|Matthew 8 |
1 Now when he had come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him.
2 And behold, a leper came and worshipped him, saying, "Lord, if you will, you can make me clean."
3 And Jesus reached out his hand and touched him, saying, "I am willing; be clean!" And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
4 Then Jesus said to him, "See that you tell no man;1 but go your way and show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded as a testimony to them."
5 Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, pleading with him,
6 And saying, "Lord, my servant lies at home paralyzed and grievously tormented."
7 And Jesus said to him, "I will come and heal him."
8 But centurion answered and said, "Lord, I am not worthy that you should come under my roof; but only speak the word and my servant will be healed.
9 For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me, and I say to this man, 'Go,' and he goes; and to another, 'Come,' and he comes; and to my servant, 'Do this,' and he does it."
10 When Jesus heard this, he marveled and said to those who followed him, "Truly I say to you, I have not found such great faith in all of Israel.
11 And I say to you, that many will come from the east and west, and will sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven.
12 But the children [of the Patriarchs] in the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth." [The Patriarchs, (Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob), exposed themselves to listen to God's teachings and commands; with their obedience, they became holy men. Their descendants, the Jews, (with few exceptions), thought they were chosen people, failing to apply the teachings of Moses and the Prophets to themselves because they had not been listening to the Word of the Lord, the Word of the Lord within. Yet their own Old Testament scriptures had scores of severe warnings and consequences to those who failed to listen to God's voice; so their understanding of the scriptures was superficial and flawed, lacking the Spirit's personal teachings to themselves. So they continued to sin, and when people die still sinning, they are cast into outer darkness, banned from heaven.
Like the Jews who could not really hear Moses and the prophets, therefore failing to repent in their ways, the Christians of today presume that they are excused from all of Jesus's warnings and from all the Bible's stated exclusions, requirements, and qualifying conditions of salvation; — always thinking the warnings and commands apply to bad people, not righteous believing people like themselves; so they do not obey the commands of repentance they hear or read, remaining slaves to sin; and when they die, they also are banned from heaven, cast into outer darkness where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth.]
13 And Jesus said to the centurion, "Go your way; as you have believed, so is it done for you." And the centurion's servant was healed in that same hour.
14 Now when Jesus had come into Peter's house, he saw his wife's mother lying down, sick with a fever.
15 And he touched her hand, and the fever left her; and she arose and ministered to them.
16 When the evening had come, they brought many who were possessed with devils to him; and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all who were sick.2 [Jesus was not reading from scrolls of scripture when he cast out the spirits with his word. Jesus spoke the word as He heard the Father tell him what to say and do in his heart; and we must be changed so that we too only speak words we are commanded to speak and do only what we are commanded to do. That is the will of the Father, and only those who do the will of the Father enter heaven.]
17 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying, "He Himself took our infirmities, and bore our sicknesses."
18 Now when Jesus saw great multitudes crowding around him, he gave the command to depart to the other side of the sea.
19 Then a certain scribe came and said to him, "Master, I will follow you wherever you go."
20 And Jesus said to him, "Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man has nowhere to lay his head."
21 And another of his disciples said to him, "Lord, allow me to first go and bury my father."
22 But Jesus said to him, "Follow me, and let the dead bury their dead." [Dead people cannot bury the dead. Until restored to the life of God, all men are dead — dead to the life of God, unable to eat from the tree of life, from which Adam and his sons were expelled, and which is protected by a flaming sword. To be restored to the life of God and eat from the tree of life, one must pass through the flaming sword — the baptism of fire from the Holy Spirit.]
23 Now when he entered the ship, his disciples followed him.
24 And behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, so much that the ship was covered with the waves; but he was asleep.
25 So his disciples came to him and awoke him, saying, "Lord, save us, we are perishing."
26 And he said to them, "Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?" Then he arose and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.
27 And the men marveled, saying, "What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!"
28 Now when he had come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, two men met him who were possessed with demons, coming out of the tombs and being so threatening that no man would pass by their way.
29 And behold, they cried out, saying, "What have we to do with you, Jesus, Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the appointed time?"
30 Now a herd of many swine was feeding a good distance away from them.
31 So the demons begged him, saying, "If you cast us out, allow us to go into that herd of swine."
32 And he said to them, "Go." And when they went out, they entered into the herd of swine; and behold, the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea and drowned in the water.
33 Then those who had kept the swine, fled and went into the city, telling everything, including what had befallen the men possessed with the demons.
34 And behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus; and when they saw him, they implored him to leave their region.
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1 See that you tell no man, (that he had been cured of leprosy by Jesus). Why would Jesus not want this man so miraculously cured to tell others about it? He did not want man to bear witness about him, because he knew what was in their hearts. John 2:25; he did not want the testimony of men with their hearts still full of evil, as we all are, until cleansed by Him. And many other times, Jesus ordered men not to talk about the miracles he had done. Jesus does not want anyone witnessing for him until their hearts have been purified and their words come from the Holy Spirit's promptings, which words are spirit and life.
2 Some say that since the words in the Bible are Christ's, to read them is the same as to have heard him speak words from the Spirit and Word within each man's heart. But Christ said: “The words I speak to you are spirit, and they are life-giving. John 6:63;” he does not say the written words, much less the scriptures or writings, are spirit and life. When Christ himself speaks to a soul, his words are spirit and life to that soul, for spirit and life are in his words, when he speaks them. But when another reads or speaks them without his spirit, they minister neither spirit nor life. For instance, Christ's calling to Lazarus when dead and buried, “Lazarus come forth;" his words were spirit and life to Lazarus. But let another read or speak the same words to a man dead and buried, and cry to him to come forth, and they will not raise him to life. (From A Christian Progress). The letter kills, but the spirit gives life. For an in depth writing on this subject, see My Sheep Hear My Voice.
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