Matthew 8 - 12

Healings, forgiveness, teaching
Preparing and sending the Disciples
Responding to the religious leaders

Mat - 8. Healing, the faithful centurion, what it means to follow

Mat - 9. Healing and forgiveness, parable of the torn garment, the good physician, raising a dead girl

Mat - 10. Sending the disciples to minister

Mat - 11. Blessings on John Baptist, Woe to those who do not receive, Come to Jesus for rest

Mat - 12. Ministry runs afoul the Pharisees, Woes declared against them, Jesus's family do God's will

MAT - 8

A leper came to Jesus asking to be cleansed, and Jesus touched him, saying, "I will; be thou clean," and he was cleansed of leprosy. Jesus said to him, "See thou tell no man; but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded for a testimony unto them."

    Other Sacrifices

A centurion asked Jesus to heal his sick servant and Jesus said to him, "I will come and heal him." When the centurion said that it would be enough that Jesus spoke the word, for He had authority. Jesus said, "Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no not in Israel. And I say unto you, that many shall come from the East and West, and shall sit down with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the Kingdom of Heaven. But the children of the Kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth."

    About the Kingdom
    Other salvations

Then Jesus said to the Centurion, "Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee;" and the servant was healed.

A certain scribe came and said to Jesus, "Master, I will follow where You go." Jesus said to him, "The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man hath not where to lay his head."

    Jesus teaches Disciples

Another said he would follow, but he had to bury his father. Jesus said to him, "Follow Me, and let the dead bury their dead."

Later, aboard a ship, the disciples awakened Jesus when a storm threatened the ship. He said to them, "Why are ye fearful, o ye of little faith;" and He calmed the sea with words.

On shore, two possessed men cried out at Jesus coming, asking if He had come to torment them before the time appointed. Jesus ordered the spirits out of the men, and the spirits asked to be allowed to enter swine. Jesus said "Go", and they went into the animals which ran into the sea and were drowned.

Mat - 9

They brought Jesus a man sick of palsy, and Jesus said, "Son, be of good cheer: thy sins be forgiven thee."

    Focus on Sins

Noting that certain scribes took offense, Jesus said to them "Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts? For whether is easier to say, 'Thy sins be forgiven thee,' or to say, 'Arise and walk;' but that ye may know that the Son of Man hath power on earth to forgive sins." He said to the man, "Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house," and the man was healed.

Jesus came to Matthew as he sat at the receipt of custom, and said to him, "Follow Me," and he did.

Many sinners came and sat with Jesus at the table, and the Pharisees asked his disciples why Jesus sat with them. Jesus said to them, "They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy and not sacrifice; for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."

    Other disciple demonstrations

The disciples of John asked why they and the Pharisees fasted, but Jesus and his disciples did not. Jesus answered, "Can the children of the bridechamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come when the bridegroom shall be taken from them and then shall they fast.

"No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse. Neither do men put new wine into old bottles; else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish. But they put new wine into new bottles and both are preserved."

    Jesus teaches Disciples

A ruler came to Jesus expressing faith that even though his daughter was dead, if Jesus would touch her she should live. As Jesus was on the way, a woman touched his garment, and was healed. Jesus told her, "Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole."

Jesus had to rout the mourners when He arrived at the leader's home, for they laughed when He told them, "Give place, for the maid is not dead, but sleepeth."

He took the girl by the hand and she arose.

A blind man came to Him seeking sight. Jesus asked, "Believe ye that I am able to do this." The man said yes, and Jesus healed his sight saying, "According to your faith be it unto you." He charged the man, "See that no man know it."

Jesus continued to heal the sick and diseased, and He told his disciples, "The harvest truly is plenteous but the laborers are few. Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that He will send forth laborers into His harvest."

    Jesus teaches Disciples

MAT - 10

Jesus gave the 12 power over spirits and to heal, and He commanded them, "Go not into the way of the gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not; but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. As ye go, preach saying, the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils. Freely ye have received, freely give.

"Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses, nor script for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves, for the workman is worthy of his meat.

    Jesus teaches Disciples

"And into whatsoever city or town ye shall enter, enquire who in it is worthy; and there abide till ye go thence. And when ye come into an house, salute it. And if the House be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you.

"And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city shake off the dust of your feet. Verily I say unto you, it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment, than for that city.

"Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves. Be ye therefore wise as serpents and harmless as doves. But beware of men; for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues. And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the gentiles.

    Jesus teaches Disciples

"But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak; for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. For it is not ye that speak but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.

"And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child. And the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake; but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.

