Wholesome Godness: Interpreting the word – By Kingsley Marfo

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Kingsley Marfo

By Kingsley Marfo

Could you believe that there is a health benefit from saying ‘thank you’? It is no coincidence that a whole month of the calendar year is dedicated to give thanks. “Research indicates that the happiest people in the world are those who are thankful” You may have heard of the story of the lepers who were healed by Jesus. Only one of them returned to say ‘thank you to Jesus’. The other nine who had been healed of their leprosy remained healed of their disease, but the one who returned to show gratitude received an additional reward from Jesus: “…thy faith hath made thee whole” (KJV)

The ten lepers experienced a similar outcome from their encounter with Jesus. However, one of them received additional rewards that went beyond the initial benefit/healing .His gratitude for the healing earned him more blessings.  Jesus made an impact/changed his life leading him to show a more lasting result in his life that went beyond the initial experience of healing.

So what is the difference between being healed and being made whole? Since the basis of this teaching is on the story of the ten lepers some context is relevant at his point. In biblical times, lepers were ostracized from society because their condition was terminally incurable. They were physically deformed and ugly. It was the duty of the priest to determine if they were clean enough to reunite with society. So Jesus asked them to go and show themselves to the priest. They obeyed and on their way they discovered that their physical deformities were gone.   Overcome with joy,

the nine lepers must have reunited with their families and friends, except for one who returned to the person who had performed the healing. According to the teaching, perhaps, (a) the one who returned was a Samaritan, a stranger who did not take his healing for granted, (b) the other nine must have felt a sense of entitlement (being Jewish)

The experience of the lepers can be compared to the experience Christians go through when the novelty/newness of their faith wears off and they face challenges in our lives. For example, the Israelites complained to Moses after they had been liberated from 400 years of slavery; while being led to freedom, passing through the desert.

The true believer is grateful because of the joy of salvation; the touch of Jesus, (just as the ten lepers experienced) will remain and sustain us if we respond with gratitude. The Samaritan who returned to Jesus was kind loving and blessed. He did not care what people thought about him; that did not matter anymore. How is your life, are you healed or are you whole.”

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