Chapters 8 and 9 of the Gospel of Matthew present nine miracle stories, all but one dealing with Jesus’ physical healing of the sick. As with His preaching, He astonished people with His authority, this time in working miracles. Matthew interrupted his narrative in two places to present Jesus teaching on discipleship, in chapter 8, verses 18 through 22 and again in chapter 9, verses 9 through 17, thus creating three collections of three miracle stories each.
“Now when Jesus saw great multitudes about him, he gave commandment to depart unto the other side.And a certain scribe came, and said unto him, Master; I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest.And Jesus saith unto him, the foxes have holes, and the birds of the air [have] nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay [his] head.And another of his disciples said unto him, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.”
“And as Jesus passed forth from thence, he saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he saith unto him, Follow me. And he arose, and followed him.And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples. And when the Pharisees saw [it], they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners? But when Jesus heard [that], he said unto them, they that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.But go ye and learn what [that] meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. Then came to him the disciples of John, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast oft, but thy disciples fast not?And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast. No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse.Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved.”
The first underlies how Jesus healed the ritually outcast. He deliberately touched the leper, risking defilement, to cure bodily uncleanliness. Then He rewarded the Gentile centurion’s unparalleled faith by curing his servant, transcending Jewish boundaries of ethnic uncleanness. Third, He healed Peter’s mother-in-law despite conventional taboos based on gender uncleanness. Matthew characteristically inserted an Old Testament fulfillment quotation to demonstrate how Jesus was accomplishing the mission of Isaiah’s Servant by all of this.
References: Concise Bible Commentary, David S. Dockery, General Editor and Holy Bible, King James Version.
Columbia Prayer Chain
Monday, September 5
- Russ Meyne
- Doug and Sharon
- Loretta M. in Cayce
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- Cherish and Anthony in Columbia
- Kody Oswald
- Tina Bailey
- Oliver Crawford
- Joy Cantrell in Shandon
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