A day in the life of the Lord part 2 by Maria Sultan

Monday, October 15, 2007

A Day in the Life of the Lord part 2 by Maria Sultan

Part one of this Bible study is here.

When I told Maria I was going to put up this part of her Bible study, she was quick to assure me we don’t know if these healings all occurred in one day. I am aware of that, she may have a point – whether or not these were the exact healings that occurred on one day, I can imagine that through the course of Jesus’ ministry He had to have done as many or more per day based (Heather’s idea here) on John 21:24-25 This is the disciple who testifies of these things, and wrote these things; and we know that his testimony is true. And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. Amen.

So, while this idea of a day in the life of Jesus is metaphoric, it still has an essence of truth about it. And Jesus was not hurried or rushed as He went about doing good.

Matthew 9:1-2 So He got into a boat, crossed over, and came to His own city. 2 Then behold, they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you.”

Maria said, here Jesus saw their FAITH.

Matthew 9:3 And at once some of the scribes said within themselves, “This Man blasphemes!”

The politicians and the theologians accused Jesus of blaspheme. He went from the healing to deal with their theological perspectives.

Matthew 9:4-8  But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts? For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”—then He said to the paralytic, “Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” And he arose and departed to his house. Now when the multitudes saw it, they marveled and glorified God, who had given such power to men.

Jesus demonstrated His answer by the healing, and the people went away not focused on Jesus, but they were GLORIFYING GOD. Jesus was not phased by the politicians and theologians doubt and aspersions, He just went about doing good and healing. The people then Glorified God.

Matthew 9:9 As Jesus passed on from there, He saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, “Follow Me.” So he arose and followed Him.

Here was someone on the political payroll, a guy the Jews would have considered evil for he was a tax collector. There was usually graft connected with tax collectors. Jesus was not afraid of Matthew and his past sins. He saw who Matthew was to become and told Matthew, “Follow Me.” Matthew did.

Matthew 9:10  Now it happened, as Jesus sat at the table in the house, that behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down with Him and His disciples.

Jesus was not afraid to eat with the sinners. He sat down with them in front of everybody, He wanted to reach out to them, and needed to be in their midst to do that. He loved them. Being aloof and sanctimonious would not have reached these sinners.

Matthew 9:11  And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to His disciples, “Why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”

The political and theological questioned Jesus’ actions. They would not have lowered themselves to reach out to the lost, they would rather stay aloof and “pure” in their “sinless” state. They were fully loaded and toxic in their assertions

Matthew 9:12  When Jesus heard that, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.

Jesus answered pointing out through His answer that His heart is to help the unsaved. He was not afraid of them who were sick, He desired to heal them.

Matthew 9:13 But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’ For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”

Jesus would rather have people showing mercy, not the mindless sacrifices they made, or the strict obedience to the laws without the heart of the law being present. He was not impressed with their question, and their assumption that they were not as bad as these sinners. The sinners were receiving the mercy of God, through an all righteous Jesus.

Matthew 9:14  Then the disciples of John came to Him, saying, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but Your disciples do not fast?”

He answers another theological question.

Matthew 9:15 And Jesus said to them, “Can the friends of the bridegroom mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast.

How could the disciples fast when they were hanging out with the Son of God? It was a time to feast and party. The joy of being with the Lord would not permit a fast. But one day, they would fast. Had these men discerned with their Spirit who they were with, they too would have ben partying in great joy.

Matthew 9:16 No one puts a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; for the patch pulls away from the garment, and the tear is made worse.

Jesus does a metaphoric teaching talking about the work that the Holy Spirit does on a life – when the Spirit comes in, the old has to go.

Matthew 9:17  Nor do they put new wine into old wineskins, or else the wineskins break, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But they put new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.”

Another metaphoric teaching. (Heather’s note, I heard a teaching on this that the first “new” in this verse holds the classic meaning of new – as in it is new, not old. But the second “new” means renewed, and they would renew old wineskins by washing out the salt from them by placing the wineskins in running water.)

Matthew 9:18  While He spoke these things to them, behold, a ruler came and worshiped Him, saying, “My daughter has just died, but come and lay Your hand on her and she will live.”

A ruler came to Jesus, troubled to the max. He had a big burden that he brought to Jesus.

Matthew 9:19  So Jesus arose and followed him, and so did His disciples.

Jesus arose, not worried, not concerned. He got up from the dinner table, and followed the ruler, not worried that the girl was dead.

Matthew 9:20  And suddenly, a woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years came from behind and touched the hem of His garment.

At the same time Jesus was answering the ruler, following the ruler, the woman with the issue of blood came through the crowd to touch the hem of His garment. She was not concerned about protocol, she had a need. She risked her life, for it was not permitted for a female to be among people when she was bleeding, for she was considered unclean. Jesus was not thrown off course, he stopped and dealt with her, then went on to continue what He was doing.

Matthew 9:21-22 For she said to herself, “If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well.” But Jesus turned around, and when He saw her He said, “Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And the woman was made well from that hour.

The woman was instantly healed of this 12 year problem, by her FAITH.

Matthew 9:23  When Jesus came into the ruler’s house, and saw the flute players and the noisy crowd wailing,

Jesus got rid of the noise.

