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Monday, June 11, 2007

Matthew 8

East and West

Summary:
Jesus healed a leper and told him to be quiet, but show himself to the priests as the law commands.
Jesus healed the servant of a gentile centurion who knew that Jesus had authority to command his servant to be well. Jesus thought his faith was better than non-gentiles!
Jesus healed Peter's mother-in-law, and many others too, in accordance with Isaiah.

Jesus crossed a lake to get away from the crowds. His disciples said they would follow him everywhere, but one wanted to wait til his father had died. But you have to give up much to follow Jesus.

On the journey there was a storm. Everyone was scared, but Jesus commanded the sea to be calm. Everyone was amazed.

On the other side there were two men with many demons. The demons knew their fate, but asked to be sent into pigs, which Jesus allowed. The pigs then promptly ran off a cliff. The men were then okay, but the locals asked Jesus to leave.

Key verse:
11. I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven.

My thoughts:
It's awesome that here in perhaps the most Jewish of texts in the New Testament, that Jesus is abundantly clear that gentiles would be saved too. Jesus' focus for his ministry is on Israel, but his mission is beyond that. Liken this statement to someone saying now "Many from Islam, Buddhism, and Judaism will join us in heaven". Sort of...

Clearly no-one from the North or South would be participating in said feast.

I am told that the people asked Jesus to leave perhaps because they had lost a lot of money when all those pigs died. Note that there are two men in this account. Other accounts of the same passage have one man.

Gosh... this almost reads like a continuous narrative in this chapter...

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