Bible Stories for Adults
Jesus Heals Ten People with Leprosy
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Bible Words to Remember:
Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
From the Farthest End (Matthew 16:13-19)
How far away from Jerusalem is Jesus at the time recognized as the turning point of His ministry?
Note: Caesarea Philippi was rebuilt by Herod's son Philip, named after self & Tiberius Caesar
Was originally called Paneas (now called Banias) after Greek god Pan - shrine was there
What special event occurred during this trip into this especially pagan area?
A number of cities were built by and named for a Caesar
How did Jesus respond to this confession?
The Turning Point of Jesus' Ministry (Matthew 16-17)
How does this event mark the turning point in Jesus' ministry?
How else does Matthew make it clear that Jesus' focus had changed?
What confirmation do the disciples get that Jesus is really who He is explaining Himself to be?
Was this experience to help them point others to Jesus or to help them understand who He was?
To Jerusalem (John 7)
Does Mark agree that Jesus now changed His teaching focus from the people to His disciples?
Where did Jesus then go?
Mark 9:33a; 10:1
How did He get there?
Did Jesus go to Jerusalem at this time, or did He wait until His final entrance?
John 7:1-3, 14-15
How did Jews in the temple for the Feast interpret Jesus' presence in the temple?
How did the Jewish leaders respond to these rumors?
In Judea and Perea (John 10:22-42)
How long did Jesus stay in the Jerusalem area in Judea?
How did the Jews visiting for the Feast respond to Jesus at this time?
John 10:24, 30-31, 39
Where does Jesus spend most of the rest of His time before His final trip to Jerusalem?
How do Matthew and Mark summarize these months of Jesus in and around Jerusalem?
Matthew 19:1 (Mark 10:1)
The Last Days in Judea (John 11)
What caused Jesus to return from across the Jordan?
Other than love for His friend, why would Jesus make such a risky trip?
John 11:18-19, 45
How did this prepare for His arrest and death that would occur in just a few months (or weeks)?
John 11:46-50, 53
Since it wasn't yet time for Him to die, where did Jesus go?
A Quick Trip Home (Luke 17:11)
Did Jesus stay in Ephraim the entire time preceding His final trip in to Jerusalem?
Why might Jesus have returned to southern Galilee before His final trip to Jerusalem?
Do we have any stories of any of these companions on this final journey?
Was this a joyful journey for Jesus' companions?
Did Jesus' traveling party change size as they traveled?
Another Purpose for This Path (Luke 17:12-13)
How do we see that Jesus didn't return to southern Galilee just to pick up friends?
The Evangelist with special pains desires to show that He did not journey on the usual road. ... He did not journey thus for His own sake, but in order to preach as much as possible and be of service to many. ... For He was sent to offer His services to everyone.
For what service to others might Jesus have traveled this road?
Leprosy in the Bible (Leviticus 13-14)
Leprosy today (Hansen's disease) is now uncommon, contagious by continued contact
Begins with red spots on the face, ears, forearms and thighs that turn into thick nodules
Leprosy of the Bible may have included a number of other forms of skin diseases
Skin drops off forming ulcers; Tissue is lost leading to contraction & deformity
Bones are affected and fingers drop off; Body "dissolves" in later stages
How were the Jews protected against spreading plagues of contagious leprosy?
How were Jews protected from being declared unclean for minor skin problems?
What would happen to those who were determined to be unclean from leprosy?
Was there any hope for those who had been declared unclean from leprosy?
What was done if the person was found to be healed?
What part of the ceremony symbolized the death that results from a person's uncleanness?
How was this bowl of life blood and cleansing water used to express the return of life and purity?
The living bird, with a little scarlet wool, and a bunch of hyssop, must be fastened to a cedar stick... The cedar-wood signified the restoring of the leper to his strength and soundness, for that is a sort of wood not apt to putrefy. The scarlet wool signified his recovering a florid color again, for the leprosy made him white as snow. And the hyssop intimated the removing of the disagreeable scent which commonly attended the leprosy.
How was the person then revealed to be free from their previous "living death"?
After seven days of partial re-acceptance, how was the person restored to fellowship with God?
Leviticus 14:10-12, 19-20
Leprosy in Our Lives
How does Spurgeon explain that we are to understand leprosy in relation to our own lives?
Leprosy is to be considered by us as the type of sin; and as we read the chapters in Leviticus, which concern the shutting up or putting apart, and the purification of a cleansed leper, we are to understand every sentence as having in it a gospel sermon to us, teaching what is the condition of a sinner in the sight of God, how the sinner is to be cured, and how he can be restored to the privileges from which the leprosy of sin had utterly shut him out.
How is the influence of sin on our lives like leprosy?
How are we to be treated as lepers?
1 Corinthians 5:1-2, 6-7, 13
How are we cleansed and freed when we present our leprosy of sin in confession to God?
What sacrifice do we have that restores us to fellowship with God?
Faith Revealed (Luke 17:12-13)
How did the ten lepers respond to the presence of Jesus?
What do we learn of faith from the boldness of the lepers in going to meet Jesus?
2 Corinthians 3:12 (James 1:6)
What do we learn of faith from the lepers calling and looking to Jesus for healing?
What do we learn of faith from the lepers standing at a distance?
Love Revealed (Luke 17:14)
How does Jesus respond to this revelation of the lepers' faith?
How was Jesus showing who He was by sending them rather than saying that He would heal them?
How had Jesus showed His love to another leper earlier in His ministry?
What does this love that Jesus showed for these unclean lepers mean for our own lives?
Doesn't it take just faith to be a Christian? Is love required also?
1 Corinthians 13:2
Why is love also required?
Thanksgiving Revealed (Luke 17:15-16)
How did the lepers respond in faith to Jesus' instruction?
How did the lepers respond in thanksgiving when they were healed?
Although this man was not a Jew, what did He know about how to respond to God's goodness?
Praise Commended (Luke 17:17-19)
How did Jesus respond to receiving thanks from only one of the ten lepers?
But wasn't it more important for them to go through the ceremonial cleansing process?
What words did Jesus have for the leper who returned?
How did this differ from the cleansing which the other lepers also received?
Copyright © 1998 by Kurt Rosenhagen
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