“Go and Learn”
I. A fully devoted follower of Jesus is a student of the Bible, specifically the life and ministry of Jesus and how it interacts with the rest of the Bible. The other important aspect of our learning is discovering how Jesus approached the various segments of the society in which He ministered. Ten transformational steps from the 2011 Barna Research:
1. Unaware of Sin 1% 2. Indifferent to sin 16%
3. Worried about sin 39% 4. Forgiven for sin 9%
5. Involved in faith activities 24% 6. Holy discontent 6%
7. Broken by God 3% 8. Surrendered and submission 1%
9. Profound love of God 0.5% 10. Profound love of people 0.5%
85% of the population fall within the first 5 categories. That means, at the most only 15% are living like fully devoted followers of Jesus, the group that Is serious about reaching the world.
Matthew 9:1-17 Anything can happen when God is involved.
Jesus leaves the area of the Decapolis and returns to His base of operation, the city of Capernaum where many of the disciples lived as well. ______________________________
We need to spend a little time on this issue that Luke reveals in chapter 5:17. The verse says, “Now it happened on a certain day, as He was teaching, that there were Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting by, who had come out of every town of Galilee, Judea, and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was present to heal them.” ____________________
What Jesus tells the man seems at 1st to be difficult, even a little bit lame. ______________
___________________________________________________________________________ In this scene Jesus shows the priority of the soul over the body. He says, “Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you.” But the Pharisee’s and Scribes don’t dismiss Jesus words, they thought to themselves this Man blasphemes. They were concerned with their LAW and their religious structure and they knew only God can forgive sins.
Jesus confronts their thoughts with words and actions. ______________________________
___________________________________________________________________________ So Jesus tells them why He will heal this man: “that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”. He commands the man and the man obeys the command. I think this is also an element in the healing process – faith + obedience.
Verse 8 relates back to Jesus leaving the multitude, which we observed last week. ________ __________________________________________________________________________ This crowd exhibits the attitude of Simon the Sorcerer, Acts 8:18-21, “And when Simon saw that through the laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Spirit was given, he offered them money, saying, ‘Give me this power also, that anyone on whom I lay hands may receive the Holy Spirit.’ But Peter said to him, ‘Your money perish with you, because you thought that the gift of God could be purchased with money! You have neither part nor portion in this matter, for your heart is not right in the sight of God’.”
Another element in this text is the calling of Matthew. _____________________________
The final portion of this text deals with the same critics as before trying to dredge up something that they can use against Jesus. ________________________________________________
So Jesus gives the religious a homework lesson: “Go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’” Jesus quotes Hosea 6:6. ______________________________
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