The Foundation of Faith

The Foundation of Faith

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Jesus came into a small town, and ten men met Him there.
They did not come close to Him, because they all had leprosy.
But the men shouted, “Jesus! Master! Please help us!”
When Jesus saw the men, He said, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.”
While the ten men were going to the priests, they were healed.

(Luke 17:10-20) 

 

leperLeprosy was the most dreaded disease of ancient times not unlike Covid 19 today. It was a disease of separation. Increasing amounts of flesh would separate from one’s skeleton. Falsely, it was believed to be transmitted via touch.  So, in addition to fleshly separation lepers also experienced emotional, relational, and spiritual separation. They were known as “untouchables!”

From a distance ten lepers approached Jesus, pleading for help. As He had done previously one might have expected Jesus to touch the men and pronounce healing. Not so this time. Rather, Jesus uttered this command: “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” (In the Jewish culture, the priests were the only ones who could declare one “leprosy free.” More significantly, however, the command required faith. Before they experienced any healing the ten had to begin walking to town Uncleansed, breaking enormous religious and cultural behavioral standards. However, as they were walking they were healed!

 

Their faith was founded on and grounded in the WORD of God: “Go and show…!” In the Manual of Life Hebrews 11 is the preeminent chapter on faith. Reading the entire chapter one will note that each person mentioned TRUSTED AND ACTED ON THE WORD OF GOD. By an ACT OF FAITH, Abraham said yes to God’s call to travel to an unknown place. When he left he had no idea where he was going. (Hebrews 11:8-10)

Question: how much power is there in faith? I pray that you will continually experience the immeasurable greatness of God’s power made available to you through faith. (Ephesian 1:19) An old hymn, How Firm a Foundation, captures the essence of this post:

 How firm a foundation, you saints of the Lord,
Is laid for your faith in His excellent Word!