Article 14: A Tale of Ten Lepers

Presented by P. R. Reid, a bond servant of Messiah Yeshua
June 25, 2023
Article Fourteen

“A Tale of Ten Lepers”
Part One

  • Luke:  17:11 – 19:  “Now on his way to Jerusalem, Yeshua traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, ‘Yeshua, Master, have pity on us!’  When he saw them, he said, ‘go, show yourselves to the priests.’ And as they went, they were cleansed. One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Yeshuas’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.  Yeshua asked, ‘were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine?’  Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, ‘rise and go; your faith has made you well.’” well.”

Who are the ten lepers?

  • This teaching will explore and answer this question.  First we must examine the area of Israel where this event occurred.
  • This event occurred in Samaria and Galilee.  This area is referred to in Scripture as the Northern Kingdom, i.e. Israel or Ephraim.  This is the location where the “ten” tribes of Israel settled.
  • 1 Ki. 11:43:  “Then Solomon rested with his fathers, and was buried in the City of David his father. And Rehoboam his son reigned in his place.”  **This is the beginning of my tale.

The Divided Kingdom

  • During the reign of Kings David and Solomon, the nation of Israel was largely united, it was whole.  This means the largely intact “Kingdom” worshipped YaHaVah in accordance with His “right rulings.” We shall see that it was The Fathers will for Israel to become divided.  This separation of the “Kingdom” is recorded in 1 Kings 12.
  • 1 Kings 12:1 -24 :  “And Rehoboam (the son of King Solomon) went to Shechem, for all Israel had gone to Shechem to make him king. So it happened, when Jeroboam the son of Nebat heard it (he was still in Egypt, for he had fled from the presence of King Solomon and had been dwelling in Egypt ), that they sent and called him.
  • Then Jeroboam and the whole assembly of Israel came and spoke to Rehoboam, saying, ‘your father made our yoke heavy; now therefore, lighten the burdensome service of your father, and his heavy yoke which he put on us, and we will serve you.’ So he said to them, ‘depart for three days, then come back to me.’ And the people departed. Then King Rehoboam consulted the elders who stood before his father Solomon while he still lived, and he said, ‘how do you advise me to answer these people?’ And they spoke to him, saying, ‘if you will be a servant to these people today, and serve them, and answer them, and speak good words to them, then they will be your servants forever.’ But he rejected the advice which the elders had given him, and consulted the young men who had grown up with him, who stood before him.
  • And he said to them, ‘what advice do you give? How should we answer this people who have spoken to me, saying, lighten the yoke which your father put on us’?’ Then the young men who had grown up with him spoke to him, saying, ‘thus you should speak to this people who have spoken to you, saying, your father made our yoke heavy, but you make it lighter on us’—thus you shall say to them: ‘my  little finger shall be thicker than my father’s waist! And now, whereas my father put a heavy yoke on you, I will add to your yoke; my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scourges!’ So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam the third day, as the king had directed, saying, ‘come back to me the third day.’ Then the king answered the people roughly, and rejected the advice which the elders had given him;
  • and he spoke to them according to the advice of the young men, saying, ‘my father made your yoke heavy, but I will add to your yoke; my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scourges.’ So the king did not listen to the people; for the turn of events was from the LORD, that He might fulfill His word, which the LORD had spoken by Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam the son of Nebat.! Now when all Israel saw that the king did not listen to them, the people answered the king, saying: ‘what share have we in David? We have no inheritance in the son of Jesse. To your tents, O Israel! Now, see to your own house, O David!” So Israel departed to their tents. But Rehoboam reigned over the children of Israel who dwelt in the cities of Judah.. **The “cities of Judah” refer to the Southern Kingdom.
  • Then King Rehoboam sent Adoram, who was in charge of the revenue; but all Israel stoned him with stones, and he died. Therefore King Rehoboam mounted his chariot in haste to flee to Jerusalem. So Israel (referring to the Northern Kingdom) has been in rebellion against the house of David to this day. Now it came to pass when all Israel heard that Jeroboam had come back, they sent for him and called him to the congregation, and made him king over all Israel. There was none who followed the house of David, but the tribe of Judah only. And when Rehoboam came to Jerusalem, he assembled all the house of Judah with the tribe of Benjamin, one hundred and eighty thousand chosen men who were warriors, to fight against the house of Israel, that he might restore the kingdom to Rehoboam the son of Solomon.
  • But the word of God came to Shemaiah the man of God, saying,  ‘Speak to Rehoboam the son of Solomon, king of Judah, to all the house of Judah and Benjamin, and to the rest of the people, saying, thus says the LORD: you shall not go up nor fight against your brethren the children of Israel. Let every man return to his house, for this thing is from Me.’ Therefore they obeyed the word (אֶת־דְּבַר) of the LORD, and turned back, according to the word of the LORD.
  • In my opinion, in order to understand what is happening in Luke 17:11-19, we must fully understand the location of Samaria and Galilee.  They are located in the Northern Kingdom commonly referred to in Scripture as Israel or Ephraim, the location of “ten” of the “twelve” tribes of Israel.  Your favorite search engine contains a myriad of pictures of the divided kingdom.
  • The “ten” lepers are a representation of the “ten” tribes of Israel who occupied this territory.  We are told that these “ten” tribes “rebelled” from the “rules of the kingdom.”  
  • The question is, how did they rebel?
  • 1 Kings 12:25 –  33:  “And Jeroboam said in his heart, ‘now the kingdom may return to the house of David: if these people go up to offer sacrifices in the house of the LORD at Jerusalem, then the heart of this people will turn back to their lord, Rehoboam king of Judah, and they will kill me and go back to Rehoboam king of Judah.
  • Therefore the king asked advice, made two calves of gold, and said to the people, it is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem. Here are your gods, O Israel, which brought you up from the land of Egypt!’ And he set up one in Bethel, and the other he put in Dan. Now this thing became a sin, for the people went to worship before the one as far as Dan. He made shrines on the high places, and made priests from every class of people, who were not of the sons of Levi. Jeroboam ordained a feast on the fifteenth day of the eighth month, like the feast that was in Judah, and offered sacrifices on the altar. So he did at Bethel, sacrificing to the calves that he had made. And at Bethel he installed the priests of the high places which he had made.
  • So he made offerings on the altar which he had made at Bethel on the fifteenth day of the eighth month, in the month which he had devised in his own heart. And he ordained a feast for the children of Israel, and offered sacrifices on the altar and burned incense.”