"But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another; for verily I say unto you, ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel till the Son of Man be come.

    Jesus teaches Disciples

"The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord. It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household? Fear them not therefore, for there is nothing covered that shall not be revealed; and hid that shall not be known.

"What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light. And what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops. And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul; but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

"Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.

    Jesus teaches Disciples

"Whosoever therefore shall confess Me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in Heaven. But whosoever shall deny Me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in Heaven.

"Think not that I am come to send peace on Earth; I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter at variance against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man's foes shall be they of his own household.

"He that loveth father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he that loveth son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after Me is not worthy of Me. He that findeth his life shall lose it; and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.

    Jesus teaches Disciples

"He that receiveth you receiveth Me, and he that receiveth Me receiveth Him that sent Me. He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man's reward. And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water, only in the name of a disciple; verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward."

MAT - 11

The disciples of John the Baptist came to Jesus asking him if He was the one who was foretold. He answered, "Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see. The blind receive their sight and the lame walk. The lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he whosoever shall not be offended in Me."

Then Jesus addressed the multitudes, "What went ye out into the wilderness to see: A reed shaken with the wind? But what went ye out for to see, a man clothed in soft raiment? Behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings' houses. But what went ye out for to see, a prophet?

"Yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet. For this is he of whom it is written, 'Behold, I send my messenger before Thy face, which shall prepare the way before Thee.' Verily I say unto you, among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the Kingdom is greater than he.

"And from the days of John the Baptist until now the Kingdom of Heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force. For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. And if ye will receive it, this is Elias which was for to come.

    About the Kingdom

"He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

"But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children sitting in the markets, and calling unto their fellows and saying, 'We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned unto you and ye have not lamented.'

"For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say he hath a devil. The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say behold a man gluttonous and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of her children.

"Woe unto thee Chorazin! Woe unto thee Bethsaida! For if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. But I say unto you, it shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment than for thee.

    Other Curses

"I thank thee O Father, Lord of Heaven and Earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in thy sight.

    Prayer teachings

"All things are delivered unto Me of my Father; and no man knoweth the Son but the Father, neither knoweth any man the Father save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal Him.

"Come unto Me all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart; and ye shall find rest unto your souls; for my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."

    Jesus teaches Disciples

Mat - 12

The Pharisees challenged Jesus because his disciples plucked corn on the sabbath, and He answered them, "Have ye not read what David did when he was an hungred, and they that were with him; how he entered into the house of God and did eat the shewbread which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them which were with him, but only for the priests? Or have ye not read in the law how that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath and are blameless?

    Jesus attacks or Defends

"But I say unto you that in this place is one greater than the temple. But if ye had known what this meaneth, 'I will have mercy and not sacrifice,' ye would not have condemned the guiltless. For the Son of Man is Lord even of the sabbath day."

    Other Sacrifices

In the synagogue on the sabbath, Jesus said to those who watched to see if He would heal a man, "What man shall there be among you that shall have one sheep; and if it fall into a pit on the sabbath day; will he not lay hold on it and lift it out? How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days"

    Jesus attacks or Defends

To the man, "Stretch forth thine hand," and the hand was restored.

When the Pharisees accused Jesus of casting out devils by the authority of Beelzebub, He answered them, "Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand. And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand?

    Jesus attacks or Defends

"And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges.

"But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the Kingdom of God is come unto you.

"Or else how can one enter into a strong man's house and spoil his goods; except he first bind the strong man, and then he will spoil his house.

    About the Kingdom

"He that is not with Me is against Me, and he that gathereth not with Me, scattereth abroad. Wherefore I say unto you, all manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men; but blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of Man, it shall be forgiven him; but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.

    Focus on Sins

"Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt and his fruit corrupt; for the tree is known by his fruit. O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things; for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things; And an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.

"But I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned."

    Christ & Judgment

To those who sought a sign from Him, Jesus said, "An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign, and there shall no sign be given to it but the sign of the prophet Jonas. For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly, so shall the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the Earth.

"The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation; and shall condemn it because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and behold, a greater than Jonas is here. The queen of the South shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it; for she came from the uttermost parts of the Earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and behold, a greater than Solomon is here.

    Christ & Judgment

"When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places seeking rest, and findeth none. Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out. And when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there. And the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation."

When people told Jesus that his mother and brethren waited without to speak with Him, He said, "Who is my mother, and who are my brethren?" Indicating those about Him, "Behold my mother and my brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in Heaven, the same is my brother and sister and mother."

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