Faith of Jesus Daily Devotional - Day 33
Matthew:8:14-17 Jesus Heals Many
Previous Context: devotion:Matthew:8:5-13 The Faith of the Centurion
What is God doing?
Again think of God the Father directing the Son and confirming with miraculous signs, God the Son obeying. So when Jesus comes into Peter's house, when He touched the hand of Peter's mother-in-law, when speaks the word given Him over a demon or the sick He says and does as the Father told Him. As a result in confirmation that this is HIS Son obedient unto death spirits are cast out, sick are healed, 700 year old messianic prophecies are fulfilled.
Previously we have considered the concept of why there is such a thing as disease. A new concept is added to this now that sets Jesus above all other healers in this world, that answers the question where does the disease go after Jesus heals it:
"Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses".
Quoted resource: strongs 'G941'
Not only does He extract it, He Himself carries it. It is another curious facet of His obedience. It would be quite a different thing if one was asked to remove a coat from a guest and then deposit it back on the master bed; this is suggesting that He takes the coat and wears it and this thousands if not millions of times over. Imagine if your father directed you to wear all the coats of the party guests at once as a show of your obedience to him; that is what to a much greater extent the Father is asking of Jesus. And then to add to that ask Him to pay the debt for their sins.
This surely is not the case with any other holy man or healer. None of these have been tasked with the same obedience.
Notice that another description is being given as to what is happening with the evil spirits: they are being "cast out":
Quoted resource: strongs 'G1544'
A much different concept than bearing.
What is man doing?
"She arose, and ministered unto them".
It is a small gesture in comparison to what great things has just been done, the interaction and exchange between Father and Son and now this woman, but it is a heart felt gesture just the same. Note that she didn't slide out the back, run over to her ailing friend Edna and try to heal her arthritis with the new cosmic sourced "if you only believe hard enough" knowledge she had just learned from Jesus. No she worshiped the God that had performed this confirmation the best way she knew how: she ministered unto them.
"They brought unto him many"
"They" is left ambiguous. We assume the disciples are being identified as well as the general public, perhaps in some loosely organized fashion. Why are they being brought to Him? Likely hope and compassion, which in and of itself is a good thing. But remember that our ever present corruption skews even men's hope and compassion many various directions all of which in some fashion are corrupted. What is behind the first man's hope is one thing, what is behind the seconds is another and on and on, similar no doubt but never the same, none fully realizing that Jesus obediently is taking and bearing every one of these infirmities and that their healing is full confirmation from the Father God of this being HIS promised Messiah.
What does this passage tell us about the about the commands and faith of Jesus that saints are to keep/guard?
It is up to the saints to protect the tremendous concepts behind Christ's obedience, what He was doing and why He was doing it, from the many corruptions of it's truest understanding made by this world. It is up to His saints to promote when possible the better understanding of it to those sincerely confused or mislead about it. It is a tremendous thing that not even we fully understand in any depth, but we certainly can already appreciate and attest to. This protection and promotion of what He Himself has done is to be both our obedience and our honest searching.
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