  • The rebellion of the Northern Kingdom then, is:
  1. Two golden calves further violating the covenant of Yah.
  2. Two places of worship, Bethel and Dan, violating the command of Yah to worship three times a year in Jerusalem.
  3. Creating a priesthood unauthorized by Yah.
  4. Creating a festival unauthorized by Yah, even the high places.
  • The narrative calls this “sin” and “rebellion.”  The continued rebellious behavior of the Northern Kingdom is the reason YaHaVah divorced them in Jer. 3:8.
  • Jer. 3:8 – 9:  “Then I saw that for all the causes for which backsliding Israel had committed adultery, I had put her away and given her a certificate of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah did not fear, but went and played the harlot also. So it came to pass, through her casual harlotry, that she defiled the land and committed adultery with stones and trees.”
  • When we choose to worship man made dogma instead of following The Fathers protocol, He considers that spiritual adultery, and calls it “sin” and “rebellion.”
  • There were men living in the Northern Kingdom that wanted to remain faithful to Yah, making the three pilgrimage festivals to Jerusalem which lies within the border of the tribe of Benjamin, which is referred to in Scripture as the Southern Kingdom. 
  • Somewhere along the line, I heard that when these men tried to cross over from the Northern Kingdom to the Southern Kingdom, for this purpose, the Pharisees forced them to convert to Pharisaic Judaism.  I cannot source this for you so each of us should follow our own discernment.
  • There is a biblical concept that should be addressed at this point in my teaching.  The question is, why does the Scripture narrative speak only about Israel and not the goyim?
  • The significance of Israel is this, Israel is Yahs inheritance!  
  • Deut. 32:9:  “For the LORD’s portion is His people; Jacob (whose name was changed to Israel) is the place of His inheritance.
  • Is. 19:25:  “Whom the LORD of hosts shall bless, saying, ‘blessed is Egypt My people, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance.
  • Israel began with Abraham as he was the first “Ivri,” or Hebrew.  It was with Abraham that YaHaVah gave the “covenants of promise,” contingent upon his obedience.  Jacob is Abrahams grandson with whom Yah restated the “covenants of promise.”  
  • Gen. 28:13-15:  “I am the LORD God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and your descendants.  Also your descendants shall be as the dust of the earth; you shall spread abroad to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south; and in you and in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed.  Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have spoken to you.”
  • As I said, Israel is Yahs’ inheritance. Israel consists of both land and seed.  The land and seed can both be polluted or defiled by the behavior of the people.  Both will be cleansed and purified at the return of Yeshua.  
  • Yeshua will not rule and reign from either a defiled land or a defiled people.  There is only one covenant people.  These covenant people are called Israel.  They will be a set apart people walking in obedience to The Fathers’ doctrine.  This is what Rom. 11 is speaking to.  The goyim, or nations, when in covenant, will be grafted into Israel, the green olive tree.  This is the “one new man” being referred to in John 17.
  • With our understanding of who Israel is, it should be no surprise that the numerical value of Israel is 541; 5 + 4 + 1 = 10.  The number “ten” gives us a connection to the “ten commandments,” the very capstone of the Abrahamic covenant.  Spiritual Israel will walk in obedience to the “Ten Commandments.”
  • The number 10, further gives us our ultimate connection to The Father, the one true living El. One in the Spirit, His Spirit.
  • Further, in its ancient form, Israel would read as follows:  “The maker will consume from the beginning of time, any power usurped from His authority.”  Israel will stand arm in arm with the El of creation and His son Yeshua!
  • The Northern Kingdom consisting of “ten” tribes was the reason for Yeshuas’ declaration as recorded in Mt. 15:24:  “But He answered and said, ‘I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”

