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Matthew 8-9


1. Jesus Coming Down from the Mountain, He is Offensive to All that is not Produced by the Spirit of God, 8:1

Matthew 8:1 — When he was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him.

The Content of His Teaching

  • "The mountain" — from which he just taught in chapters 5-7;
  • "coming down" — He had been "working", "taught", and is now again "working". There is a marriage of what He SAID with what He DID.
  • Jesus' Teaching was with JUDGEMENT: CHAPTER 5: God blesses poor in spirit, mourners, meekness, hungering and thirsting after righteousness, merciful, pure in heart, peacemakers, persecuted for righteousness — so by extension he does not bless the opposites; Has your salt lost its savor? Light hidden? Whosoever breaks one of these least commandments, except your righteousness exceed that of the scribes and pharisees. Call your brother "fool" in danger of hell fire. Is there adultery in your HEART? ... love your enemy Matthew 5:48 BUT HOW?

CHAPTER 6: Your Alms, Prayer, Fasting is NOT GOOD - "SEEK FIRST THE KINGDOM" but how being carnal and NEEDING THESE THINGS? CHAPTER 7: Verse 1, Judgment Not Hypocritically (Even you Judgment is Unjust) v. 6 Dogs & Swine compare vs. 7 "Ask, Seek, Knock" v.12 "Empathy is not optional", a STRAIT and NARROW WAY

The Effect of His Teaching

  • "great multitudes followed Him" and this after His TEACHING.
  • A grate multitude were DRAWN. Some were drawn to the possibility of seeing a miracle or maybe experiencing one themselves. BUT ALL would deal with the temptaiton of being OFFENDED by Christ.

Matthew 11:6 — And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me. [entrap; stumble; ensare; to entice to sin; to give/take offence; Since the man who stumbles or whose foot gets entangled feels annoyed,]

  • a) At this point in time, for many (great multitudes), Jesus was WORTH THE RISK while for others they were tripped up by Him.

  • b) In John 6, after teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum, "I am the bread of life" "How can this man give us his flesh to eat?" "v. 56 Eateth my flesh and drinketh my body, dwelleth in me and I in him."

John 6:60 — Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it? 61 When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you? Joh 6:64 But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him. 65 And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father. 66 From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. 67 Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? 68 Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. 69 And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God. 70 Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?

  • THE REALITY OF BEING A CHRISTIAN: Not All follow Jesus, Some follow but do so temporarily, but some follow Him to the end.

2 Timothy 4:10 — For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia.

Luke 9:62 — And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.

2 Peter 2:20-22 — For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. 21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. 22 But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.

Hebrews 6:4-6 — For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, 5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, 6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.

2 Timothy 4:3,4 — 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

Matthew 24:13 — But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

2. Jesus Healing the Leper, He is the Purifier, 8:2-4

Matthew 8:2-4 — 2 And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. 3 And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. 4 And Jesus saith unto him, See thou tell no man; but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.

  • CROSS REF: Matthew 8:2-4; Mark 1:40-45; Luke 5:12-16

  • "full of leprosy" in [Luke 5:12]

  • "A leper came and worshipped him" [worship: to kiss like a dog; to fawn; to crouch; to prostrate in homage]

  • "clean" KATHARIZO: to cleanse; purge; purify --- Leprosy was a 'catchall' term for any disease that particularly affected the skin and was viewed as UNCLEAN. Being unclean: DIRTY, LOATHSOME, UNTOUCHABLE.

  • The PRIEST would "look upon him" and say "CLEAN" or "UNCLEAN" but brought no healing

  • "And Jesus put forth his hand and touched him" (This same Jesus who in the next section vs. 5-13, "I will come and heal him" but merely gave the command.)

  • "immediately the leprosy was cleansed"

3. Jesus Healing the Centurion's Servant, His Word is with Authority 8:5-13

Matthew 8:5-13 — And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him, 6 And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented. 7 And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him. 8 The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. 9 For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. 10 When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. 11 And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. 12 But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 13 And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.

