“A Time for Every Purpose”
If God had a complaint department would you like to work there?
Matthew 9:14-38 Jesus criticized because of His disciples.
When you are visible, you are an easy target. ________________________________________
The disciples of John come to Jesus and complain about His disciples, and by inference, Jesus as their leader. Their complaint is about fasting and they relate themselves with the Pharisees. Jesus had already laid out the kingdom aspect of this in Matthew 6:5, “And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.” _______
So Jesus gives them three examples to help them understand that there is a time for every purpose under heaven:
1. “The friends of the bridegroom” – ______________________________________________
2. “No one puts a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment” – _______________________
____________________________________________________________________________ 3. “Nor do they put new wine into old wineskins” – _________________________________
One of the key aspects of teaching is repetition. It helps us to learn when we cover the materiel multiple times. It gives new concepts a chance to soak into our thick brains. Jesus had already shown in chapter 8 that He had authority. He healed the leper by touching the man. The LAW said no but grace said yes. The centurion understood God’s authority and Jesus used the example to teach His disciples. Now we have a ruler who comes to Jesus and worshiped Him and then asked Jesus to resurrect his daughter, who had just died. Like the centurion, this man is displaying faith in the authority that Jesus possesses. If Jesus could cure an incurable disease (leprosy) then perhaps anything is possible with Him. ________________________________
“So Jesus arose and followed him, and so did His disciples.” (vs. 19) As they are traveling to his house, the woman with an issue of blood reaches out and touches Jesus, based on her thought, “If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well.” Jesus noted the touch (by an unclean woman) and responded, “Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well.” (vs.22) The principle displayed here is God is no respecter of persons. _________________________
Two blind men seek out Jesus. They may have been spiritually blind but they show remarkable spiritual sensitivity as they speak to Jesus, “Son of David”_____________________________ Jesus asks them“Do you believe that I am able to do this?” __________________________ Next we see Jesus exercise authority over a demon possessed man who was mute because of the demon.
1. The crowd applauded – “It was never seen like this in Israel”
2. The Pharisees plotted – “He casts out demons by the ruler of the demons.”
Matthew generally relates many more miraculous healings took place and that Jesus had compassion on the multitude, “for they were like sheep without a shepherd.” He then describes the kingdom view: “The Harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”
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