Sunday, July 31, 2011

A Morning Cup of Tea: He Spoke Just a Word

Good morning! How has your weekend been? Are you preparing for morning worship service?  I will be in just a few minutes. Everyone has slept late this morning, which is rare on any day lately.
  Today we are discussing chapter 8. Jesus has come down from the mountain and he has begun healing people. A leper worshiped him and Jesus healed him.  But he said something curious to the man. Matthew 8:4. And Jesus saith unto him, See that 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. I'm guessing at this point he wanted to keep things fairly quiet.
   In Capernaum a centurion approached him about healing a sick servant. Jesus was willing to to the centurion's home, but he said that he wasnt worthy that Jesus should do that. Just say the word and it would be done. Jesus praised his faith.  (vv 5-13)
   Jesus healed Peter's mother in law (v14,15) and cast out devils.  Many people are following him during this time, and Jesus got into a boat to go to another place.  Jesus slept while a storm brewed. His disciples woke him up because they were sure they were all going to die on the sea. Jesus spoke and the wind and the sea died down. How amazing would it be to see a man who could just speak and the water and wind obey? His followers are just beginning to see what a great man Jesus really is.
  Once they reached the country of the Gergesenes they come upon two men who were possessed by devils. The devils themselves recognized who Jesus was. (v.29) "And they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee,, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time?"
 Even the devils knew who Jesus was! Did you notice that they asked if he was going to torment them before the time? They knew their fate. Simply acknowledging who Jesus is would not and did not save them from an eternity in hell.  
  They asked to be cast into a herd of pigs and that is where Jesus let them go. The hogs then drowned in the sea.  Just who is this man who can heal the sick and cast out devils with just a word? Even the devils knew the answer to that : the Son of God.

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