Healing Precedes Service
Matthew 8:14-15
14a: Jesus continues his healing ministry, this time in Peter's house.
Published June 1st, 2012
Author
Share / Groups / About Author
Disclaimer
Notes
Arc
notes
Disclaimer
This page was automatically converted from a module that was shared prior to the release of Published Pages. Additionally, the arc below was auto-converted from the arc created by the author (which used the old module), and so it is possible there are misplaced logical relationships.
notes 1452680586338 Disclaimer This page was automatically converted from a module that was shared prior to the release of Published Pages. Additionally, the arc below was auto-converted from the arc created by the author (which used the old module), and so it is possible there are misplaced logical relationships.
Notes
2009-11-13 06:06:46
2009-11-13 06:17:35
14a: Jesus continues his healing ministry, this time in Peter's house. It is possible that he made it to the home of all of his twelve disciples, for he would go on to "preach in their cities" (11:1). But, perhaps we can see here another example of Peter's extreme extroversion, considering that this is the first home of any of Jesus' disciples that Jesus was brought into. 14b: Peter had a mother-in-law, therefore he had a wife, and quite likely he had a family. This did not keep him from the office of an apostle, as it would in the Catholic church. His mother-in-law was in his home: an example of kindness that we should follow in regards to our own families. His mother-in-law must have been an extraordinary woman, that her son-in-law would be so eager to have her healed. Jesus healed deadly diseases as well as common colds such as fevers . (But, we must observe, this was a "great fever" or "high fever" (ESV), according to Luke 4:38) 15a: The cure was Jesus' touch . He exemplified spiritual healing by performing physical healing. His presence was bodily, therefore his touch was physical, and intimately so (he touched her hand). Today, His presence is spiritual (the Holy Spirit) and therefore His "touch" is spiritual, and intimately so - His Word breaks us, humbles our minds, softens our hearts, moves us to action, slows us to stillness, warms us when life gets cold, and chills us when we've gotten too hot. 15b: Jesus possessed miraculous power to heal without medicine. One of the purposes of this display, this healing ministry, is to show Jesus' power to heal our spiritual needs. [Note: The supposed "healing ministries" of today "heal" only with the intention of showing off unordinary human "power", and to lure people to a false god through signs and wonders. Jesus says "an evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign"! His power revealed the truth about Himself, namely that He was divine, He was the Son of David, the Son of God, the Messiah. The false "power" of televangelist faith healers is equally revealing of them: there is nothing divine or spiritual about them, and they money-mongering lunatics seeking to make prostitutes out of our country's poor, sick, and dying.] The result of His physical touch is physical healing. The result of His spiritual touch is spiritual healing! The woman's infirmity "left her", and then she was mobilized and able to serve, able to do good, able to work for her Master. It says here specifically, she "began to serve him"! Jesus' physical touch de-paralyzed Peter's mother-in-law, and she became physically able to serve Him. The Holy Spirit's spiritual touch will do the same spiritually! The Word de-paralyzes us, and mobilizes us to worship our Master, to take joy in His presence, to indulge in a moment with Him, to love Him through service, to be active for His sake, to be and do all that we are able to be and do. MHC (on 15b): "They that recover from fevers by the power of nature are commonly weak and feeble, and unfit for business a great while after; to show therefore that this cure was above the power of nature, she was immediately so well as to go about the business of the house." Note : The common cold can be dealt with with Tylenol, but one can hardly return immediately to business with full strength and clearness of head. There are side-effects, and there is a time of re-gaining our equilibrium. When Jesus heals, however, we are restored whole. So it is with the work of the Holy Spirit through His Word. When it is taken in correctly, when it is expounded to us rightly, when we submit ourselves to it wholly, the work it does in us is complete and totally re-invigorating. Its cure is "above the power of nature", it's above the power of man and his feeble devices and psychologies and methods which bring temporal relief from eternal problems (ones that aren't going to go away by human means). Spurgeon (from his sermon on this passage): "We are not alarmed at the Cross if Christ comes with it." He makes this statement while commenting on the fear of diseases and afflictions and the answer which Christ gives towards those things. Note: The Cross is perhaps the greatest possible affliction known to man. Christ, on the other hand, is the greatest Physician, the greatest answer, to any and all afflictions. Afflictions, even such that might bear the magnitude of cruxificion, should not frighten us if they are accompanied by Christ. Three major points from Matthew 8:14-15: One purpose of Jesus' physical healing ministry was to display the spiritual healing ministry of the Holy Spirit. Small (or great) physical restraints keep us from normal physical function. Likewise, small (or great) spiritual restraints can keep us from normal spiritual function. Sin prevents worship. Confusion prevents worship. Spiritual oppression can keep us from worship and service. In all of us is a spiritual disease that is rooted in sin, and we are all in need of the Physician for healing. Only then can we function worshipfully towards our Savior. Jesus went into the homes of those who believed that He could heal and He healed them. Jesus is the source, and we find Jesus in the Scriptures. We prove our faith when we lean our whole lives on the Word of God, knowing that it heals our every spiritual infirmity. To look anywhere else for a cure is utter disbelief.
