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.
Son of David
Isaiah: the eyes of the blind be opened
Jeremiah: raise up for David: The Lord Our Righteous Savior
Healing of family members
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
How can you not share the good news of Christ? Joy and new life is contagious.
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
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
1. Accept and rejoice
2. Scoff as superstition and fairy tale
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