Ten lepers cleansed (Lk 17:14-17:14)

“When Jesus

Saw them,

He said to them.

‘Go!

Show yourselves

To the priests.’

As they went,

They were made clean.”

 

καὶ ἰδὼν εἶπεν αὐτοῖς Πορευθέντες ἐπιδείξατε ἑαυτοὺς τοῖς ἱερεῦσιν. καὶ ἐγένετο ἐν τῷ ὑπάγειν αὐτοὺς ἐκαθαρίσθησαν.

 

Only Luke has this story about the curing of the ten lepers.  Luke indicated that Jesus saw the 10 lepers (καὶ ἰδὼν).  He said to them (εἶπεν αὐτοῖς) that they should go and show themselves to the priests (Πορευθέντες ἐπιδείξατε ἑαυτοὺς τοῖς ἱερεῦσιν).  Thus, they did so.  As they went on their way (καὶ ἐγένετο ἐν τῷ ὑπάγειν αὐτοὺς), they were made clean (ἐκαθαρίσθησαν).  Luke indicated that Jesus cured the 10 lepers without any special saying or touching.  He simply told them to go to the Jewish priests for the leper cleansing ritual.  The presumption was that they would be cleansed of their leprosy that actually took place as they were on their way to the Jewish priests in Jerusalem.  However, there was no dramatic cure here.  Has something wonderful happened to you that did not seem miraculous?

The plea for victory (Ps 60:5-60:5)

“Give victory

With your right hand!

Answer us!

Thus those whom you love

May be rescued.”

This was a simple prayer to God. They wanted to gain a victory with God’s right hand. They wanted an answer to their prayer. God loved them so he should rescue them. There always was the presumption of God’s love and trust in that love, even if it was a little demanding.

The decree states the need for peace and tranquility (Greek text only)

“I have become the ruler of many nations and the master of the whole world. I am not elated with the presumption of authority but I always act reasonably and with kindness. I have determined to settle the lives of my subjects in lasting tranquility in order to make my kingdom peaceable and open to travel throughout all its extent. I want to restore the peace desired by all men.”

Once again, this whole decree only appears in the Greek text and not in the Hebrew text at all. The king said that he was the ruler of many nations. He is the master of the whole world that is their known civilized world at that time. It was not his presumption of authority, but he was trying to act reasonably with kindness. He wanted everyone to live in tranquility with easy access to travel. He wanted peace.