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18 March, 2013
James Smith 1802—1862
"Where are the other
nine?" Luke 17:17
Ten lepers had been
cleansed — one only returned to give glory to God! Struck with their
ingratitude, Jesus inquires, "Where are the other nine?" They had
received mercy — the greatest temporal mercy they could receive. They could not
be insensible of it — they must know it. They were expected to be thankful, and
manifest their gratitude. But they were negligent and ungrateful, and Jesus
notices their ingratitude!
The Lord will inquire after
these nine healed lepers — and after every one who has received His mercy. And
how many receive His mercy — who never acknowledge it! How many owe the debt
of gratitude, who never attempt to pay it!
WHEN does the Lord inquire
after the ungrateful? When His people present themselves at His throne, to
praise Him for mercies received, and plead for the blessings they need. When
they assemble in His ordinances, to celebrate His goodness, commemorate His
love, adore His perfections, and enjoy His sweet presence. When His truth is
falling in the street, or is vilified and spoken against. When His poor people
are pinched by poverty, and need someone to relieve and comfort them.
When His servants are persecuted and oppressed, and need a friend to stand by
and cheer them. When His cause is low in any place, and needs to be
fostered, screened, and supported. Then the Lord asks, "Where
are the other nine?" Where are those who have received such great mercies
at my hands? They ought to be . . .
first at my throne;
foremost in my house;
zealous for my truth;
ready to help my poor;
delighted to animate my servants;
and pleased to assist my cause!
But where are the
Perhaps some of them are in
the world, mixed up with the giddy multitude; devoted to pleasure, or business,
and find no time, nor feel any inclination, to return to give glory to God.
Others are lulled asleep in
carnal security — and imagining that they are God's favorites, they rest upon
their lees, neglect Christian duties, and dishonor the worthy name whereby they
are called. But they ought, if they have obtained spiritual blessings, to be in
the church; devoting themselves to the Lord's glory; and using all their
talents for the increase of the Redeemer's kingdom. They ought to be awake, and
active, and zealous — showing forth the praises of Him who has called them out
of darkness into His marvelous light.
But will not this inquiry be
asked by and bye, when the sheep are separated from the goats — when
the Lord's people are collected together — will not many be missing, whom we
expected to find among them?
Ah! where will the ungrateful be
then? Now they may have a name among the saints. Now they may have a
place in the church. But then, they will be banished from the presence of the
Lord, and from the glory of His power. Then all the ungrateful will be herded
together, and be driven to darkness, damnation, and black eternal despair!
Ah! "where are the other
nine?" Once they were with the saints. Once we expected to see them among
the glorified. But where are they in the day of judgement?
Dear Reader, let us examine
ourselves, and ask, Where am I now? Am I in Christ? There is no
safety outside of Him — no salvation but by union to Him. We must be one with
Christ — or we perish forever.
Where am I now? Am I in
the path of duty? Am I where the Lord would have me to be?
What am I? Am I a
Christian? A decided Christian? A grateful Christian? A devoted Christian?
What am I doing? Am I
working for God? Walking with God? Aiming in all things at the glory of God?
"Be not deceived, God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows — that shall
he also reap."
Friend, let us acknowledge
the mercies we have received; we are undeserving of the least of
them! They flow spontaneously from the kind heart of God; they ought to be acknowledged,
and our God be praised, according to what he has done for us. He requires it.
He expects it. He demands it at our hands. It is just. It is reasonable. The
Lord will inquire after us if we neglect it. He will send by His ministers, by
His providence, or by His Spirit, and will ask, "Where are the other