Monday, August 1, 2011

A Morning Cup of Tea: Chapter 9:1-5

Good morning! We are in chapter 9 of Matthew today and I have J already awake and rarin to go as they say, so we shall see how far we get. I apologize for any inconvenience.  If you read this series and have any questions, comments, whatever, I'd love to hear from you.

At the end of chapter 8, Jesus had gone over to the gergesenes where he cast out devils from two men who were possessed. The devils went into a herd of swine, who promptly dove over a cliff and drowned themselves. The keepers of the swine ran to tell the whole town. The towns people weren't so sure what to think of Jesus so they invited him to leave.
  In chapter 9, Jesus is back in his own town. Some people brought to him a man sick with the palsy. He could not get up out of his bed so they had to carry him wherever he went.  In verse 2, Jesus tells the man Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.
  Scribes heard this and said to themselves that Jesus was blaspheming. Jesus knew their hearts.  He asked them (paraphrasing here) What is easier, to tell a man his sins are forgiven or to tell him to arise and walk? And then he told the palsied man to arise and walk. The man stood up and took his bed with him. He was healed because of his faith and the faith of those who brought him to Jesus!
  Jesus healed the sick and made the blind to see so that others might see the glory of the Father. These days we have the bible to tell us of these works and of God's love for us. 

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