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Three More Healings

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March 2, 2021 7:00 am

Three More Healings

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March 2, 2021 7:00 am

Both spiritual sin and physical disease can lead to isolation and despair. And while many who are sick call on God’s grace for healing, how much more important is it for us all to call on God for forgiveness? In our desperation, do we turn to the only one who can truly deliver us not just physically, but spiritually?

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Both spiritual soon and physical disease can lead to isolation and despair. And while many who are sick: God's grace for healing. How much more important is it for us all to call on God for forgiveness in our desperation to return to the only one who can truly deliver us, not just physically but spiritually as well.

Thanks for joining us for this broadcast of the Bible study hour with Dr. James Boyce. Welcome to the Bible study our radio and Internet broadcast with Dr. James Boyce preparing you to think and act quickly.

The stories of Jesus miracles are recorded in Scripture for a greater purpose than mere historic documentation. Let's listen in as Dr. Boyce gives us the theological background on three miracles as described in Matthew chapter 9 we come now to the last of the stories recorded in Matthew eight and Lineman tell us some of the miracles Jesus did a lot of them have to do with healing but there are other miracles as well, as we've been studying them. We find that Matthew groups in an interesting way.

Part of our study is to figure out why he does it the way he does and therefore receive what the stories are really about how they come in groups of three first group of three was in Matthew 813 17 a mayor we were told how Jesus healed a leper and how he healed the sick servants of a Roman centurion, and finally how he healed Peter's mother-in-law was in bed with a fever. Second section is in the eighth chapter, beginning with verse 18 and going on into the ninth chapter and here Jesus quiets the wind and the waves on Galilee delivers two demon possessed man came out of the tombs and data not on the far side of the lake. The Gentile area and finally how he healed the paralyzed man. Then the third set that's what were looking at now first involves a double miracle is to do with the healing or raising of the dead girl that healing a woman who had been bleeding for many years were unable to stop plant those two stories go together historically going to say they have a similar meaning. Then Jesus restores sight to blind man on the very end is another demon possessed man it dries out the demon the matter not been able to speak and that is why we want to look at these things in context and see the flow of thought. Because these are not just random things that evangelist is put together and puts them together with real understanding of their meaning and we have to look at them carefully. Now the early accounts of Jesus healing sickness seem to focus more or less on the faith of the people that were involved. That's especially true in the case of the Roman centurion we go on. We find this quite a bit more involved here, because what we are really being told about is Jesus authority case of the early healing. She has authority over success. Yes, it's perfectly clear, but when he begins to cross the sea of Galilee. Any quiets the winds and the waves evident here that he has authority over nature, and when he cast the demons out of the two men there. We realize he has authority over demons largely possesses spiritual authority as well.

All that is very striking and their showing in one way or another that Jesus came not only the cure our physical diseases but also deliver us from spiritual oppression free us from our sin gives us a clue. Especially when we, the healing of the man I was paralyzed been let down through the roof and Jesus begins by saying to him, your sins are forgiven. I pointed case we haven't seen earlier we begin to sigh all much more is going on here other than merely the healing of those who were sick somehow. Matthew and telling the stories is connecting our condition in sin when our physical illnesses so that healing of the one becomes an evidence of Jesus ability to do the other how he skidded at an earlier one hidden is only after we read on that we go back and begin to see that it's there, but he has skidded at it, because after those first three stories that talk only about as it would seem the deliverance of people who were sick. He quotes from Isaiah 53 four adverse if you remember it says he took up our infirmities and carried our diseases. I pointed out at the time that some of the critics have looked at that and said what Matthew didn't know what he was talking about those verses in Isaiah 53 had to do with the Messiah's ability to deal with sin, because he takes our iniquities upon himself and he dies in our place.

We know that passages of the great passage of the Old Testament dealing with what we call vicarious atonement, substitutionary atonement made said well Matthew doesn't know what it's talking about because Matthew's been telling stories about Jesus dealing with disease and asthma.

Talking about sin at all. But, of course, Matthew know exactly what he was talking about well understood that what is giving us this early clue to the fact that the stories had to do with more than mere physical illness have to do with Jesus ability to deal with sin when we understand that it also helps us understand the parenthetical material.

