Thursday, February 26, 2009

Ten Lepers - We all Use Numbers - Every Day


Luke 17:17-18 Jesus asked, "Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?"


There has been many studies done on numbers in the Bible. Many books written on the significance of numbers throughout the scriptures. The number ten is no different and it holds meaning beyond just the amount of men who had leprosy. The number ten is said to mean restoration and completeness. Let's look at the irony behind this number.

Jesus makes it a point to remind us that there were ten men with leprosy and He healed all of them. He completely restored their bodies. He took the whole of the group and He took away their disease.

Only one came back. Another significant number. One means unity. The bond that grew between Jesus and the Samaritan all because He appreciated what Christ had done for Him. The Samaritan was grateful to Jesus and they were united because of this action.

Jesus showed up on the way to Jerusalem and made a point to cure a complete number of men. Jesus showed up at Calvary and made a point to save the complete number of people. Jesus formed a union with the one man who came back to say thank you. Jesus would've died if only one believed and wanted to be united with Christ forever.

I thank Jesus for His sacrifice on the cross - that He died for all, but still loves little ol' me.

3 wonderful insights:

Greg C said...

I think there are lots of subtle meanings in the Bible. I am reading and learning more each day. I like the numbers 10 and 1.

Kay Martin said...

Love this! I well remember the day I realized Jesus became my sin on that cross. I also realized if I would have been the only one to believe He would have done it all for me. We are one in Him, but He loves and cares for us as one ... irreplaceable distinct DNA, Heartbeat rhythm, fingerprint one.

This blog post you have written is profound and beautiful.

God bless you,
Kay

Chatty Kelly said...

by Hillsong:
Thank you for the cross, Lord
Thank you for the price You paid
Bearing all my sin and shame
In love You came
And gave amazing grace

Thank you for this love, Lord
Thank you for the nail pierced hands
Washed me in Your cleansing flow
Now all I know
Your forgiveness and embrace

Worthy is the Lamb
Seated on the throne
Crown You now with many crowns
You reign victorious

High and lifted up
Jesus Son of God
The Darling of Heaven crucified
Worthy is the Lamb
Worthy is the Lamb