Saturday, December 6, 2014

Matthew 9: 1-13

 Matthew 9


Please read Matthew 9:1-13 you can also listen to Matthew 9 at Bible gateway

The first verse was Jesus getting into a boat to go home. He was on the northern end of the Sea of Galilee. This was Jesus home base. It was Peter’s home and was used by the disciples while ministering in Galilee. Mark 2:1 and Mark 9:33 refer to the house. It was their base of operations.

While Jesus was there many things happened. They brought a paralytic man to Jesus and Jesus said, “Take courage, son, your sins are forgiven”. Some of the scribes of the time where really upset that this man thinks he has the right to forgive sins that would be blasphemy. They did not believe Jesus was the Son of God and only God could forgive sins. Jesus could hear their thoughts. That is amazing. He knew what they were thinking. Jesus asked why they were thinking evil in their hearts. Not in their minds but their hearts. Jesus separated the mind from the soul, which is my thought here. Jesus asked the Scribes is it easier forgiving a man’s sin or the miracle of making him walk when he was paralyzed? That is a no brainer; it is easy to say your sins are forgiven especially if you are a fake. Jesus took it to another level he told the paralyzed man to pick up his bed and walk. The town’s people were amazed I wonder what the scribes thought. Jesus was not a fake.

Matthew 9: 9-13

These verses show how and why Jesus was introducing to his disciples and to the world of his ministry. It is ironic that the first of the synoptic gospels is the one written by a hated sinner and tax collector. When Jesus saw Matthew and asked him to follow him Matthew, apparently without hesitation, Matthew did. Jesus also sat at a table and ate with other tax collectors and sinners. When the Pharisees saw this they questioned the disciples as to why would he do this. I wonder why they went to the disciples and not Jesus. Regardless Jesus knew what they were asking. The last two verses are the key to this section for us to understand his ministry so I will paste them in.

Mat 9:12 But when Jesus heard this, He said, "It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick.

Mat 9:13But go and learn what this means: 'I DESIRE COMPASSION, AND NOT SACRIFICE,' for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners."

Jesus ministry was for all sinners Jews of gentiles regardless, Praise the Lord for that. When we get to Matthew 28 we will learn in Matthew 28:19-20 it is the same call for you and me as Christians