  • The “lost sheep” of the house of Israel are those dwelling in the Northern Kingdom.  His statement can also be viewed in two parts.

  1. The native born Israelites who are living outside of covenant (the lost sheep).
  2. The nations that will choose to enter into the restored covenant thus grafting them into the house of Israel (see Romans 11).

  •  Both groups are to be covenant Israel, i.e. spiritual Israel, His “bride.”


  • This understanding is seen clearly in the name of Ephraim which means “doubly fruitful.”  Recall the Northern Kingdom is often referred to as either Israel or Ephraim.
  • The double fruit consists of the “lost sheep” being grafted back into the House of Israel and the nations that will choose to enter into the restored covenant.
  • The nations of Israel will not always be divided.  The prophet Ezekiel prophesied regarding their union.
  • Ez. 37:15 – 23:  “Again the word of the LORD came to me, saying, ‘as for you, son of man, take a stick for yourself and write on it: ‘For Judah and for the children of Israel, his companions.’ Then take another stick and write on it, ‘for Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel, his companions.’ Then join them one to another for yourself into one stick, and they will become one in your hand. And when the children of your people speak to you, saying, ‘Will you not show us what you mean by these?’—say to them, thus says the Lord GOD: ‘surely I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel, his companions; and I will join them with it, with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they will be one in My hand.’”
  • And the sticks on which you write will be in your hand before their eyes. Then say to them, ‘thus says the Lord GOD: ‘surely I will take the children of Israel from among the nations, wherever they have gone, and will gather them from every side and bring them into their own land; and I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king over them all; they shall no longer be two nations, nor shall they ever be divided into two kingdoms again. They shall not defile themselves anymore with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions; but I will deliver them from all their dwelling places in which they have sinned, and will cleanse them. Then they shall be My people, and I will be their God.”  **Continue reading chapter 37 as it speaks to the everlasting covenant.
  • It is Yeshua himself holding the two sticks.  At His second advent He will join the Southern and Northern Kingdoms together, united in the everlasting covenant.
  • In conclusion, we now have an understanding of where “The Tale of Ten Lepers” began, it began with YaHaVah.  The “ten” lepers stood at a distance, far away from Yahs’ covenant.   Yeshua told them to “show themselves to the priests.”  This would have meant they had to travel to Jerusalem to the priests of Levi as they had an unauthorized priesthood in the Northern Kingdom.
  • Praise YaHaVah for the reunification of all twelve tribes!

A Tale of Ten Lepers (Part Two)

  • In Part One we discussed the geographical location of Samaria and Galilee, its connection to the “lost sheep” of Israel, and “ten” of the twelve tribes of Jacob.  This area is referred to in Scripture as the Northern Kingdom, Israel or Ephraim.  Recall, the Scripture we are unpacking is Luke 17:11-19.
  • Luke:  17:11 – 19:  “Now on his way to Jerusalem, Yeshua traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, ‘Yeshua, Master, have pity on us!’  When he saw them, he said, ‘go, show yourselves to the priests.’ And as they went, they were cleansed
  • One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Yeshuas’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.  Yeshua asked, ‘were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine?’  Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, ‘rise and go; your faith has made you well.’”
  • In Part Two we will discuss who are these “lepers,”  what caused them to be at a “distance” from Yeshua, who was the leper that “came back” and who are those that did not choose to “return.”