Remember we have buying healing stories here and then there divided into groups of three interrupted by these parentheses remember what the first one was the first one had to do with two brand-new came and wanted to be followers of Jesus one set.

I'll follow you wherever you go.

Jesus said well that's fine. But remember Son of Man doesn't have a place to lay his head and go home. It's going to be a difficult discipleship on the other when said well I like to call you but I have to go deal with family affairs first way to my father dies, and Jesus said, let the dead bury their dead. If you're serious about discipleship, and follow makes the point that story is neither of them didn't say, well, that all the Risley didn't do it and follow Jesus that and also the fact that they perished in their sins because Jesus is the Savior. You say you get to the next parenthesis. It becomes clear area have the story of Matthew's own conversion and it follows Jesus raising of the paralyzed man Jesus made the link between the forgiveness of sins of the people who heard that said while nobody can forgive sins but God. Matthew puts in his own story explains. At that point that he was a sinner because people were objecting to Jesus objected on this occasion with the fact that he associated with tax collectors and sinners. So what Matthew was saying is that's exactly what I am. Yes that's right I'm a sinner. Jesus came to save sinners, so he gets his own testimony at that point so matter-of-fact, although those of the only parentheses. It's interesting to realize that this whole grouping of miracles now ends up in the 10th chapter with Jesus commissioning. Those who have indeed followed him and who have been forgiven of their sins to the task of world evangelism. So the entire 10th chapter tells those people that they have to go out and begin telling who we is to a world which is perishing in that sin say when you begin to put it together.

You understand a lot more going on here than you see on the surface now ready without in our minds to look after the first of these three final healings, as was the double story involves raising of this girl and also the healing of a woman who had been bleeding. Matthew has the most condensed account that perhaps a significant market Luke also told the story, but Matthew tells it in mind versus a rather short accounting mark, which is the shortest of all the Gospels takes 23 verses to tell her that Luke takes 17 what Matthew says is that while Jesus was teaching about fasting a ruler asked him to come and raise his daughter from the dead and the Gospels that were ruler almost always refers to a ruler of the synagogue seems to of been almost an official title and at any rate, in case we don't assume that Mark makes it clear his accounting says this man was a ruler of the synagogue marketing gives us his name. His name was gyrus. So here we have the synagogue ruler coming to Jesus with this request out markers telling this at greater length explains that it happened in stages from a man first came to Jesus, the daughter had not yet died and came asking Jesus to come and heal her while Jesus was on his way. The word came that the daughter had died that point.

What was needed was a resurrection Matthew telescopes at all in the one short story showing the end of the beginning so he tells us that the man came asking Jesus actually to raise his daughter from the dead. Now when we were studying some of these miracles. Earlier we noticed the remarkable case of this Roman centurion Roman centurion had a sick servant they wanted Jesus to come and heal the servant and he said you don't even have to come in to my house. All you really have to do is speak the word and it will be done.

I was a remarkable instance of faith we have here in the case of this man, gyrus, ruler of the synagogue is no less remarkable. He wants Jesus to come heal his daughter and whether the daughter had already died and he knew it, which is sort of the way. Matthew tells the story or at the beginning and not die but died later in any case, he still asking Jesus eventually to raise her from the dead as the first and only story of Matthew's gospel about Jesus actually raising someone from the dead are stories elsewhere. We know John's accounts where Jesus raises Lazarus from the dad, we also have an account and move where he raises the son of the widow Matan called name of this is the only one in Matthew Really remarkable. Plus the fact it was these leaders of the people all use Pharisees and scribes of others that were most possible to Jesus. So this man gyrus was part of a company of those who were even as the stories are being told plotting to get rid of Jesus because he was on the fence to them and their pharisaic self-righteousness in the world would drive a man like gyrus to come to Jesus is the enemy of his class of people and bring them to such a height of faith that he was looking to Jesus to raise his daughter from the dead, the answer of course is desperation and nowhere else to turn.

