It Is The Sick Who Need Healing - Outline
Jesus Came For Mercy, Not Sacrifice
- Jesus heals a paralytic and is accused of blasphemy - Matthew 9:1-8
- Jesus calls Matthew and eats with sinners and tax collectors at his home - Matthew 9:9-13
- Jesus uses an analogy of an unshrunk patch and a new wineskin to make an illustration about fasting - Matthew 9:14-17
- A woman is healed of her bleeding by touching Jesus while He is on His way to heal Jairus' daughter -Matthew 9:18-26
- The Son of David heals 2 blind men - Matthew 9:27-31 - V.27
- Jesus heals a demon-possessed, mute man and is rebuked by the Pharisees - Matthew 9:32-34
Jesus heals a paralytic and is accused of blasphemy - Matthew 9:1-8
- (BSF) Capernaum had become Jesus' own city and it became the center of His operations
- Mark 2:3-4 - the man was brought in through the roof, because the crowds were too large.
- It doesn't say that He saw their "works", but it was by their "works" that He saw their faith
- He could not do it by himself
- (BEC) Was the man’s physical condition the result of his sin? We do not know. But we do know that Jesus dealt with the sin problem first, for this is always the greatest need.
- We must not conclude from this miracle that all sickness is caused by sin, or that forgiveness automatically means physical healing.
- (NBC)Your sins are forgiven you because there would be no visible proof that the sins were forgiven. The healing of the paralytic, however, was proof that forgiveness of sins had occurred as well
- (BSF) Should have been sufficient to change minds, but theirs was too ingrained
Application: Have you brought your family or friends to the Lord for healing?
Jesus calls Matthew and eats with sinners and tax collectors at his home - Matthew 9:9-13
- Matthew is also known as Levi, the son of Alphaeus (Mark 2:14 and Luke 5:27)
- (NBC) The tax office was a toll booth set up alongside a highway to levy taxes on merchandise transported on that road. Matthew probably worked for Herod Antipas, tetrarch of Galilee.
- (NBC) Tax collectors were considered traitors by the Jews. They were despised because they generally collected more than necessary and pocketed the difference, vastly enriching themselves
- The fact that Jesus called him was shocking
- Matthew followed without hesitation
- Luke 5:29 - Matthew's humility is shown when comparing his account to Luke's account of the dinner
- party for despised in society and Jesus was unashamed to sit with them
- Hosea 6:6
- v.13 it gives me comfort to know that He came to call sinners; I being one of them
- (MSB) "go and learn what this means." This phrase was commonly used as a rebuke for those who did not know something they should have known.
- (MSB) The Pharisees tended to focus on the outward, ritual, and ceremonial aspects of God’s law—to the neglect of its inward, eternal, and moral precepts
- Jesus quoted Hosea 6:6 to make the point that God is more interested in a person’s loyal love than in the observance of external rituals
Application: Do you need His healing? What is your attitude toward “sinners” in society?
Jesus uses an analogy of an unshrunk patch and a new wineskin to make an illustration about fasting - Matthew 9:14-17
- Pious Jews had strong traditions concerning fasting
- Fasting was to be free from daily duties for communion with God
- indicated grief over sin and a determination to seek God in prayer
- Israelites were called to fast one day of the year - the Day of Atonement (Lev 16:29-32),
- became a sign of piety, self righteousness and spiritual pride
- (NBC) Jesus used the picture of marriage to illustrate God’s relationship with Israel (Is. 54:1–8; Jer. 3:1–20; Hos. 2:1–3:5). In referring to Himself as a bridegroom, Jesus was describing Himself as the Messiah.
- (BSF) Guests of the bridegroom were called to treat them like royalty for the first week after marriage
- (BSF) How can one fast in such a situation?
- (BSF) New wine or new cloth could not be set against the old ways. They were incompatible
- As the garment is washed, the unshrunk patch will shrink and take the garment with it
- As wine ferments, pressure builds up and apparently expands - an old wineskin would have already expanded and new wine would have taken it too far
- (MSB) In both analogies, the Lord was saying that what the Pharisees did in fasting or any other ritual had no part with the gospel
Application: Are you in a “marriage” with the bridegroom? Is Jesus with you now?
A woman is healed of her bleeding by touching Jesus while He is on His way to heal Jairus' daughter -Matthew 9:18-26
- See also Mark 5:21-43 and Luke 8:40-56
- Jairus was a ruler in the Synagogue, but Jesus didn't seem to hold it against him
- (MSB) This woman’s affliction not only was serious physically but also left her permanently unclean for ceremonial reasons (cf. Lev. 15:25–27). This meant she would have been shunned by all, including her own family, and excluded from both synagogue and temple.
What observations can we make about the woman and Jesus?
- she was bold / she had faith He could heal / she was freed from suffering / she fell at His feet and admitted
- He realised power had left Him / He didn't know who touched Him / He blessed her "Go in peace."
- (BSF) The healing was not for public acknowledgement
- (BSF) Too many people may have been detrimental to her parent's faith and belief
- (BSF) Her death was Jairus' test
- (MSB) Jesus was not saying that her death was a misdiagnosis. This was a prophecy that she would live again. He made a similar comment about Lazarus’ death (John 11:11)—and then had to explain to the disciples that he was speaking metaphorically (John 11:14). Sleep is a designation for death in the NT
Application: Do you consider yourself a “higher up” like Jairus or a “lower down” like the bleeding woman? Is there something in or about your life which makes you think Jesus will not heal you?
The Son of David heals 2 blind men - Matthew 9:27-31 - V.27
- (BSF) Refers to Jesus as the Son of David, recognising Him as a descendant of David and shows they believed He was the Messiah
- (BSF) Jesus first challenged their faith by asking if they believed He could heal them.
- (BSF) He told them to keep it quiet because He did not want all of the negative attention nor to stir up rebellion
- (BSF) He wanted them to recognise Him as God's sent One who came to meet their spiritual need, yet cared for their physical need also
- (BSF) To have the reputation of a "faith healer" would only inhibit his mission
Application: Do you have the faith that Jesus can heal you? What infirmities do you need to have healed?
Jesus heals a demon-possessed, mute man and is rebuked by the Pharisees - Matthew 9:32-34
- See also Luke 11:14-23
- Some spoke with awe, while others were blinded to the Glory of God
- The scribes and Pharisees accuse Jesus of being in league with the Devil
- (NBC) The Pharisees could not deny the reality of the miracles, so they attributed them to the ruler of the demons
Application: Are you suspicious of Jesus’ healing powers? Have you seen it?
BEC - Bible Exposition Commentary (Warren Wiesbe)
BSF - BSF Questions
MSB - MacArthur Study Bible
NBC - Nelson's New Illustrated Bible Commentary