MGHM Healing Brief, 8/12

Where Are the Nine?

When Jesus enters a village on the way to Jerusalem in Luke 17:11-19, ten lepers shout at Him from a distance, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!" Jesus tells them to show themselves to the local priests, who have the legal authority to pronounce them clean.

And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed. And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.

When Jesus spoke wholeness

I’ve used the King James Version of this Scripture because it throws an interesting light on the Greek words for what happens to the lepers. Nine are cleansed (katharizo); the tenth is healed (iaomai); and finally this grateful Samaritan is made whole (sozo)—the same word used to describe the healing of the bleeding woman in the fifth chapter of Mark.

As I see it, nine of the lepers got what we call a cure—a "miracle healing," in modern terms. The tenth got the same cure at first, then wholeness, when he came back to begin a genuine relationship with Jesus. And I have no doubt that this tenth leper got every part of his life permanently repaired when Jesus spoke wholeness into him.

Turning to God in a pinch

Dear ones, I’ve been praying for people’s healing for most of four decades, and it still breaks my heart when desperate people come to me for prayers that work, but want just a quick fix instead of getting to know the "fixer." The sad truth is that only a small fraction of prayers for "miracle healing" are successful, and only a fraction of those healings last indefinitely—not because God is stingy with His power, but because the recipient has no clue that his healing might have some connection with the way he relates to the Lord.

Can we agree that there’s a difference between (a) turning to God in a pinch and (b) having a relationship of trust and obedience with him? True, in His mercy the Lord may come up with a quick fix for something that ails us—if the cure doesn’t prolong our spiritual immaturity or reward our disobedience (always a big "if"). But what then? How can we count on keeping our "fix" unless we’re living in a way that’s pleasing to God?

Have a healing relationship

We don’t know the ultimate fate of the lepers who walked away from Jesus, but it may well have been the same as that of any nine sufferers who receive a miraculous healing and go back to business as usual. Chances are they’ll soon be anguishing over fresh symptoms and shopping for fresh miracles.

Far better, I’d say, to have a healing relationship with the Healer.

                                                                                               Mary Graff  

Don't forget that . . .

God should be our first resort, not our last resort. Start taking time right now to build up the faith you need to receive His healing.

God is ready to heal us in every way--spiritually, physically, emotionally, and mentally.

God heals all types of disease, pain, sorrow, and infirmity. Nothing is too hard for Him.

God wants us to be healed, to be "whole" persons enjoying abundant life.

God expects us to cooperate with Him in getting healed--through medicine, diet, exercise, and straight thinking. Everything that promotes healing is a gift from Him.

Printable version here

More Healing Briefs here

"God's Word Brings Our Healing"