They had nothing that he could do. Jesus was his only hope is a lot assured desperation he comes to Jesus, may I commend them to you. Desperation is not always the best of reasons for coming to Jesus Christ. But it's a good one. You're a person who is despairing of your ability to sort out your own life or solve your own problems or if God is given you this degree of perception actually deal with the problem of your sins, let your desperation drive you to Jesus Christ you find that he receives you as you call Jesus never said anybody after come to me in a better frame of mind always to people as they came. The that there need to do that for you if you come to them what your desperation drive you to Jesus we have the story of this woman who was suffering from bleeding and when we look at her. We have to say was the desperation that drove this woman to Jesus to told she had a condition for 12 years you been bleeding for 12 years first 20 Luke adds in his version.

No one could heal her while she's in a desperate condition as well. You have to think about her condition a little bit because she was really a pathetic one response. He was unclean.

According to the Jewish way of looking at this sort of thing.

Story is told with a great deal of time, which is what you would expect of a man is Matthew was writing about female medical problem when you're talking a woman is going to have an operation or has a problem with your man and she doesn't tell you what is your last two carefully when her, tell her that she wants to hear is Matthew showing a great deal of discretion. It must've been some kind of excessive menstrual bleeding regimen been going on for a long time and the whole point of that is that it renders her unclean text of the Old Testament to talk about it. The 15th chapter of Leviticus versus 25 verse 33 explains how a woman is bleeding in this way, she's unclean. She can have contact with her husband. She makes unclean. According to Jewish way of thinking everything she touches nobody was allowed to lie down on the bed in which a woman like this is been lying or sit in the chair in which woman like this had been sitting. She wasn't married.

She had no hope for marriage.

Nobody would marry a woman in that condition she was married to her husband couldn't touch her like wouldn't have any normal sexual relations. This was a very sad case means as well as she was isolated you think about her condition.

You must begin to understand that she was very, very long way. Not only that she was incurable.

That's what Luke says it's kind of interesting this point to read the various ways the gospel writers talk about Matthew who writes about it says that she had been bleeding for a long long time. Nobody had been able to help her. Mark says she had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and spent all she had.

These were men. Obviously, it would suffer problems with doctors themselves. Luke, however, who was a doctor explains that her case was incurable, but the point being if she could have been purely sure that the other members of his profession would've done it right. The point is clear. She was a very bad way when we put those two stories together, we begin to see how they actually tell something about the human condition. I'm sure they happen together historically, which is why they were remembered that way by all three of the evangelist also belong together and this might just think how their link they reinforce one another because what was true of the woman was true in a certain sense of the girl who had died. The dead were as unclean as menstruating women couldn't touch a dead person without becoming ceremonially unclean Jew would understand that connection. They were also isolated and of the dead were set aside nothing is more isolating than death either for the person that died obviously, but also for those who lost someone that they have loved. As far as being incurable is concerned. Death is obviously incurable, and the case of the woman was also because bleeding.

She certainly was anemic and that she was bleeding. The bleeding couldn't be stopped. Eventually she would die to see how to work it was a hopeless situation.

In both cases, but not for Jesus because mother told was that the woman thought well if I can just touch the hem of his garment. I'll be cured. She makes her way through the crowd doesn't remember now. She's not supposed to talk to somebody else or they'll become unclean, but when you touch Jesus Christ you don't like Jesus Christ unclean. He cleans you, so she did it she was healed in Jesus goes to the room in which the synagogue ruler's daughter flying dad and he races her from the dead. I said this tells us about our condition. This is the whole point of the stories when you understand that, go back and just think through all of the things we know about these two people are what Jesus didn't recognize that that is true for us as well, but the sin do for us.

After all, are all sinners spiritually.

Now what is the first thing that sin does. Sin makes us unclean. Doesn't it unclean and on-site, not with one another because all sinners, we take one another all ripening on site were unclean.

