ON ELECTION DAY,
“WHERE ARE THE NINE?”
11 And it came to pass, as He went to Jerusalem, that He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee.
12 And as He entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off:
13 And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.
14 And when He saw them, He said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.
15 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, 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 And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?
18 There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.
19 And He said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.
Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem, where upon arrival, there would be a crucifixion several days later. So, on this final trip, He passed though Samaria. He comes near to some lepers, who “stood afar off.” Lepers were to keep themselves separated from society. The Talmud said they had to be 100 paces (over 300 feet away from people that were not lepers.
To be within conversation nearness, these lepers had to come nearer to Jesus than was allowed. Jesus was nearing Jerusalem, but not there yet, so there were mostly Jewish lepers, but at least one of these was a Samaritan.
They addressed Jesus as ‘Master’, which is the Greek word, epistates (G1988), which means ‘Commander’, ‘Overseer’. They must have heard about Jesus, and obviously the disciples were paying close attention to this One. Jesus sees the faith in their hearts, the acceptance of Him being ‘Lord’, and He speaks to them: ‘Go shew yourselves unto the priests.’
The miracle took place as they obeyed. They were not to show themselves to a priest, to be announced clean, unless they were, but they were not clean until they began their journey in obedience to the Lord. It says: ‘as they went, they were cleansed.’ This was not a gradual healing, but it was an immediate healing that took place after obedience. They noticed the immediate healing, as they traveled. One immediately returned and gave thanks to Jesus.
He was not shy, quiet, or reserved. For with a ‘loud noise glorified God.’ The one who returned was a ‘Samaritan’. He was one the Pharisees despised, and yet, only he had gratitude.
Jesus asks, ‘Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?’ What percentage today are really thankful for God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Word of God, and Christians who show kindness shown to them?
Jesus has cleansed us all from the leprosy of sin. We are saved and blessed by our Savior. Yet, on election day, some do not appear at the polls to keep abortionists, perverted, criminal, corrupt, lying politicians from being elected. The ones who want to stop the killing of unborn babies, the ones who want to support truth telling, honest, politicians, and who should be grateful to the Lord for the blessings He has done for them, mysteriously are absent from the polls. Where are the nine, on election day?
Jesus asks the crowd, why is only one grateful, why have nine of the ten, i.e. 90 %, of those receiving abundant, miraculous blessing, not been grateful to the Lord enough to show their appreciation?
Jesus makes sure that it is noted in this illustrated sermon, that this one who was grateful was a stranger, a non-Israelite. The other nine were perhaps Jews. Ten were healed of leprosy, only one returned to thank Jesus. The other nine were healed of leprosy, but were not healed spiritually. They were joyful, but not thankful to the One Who had healed them.
The healing and blessing for the nine was partial, it was a half healing. Today, many have partial healings. People are saved, but then live and vote like they did as sinners. It is time that salvation changes the nine, to action and change of person. The soul is redeemed, so the mind on election day should reflect that inner cleansing from sin, and the lying, evil politicians should not be getting their votes. Yet, where are the nine on election day?
Romans 8:22-23 (KJV)
22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.
23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.
The whole of the creation of God has been feeling the pain and illnesses of the cursed world. We, as the children of God, have the ‘first fruits’ of the Spirit, and our soul is redeemed. The healing from the leprosy of sin, should be reflected as a ‘first fruit’ at the ballot box.
We are waiting for the ‘adoption’. This adoption refers to the change of our bodies from mortality to immortality. As one is adopted from one family to another family, the children of God are adopted spiritually, but await yet to be adopted physically into the family of immortal beings. While we await that glorious transformation and relocation at the rapture, we need to exercise the ‘first fruits’ in many ways. One way, is at the ballot box on election day. Where are the nine then?
The nine lepers were healed bodily, but they had no gratefulness in their spirit. The ten lepers were all healed of leprosy. That was a partial healing. The one healed spiritually was grateful and brought praise and thanks to the Lord. The ones only healed physically were not appreciative to the Lord, but only rejoiced in themselves. Their body was healed, but was still not appreciative enough to change their behavior. Far too many are like those nine on election days.
The one of the ten that returned, received a bit more of a healing than the other nine. He was healed in spirit, and sought to worship the Lord Who had healed him. He was told ‘thy faith hath made thee whole.’ And it had. The other nine did not receive the ‘whole’ healing that Jesus meant for them to receive, they had a half healing. They received some from the Lord, but did not have enough faith to receive all that they could have.
Some today want salvation, but not enough of it to change their political party of their sinful days. They want to keep sinful and evil political friends in office, no matter what evils they do. The ‘nine’s’ of today, vote evil if they vote, or stay home and do not vote at all. Their blessing of healing from the leprosy like sins, was not as faith filled as it was for the ‘one’ who exhibited his faith.
Some want saved to go to heaven, but not enough faith to change their political vote. The nine could have had the ‘whole’ healing, but received only half the healing from their leprosy. They chose not to seek the Healer, they chose to just take the physical healing. The one of the ten, chose to take more, by ‘faith’, and he received the ‘whole’ healing.
There are many healings that God would love to do, but mankind often does not want those healings. Some do accept more than the physical healing, but also want a spiritual change of the inner person. This healing is a miraculous event, and we need to educate the fact of the more complete healings available to those who will accept them. One way to demonstrate the inner healing from Jesus is to demonstrate and prove its existence on election day. Where are the nine?