The Ten Lepers



            Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off. And they lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” So when He saw them, He said to them, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed. And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan. So Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” And He said to him, “Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well.”


Luke 17:12-19


Possible Discussion Questions:

  1. What is leprosy? Why is it so terrible?
  2. In what way might we be “spiritual lepers”?
  3. Why did the lepers go and show themselves to the priest? What might have happened if they didn’t?
  4. What is the significance of the one leper being a Samaritan? Consider the parable of the Good Samaritan. Any correlation?
  5. Why might the nine not have returned?