Come Follow Me LDS- Mar 4-10 Pt 1, Matthew 8-9, Mark 2-5 – Thy Faith Hath Made Thee Whole Pt 1

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– Jesus Established as The Healer in Galilee

– Masses Follow Him

– He is Rejected in Capernaum

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“Thy Faith Hath Made Thee Whole” Part 1

 

in this episode we’re going to cover why

Jesus is the healer how I talk mint

means to cover and why Jesus is rejected

so let’s set the stage for Matthew

chapters 8 & 9 Jesus has just performed

the Sermon on the Mount to the ritual on

top of the mountain and this is how

Matthew 8 starts off in verse 1 it says

when he was come down from the mountain

great multitudes followed him so he’s

got this following you can imagine

there’s probably a type of excitement

over what is being launched here where

previously Jesus announced in the

synagogue that he was the Messiah he is

now through ritual through a performance

through an ordinance probably announced

the beginning of his church and his

overall doctrine and teachings that are

that he’s going to be preaching

throughout the gospel throughout the

rest of his life and so there’s this

excitement all these people are

following him and here the authors

Matthew and Mark now want to take from

these teachings that’s beginning and

want to show who he is and what they

focus on is that he is the healer and so

throughout chapters 8 & 9 we get several

examples of Jesus healing different

individuals and this is important it’s

not just a matter of look at the power

that Jesus has and he can go out and

physically heal somebody there’s a

reason why he is called the healer first

the prophets in the Old Testament have

all prophesied that Jesus was the healer

that the Messiah would come that he

would heal lepers that he would heal the

lame he would heal the blind the deaf

and cast out devils and so this is in a

sense making sure as a testimony in the

Gospels that people understand that this

is who this is that the prophets have

prophesied of the most

by doing these things and here is Jesus

doing these things so this is a

testimony that Jesus is the Christ

that’s the first reason the second

reason is that this is who he is he is

the healer and we’ve mentioned before in

a previous lesson that as an example in

the earliest English translations they

did not give Jesus the name Jesus they

didn’t use his name Jesus

they simply gave him the name of the

healer Highland because that was the

understanding of who he is

more anciently that was a bigger part of

understanding that he was the healer

this is almost like a title that he

would have had and I’d like to go over

this a little bit more so that we have

an understanding of how healing is

intertwined with the atonement and with

covering alright so let’s cover

atonement here atonement comes from it’s

an English word that came from William

Tyndale or tinsdale in the 14 1500s and

basically what he did is he took the

term Kippur which is to cover in the Old

Testament and gave the word atonement

and atonement comes from a couple of

different words that he put together so

you have at and one so atonement is at

one mint it’s the same idea as covenant

it’s taking two sides and having a

reconciliation or bringing them together

that’s what covenant means right Cova

near would be to come together

that’s a covenant and so at one mint is

bringing God and man together there is

the higher law where God is coming down

to men condescending to men and paying

for man’s sins sacrificing for him and

then there is the lower law where man is

reaching toward God to be at one with

him by obedience and by prayer and by

anything that’s reaching upward toward

God so that’s really what

atonement means is being at one

it has to do with covenant but there’s

another meaning as well that has to do

with covering so Kippur we think of the

day Yom Kippur which is a Jewish holiday

right that is the day of atonement

well Yom Kippur really means day of

covering and day of covering is the same

thing as atonement so in the in the

ritual of the Day of Atonement the high

priest would go into the temple would go

into the Holy of Holies and would

cleanse everything out with the blood of

an ox and the blood of a goat and etc

and it would cleanse the temple and

cleanse the land and cleanse the people

and reconcile God with man it was like

it was also called the covenant of

peace sometimes it’s termed so it would

be a covering of this through it with

the blood that would be the payment you

would cover and we see this imagery

throughout the scriptures as well of

covering for example when Adam and Eve

lose their garments of light they lose

their covering they lose their Kippur

the atonement in a sense they lose that

and then when Jesus Christ or Jehovah

makes garments of animal skins for Adam

and Eve he is giving them a covering

right he’s giving them a cap or he’s

giving them atonement it’s a

representation of atonement now we use

the term atonement also in the sense of

a verb to atone for someone and that is

also correct it’s a payment to pay for

somebody else or to pay for a past sin

of yourself

it’s payment and we can see that in a

couple of other words also attributed to

William tinsdale is the term mercy seat

so in the Holy of Holies you had the Ark

of the Covenant and what covered the Ark

of becoming the lid that had the two

cherubim with the with the wings on

them that was called the Kippur it right

the covering

and so that would cover it but it was

also called at least by William Tyndale

