As a person who was born with a severe speech impediment, I can relate to the ten lepers in today’s passage who were hoping to be healed. Due to the contagiousness of this disease, lepers were forced to become social outcasts, living outside the city limits. As these men waited for a miracle, doubt began to set in, crushing any thoughts of resuming a normal life. Yet, when Jesus arrived to cure them physically, emotional and internal scars don’t immediately vanish.
As He went on His way to Jerusalem, it occurred that [Jesus] was passing [along the border] between Samaria and Galilee. 12 And as He was going into one village, He was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance, Luke 17:11-12.
According to Jewish law, Leviticus 13:43-46, these ten lepers were unable to come into any physical contact with family or friends. Meanwhile, if anyone came to visit, each was responsible for proclaiming “UNCLEAN, UNCLEAN.” While I can’t say that I can relate to the anguish that these ten men endured for weeks and months, I know that heart ache of not being able to express myself as a former stutterer. Just because these 10 lepers and I were healed, doesn’t make all the pain deep inside go away.
And they raised up their voices and called, Jesus, Master, take pity and have mercy on us! 14 And when He saw them, He said to them, Go [at once] and show yourselves to the priests. And as they went, they were cured and made clean, Luke 17:13-14.
Two of the books that have helped me begin to find complete healing is Restoring the Foundations by Chester and Betsy Kylstra and the Handbook for Spiritual Warfare by Dr, Ed Murphy. Restoring the Foundations is now a ministry that helps Christians investigate generational sins and ungodly beliefs that has led to internal brokenness and despair. Meanwhile, the Handbook for Spiritual Warfare uses a series of case studies and personal testimonies of Christians who are on the road to recovery. If you want to find complete healing in a broken world, I highly recommend these two resources to start your recovery.
by Jay Mankus