Matthew 9: The Power Given To Men

Summary Highlights: 

Chapter 9 demonstrates that the people of Yeshua time understood his purpose. When they heard him say the “Son of man” had the power to forgive sin on earth and witnessed him heal the paralyzed man, they gave glory to God for giving such power to “men”.  Yeshua demonstrated and taught of these powers that were given to men.

In this chapter, Yeshua also makes a distinction between his disciples and the disciples of man. He specified who should fast, when and why. Furthermore, he explains that we are sent to sinners, not to the righteous.

He also demonstrates that he has compassion for those who are lost.

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Instructions: Read Matthew Chapter 9 in the King James Version to avoid confusion, since this is the version used for these lessons.

Video Lesson: This is a video originally created for a private bible study group. It summarizes the information below. It is recommended that you also read through the entire lesson so that you do not miss anything.

Final Thoughts:

The central theme here is that Yeshua is teaching his own people who they are and what powers they possess.

Particularly, he reminds us that we are sons and daughters of the Almighty God, who has given us the power to forgive, to heal, and to cast out demons and a responsibility to use that power to save and not sacrifice souls.

He teaches us what our ministry should look like. True ministry is one that accepts and has compassion for the lost, abandoned, and the sick who have faith and for the sinners who are victims of ignorance who God leads to sit at our table. He teaches us that our duty is not to the righteous, but to the unrighteous.

Yeshua tells us, in so many words, that we are the bride of our Father. Something that is precious to and one with Him. Something that he will never leave nor forsake and for whom His love has no limits or conditions. He is our protector, provider, director, our head, and our heart.

When we listen to Yeshua’s teachings with an unbiased mind and a seeking heart, we can hear the truth of his words and his message. He teaches us about the nature of our Father and helps us to understand what we must do to take our place in our Father’s kingdom.

Maybe you do not desire to heal the body or restore physical life; but we are required to heal the soul and restore spiritual life to all who God sends to us.  We are required to forgive men and tend to the spiritual condition of our fellow brothers and sisters by manifesting the truth of our God and his power, as Yeshua did.

See, when we think of the ultimate fate of this world, we sometimes forget that our own journey is our ultimate fate rather we are here during the perceived apocalyptic moment or not. In other words, our journey may end tomorrow. We will return to our Father when our job here is done.  So, for those of you procrastinating and delaying your journey, consider this: Stop delaying your journey and accept that your destiny is with Him. I for one am tired of the sin and evil that surrounds me, even knowing that it cannot touch me, but sin and evil is waiting on us to put it to rest!

So, it is my prayer that we become one with each other and with our Father and husband, that we may demonstrate his love to the world and redeem His people to Him.

~Rev. D

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