Devotion Day 74 - Through the Bible in 90 Days

Day 74 – Luke 10:1 – 20:19 (or to the end of Luke if you choose).

First off – Happy Thanksgiving to one and all, we all have a lot to be thankful for. So, this day give thanks every moment of every hour. Hope you are able to gather with friends or family on this special day.

The text from our readings that I’ve chosen to focus on fits this theme; Luke 17:11- 19

11 Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance 13 and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”

14 When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.

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.

17 Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18 Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”

It’s good that we have set aside a day for thanksgiving, but if it was the only day we gave thanks that would be a pretty bad state of affairs. Today is only one day out of 366 days this year. Today is an important day for sure, but only one amongst many.

Throughout our readings in the Old now New Testament we are getting a sense of how good God has been and is to us. Our appropriate response should be joy, praise and thanksgiving. In our text ten men who had leprosy were healed and only one came back and said thanks unto Jesus. We can’t be sure if the other nine even carried out Jesus’ command to go and show themselves to the priests.

I once heard that one of the most important prayers we can pray unto God is these two words; thank you. And as we pray that prayer today and throughout the year, I can hear God saying; “You’re welcome.”

I encourage us to always include prayers of thanks each and every day. Today, I give thanks to God for the connection we all have through my daily devotions. Even though we are scattered far and wide and very near we are connected through God’s word to us and through our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Here’s something else that stood out to me in today’s reading. In Luke’s telling of the Parable of Minas (which is very similar to Matthew’s telling of the Parable of Talents) the servants receive a Minas each. In the parable of the talents one receives five talents, one – two and the last only one. I wouldn’t make too much of the difference in the two, it was simply something that never stood out to me before. See Luke 19:11-27 and Matthew 25:14-30.

Matthew, Mark and Luke are considered the three Synoptic Gospel in that they have a lot of similarities. Johh has a different writing style and thus is different from the other three but also has some very similar accounts of our Lord. Here is a website that shows the similarities in the four gospels and the differences.

Again, happy Thanksgiving Day to one and all.

Lord, thank you for all your blessings, each and every one of them. Amen.

Next reading: Day 75 – Luke 20:20 – John 5:47

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