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Note: The account of Jesus’ healing of the ten lepers reminds us that while some people are very conscious of the importance of being thankful for the blessing they have received, others appear to be clueless as to the appropriateness of, and the wisdom in, thanksgiving.
I. THE REASONS FOR A THANKFUL HEART
A. the blessing he had received
Note: v. 15b “And one of them when he saw that he was healed … ”
Note: how often do you think about your “benefits” / blessings? When is the last time you “saw” how good God has been to you? Thanksgiving is a good time to really look around.
In chapter 18 we find one of God's greatest servants confronting a tyrannical political system and 400 false prophets. In chapter 19 we find him despondent and hiding in a cave. God found him and asked him a question: "What are you doing here?" Perhaps you've had, or are having, the same experience Elijah was having and need to respond to the same question.
I. THIS QUESTION IS ASKED TO SERVE AS A REMINDER
A. of the inspection God makes of us
Note: God has a purpose for our lives. He has a right to check us out.
“The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous“ (Ps. 34:15a)
“The eyes of the Lord are in every place beholding the evil and the good” (Prov. 15:3)