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Matthew Henry's Commentary

Luke Chapter 17 

o avoid offences, To pray for increase of faith, Humility taught.11-19. Ten lepers cleansed. (1-10) Christ's kingdom. (20-37)

Verses 1-10: It is no abatement of their guilt by whom an offence comes, nor will it lessen their punishment that offences will come. Faith in God's pardoning mercy, will enable us to get over the greatest difficulties in the way of forgiving our brethren. As with God nothing is impossible, so all things are possible to him that can believe. Our Lord showed his disciples their need of deep humility. The Lord has such a property in every creature, as no man can have in another; he cannot be in debt to them for their services, nor do they deserve any return from him.

Verses 11-19: A sense of our spiritual leprosy should make us very humble whenever we draw near to Christ. It is enough to refer ourselves to the compassions of Christ, for they fail not. We may look for God to meet us with mercy, when we are found in the way of obedience. Only one of those who were healed returned to give thanks. It becomes us, like him, to be very humble in thanksgivings, as well as in prayers. Christ noticed the one who thus distinguished himself, he was a Samaritan. The others only got the outward cure, he alone got the spiritual blessing.

Verses 20-37: The kingdom of God was among the Jews, or rather within some of them. It was a spiritual kingdom, set up in the heart by the power of Divine grace. Observe how it had been with sinners formerly, and in what state the judgments of God, which they had been warned of, found them. Here is shown what a dreadful surprise this destruction will be to the secure and sensual. Thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. When Christ came to destroy the Jewish nation by the Roman armies, that nation was found in such a state of false security as is here spoken of. In like manner, when Jesus Christ shall come to judge the world, sinners will be found altogether regardless; for in like manner the sinners of every age go on securely in their evil ways, and remember not their latter end. But wherever the wicked are, who are marked for eternal ruin, they shall be found by the judgments of God.

 


David Burnette's Life Application

Do You Have Faith?

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the book of Luke with Chapter 17. In our text today we see Jesus teaching on forgiveness and faith as He teaches the disciples and heals the 10 lepers. What catches my eye is how Jesus explains the power in our faith, how it can move Huge Sycamore Trees or make us whole. How about you? How is your faith? Let us learn from our text today and the Words of Jesus who said if we the smallest of faith we can do great and mighty things from moving the greatest obstacles to making us whole.

 

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Luke 17

Luke 17

 1Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come!

 2It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.

 3Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him.

 4And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.

 5And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith.

 6And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.

 7But which of you, having a servant plowing or feeding cattle, will say unto him by and by, when he is come from the field, Go and sit down to meat?

 8And will not rather say unto him, Make ready wherewith I may sup, and gird thyself, and serve me, till I have eaten and drunken; and afterward thou shalt eat and drink?

 9Doth he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I trow not.

 10So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.

 11And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee.

 12And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off:

 13And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.

 14And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.

 15And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God,

 16And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.

 17And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?

 18There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.

 19And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.

 20And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:

 21Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

 22And he said unto the disciples, The days will come, when ye shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and ye shall not see it.

 23And they shall say to you, See here; or, see there: go not after them, nor follow them.

 24For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day.

 25But first must he suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation.

 26And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.

 27They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.

 28Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;

 29But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.

 30Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.

 31In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back.

 32Remember Lot's wife.

 33Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.

 34I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left.

 35Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

 36Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

 37And they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together.