The Unpopular Response to God's Provision

Famous Tennis player Arthur Ashe contracted the AIDS virus through a blood transfusion.  He was asked, “Are you tempted to question God in the midst of these terrible circumstances?”


Ashes’ reply:  “I am a blessed man.  If I question God about these circumstances; I would have to question him about his blessing as well, because God knows I do not deserve it.”


In Luke 17:11-19, we see the unpopular response to God’s provision of healing.  Leprosy was a disease that attacked one from the inside out.  It would cause them to lose their limbs until they died. Jesus did not find himself in the midst of these lepers by accident.  It was a God ordained appointment.


Luke 17:11-19 (ESV) says: 

“11  On the way to Jerusalem he was passing along between Samaria and Galilee.
12  And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance
13  and lifted up their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.”
14  When he saw them he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed.
15  Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice;
16  and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan.
17  Then Jesus answered, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine?
18  Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?”
19  And he said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.” 


Notice of the 10 that were healed, only one returned to give thanks.  How symbolic is this of the many good gifts God gives yet the little thanks we return.  Note the response of thanks given to God for his provision.


The first response was a response of being UNASHAMED in verse 15.

  • Not ashamed that HE WAS THE MINORITY – vs. 15a – “And one of them”


  • Not ashamed OF THE RESULTS OF THE HEALING – vs. 15 b – “When he saw that he was healed”


  • Not ashamed TO GO OUT OF HIS WAY TO EXPRESS HIS GRATEFULNESS – vs. 15c – “turned back”



    • Not ashamed TO REVEAL THIS EXPRESSION WITH GREAT VOLUME – vs. 15d – “and with a loud voice”



    • Not ashamed TO RECOGNIZE THE SOURCE OF THE HEALING – vs. 15e – “glorified God”.


The second response was the response of PRAISE in verse 15.  


    • Offered PRAISE TO GOD FOR NOT NEGLECTING HIM WHEN SO MANY OTHERS DID



    • Offered PRAISE TO GOD FOR RECOGNIZING THE MAGNITUDE OF HIS NEED



    • Offered PRAISE TO GOD FOR NOT BEING TOO BUSY TO CARE FOR A DESPERATE LEPER



    • Offered PRAISE TO GOD FOR HEALING HIM FULLY



    • Offered PRAISE TO GOD FOR REQUIRING NOTHING IN RETURN



    • His Offering of PRAISE LEAD TO A HEART OF WORSHIP


TRUTH:A TRUE ATTITUDE OF PRAISE WILL ALWAYS LEAD TO A HEART OF WORSHIP MAKING GRATEFULNESS AN MATTER OF THE HEART.


TRUTH:NOTHING GETS THE ATTENTION OF GOD ALMIGHTY QUICKER THAN THE PRAISE OF HIS PEOPLE.


The third response was the response of HUMILITY in verse 16.  


EVERY ACT OF PRAISE REQUIRES A LEVEL OF HUMILITY.  It is a verbal expression 

of appreciation to another person for providing something that was needed.


  • THE POSTURE OF HUMILITY – “Fell down on his face”


  • THE SOURCE OF HUMILTY – “at Jesus’ feet”


ANYTIME WE SEE THE WORK OF JESUS, IT SHOULD BRING US TO OUR KNEES.


  • THE HEART OF HUMILITY – “giving Him thanks”


IN THE HEART OF GRATEFULNESS, ONE WILL ALWAYS FIND A HEART OF HUMILITY.


  • THE REASON FOR HUMILITY – “he was a Samaritan”


Note:He was undeserving to be healed as we are undeserving to be saved.


The fourth response was the response of ACTION in verses 17-19.  


    • Took action WITHOUT WAITING ON THE OTHER NINE



    • Took action TAKING A LEAP OF FAITH   



    • Took action EXPRESSING HIS UTMOST GRATEFULNESS



    • Took action KNOWING HE MAY NOT GET ANOTHER CHANCE



    • Took action DESPITE CHRIST’S DISAPPOINTMENT


Note:Christ was disappointed in that only 1 out of 10 returned to offer thanks.


TRUTH:TRUE MARK OF A BELIEVER LIVING IN THE WILL OF GOD IS AN OUTWARD EXPRESSION OF PRAISE


The reasoning of these nine neglecting to give God praise is not recorded, but the one truth that is recorded is that they neglected to give this praise.


GRATEFULNESS MAY NOT BE POPULAR, BUT IT IS RIGHT.

“He that knoweth to do right and doeth it not, to him it is sin.”


WE DON’T NEED MORE TO BE THANKFUL FOR, WE JUST NEED TO BE MORE THANKFUL.


The leprosy that once bound them together was now replaced by the cleansing that severed their tie. It’s amazing what change will do to people. 


They cried together. They wore torn clothes together. They yelled (uncleaned) together. They prayed for mercy together. Now that Jesus has healed them. NINE went one way and ONE went another way.


 The NINE Jews that were healed went to the priest without Jesus (REPRESENTING THEIR RELIGION_. The ONE that was left went to Jesus without the priest (REPRESENTING HIS RELATIONSHIP. 


All of us were lepers at one time. Sin had left us afar off from God. Jesus delivered us 

also. What happened? Did we do like the the NINE? Did we go straight for the 

ceremony? Did we stop and immediately returned to praise the source of our 

blessings?


No matter where you are or what you going through remember there is reason to give 

God praise because He is WORTHY.


This Sunday, we continue the series, “FIRST THINGS FIRST.  Join us this Sunday at Calvary as we continue with the message entitled, “GOD’S FORMULA FOR YOUR FINANCES.” Please bring someone with you.


REMEMBER, GOD LOVES YOU AND SO DO WE AT CALVARY!!!!!

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