it apparently the mercy-seat

now think about the word mercy we think

of mercy as in the bowels of mercy and

having compassion but what does that

really mean what that means is you are

paying for someone right you’re paying

the price of having empathy and

suffering in behalf of somebody else

think of the word mercenary mercenary

would be a soldier who is paid by a

different nation usually to come in and

battle for them to go to war for them

it’s a payment they’re accepting payment

as a soldier mercy same thing where we

the same term or word from where we get

mercenary so mercy is actually a payment

and so we have the law of justice which

is the lower law very important but what

supersedes that it’s the law of at one

mint from God it’s the law of covering

from God it’s the law of mercy from God

His mercy His grace is a covering and we

think of his glory as something that

covers us garments of glory the temple

garment is a covering and so when we are

naked or ashamed so to speak it’s

because we’ve been separated from God

and as we are covered in holy raiment or

of glory then we are reconciled in a

sense with God we have there is a

payment there it is a covering and that

is atonement at one mint so then Jesus

enters Capernaum and there a Roman

centurion approaches him and tells him

that his servant is sick with the palsy

palsy would be something of paralysis

and maybe tremors maybe much worse and

that he believes that Jesus the healer

can heal his servant

so here we

the second simple we just had the leper

to begin with at the beginning of the

chapter now the second example of

healing is a Roman I think that’s on

purpose because we’re showing that okay

first Jesus’s mission here is to the

Jews and then it is also later to the

Gentiles in other words it goes first to

the house of Abraham the house of

Abraham Isaac and Jacob to their

descendants and then it comes out to the

Gentiles and so this is a foreshadowing

of where the gospel will go their

preaching first in Jerusalem and

throughout Judah and it’s going to go

throughout the world with the Gentiles

and so this is an announcement again of

his Messiahship of his Melchizedek

Priesthood and of the fullness of the

gospel that it will fill the earth

including all of the Gentiles and not

just the Jews there so this would have

been something kind of important as an

announcement to the Jews there locally

into his disciples I am healing a

Gentile I am and this is an important

thing and this is a foreshadowing of the

atonement which heals all people and

this is not just for the house of David

this is not just for the house of

Abraham this is for all people all

Gentiles and this Centurion tells Jesus

look I have a lot of authority and I can

tell people where to go and they go tell

him to go left to go left to go to let

me go right to go right something to

that effect and but he says but I’m not

worthy to even enter this house with you

as you go in to heal the servant I know

that you will be able to do this you can

just speak the words and this will

happen and this is similar to what we

saw with a leper and this is a principle

we get throughout these two chapters

here about those there being healed and

let’s follow through on that as we go

through some of these examples and in

the next episode we’ll cover a little

bit more about the other half of the

healing that Jesus performs here and

after the words of the Centurion to him

showing this faith then Jesus says and I

say unto you that many shall come from

the east and the West

that means outside of Judah right

outside of the Covenant people so to

speak

and shall sit down with Abraham it’s a

big part of for example what President

Nelson talks about right now about the

Abrahamic covenant and how we are all to

be working toward this and that the

Gentiles are very very much included in

this he says and shall sit down with

Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the

kingdom of heaven but the children of

the kingdom and I believe he’s talking

about the kingdom of Judah here so the

Covenant people here shall be cast out

into outer darkness III you know he’s

talking about some of them would

probably be cast out because just

because of your lineage that doesn’t

guarantee you anything right it is about

whether you were following the

principles that he is going to be

teaching here for the next few years and

then we get an example here of the

casting out of devils and i don’t want

to go a lot into this but this to me is

a sign that showing that it’s what we’re

going to see here in in the next chapter

and that is that Jesus is not here just

to heal you physically that’s not the

focus here it is important and it’s a

sign to show that he is the healer but

the focus really is that he will heal

your spirit and then it says after he

has cast out the Devils that he heals

all that are sick in Capernaum so

everybody is bringing people here to the

healer so think about that again the

healer this is a major part of what he

is doing throughout his ministry and

people are coming from all sides all

corners of being able to travel there

and they’re bringing their people there

think of the hope that would be there

they hear about Jesus and what he has

been doing think of the hope if you had

a child for example that was struck with

a disease and or a mother

or a relative or a best friend or

whatever or yourself and this hope like

what this is how this has happened I’ve

heard about this and there’s this I

would think this this surgeons of just