Matthew 9:24  He said to them, “Make room, for the girl is not dead, but sleeping.” And they ridiculed Him.

He took control of the situation, and was not phased by their ridiculing of Him. It was not a big deal to heal this dead girl for Jesus, but they looking through the eyes of their limited understanding thought that he was ridiculous for asserting that she was just sleeping.

Matthew 9:25 But when the crowd was put outside, He went in and took her by the hand, and the girl arose.

He put out the people, the unbelieving people, the ones that couldn’t believe this girl could be restored. But He woke her from the dead.

 26 And the report of this went out into all that land.

You can’t keep the report of this secret, for it is, as Maria said, “Crazy good.”

Matthew 9:27 When Jesus departed from there, two blind men followed Him, crying out and saying, “Son of David, have mercy on us!”

Two blind men were following Him, recognizing who He was and crying out.

Matthew 9:28 And when He had come into the house, the blind men came to Him. And Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to Him, “Yes, Lord.”

They kept following him home. Maria said, since they were blind, it had to have been interesting seeing how persistently they pursued him, with their hands out to prevent them from bumping into things, and she felt that the disciples might have been trying to prevent them from bothering their master. Yet they kept pursuing Jesus.

Matthew 9: 29 Then He touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith let it be to you.”

According to their FAITH they were healed, they had that ATM pin number and took it to God to get the healing for their vision. God was not moved by the blind man’s need, their pleading, their begging, but he was moved by their FAITH. Faith is the access to God, for He knows life is a vapor, and is not so concerned by the difficulties we may face here on earth, but faith is the currency of eternity, and so He wants faith increased. In the Kingdom system, believing God is important.If we do not have faith, we can ask, “Lord I believe, Help my unbelief.”

Matthew 9:30-31 And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them, saying, “See that no one knows it. ” But when they had departed, they spread the news about Him in all that country.

How could they not spread this Crazy Good healing?

Matthew 9:32 As they went out, behold, they brought to Him a man, mute and demon possessed.

Now he deals with a demon possessed man.

Matthew 9:33 And when the demon was cast out, the mute spoke. And the multitudes marveled, saying, “It was never seen like this in Israel!”

And cast out the demon. Of course this was not accepted by the politicians and theologians for the miracle it was.

Matthew 9:34 But the Pharisees said, “He casts out demons by the ruler of the demons.”

The Pharisees, concerned more with power and theological situations, blasphemed the work Jesus did.

Matthew 9:35  Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.

The Word of God is trustworthy, everything else flows from the teaching of the gospel of the Kingdom. Note that Jesus went about healing EVERY sickness and EVERY disease, not some, not just choice one, but EVERY.

Matthew 9:36 But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.

Jesus has compassion – remember He is more concerned about mercy, not sacrifice.

Matthew 9:37-38 Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”

Jesus is concerned with those sheep who have no shepherd, those who are the harvest, and He asks people to pray for the Harvest of souls.

We need to ask Him in faith for our needs, to target our prayers to Him, and to do His will now. We need to persist in our faith, and trust that God has things in control, nothing is too hard for Him.

Have a blessed day,

Heather

 

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About Heather Marsten

Welcome to Heather's Blog. I'm looking forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. I just moved about nine years of material over from another blog site, Xanga, who may close down mid-July. At first I was disappointed to make the move because I had a lifetime membership at Xanga and had to spend weeks transferring posts. But now I'm thrilled. Already I've met new bloggers and read many new websites. Blogging is a wonderful way to expand my horizons and garner new ideas. I'm a happily married mom of three young adults. My husband and I are proud to watch our children grow and venture out into the world. My daughter is still in college but my two sons have graduated. One has a job and the other just graduated and is in the process of finding a job in his field, physics. Anyone know of any jobs out there? I'm proud of our children and love watching them grow and mature. They've become fine, compassionate, and loving people. Empty nest? Nah, I'm too busy to let an empty nest bother me. Not enough hours in the day. My husband and I enjoy quiet time together and I have many interests to pursue - one of which is blogging :D I am a born-again believer and love God. As you read this blog, you will discover that Bible studies thrill me. There is so much wisdom contained between the covers of the Bible and I am fortunate to sit under the teachings of a remarkable pastor, Pastor Don Moore. Members of our church (Living Word Chapel in West Hurley, New York) are encouraged to teach and there are visiting pastors who stop by our church, I also study the Bible on my own and love sharing what I learn. One other passion is writing. My current work in process is a memoir. A scene from my memoir was published in a book called: Heavenly Company: Entertaining Angels Unaware - an anthology of angelic encounters compiled by Cecil Murphy. I'm hoping my memoir will encourage other survivors of abuse. I grew up in a home filled with abuse, including incest. For most of my life I was searching for something that would fill the void of not being loved by my parents. I tried many ways to find that love -- therapy, relationships, occult studies, and keeping my life so filled I had no way to think about my past. It was only when I discovered God that I was able to put the pieces of my life back together and walk forward in a joyous life. My nickname - wondering has changed from wondering where the heck God was in my life, to wondering what incredible adventure is going to happen next. I hope you enjoy my site. Please say hi, share some thoughts, and ask questions. I look forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. Have a blessed day. Heather
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