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The Other Nine: The Lepers

Updated on December 26, 2015

Eleven And More

We know of at least eleven.

First one, and then the 10.

With love the Shepherd healed them.

"Go, tell no one" He told the first.

"Go, tell the priest" He told the 10.

We focus on the one,

so thankful he was healed.

As Harvey said:

"Now, the rest of the story."

His ministry stretched forward,

when compassion healed the first.

"Don't spread this all around.

I still have work to do."

The first was so excited,

he shouted from the roof.

"I'm clean! I'm clean!"

Soon lepers far and wide,

knew there was hope at last,

if they could only reach Him;

their sins be in the past!

Nine there were

who did as they were told.

No matter then.

Soon: "It is finished."

The work He came to do,

thanked by he who knelt.


© 2015 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.

For reference, see Luke 5:12 and 17:12.



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    • Perspycacious profile imageAUTHOR

      Demas W Jasper 

      5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Dear Dora = Your comment using the word "shout" had me pndering. The phrase that says "Actions speak louder than words." came to mind, followed closely by thoughts about "small acts of silent service." Then "choirs of angels". All thoughts from shouting our gratitude. As we are each a unique child of a loving Heavenly Father, it is not surprising to also think that we might each gratefully "shout" our gratitude in different ways.

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 years ago from The Caribbean

      Real gratitude has to be expressed. This season is most appropriate for those of us who are grateful to shout our gratitude.

    • Perspycacious profile imageAUTHOR

      Demas W Jasper 

      5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Dear G.O.L. - Thanks for the read. I hope your Christmas season has been wonderful. Mabuhai (sp?)

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

      5 years ago from Philippines

      Lovely message to read on Christmas:)

    • Perspycacious profile imageAUTHOR

      Demas W Jasper 

      5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Dear John - I can only wonder, did Jesus hope that by sending 10 healed lepers to the priest at one time, that acknowledgement that He was from God would follow?

      Yes, I know that the belief is well established with many that as Christ He knew His fate, though he was soon to pray that He might not have to drink the bitter cup.

      And we can only speculate what the reaction was when (and if) the ten who were healed showed themselves to the priest He was sending them to.

      As the scriptures say, if the books were all written that could have been, to record those three pivotal years of Christ's ministry, the books would fill the Earth; for just the commentaries on what we do know of His life have filled a great many bookshelves already!

      I did have a great Christmas, much of it spent outdoors (with respites) shoveling a ton or so of Christmas snow from a storm of the previous night. Strange as some might think, I did enjoy doing that.

      Merry Christmas

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      John Hansen 

      5 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for sharing Luke 5:12 and 17:12, and your interpretation Demas. Hope you had a great Christmas.


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