10.5 BSF Matthew Week 10, Day 5

Today’s Scriptures

My Daily Journal:

Don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. Remember that from Matthew 6:3?  Over and over again we see Jesus modeling that in the gifts He is giving.

Why does Jesus tell people over and over again not to tell about the miracle he has just performed?  It don’t think it is because He wants to hide it.  But, on the other hand, it is not something that He is doing for any purpose other than as a personal gift to those He has healed.  He is not performing these miracles so that ______ (fill in the blank).

Each healing act is a personal gift.  Each touch is a personal touch between Jesus and that individual.

This is not a photo op.  It is not a staged event with press releases sent out to highlight the miracle.  It is private and personal.

But like anyone else who has been touched by the saving word and touch of the Lord, these healed individuals are incapable of not being a witness.  If they don’t do it with their words, they scream it through their actions.  Their changed life, heart and spirit are a living testimony to the gift they have been given.  It, in my opinion, is not out of an act of disobedience that they profess the gift they have received – it is because the transformation permeates their life and the new spirit in them, by nature, witnesses through them to all who have ears.

My Answers:

12.
a.
Son of David

b.
Isaiah: the eyes of the blind be opened
Jeremiah: raise up for David: The Lord Our Righteous Savior

c.
Healing of family members

13.
a.
His gift is for that individual.  He is not giving it to gain fame or recognition from others, but as a personal connection to that individual

b.
How can you not share the good news of Christ?  Joy and new life is contagious.

14.
a.
It was not a process, it was not a cure over time or some sort of treatment plan – they were healed and saw and spoke

b.
1. Amazed: Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel
2. Scoffed (Pharisees): It is by the prince of demons that he drives out demons

c.
1.  Accept and rejoice
2. Scoff as superstition and fairy tale

d.
It is the personal connection, the personal gift.  Jesus doesn’t want to just heal me, he wants to connect with me to be reunited with me

10.4 BSF Matthew Week 10, Day 4

Today’s Scriptures

My Daily Journal:

“While He was saying this…”  Be careful as you read the passage this week that you don’t miss those 5 opening words.

What was He saying?  “No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch will pull away from the garment, making the tear worse. Neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.”

What does that have to do with this synagogue leader showing up with this request?

Let’s compare/contrast the actions of this leader/father with his dying/dead child and that of another biblical leader/father and his dying/dead child.  Let’s turn back to 2 Samuel 12:14-24.

David is only a man.  He was a faithful man and loved by God, but he was only a man.  Jesus is the “son of David.”  Later in Matthew we will hear him called this by the blind men.  It is a true statement and important for fulfillment of prophecies.  But Jesus does not stand on David.  He is not a reincarnation of that king.  He is not an add-on, a patch, an addition to what has come before.  He is something new (but also something eternal).  He is King Jesus from the authority of sitting at the throne of God, not from sitting at the throne of David.  His power and authority do not end at death.

What an amazing comfort for all who have lost loved ones.  They are not dead.  In God’s eyes and power, they are only asleep.  With a single calling from His lips they will rise to life again, none worse for having experienced the sleep of death.

My Answers:

10.
a.
25-26 woman, 12 years, bleeding, uncured, Docs, broke, 27 touched, 28 “if touch be healed” 29 healed
30 Jesus asked who? L45, Denial L46, Power Mrk33, Confession, 22. “your faith has healed you” Mrk 34 “go in peace and be free from suffering”

b.
She had been bleeding for 12 years.  Long suffering afflictions are simply waiting on God’s timing

11.
a.
Synagogue leader

b.
She was on death’s door.  None of his discussion was about Jesus it was about his daughter.  He must have held out hope that Jesus could save her, but, is that faith or desparation?

c.
He did not judge Darius and his faith (or lack there of), instead He took on the love of this father for His child

10.3 BSF Matthew Week 10, Day 3

Today’s Scriptures

My Daily Journal:

Who are you?  What defines you?  Is it your work?  Your title?  Your degrees?  The great things you have accomplished in your past?  The wrongs you have committed in your past?  The pain you have brought to others?  The burden of pain that others put on you?  Is it a physical characteristic?  Is it a physical constraint or illness?

In these chapters of Matthew on the power and authority of Jesus, we also see the transformation that occurs in those He touches.  The paralyzed man walks, the angry and possessed find peace, the sick are made well.  But with that, their identity is changed.  “The paralyzed man” is no longer paralyzed.  “The bleeding woman” is no longer bleeding.  So what are they then?

