“Now it happened as He went to Jerusalem that He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. 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.”
Jesus went from Galilee, and probably traveled through the chief villages and towns as Samaria was situated between Galilee and Jerusalem, perhaps towards the river Jordan.
These men were in His path, as He was entering the village. They were not allowed to enter the village while they were afflicted with the leprosy,
Leviticus 13:46; Numbers 5:2-3.
At a distance, as they were required by law. They were unclean, and it was not lawful for them to come near to those who were in health.
As Jesus was traveling, they were also walking in the contrary way, and seeing Him, and knowing that they were unclean, they stopped or turned aside, so that they might not expose others to the contagious disease.
Jesus directs them to dhow themselves to the priests.
Leviticus 13:2; Leviticus 14:2 …
Our Lord intended that their cure should be received by faith. They depended on His goodness and power; and though they had no promise, yet they went at His command to do that which was required by the law to do to confirm they were already healed.
In this spirit of implicit faith; they were cleansed. God highly honors this kind of faith, and makes it the instrument in His hand when working many miracles.
One was a Samaritan. One who professed a very corrupt religion; and from whom much less was to be expected than from the other nine, who were probably all Jews.
This rendered Jesus’ conduct more remarkable and striking in the sight of the Jews. They considered the Samaritans as especially wicked, and themselves as especially holy.
This example showed them, like the story of the good Samaritan, that in this they were mistaken.
Often God receives more praise and affectionate obedience from those who had long lived without his knowledge and fear, than from those who were bred up among his people, and who profess to be called by His name.
People who have lived under the standard rules of faith can become stagnant, arrogant and lazy in their quest to strive towards God’s Kingdom
The simple reasoning is “Those who have much forgiven will love much”