The 10 Lepers: What is the point of this story? Well, first let’s talk about Obedience. This is the one thing Jesus has been talking about for 3 years to the crowds and the Pharisees.
14 When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.
This wasn’t healing and THEN obey. It was their faith and obedience.
15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.
Mark specifically pointed out that the one that Praised God was the Samaritan. We can assume that the other 9 were Jews. The Jews had more knowledge about the Messiah and His coming than the foreigners. They should have recognized who Jesus was and expressed their gratitude as well. Their lack of responsiveness was typical of the Jews in Jesus’ day.
The coming of the second kingdom will not be unrecognizable. It will be obvious! In speaking to the Pharisees he speaks “their language” by recalling the days of Noah. Both in Noah’s days and toward the end of the Tribulation just before Jesus returns, people were and will be unresponsive to preached warnings of coming judgment.
This second example of unexpected judgment (days of Lot) reinforces the first. By comparing moral conditions on the earth at the Second Coming with “Sodom,” Jesus was picturing the worst kinds of evil running the earth. (I do think we see the signs of the time)
30 “It will be just like this on the day the Son of Man is revealed. 31 On that day no one who is on the housetop, with possessions inside, should go down to get them. Likewise, no one in the field should go back for anything.
Revealed: Revelation”= the translation is ‘apacolypse’.
The Parable of the Persistent Widow-
In years past I didn’t understand these parables but now I do. They are not comparisons, they are contrasts. The ‘judge” is worldly, not The Lord. We DON’T bother Him with our persistent prayers. He desires them.
The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector
9 To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable: 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’
13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’
14 “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
No explanation needed!