  • Scripture defines this word for us in Parasha Tazria, Lev. (V’Yikra) 13:2 Leprosy is the physical manifestation of a spiritual condition.  The Hebrew word for leprosy is “tzara’at” (צָרָעַת  ).
  • The numerical value of צָרָעַת  is 760; 7 + 6 =13, reducing to a single digit, 1 + 3 = 4.  Four is a number that connects us to Yeshua.  Yeshua, then, is the connection to leprosy.
  • In its ancient form “tzara’at” would read:  “We must snare His Word, Yeshua, from the beginning of our walk and watch for Him who seals us.  This is exactly what the “lepers” were not doing.  They had aligned themselves with another seed, the “serpent seed.”
  • FYI: The “seed war” began in Ge. 3:15:  “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.”
  • Throughout the millennia, choosing the “right” seed, the Yah ordained seed, is mankind’s burden.  Our choice will align us with either the “serpent seed,” as in the case of the lepers, or the “pure seed,”  Yeshua.
  • This was the case of the “ten” lepers who were at a distance from Yeshua.  These lepers both “met” Him and were at a “distance” from Him!


  • They stood at a distance!
  • This says it all doesn’t it?  They stood at a distance from Yeshua.  All we need do is recall who is Yeshua.  He is the Son of the living El.  He is the living Word.  He speaks only the Fathers’ doctrine which is the Torah, truth.  If we are in close proximity to Yeshua then we are also close or near the Word.  He sent them to the “priest,” but Yeshua is the High Priest after the order of Melchizedek.
  • These ten men stood far from Torah rendering them to be in a state of spiritual defilement, lepers!
  • James 4:7 – 8 tells us this:  “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”  Recall the definition of “sin” from 1 Jn. 3:4 – 5:  “Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness. And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin.”
  • This Scripture gives these men the remedy for their spiritual uncleanness, draw near to Yah and He will draw near to them.  We cannot suppose to remain spiritually clean unless we do our part.   Our part of course, is to study and walk in obedience.
  • It should be no surprise to us that the regulations for spiritual holiness is found within the book of V’Yikra, Leviticus, the book of holiness.
  • Lev. 13:1 – 6:  “And the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying: When a man has on the skin of his body a swelling, a scab, or a bright spot, and it becomes on the skin of his body like a leprous sore, then he shall be brought to Aaron the priest or to one of his sons the priests. The priest shall examine the sore on the skin of the body; and if the hair on the sore has turned white, and the sore appears to be deeper than the skin of his body, it is a leprous sore. Then the priest shall examine him, and pronounce him unclean. But if the bright spot is white on the skin of his body, and does not appear to be deeper than the skin, and its hair has not turned white, then the priest shall isolate the one who has the sore seven days. And the priest shall examine him on the seventh day; and indeed if the sore appears to be as it was, and the sore has not spread on the skin, then the priest shall isolate him another seven days.
  • Then the priest shall examine him again on the seventh day; and indeed if the sore has faded, and the sore has not spread on the skin, then the priest shall pronounce him clean; it is only a scab, and he shall wash his clothes and be clean.”
  • The first mention of the word “leprous” is found in this Scripture, Lev. 13:2.  Is this the first time an Israelite has been found to be disobedient to his vow of covenant obedience?  The answer to this questions is no.  Consider where the people Israel are located when the book of holiness is being given.  Are they not resting at the base of Mt. Sinai? Resting at the base of Mt. Sinai after the golden calf incident.
  • After the golden calf incident there is a need for The Father to teach the “people” what spiritual uncleanness is, and what this uncleanness does to their relationship with Him.  Spiritual uncleanness = leprosy, “Tzara’at” which is the resulting consequence of disobedience which creates a chasm between The Father and us.
  • The first mention of the word “uncleanness,” טָמֵא, is found in Ge. 34:5.  The Hebrew word “Tame” means to become ritually unclean or polluted.  It is also used with regard to the concept of being defiled.  The concept of defilement connects us to its own first mention.  Ge. 34:5: “And Jacob heard that he had defiled Dinah (אֶת־דִּינָה ) his daughter. Now his sons were with his livestock in the field; so Jacob held his peace until they came.”  **Dinah was supposed to remain in covenant but had chosen to gaze after to pagan lifestyle.
  • Dinah, the only daughter of Jacob/Israel, had become defiled, tame, by aligning herself to a pagan culture.
  • The name “Dinah” means judgement.  Her name can be rendered thus; “Judgement, leprosy will follow Israel if she allows herself to mix with any pagan culture.”  She, Israel, will be ritually unclean, which is manifested in the physical condition of leprosy.
  • The name “Dinah” relates to leprosy, ritual uncleanness.  Dinah, the only daughter of Jacob, was named as such as a prophetic picture for what would happen to Israel if she were to walk away from he “rules of the kingdom.”
  • The ancient meaning of “Dinah” would read:  “Judgement ensues when we fail to surround ourselves with His might which gives us strength.”
  • The numerical value of “tame” is 50.  Five is a picture of the first five books of the Hebrew Scriptures, the Torah.  To be considered “tame” is to say that we are not walking in obedience to the Torah, the Rules of the Kingdom.  BTW The name Dinah is also associated with the word Adon, Adonai, meaning master.  The Scripture in question can also suggest that she turned her face away from the “true Master” toward a false master.
  • Then the priest shall isolate the man for seven days.  To be isolated means that this man would be sent “outside the camp.”  He could not be in any proximity to the Mishkan or House of Yah.
  • He would be isolated seven days.  What occurs every seven days?  The weekly Shabbat!  The first step in our walk of obedience is to observe the weekly Shabbat, the seventh day.  If he fails to repent thus preventing a healing of the leprous condition, he would be isolated another seven days.  Seven plus seven is fourteen.
  • What happens on the fourteenth day?  Passover occurs on the fourteenth day of the first month.  Passover, Pesach, is a covenant festival.  The unclean man must reenter a covenant relationship with YaHaVah which would include observance of all of Yahs’ festivals.  The men living in the Northern Kingdom were not permitted to travel to Jerusalem to worship the three pilgrimage festivals.
  • The priest shall declare him  “clean.”  The Hebrew word for “clean” is Tahar, טָהֵר. “Tahar” means to shine or to become bright.  If Israel was truly “bright,” they would indeed be a “light to the nations.”
  • Part of the “Leper” being made clean involves the “washing” of his garments.  I would suggest to you that this is twofold.
  • 1.)  The first time we see the washing of garments to be connected to the people Israel receiving the Torah.  A change in their physical status.  They will be no longer slaves, rather they will be a royal priesthood.
  • 2.)  The washing of water also connects us to the “sprinkling of the pure water” as recorded in Numbers 19:1.

