350 THE LAW OF PSYCHIC PHENOMENA.
" Then he touched their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you. " And their eyes were opened."
Jesus was not in the habit of uttering idle words, or words without significance. In all history there is not an example recorded of a man whose reticence was so marked. Every word he uttered conveyed some important lesson to humanity. It does not seem probable that he would question those poor blind men regarding their faith in his power, unless their faith was an important factor in the case.
The case of the ten lepers of Samaria and Galilee has been cited as an instance of his healing in the absence of faith on the part of the patients :
" And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off:
" And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.
" And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go show yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.
" And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God,
" And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.
"And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine ?
" There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.
" And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole."1
It has been said that this passage shows that nine out of the ten were healed without the exercise of faith on their part, because he said to but one of them, " Thy faith hath made thee whole." The obvious answer to this is that he had no opportunity to say it to the rest. There was but one of the ten who exhibited sufficient gratitude to return and give thanks for what had been done for him. That the rest were healed in the same way is cWious. That they
1 Luke xvii. 12- .9