We can approach him in our sinful state. That's why Isaiah when he had that vision of God, high and lifted up on the throne said, woe is me. I'm undone. I'm a man I want unclean lips and I dwell in the midst of the people of unclean lips, and he was unable to approach the throne until an angel took a call from the altar, and when touched his lips and cured him. You are neither unclean and are sent. Secondly, were isolated as well. That's why Isaiah also wrote your iniquities have separated from you and your God, your sins have hidden his face from you so he will not hear sin cuts us off from other people as it produces all kinds of hard feelings. We don't always get over in this world that isn't the greatest of our problems.

A great problem is that our sin isolates us from God, sinful state, we can go into the presence of a holy God. And that's not dealt with someone I were going to spend eternity, cut off from them, which is what hell is all about social isolation is also true about how about this matter.

Being hopeless while in Ephesians 2nd chapter.

Paula's writing about our condition and 70 uses the word death to describe the metaphor, but actually a literal case of your thinking spiritually. You said you were dead in your trespasses and sins absolutely hopeless hopeless case, except for the intervention of God. That's what Paul goes on to say because I think chapter beginning in verse four says box box because of his great love for us. God it was rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions by grace you have been saved and he raised us up with Christ overcoming our isolation as well as our hopeless state of death and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the ages to come he might show the incomparable riches of his grace expressed in his kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

I suppose there are few pictures in the Bible that are more effective in describing our lost condition, let them along with that, the love, grace and resurrection power to Jesus Christ and salvation story of the racing the dead daughter of the ruler of the synagogue in Jesus healing this woman whose condition was so sad. I will end in mind that's going to look at the next stories what does Matthew put in at the very end of the chapter currently has two more healings. The first of these is the healing of two blind men look at them in the same context that we been looking at the other stories would begin to see that they tell us something about what happens when Jesus Christ saves sinners. These two men were told came after Jesus, crying out, have mercy on us, son of David.

Verse 27 of the commentators point out, rightly, that son of David is a messianic title anybody was called a son of David was a possible Messiah might just by the grace of God. We established the throne of David people of said some of the unbelieving scholars asked the question, can these two blind men really have that kind of faith that I would call out after a man they couldn't even see son of David, Messiah, have mercy upon us. The believe in anything themselves so they assume nobody else could do it is exactly what the blind men were doing the blind men knew the Bible. He knew what the Old Testament said the Old Testament said that in the messianic age. The eyes of the blind would be open and the ears of the death. The lame would leap like a deer in the mute tongue shout for joy.

Isaiah 35 verses five and six of those promises so they called out to Jesus as the Messiah save the now I don't know how strong their faith was they might not of been certain that that point that their faith was rightly placed. Was Jesus actually, the Messiah, who could save them but at least the case was desperate and they knew if there was any hope at all. It had to be in Jesus, maybe once the Messiah Robert told us that Jesus invited the man began to question them. He said do you believe that I'm able to do this.

I said yes yes I knew at that point as he was talking to them that he really was. Assume he had claimed to be were told. The city touched their eyes and their sight was restored completely from the story and the one that follows about the demon possessed man who is mute are unique to Matthew don't have them in the parallel passages Mark or Luke. Although Mark and Luke tell about the healing of other blind man later on. The stories aren't there. So that makes us ask, why does Matthew include the stories here and at this point. I mean if we were doing it, we would say the greatest of all the miracles is the raising of this dead girl from the data that's certainly greater than anything else, but almost as we think that an anti-climax here to be in the talk about blind man and then finally a man who can't speak what what's involved in courses Matthews teaching what happens when Jesus saves somebody from your sin as he opens is that we begin to see Jesus in ways I haven't seen him before. These two blind men had seen Jesus in a certain sense, they'd seen them with their minds, they imagine what it must've been like they believed he was the Messiah, and Jesus honored their faith by giving them site but when he gave them site. They saw them in new ways. That reminds us of what happened with the Emmaus disciples recalled they were on their way home after the resurrection they heard about it. They had the witness of those would been there and knew the tomb was empty and one woman at least said she'd seen Jesus only fact that people don't rise's dream was over work on their way home. And Jesus appeared to what happened is that he opened their eyes to perceive them and they were never the same after they have seen the resurrected war. There are three openings in that great chapter of Luke's gospel 24 verse he opens the Scripture to them when he opens her eyes to see who is then finally the very end of the chapter he opens their minds to perceive them in new ways that will happen to any person who comes to Jesus Christ in faith believing is the Savior first thing you have to do is deal with your sin he is done that through his death upon the cross, that death is made beneficial to you as he applies it to you by his sovereign grace. He doesn't do that, apart from regeneration you become a new creature. You see things in new ways, and above all you see Jesus Christ as you never saw him before he began to grow. But the Bible describes the love and the knowledge of Jesus Christ.