In each case they become witnesses.  In their words and actions they serve, they obey, but they also are living witnesses to the power and authority of Jesus.  They are filled with joy and want to share it with others.

The spiritual leaders of the day could accept this transformation for the blind, sick, deaf, mute, paralyzed, leprous, bleeding, feverish.  But not for tax collectors and sinners.  That was crossing the line.

The contrast was that they had chosen their path.  It wasn’t just something that happened to them, a series of unfortunate events.  It was a choice onto the wrong road.

But Jesus calls one and all.  His heart is for those on the wrong road to get them onto the right road.  He has no desire to make them go backward and retrace their steps down that wrong path, He simply wants to move them, immediately, onto the right path.

For those who had spent their life following the law of sacrifice, this was too much of a short-cut.  You can’t just cut over – you made your bed, now lie in it.  These sinners and tax collectors should get what they deserve.

In that thinking, it implies they (the pharisees) deserve something else.  They have earned their righteousness through their sacrifices and discipline.  But Jesus points them back to the teaching of the prophets to remind them that God values mercy above sacrifice.

My Answers:

6.
a.
Levi

b.
sitting at his tax booth, Got up, left everything, followed Him, held great banquet with large crowd of tax collectors and others

c.
i. Disciples must deny self, take up cross, follow me
ii. died to sin, live it no more: free from sin, slaves to righteousness
iii. turn to God from idols, serve the living and true God
iv. turn to God from idols, serve the living and true God

d.
How I spend my time and the words I use.  Through the love and care I have for others.  Where my talents go

7.
They believed themselves to have earned righteousness, yet, they were not humble or poor in spirit, they judged but ignored themselves, they thought themselves spiritual rich, but were wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked

8.
a.
Jesus

b.
He is Lord, God, the Builder, the righteous and just.

c.
those he had called, the disciples/believers

9.
2 Cor 5:17, New creation in Christ Matt 5:17, fulfill the law

 

10.2 BSF Matthew Week 10, Day 2

Today’s Scriptures

My Daily Journal:

I loved going to the Mark and Luke passages in addition to the Matthew story.  The other gospels really highlight the love, faith and creativity of the friends of this paralyzed man.  To have such friends and to be such a friend to others.

But, focusing on the Matthew passage, the lack of those elements of the story draws even more to the importance of the story to highlight Jesus’ authority and power over sin.

My children with their school would occasionally go on a field trip.  To go, they needed two things:  money (to cover admission or other expenses) and a signed permission slip.  The child cannot sign their own permission slip.  A friend cannot sign it.  The teacher or principal cannot sign it.  They do not have the authority.  Only the one in charge, that child’s parent, can sign it.  The child may have the money (power), but without the signed authorization, they are not getting on the bus.

If the bank loans you money to buy a car, do I have the authority to forgive that debt?  Can I so, you no longer owe?  Unless I am the bank, that would be fraud, it would be a lie.

Psalm 51.4 reminds us that all sin is against God and God alone.  That doesn’t mean we don’t harm others through our sin, it means the withdrawal we make through sin comes from God’s bank.  He alone holds the note of our debt.

So, who can say “your sins are forgiven?”  Only one with the authority to speak as the holder of the instrument of debt.  Only God Himself can forgive sin.

If Jesus is not God, then He just committed fraud.  He signed a document that only God has the authority to sign.  The teachers of the law recognized this – their thoughts immediately went to blasphemy, claiming to be God when you are not.  But they failed to consider the alternative: Jesus is God.  He holds both the authority and power in His hands.  He says with authority, quit making payments and then he acts with power to pay the debt in full on our behalf.

Words and actions, Authority and Power, Fully man and fully God.

My Answers:

3.
a.
The men who brought the paralyzed man

b.
Through prayer, through love, through words, through the spirit, through scripture, through music, through events

4.
a.
2. son; your sins are forgiven 6. Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins

b.
got up and went home.  He obeyed.

5.
Mark: gathered in such large #s no room left, 4 men carrying made opening in roof then lowered man on mat, Jesus knew in his spirit what they were thinking.  Luke: Pharisees and teacher sitting there, power of Lord with Jesus to heal, through the roof tiles, “Friend” “Who can forgive sins but God alone”, went home praising God, seen remarkable things