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Luke 17:11-19

Lesson Focus

We need to ask God to give us hears to hear and eyes to see what God is doing in the world around us.

Lesson Outcomes

Through this lesson, students should:

1. Seek to identify who the “Samaritans” and “lepers” in our society might be.

2. Seek to question who it is that we might, even unintentionally, be

excluded from the saving love of God.

Catching up on the Story

Jesus continues to make his way toward Jerusalem, where he will eventually be crucified but resurrected on the third day. Luke explicitly reminds us of this at the beginning of verse 11, and as we move forward with the narrative, he will keep telling us that this is where the story is going.

Jesus has two main conversation partners in Luke’s Gospel so far. First, there are his disciples, which often include the marginal ones in the large crowds who follow him, and second, the Pharisees and Scribes, the Jewish religious leadership. The disciples are a little slow to understand Jesus. The Pharisees, on the other hand, think they know who Jesus is, and they do not like it one bit.

The Pharisees’ dislike of Jesus stems from their belief that Jesus is making himself equal with God and from the fact that, in their m