The Pure Water

  • Num. 19:1 – 9: “Now the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, this is the ordinance of the law which the LORD has commanded, saying: ‘Speak to the children of Israel, that they bring you a red heifer without blemish, in which there is no defect and on which a yoke has never come. You shall give it to Eleazar the priest, that he may take it outside the camp, and it shall be slaughtered before him; and Eleazar the priest shall take some of its blood with his finger, and sprinkle some of its blood seven times directly in front of the tabernacle of meeting. Then the heifer shall be burned in his sight: its hide, its flesh, its blood, and its offal shall be burned. And the priest shall take cedar wood and hyssop and scarlet, and cast them into the midst of the fire burning the heifer.
  • Then the priest shall wash his clothes, he shall bathe in water, and afterward he shall come into the camp; the priest shall be unclean until evening. And the one who burns it shall wash his clothes in water, bathe in water, and shall be unclean until evening. Then a man who is clean shall gather up the ashes of the heifer, and store them outside the camp in a clean place; and they shall be kept for the congregation of the children of Israel for the water of purification; it is for purifying from sin.”
  • The leper is ritually unclean.  He is isolated, outside the camp.  He is examined at the end of seven days.  If he has repented, he will be restored to the camp.  If he has not repented, he will stay “outside the camp” another seven days.  The washing of his clothing and his body represent his regeneration, his restoration to covenant and the people Israel as well as his ability to receive his inheritance.
  • Ez. 36:22 – 28  “Therefore say to the house of Israel, thus says the Lord GOD: ‘I do not do this for your sake, O house of Israel, but for My holy name’s sake, which you have profaned among the nations wherever you went. And I will sanctify My great name, which has been profaned among the nations, which you have profaned in their midst; and the nations shall know that I am the LORD, says the Lord GOD, when I am hallowed in you before their eyes. For I will take you from among the nations, gather you out of all countries, and bring you into your own land. Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.
  • I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them. Then you shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; you shall be My people, and I will be your God.’”
  • This prophecy of Ezekiel’s speaks to the final ingathering.  We can see how the waters of purification will bring about our regeneration or restoration to the House of Israel.  I believe this is the “greater exodus,” or even possibly the rapture.
  • How then, does Messiah Yeshua fit into the Tale of Ten Lepers?