10000000015351 15351 Notes 2009-11-13 06:06:46 2009-11-13 06:17:35 14a: Jesus continues his healing ministry, this time in Peter's house. It is possible that he made it to the home of all of his twelve disciples, for he would go on to "preach in their cities" (11:1). But, perhaps we can see here another example of Peter's extreme extroversion, considering that this is the first home of any of Jesus' disciples that Jesus was brought into. 14b: Peter had a mother-in-law, therefore he had a wife, and quite likely he had a family. This did not keep him from the office of an apostle, as it would in the Catholic church. His mother-in-law was in his home: an example of kindness that we should follow in regards to our own families. His mother-in-law must have been an extraordinary woman, that her son-in-law would be so eager to have her healed. Jesus healed deadly diseases as well as common colds such as fevers . (But, we must observe, this was a "great fever" or "high fever" (ESV), according to Luke 4:38) 15a: The cure was Jesus' touch . He exemplified spiritual healing by performing physical healing. His presence was bodily, therefore his touch was physical, and intimately so (he touched her hand). Today, His presence is spiritual (the Holy Spirit) and therefore His "touch" is spiritual, and intimately so - His Word breaks us, humbles our minds, softens our hearts, moves us to action, slows us to stillness, warms us when life gets cold, and chills us when we've gotten too hot. 15b: Jesus possessed miraculous power to heal without medicine. One of the purposes of this display, this healing ministry, is to show Jesus' power to heal our spiritual needs. [Note: The supposed "healing ministries" of today "heal" only with the intention of showing off unordinary human "power", and to lure people to a false god through signs and wonders. Jesus says "an evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign"! His power revealed the truth about Himself, namely that He was divine, He was the Son of David, the Son of God, the Messiah. The false "power" of televangelist faith healers is equally revealing of them: there is nothing divine or spiritual about them, and they money-mongering lunatics seeking to make prostitutes out of our country's poor, sick, and dying.] The result of His physical touch is physical healing. The result of His spiritual touch is spiritual healing! The woman's infirmity "left her", and then she was mobilized and able to serve, able to do good, able to work for her Master. It says here specifically, she "began to serve him"! Jesus' physical touch de-paralyzed Peter's mother-in-law, and she became physically able to serve Him. The Holy Spirit's spiritual touch will do the same spiritually! The Word de-paralyzes us, and mobilizes us to worship our Master, to take joy in His presence, to indulge in a moment with Him, to love Him through service, to be active for His sake, to be and do all that we are able to be and do. MHC (on 15b): "They that recover from fevers by the power of nature are commonly weak and feeble, and unfit for business a great while after; to show therefore that this cure was above the power of nature, she was immediately so well as to go about the business of the house." Note : The common cold can be dealt with with Tylenol, but one can hardly return immediately to business with full strength and clearness of head. There are side-effects, and there is a time of re-gaining our equilibrium. When Jesus heals, however, we are restored whole. So it is with the work of the Holy Spirit through His Word. When it is taken in correctly, when it is expounded to us rightly, when we submit ourselves to it wholly, the work it does in us is complete and totally re-invigorating. Its cure is "above the power of nature", it's above the power of man and his feeble devices and psychologies and methods which bring temporal relief from eternal problems (ones that aren't going to go away by human means). Spurgeon (from his sermon on this passage): "We are not alarmed at the Cross if Christ comes with it." He makes this statement while commenting on the fear of diseases and afflictions and the answer which Christ gives towards those things. Note: The Cross is perhaps the greatest possible affliction known to man. Christ, on the other hand, is the greatest Physician, the greatest answer, to any and all afflictions. Afflictions, even such that might bear the magnitude of cruxificion, should not frighten us if they are accompanied by Christ. Three major points from Matthew 8:14-15: One purpose of Jesus' physical healing ministry was to display the spiritual healing ministry of the Holy Spirit. Small (or great) physical restraints keep us from normal physical function. Likewise, small (or great) spiritual restraints can keep us from normal spiritual function. Sin prevents worship. Confusion prevents worship. Spiritual oppression can keep us from worship and service. In all of us is a spiritual disease that is rooted in sin, and we are all in need of the Physician for healing. Only then can we function worshipfully towards our Savior. Jesus went into the homes of those who believed that He could heal and He healed them. Jesus is the source, and we find Jesus in the Scriptures. We prove our faith when we lean our whole lives on the Word of God, knowing that it heals our every spiritual infirmity. To look anywhere else for a cure is utter disbelief. notes
Arc
2009-11-13 06:06:46
2009-11-13 06:17:35
editing
Matthew
Matthew 8:14-15
NT
tisch
esv
Καὶ ἐλθὼν ὁ Ἰησοῦς εἰς τὴν οἰκίαν Πέτρου
And when Jesus entered Peter's house,
εἶδεν τὴν πενθερὰν αὐτοῦ βεβλημένην καὶ πυρέσσουσαν·
he saw his mother-in-law lying sick with a fever.
actionmanner
καὶ ἥψατο τῆς χειρὸς αὐτῆς,
He touched her hand,
καὶ ἀφῆκεν αὐτὴν ὁ πυρετός· καὶ ἠγέρθη καὶ διηκόνει αὐτῷ.
and the fever left her, and she rose and began to serve him.
actionresult
situationresponse
discourse
10000000015351 15351 Arc 2009-11-13 06:06:46 2009-11-13 06:17:35 editing Matthew 8 14 8 15 Matthew 8:14-15 40 NT tisch esv i215704 i215705 i215700 Καὶ ἐλθὼν ὁ Ἰησοῦς εἰς τὴν οἰκίαν Πέτρου And when Jesus entered Peter's house, i215701 εἶδεν τὴν πενθερὰν αὐτοῦ βεβλημένην καὶ πυρέσσουσαν· he saw his mother-in-law lying sick with a fever. actionmanner 1 i215706 i215702 καὶ ἥψατο τῆς χειρὸς αὐτῆς, He touched her hand, i215703 καὶ ἀφῆκεν αὐτὴν ὁ πυρετός· καὶ ἠγέρθη καὶ διηκόνει αὐτῷ. and the fever left her, and she rose and began to serve him. actionresult 2 situationresponse 2 1 1 1 tisch 25 esv 25 a 50 discourse
Comments
Disclaimer: The opinions and conclusions expressed on this page are those of the author and may or may not accord with the positions of Biblearc or Bethlehem College & Seminary.