Psalm 107:20 — He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.

4. Jesus Healed Peter's Mother-in-Law, 8:14-17

Matthew 8:14-17 — And when Jesus was come into Peter's house, he saw his wife's mother laid, and sick of a fever. 15 And he touched her hand, and the fever left her: and she arose, and ministered unto them. 16 When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick: 17 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.

  • Restored her to her service.

5. Wishful Discples Approach Jesus, 8:18-22

Matthew 8:18-22 — Now when Jesus saw great multitudes about him, he gave commandment to depart unto the other side. 19 And a certain scribe came, and said unto him, Master, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest. 20 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. 21 And another of his disciples said unto him, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father. 22 But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.

6. Jesus Rebuked the Winds and Sea, 8:23-27

23 ¶ And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him. 24 And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep. 25 And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish. 26 And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm. 27 But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!

7. Jesus Healed two Possessed of Devils, 8:28-34

28 ¶ And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way. 29 And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time? 30 And there was a good way off from them an herd of many swine feeding. 31 So the devils besought him, saying, If thou cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine. 32 And he said unto them, Go. And when they were come out, they went into the herd of swine: and, behold, the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea, and perished in the waters. 33 And they that kept them fled, and went their ways into the city, and told every thing, and what was befallen to the possessed of the devils. 34 And, behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus: and when they saw him, they besought him that he would depart out of their coasts.

8. Jesus Healed the Paralytic Man, 9:1-8

Matthew 9:1 — And he entered into a ship, and passed over, and came into his own city. 2 And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee. 3 And, behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, This man blasphemeth. 4 And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts? 5 For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk? 6 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house. 7 And he arose, and departed to his house. 8 But when the multitudes saw it, they marvelled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto men.

  • Palsy means paralysis.

9. Jesus is Seen with Publicans and Sinners, 9:9-13

9 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. 10 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. 11 And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners? 12 But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. 13 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.

  • Jesus called Matthew, a publican

10. Why Don't Your Disciples Fast?, vs. 9:14-17

Matthew 9:14 — Then came to him the disciples of John, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast oft, but thy disciples fast not? 15 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. 16 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. 17 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.

  • QUESTION: Why do we and the Pharisees fast oft, BUT they disciples fast not?

  • QUESTIONER: The Disciples of John

  • The Analogy of Old & New Things

  • New Cloth on an Old Garment (Rent will be made worse.)

  • New Wine in Old Bottles (The Bottles will break.)

11. Jesus Healed the Daughter of a Certain Ruler and a Woman 12 Years Having an Issue of Blood, 9:18-26

18 ¶ While he spake these things unto them, behold, there came a certain ruler, and worshipped him, saying, My daughter is even now dead: but come and lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live. 19 And Jesus arose, and followed him, and so did his disciples. 20 And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment: 21 For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole. 22 But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour. 23 And when Jesus came into the ruler's house, and saw the minstrels and the people making a noise, 24 He said unto them, Give place: for the maid is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn. 25 But when the people were put forth, he went in, and took her by the hand, and the maid arose. 26 And the fame hereof went abroad into all that land.

  • 131: aimorrew = from 129 and 4482; to flow blood, i.e. have a hoemorrhage:--diseased with an issue of blood.

12. Jesus Healed Two Blind Men, 9:27-34

27 ¶ And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, Thou Son of David, have mercy on us. 28 And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord. 29 Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you. 30 And their eyes were opened; and Jesus straitly charged them, saying, See that no man know it. 31 But they, when they were departed, spread abroad his fame in all that country. 32 As they went out, behold, they brought to him a dumb man possessed with a devil. 33 And when the devil was cast out, the dumb spake: and the multitudes marvelled, saying, It was never so seen in Israel. 34 But the Pharisees said, He casteth out devils through the prince of the devils.

13. The Harvest and its Effect on Jesus, 9:35-38

35 ¶ And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. 36 But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. 37 Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; 38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.