Yeshua the Mashiach

  • First of all, Yeshua came to earth to minister to the “lost sheep” of the house of Israel.  This topic was addressed in part one of this teaching.
  • Yeshua accomplished everything He was assigned to do at His first advent.  He taught not His doctrine, rather The Fathers doctrine.   Obedience to The Fathers doctrine is the first step in our restoration.  
  • Jn. 7:16 – 19:  “Yeshua answered them and said, ‘My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent Me.  If anyone wills to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on My own authority.
  • He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory; but He who seeks the glory of the One who sent Him is true, and no unrighteousness is in him. Did not Moses give you the law, yet none of you keeps the law? Why do you seek to kill Me?‘”
  • The purpose of Yeshua teaching The Fathers doctrine was for their regeneration or restoration.   This concept aligns with the “washing of the word.”  Eph. 5:26 – 27:  “That He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.” **Spirituall clean!
  • By the time of Yeshuas first advent, the people Israel was not walking in obedience to the Law of Moses, the Torah.  Yeshua just made that statement.  This population was still able to choose to repent, like the  one leper who returned back to thank Yeshua.  He represents the “remnant.”
  • Obedience to The Fathers doctrine, that is His entire instruction, brings us “near,” in close proximity to the Word of Yah, which regenerates our soul and restores us to a covenant relationship.
  • This is a choice for all believers i.e. whether to truly walk with Him.
  • The leper being sent “outside the camp” for one or two seven day periods of time speaks to the seventh millennia.  The seventh millennia belongs to Messiah Yeshua.  This millennia is the final 1000 years of mankind on the earth.  As believers, our goal is to spend this time with Yeshua.  The Gospel of the Kingdom by Dale Sides explains this concept for us in great detail.
  • Recall the prophecy given to Noah regarding the six thousand years of mankind.  Ge. 6:3:  “And the Lord said, ‘My Spirit shall not always strive with man, for he also is flesh; yet his days shall be a hundred and twenty years (120).”  One hundred twenty x’s 50, a jubilee cycle, = 6000.
  • He became leprous, spiritually unclean, for mankind.  The Rabbis call Yeshua the “leper Messiah” because of the following Scripture.
  • Is. 53:4 – 5:  “Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.”
  • In my opinion, mankind is still “outside the camp,” far from the presence of YaHaVah.  We, the majority of believers are these ten lepers of Luke’s story.  The question for us is do we want to be likened to the one who returned to Yeshua, the High Priest?  Our alignment with Him makes us part of the believing remnant.  I would consider myself blessed and highly favored to belong to such a group.
  • The remedy for spiritual uncleanness, leprosy, is returning to Yeshua i.e. returning to a covenant relationship with The Father.  Our High Priest Yeshua, gave His life, took upon Himself the spiritual uncleanness of humanity, so that we could be reconciled to YaHaVah.
  • In conclusion, The Tale of Ten Lepers provides the reader with a deeper prophetic picture of Am Israel, the people Israel.
  • Dinah, whose name means judgment, represents the people Israel in their spiritual uncleanness.  This uncleanness is manifested in the condition of leprosy.  The ten lepers of Lukes’ parable represent the lost sheep of Israel, the ten tribes of the Northern Kingdom.
  • The numerical value of Dinah is 69, 6 + 9 = 15, reducing to a single digit, 1 + 5 = 6.  For six thousand years, Israel has had issues with spiritual adultery including the Bill of Divorcement of Jere. 3:8.
  • At the conclusion of six thousand years, Dinah, or Israel will be judged in the great tribulation.  Her obedience to the “rules of the kingdom” will ensure her regeneration or restoration and insure her ability to rule and reign with King Messiah during His millennial kingdom.
  • Recall the remedy for leprosy is a seven day isolation, at least one and possibly two.  This speaks to the seventh millennia whcyh belongs to Yeshua.  A glorious day indeed when all twelve tribes have been reunited and are walking in obedience.