jesus did for us is so great, we have to tell somebody.
The ones that return are humbled by Jesus–v.16 he threw himself down and thanked Him. I want to throw myself down at the feet of Jesus. I don’t ever want to take for granted all He has done for me. Others may keep on the path of life, but I want to stop and thank you Jesus.
Pride keeps you from throwing yourself down at His feet. I don’t care who sees me, I only care that I get the chance to be at His feet.
The ones that return are those who realize nobody loves me like Jesus. v.16b he was a Samaritan. I want to be the one that returns because Jesus loves the ones that nobody else can love. Samaritans were hated by the Jews, in this world so many are hated, passed by, but Jesus loves me this I know, because He loved me when no one else could.
Where are the nine v.17–the ones that return don’t go with the flow. The ones that return say, don’t take Jesus for granted. The ones that return have eyes that see, ears that hear and heart that receives what the Spirit of the Lord is doing in their life. Its not gong to be who you think!
A. The one who came back got something more
B. Failure of praise resulted in eternal loss for the others
C. We likely lose blessings when we fail to praise
Close: this Thanksgiving, be the ones that return. Be the ones that say, Lord, I want to shout out praise to you. You have done great things for me.
Thank you Lord for saving my soul,
thank you Lord for making me whole
thank you Lord for giving to me
thy great salvation so rich and free.

Lesson #9 There is a difference between healing and wholeness!

A. We assume he came back to Christ before visiting the priests; the others just went their way through a religious routine
B. Many are more concerned with (religious) routine than with any real relationship—we see this around us every day
The other nine were healed but they wasn’t whole! (saved)

Lesson #10 You help is on the way!

(NKJV)
28 But He said, “More than that, blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”
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51 Most assuredly, I say to you, if anyone keeps My word he shall never see death.”
(NKJV)
21 But He answered and said to them, “My mother and My brothers are these who hear the word of God and do it.”
You will ultimately find help in no other place than in Christ
Leprosy then was incurable; it could only be healed
Sin is incurable; it can only be forgiven
And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.
Many of us stop at the physical blessings!
Jesus emphasized the fact that his faith made him whole.
Whole implies spiritual and physical.
Your help is on the way
I may not be there yet but I’m on the way. The purpose of the mission is to get help and healing to those who are sick and suffering from the trials a pitfalls of life!
I cam back just to say thank you Lord!
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