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Wherever lepers traveled, they were to call out, "Unclean! Unclean!" as a warning to others to stay away from them. How difficult it must have been to be required to be the prophet of your own uncleanness, the Herald of your own unworthiness before God. Imagine the burden of having to tell everyone you encountered that you were "Unclean".

Imagine with me what type of life that must have been like. This should help us understand why they called out for mercy. In our sin, we differ very little from those lepers. Our sins make us all unclean, and we should all cry out to God for mercy!

I love the way Jesus loved lepers. I love the way the Master gave attention to the unclean. Even with the cross before Him, he took time to show mercy to these unclean men.

I'll see you Sunday where we'll hear more about this teaching!



Luke 17:11–19 (NKJV) 11 Now it happened as He went to Jerusalem that He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. 12 Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off. 13 And they lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” 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. 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. 17 So Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? 18 Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” 19 And He said to him, “Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well.”