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Lesson # Matt. 8:14-17
Study Material - Matt. 8:14-17
You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
14 And when Jesus had come to Peter's home, He saw his mother-in-law lying sick in bed with a fever. 15 And He touched her hand, and the fever left her; and she arose, and waited on Him. 16 And when evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed; and He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were ill 17 in order that what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, saying, 'He Himself took our infirmities, and carried away our diseases.'
Luke and Mark give accounts of this event, but Matthew's emphasis is on the fulfillment of prophecy.
Who is the subject of Matthew? Jesus Christ. Who is Jesus Christ portrayed as? The King, but not just any king. He is the King of kings.
Isaiah 53 is the passage mentioned here. Actually it is Isa. 53:4, but if you read on in Isaiah, you'll see even more of the prophecy of Christ and His role on the Cross.
The subject of this chapter is 'marvel.' As we have already seen, Jesus marveled at the faith of the centurion. Later He will marvel at the unbelief of people around Him. Why? Because He had and demonstrated unlimited power.
He entered the home of Peter. Peter's mother-in-law was ill. Jesus healed her immediately.
Two issues are mentioned here. First Peter was a married man. Marriage is not a sin, nor does remaining single bring you closer to God. Some religions seem to have missed this point, which seems rather odd since Peter is referred to as the origin of many faiths. Peter is the rock. His name formerly was Simon and changed to Peter. Matthew refers to Peter by that name rather than Simon because here is doctrine without question being explained and demonstrated to all.
Jesus healed the mother-in-law. It was the Sabbath. Remember the no work policy of the Pharisees?
In the evening the Sabbath ended. The Jewish day ran from about 6 p.m. on any given day to 6 p.m. the following day. Unlike our midnight to midnight time frame for a day.
The Sabbath ended, and people came from all over, still adhering to the ritual constraints of the Pharisees.
Jesus healed all of them. No one was excepted or refused from His power. This should have raised a eyebrow or two especially in the ranks of the educated. Most medical types need to run tests and blood screens, and analyses of everything under the sun in order to come up with a diagnosis. Jesus needed none of these things. He is God and His power and ability is unlimited.
Illness and sicknesses are not the norm for this universe. These things entered into the world with sin. Jesus took away the physical infirmities of the people just as He went to the Cross to take away the spiritual infirmities that plague the soul.
Isaiah is mentioned here. All the while that Jesus healed the peoples that were brought to Him, He taught doctrine. He taught doctrines, said things and did things to a greater extent than has been written for us to read about. We studied this earlier in Luke.
Marvel? How could anyone observe or even hear Him and not believe? How could the Pharisees, those who read Isaiah over and over again, not see the words and comprehend their meaning? How could they even read Daniel and read the time lines given by Daniel and not know that this was the time, the exact time of the Savior? Yet unbelief or even negative volition presents barriers to the truth. People do that to themselves. No one shuts down the receptive thoughts (selective thoughts, perceptions, etc.) of a soul, but the person himself.
Ok. Where do each of us stand in this 'marvel' concept? Does God marvel at our tenacity for Bible study? Or, does He shake His head so to speak at our apathy or disinterest.
The leper advanced and bowed down with humility. He was hurting and in need. He had no images of his superiority in this world. The centurion humbled himself and requested help for another. Many came to Christ for their own needs. Many brought others to receive help for them. Some looked to faith and to Christ alone. Many were still tied to the taboo beliefs that they had been taught throughout their lives.
One of the objectives of Bible doctrine is to set you free from the chains that are numerous in this world. That freedom comes with learning, and with learning comes understanding, then application to ones life brings wisdom or possession of the truth. That is when you begin to escape the taboos, the rituals, the various restrictions with which religions have tried to chain down mankind.
The spiritual life is not a function of marital status, not a function of ones physical health, not a function of some given holiday, not a function of the kind of home you might live in (note that Peters home was not described). The spiritual life is not a function of anything of this world. The spiritual life is determined by what is in your soul. What is in your soul is determined by what you learn. What you learn is determined by what you are interested in or what you pay attention to. You ultimately decide whether or not you will even have a spiritual life. So what does it take?
The Word of God is a mirror into which we look and see ourselves. Some see the truth of their flaws. Others reject what they see and replace their self image with whatever they prefer to see. The Bible is clear with respect to providing a clear view of reality, and of the choices we all have in life as well as the repercussions of our choices. The real question, I suppose, is just how much teaching does it take to convince each one of us to get with a daily program and to be consistent in our daily Bible study.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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