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:

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”

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

Synagogue leader

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?

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

10.2 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:

The men who brought the paralyzed man

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

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

got up and went home.  He obeyed.

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