That's what happened to these two blind men of the last one.

Have a man that was demon possessed. Matthew tells a story we we would even be more puzzled about this when we were about the earlier one, because he said not only does it seem to be an anticlimax and he tells a very briefly but he's already told about when healing a demon possessed man we had this dramatic account of the two men were in the total came out of demons were driven out. They went into the pigs and the pigs ran down the hill. Boy, that's a story worth telling. Got this other man thrown in that market don't even mention what is unique about this is that because it is demon possession. The man couldn't speak. Remember the Manning guitar on the other side of the lake could speak because the demon spoke from and said why have you come here son of God, and you come to torment us before our time speaking this man couldn't speak. When Jesus heals him. He does see what Matthew was saying when Jesus deals with your sin. He opens your eyes to see them in new ways and loosens your tongue so you can talk about, and others. In case you don't understand that that's what he's doing.

Look what happens in the next chapter.

Jesus looks out on the field all these people need to hear the gospel. He says pray the Lord of the harvest to send forth laborers into the harvest and then he begins the work of those 12 that he sealed up all of them.

They been forgiven of their sins. Matthew was one and he says not look you need to go out into the world so the entire 10th chapter which goes with chapter 8 and nine is the great climax everything we have here since were speaking about speaking. Notice we get to the very end of chapter 9 that there are three kinds of speaking first speaking is the speaking of the crowds, they were speaking about Jesus and what they were saying was this nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel is not wonderful verse 33.

Stroganoff is not good enough. Very least, a miracle should've led them to faith in Jesus Christ as the Messiah was miracles recorded later in chapter 11 Jesus response to the disciples of John the Baptist would come with a question.

Are you the Messiah, or should we look for another.

Jesus reminds them that the debtor raised to life the blind see the buttes to be good, and so on, to the point of them to the Messiah. They should've believed on him, but they didn't do it just marveled, but an interesting man. This was silly talk about it late gossiped about the teacher I was the person making the second speaking was that of the Pharisees, and they speak against Jesus. We saw that sad beginning of their opposition earlier when they called his claim to be able to forgive sins blasphemy told later they criticize them for eating with sinners story of the raising of gyrus's daughter. They laughed at him merely to the worst thing of all being helpless to deny the miracles I save the miracles are being done by the power of Satan so they say is by the prince of demons that he drives out demons verse 34. Speaking about Jesus speaking against Jesus going to see the third kind of speaker in my speaking is speaking for him is what the disciples doing is what you and I are called to do. If we actually become Christians of Jesus has healed you of your sin, shouldn't you be speaking for him a great deal more than you do. Let's pray our father, you have taught us so much about yourself in these chapters were studying are so rich your grace to us is so abundant you keyless or senior opener eyes loosen our tongues father forgive us for being less effective than we are and being silent in a guilty way should be bold in telling about the one who has, and include alone there's hope of salvation. Jesus, you are listening to the Bible study hours with the Bible teaching of Dr. James Boyce listener supported ministry of the alliance of confessing Evangelicals. The alliance exists to promote a biblical understanding and worldview. Drawing upon the insight and wisdom of reformed theologians from decades and even centuries gone by. We seek to provide Christian teaching that will equip believers to understand and meet the challenges and opportunities of our time and place. Alliance broadcasting includes that Bible study hour with Dr. James Boyce every last word with Bible teacher, Dr. Philip Reich and Dr. Barnhouse in the Bible featuring Donald Barnhouse. For more information on the alliance including a free introductory package for first-time callers or to make a contribution. Please call toll-free 1-800-488-1888. Again, that's 1-800-488-1888.

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