A few things to note in this passage:
- For important historical context on this passage, I recommend that you first read: Jewish and Samaritan Relations During the Time of Christ
- Jesus’ counter-cultural approach to Samaritans (see all also Luke 10 and John 4) is one of the most obvious ways that we can see his commitment to breaking down social and ethnic barriers.
- In light of the hatred between Jews and Gentiles, it is significant to note that Jesus chose to heal a Samaritan – and then to point out the fact that he was the only one to return.
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Ten Healed of Leprosy
11Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 12As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy[a]met him. They stood at a distance 13and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”
14When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.
15One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.
17Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”
The Coming of the Kingdom of God
20Once, having been asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, “The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, 21nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is within[b] you.”
22Then he said to his disciples, “The time is coming when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, but you will not see it.
- Luke 17:12 The Greek word was used for various diseases affecting the skin—not necessarily leprosy.
- Luke 17:21 Or among
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