Gerry & Julie Gutierrez' Update
First Thought Series - GA
11 Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy[a] met him. They stood at a distance 13 and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”
But Flowers You Want Them Near.
What about people with leprosy? Leprosy is a highly contagious disease. A man with leprosy was required to stay away. Some were required to wear a bell on their neck so they would be kept from accidental touch by saying the sound of the bell as well as their warning cry, Unclean! Unclean! Move away!
If they violated these rules, they could be stoned to death for putting others in danger with the sickness. From a proper distance ten men with leprosy call out loud to Jesus. “Master have pity on us”. Then Jesus in respect of their dignity he answers from the distance to the request by just saying “Go, show yourselves to the priests.
They took Jesus at his word. As they went they were healed. One of them came back in disobedience do his direct order to go and show themselves to the priests. But instead of rebuke, Jesus receives him and even praises him for his faith and credits his healing to his faith. To his going. To his returning.
Gratitude is like honesty, “such a lonely word”, everyone is ungrateful and untrue says Billy Joe and cries out that what he needs the most is honesty.
Cleansing is just as sweet as forgiveness. It restores dignity and makes them go to God without fear, all the away to the feet of Jesus in boldness. Thankfulness and praise cannot wait. Service to God by testifying can wait. The poor we will always have. The leper praises Jesus and Jesus praises him for his faith.
After that, the Lord Jesus reminds the man gently to go and show himself to the priests.
The sweet note is that a flower came near Jesus for him to smell the aroma of gratitude.
The sad note is when Jesus asks, where are the other nine? Well, the skunks were deodorized but they were still skunks. They as many today reduce Jesus to a religion and only remember him when they need him. Any other time they give him the silent treatment and distance themselves from him because they love things and use people. When they should love people and use things. Thank Jesus now.
On my face at the feet of Jesus! Praising Cleansed! Cleansed! Thank you Jesus.
Waiting and praying on the same spot going on to the eight-month. I went North but comeback empty shoulder. Lonely, but never alone thanks to your prayers. I will finish the book of Luke by the end of September. Please pray for Julie and my health. Serious issues. The Lord is at work in all of us at the same time. (As usual)