this hope for these people that somebody

can heal them and we can of course

translate that into a spiritual idea as

well which is more important we’ll get

to that later and while he’s in

Capernaum him a scribe comes to him and

says master I want to follow you and

Jesus says well the problem is is that I

don’t have anywhere to lay my head I

have nowhere to be that I have no home

I’ve got to go about and do my business

and this is the first point here of the

next few points where he’s saying that

there are a lot of things that are

important out there but this is the most

important thing so these other things

again and that values hierarchy they’re

not as important don’t worry as much

about those as aiming for the top aiming

for the most important thing the

greatest truth and the greatest purpose

and after the scribe then there comes a

disciple to him who says I want to

follow you but first I need to go bury

my father

well that’s a pretty important thing

right he loves his father he wants to

make sure he’s there at his burial but

here there’s a point being made by the

author right it’s a the point is and by

Jesus the point is that is really

important good for you but he says to

the disciple follow me and let the dead

bury the dead in other words you need

life you need eternal life and this is

the most important thing that’s pretty

important to bury your father that’s a

really important thing good for you for

for holding a high principle but here is

something even more important and then

lastly they go into the ship and they go

out and there’s a great storm

a tempest and the disciples are like all

worried that they’re about to perish and

Jesus is asleep and I think this is a

poignant moment here because again this

is emphasizing that Jesus is not

concerned about these physical things

he’s not concerned about these lower

things not that that wouldn’t be

important but again I think the message

here is that of all these important

things disasters your family even a home

all of these things that might be really

important they’re not as important as

what I am bringing here and you need to

see that I think that’s his message to

them and it’s interesting isn’t it that

we can hold on to some of very important

things and they can be our main purpose

in life and then if something comes

along that is even more important it

might be really hard for us to let go of

whatever it is that we have already

grabbed on to and say okay this is now

more important right this becomes more

important we see this as we grow into

adulthood and become a parent and a

spouse some things that would have been

really important to us and good things

probably aren’t as important anymore we

need to move beyond that and graduate to

a higher value where now our spouse and

our children become more important and

we bring this additional value that

comes in and actually sits now at the

top and our purpose now is aimed up at

that new higher value and that’s what

Jesus is bringing in that’s a focus of

again the higher and the lower laws

where this focus has been the law of

Moses the law of sacrifice looking

forward to something else he is that

something else and so the principle is

there can be new and better and more

important things that come on in our

lives and we need to learn to be able to

lower important things for other things

that are even more important I think we

have a hard time sometimes

I know I’ve experienced that and then at

the end of the chapter very interesting

what happens he’s gone out and he has

healed all of these people and yet at

the end of the chapter verse 34 it says

and behold the whole city came out to

meet Jesus and when they saw him they

besought him that he would depart out of

their coasts

so basically thank you very much but get

out of Dodge very interesting isn’t it

that this happens the disruption that

Jesus is causing here maybe all these

people are coming in maybe it’s

bothering people

maybe the leaders of the Jewish

community they’re in Capernaum are not

very happy about what’s happening but

regardless here we have another

principal so he has a little bit of this

element right from the get-go of being a

stranger in a strange land and going

back to the beginning of his life he’s

born in a cave problem probably a cave

in Bethlehem in very humble

circumstances and then Herod tries

to kill him and has all the young

boy babies killed and he has to run off

to Egypt and then come back and here

he is in his own area his own region of

Galilee and he’s being kicked out again

he’s being rejected even though he’s

doing something that is phenomenal

obviously because it’s a threat to

people it’s a threat to their status quo

it’s a threat to power structures and

maybe it’s just a threat to

understanding for some people of what is

happening and so this disruption as good

as it is is being thrown out and I

wonder sometimes if we do that in our

lives where again we’re looking for a

goodness kind of like Christ with a ship

and with the scribe and the disciple

where we’re hanging on to something that

might be

important to us and here comes something

better and a higher value to shoot for

and to follow into and to hang on to and

yet we don’t want to let go with what we

already have in place the status quo is

maybe sometimes too comfortable for us

so Jesus as the promised Messiah as the

healer as the king of the Jews the new

milk acidic is also rejected as all of

those things among the masses we’ll talk

to you next time

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