God will give you a life stop sign where He wants you to stop, really listen, and then choose gratitude and surrender at the feet of Jesus. God is going to do something beautiful in your life. You may not expect it. You may be busy. You may be distracted. You may be cluttered with many things. But when you hear the music – stop, listen, and choose gratitude.
We'll look closely at our text and make three OBSERVATIONS of the lepers… and these observations will lead to three LESSONS from the lepers.
Observations: They were...
A Miserable Bunch
A Surprised Bunch
A Thankless Bunch
Lesson #1: God values the least.
Lesson #2: God invites a response.
Lesson #3; God checks our pride.
Leprosy is a type in the Bible – it’s a type of sin. We’re all infected with it. Just like the lepers had to yell out “Unclean unclean” in order to warn people of their condition, the only way we can come to Christ is with that same confession “Unclean unclean.” Until we get there, you’ll be pretty miserable.Here's the irony in all of this. The Temple all pointed to Jesus. Once you got there, there were rules and protocols about where you could go. You could only go so far – especially if you were a leper, and doubly so if you were a Samaritan leper. The one guy that came back was at the feet of the one to whom the Temple pointed. Instead of going to the priest, the Samaritan became a priest, and he built his altar at the feet of Jesus (read Ps. 116:12–19).