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

‘Sitting With Sinners’

– Jesus sits with the publicans and sinners

– Are we too exclusionary? Or not enough?

– Authorship! Not ‘Play by Play’ history.

– ‘After all we can do’. Faith in action.

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“Thy Faith Hath Made Thee Whole” Part 2

 

alright so in this episode we see Jesus

becoming the spiritual healer we

mentioned this briefly in the previous

part 1 of this lesson of come follow me

but here we see the actual transition so

opening up with this we see Jesus comes

back from Capernaum where he was kicked

out basically for being such a good guy

and he ends up back across the sea and

comes into his own City so here he is in

Nazareth apparently and verse 2 says and

behold they brought to him a sick of the

palsy lying on a bed and Jesus seeing

their faith this is a theme throughout

this chapter and the last seeing their

faith said unto the sick of the palsy

son be of good cheer thy sins be

forgiven thee so there’s two things that

start happening here number one we see

again as we have in each of the last

episodes of healing from the last

episode from our last episode in the

last chapter that the person being

healed is exerting faith so that’s a

very important part of what Matthew and

Mark are saying here and I’m going

through Matthew 9 here is that those

that are being healed here Jesus is the

healer he’s offering this mercy but he

is receiving faith on his name on his

ability to do this in order to

accomplish this and so the authors are

very particular about showing this that

it is the faithful or those that are

that have faith in Jesus are actually

the ones that are being healed and we

see it throughout all of the all of the

examples in in these two chapters the

second thing is here he says he doesn’t

say first I’m healing you of the palsy

he says thy sin is son be of good cheer

thy sins be forgiven thee so this is the

author here Matthew in this case giving

a say further transition in an

understanding of how Jesus really is the

healer all of these examples of going

around and physically healing people

but as with the devils being cast out as

an example of spiritual healing in the

last chapter here we have the transition

right at the beginning of chapter 9

where Matthew is saying look this is

what this is really all about yes he’s

the healer yes he can heal you

physically but he is the one that can

bring atonement he is the one that can

bring the covering and the healing and

the mercy to your spirit and so here he

says thy son thy sins be forgiven thee

well the scribes are saying to

themselves he can probably see them

hustle the hustle and bustle of and the

disruption of the scribes as they are

concerned about what has just happened

here and Jesus perceiving their thoughts

says basically okay I understand you

think it’s easier for me to say your

sins are forgiven thee to this man

because then I don’t have to show

anything remember he’s now in a

different city so this is looks like

it’s the first healing of in Nazareth

and he says so that you know that I can

forgive sins that the here’s how he says

it

he says for whether it whether is easier

to say thy sins be forgiven thee or to

say arise and walk so he knows that’s

what they’re thinking that it’s easier

for him to just say hey your sins are

forgiven you and then walk off and so he

says but that ye may know that the Son

of man saying himself hath power on

earth to forgive sins then saith he to

the sick of the palsy arise take up thy

bed and go unto thine house so he heals

then the man with palsy or the boy with

palsy and so that he can show

that he is the one that does forgive

sins that he is the son of man the son

of God by saying look first I said this

you don’t believe that fine

I can easily show you through physical

healing as I have in Capernaum in other

places that I can heal him physically

and that needs to be assigned to you

that I can forgive sins and that in

again that I am the spiritual healer I

am the Messiah I am the Savior not just

of your body but of your spirit and of

all spiritual thing and then we have an

example one of my favorite examples in

scripture where Jesus then it says in

verse 10 and it came to pass as Jesus

sat at meat in the house behold many

publicans as the tax collectors who were

looked at very poorly because they kind

of worked the system and took a lot for

themselves maybe and they were

turncoats so to speak because these were

usually Jews that worked for the Romans

and the Jews weren’t really happy about

that and so a lot of the publicans and

sinners who must have worked together

came and sat down with him and his

disciples and so then the Pharisees

there in Nazareth or see this and they

said unto his disciples why eateth your

master with publicans and sinners and

Jesus hears this and he says unto them

they that be whole need not a physician

but they that are sick but go ye and

learn what that meaneth I will have

mercy and not sacrifice for I am NOT

come to call the righteous but sinners

to repentance this is a such a great

lesson here and it’s one that really

needs to be parsed out because there’s a

lot of different examples and roles that

we play where we look at okay well where

do I step and where don’t I step for

example we have other Scripture

all pieces of advice write that say to

avoid even the appearance of sin and so

a lot of us might take that to think

well I can’t let anybody even think

anything and so therefore you know that

I might be doing something bad and so

I’m going to stay away from anyone who

does do anything bad not to mention the

fact that if some people are of a poor

influence then is it wise to be around

them or how much to be around them and

then as a parent especially where you

feel the responsibility for your

children how much do you allow your

child to sit with the publicans and the

sinners because their children and so

watching over them you may feel like

okay I don’t want them anywhere near

them at the same time how do you help

them understand this principle that’s a

difficult line to walk I think because

you don’t want there to be a

self-righteous judgment from your

children or certainly from yourself

about trying to be staying on the

straight and narrow path and avoiding

what is wrong and who is wrong perhaps

at the same time you don’t want to teach

them that there are good people and bad

people and you need to be with good

people and not with the bad people

completely right you there needs to be

some kind of a nurturing there and a

lesson that would be given that would

say look these are children of God and I

don’t want you maybe as children I don’t

want you hanging around them but I want

you if necessary to be a friend to them

or to be a positive influence where you

can be with them and as adults certainly

we might want to stay away from the

interpretation of staying away from

anything that appears like sin because

what that might really mean is from what

we perceive as doing something that is

wrong not from what we’re worried about

everybody else around us

what is wrong or thinking what we’re

doing wrong yes certainly that’s where

Jesus is here he is in the middle of the

sinners and the publicans people that

the Pharisees and others who are do

gooders and are trying a lot of them

probably trying to be good not all of

them there they’re a little bit confused

but they’re very confused about why he

is sitting with them if he’s out

preaching and starting this movement and

teaching this higher law why would he be

with these sinners and he says I am here

to heal them I’m not here to call the

righteous to repentance I’m here to call

the sinners to repentance in a sense I

think that we have to some degree the

same responsibility not necessarily

they’re all preaching repentance to

everybody but how can we be a positive

influence and more importantly how can

we show that we have love for our fellow

man regardless of their way of life or

mistakes that we might perceive to be

from them that might be might not show

good on us right if we happen to mingle

with them a little bit and then how

do we divide that and make sure that

we’re not doing something where we’re

becoming influenced again I think that’s

a very fine line to walk but Matthew

here brings us up as an important

principle and to me I think it’s crucial

is our how to how are we willing to

reach out to those that might need the

most help and that might that might need

the most spiritual help without being

judgmental and Jesus seems to do a great

job of that

and he says here again in verse 13 I

will have mercy

speaking of sitting with the sinners and

the publicans I will have mercy and not

sacrifice so these are the two laws

right these are the two laws the law of

sacrifice is a lower law that he will

eventually fulfill that is the lower law

and the higher law is one of mercy

the mercy that would be compassion and

the love that we would have for somebody

else where we’re actually reaching out

and pulling them up where we’re willing

to bear a burden of responsibility and

empathy for those around us and then

Jesus gets back in a ship goes over the

Sea of Galilee again and ends up in

another town and he’s kind of traveling

is the traveling healer in Galilee

here and there’s a ruler that comes to

him named Jairus or junior gyrus and

gyrus comes to him at the synagogue he’s

a ruler of the synagogue and he comes to

him falls at his feet and says and if he

sought him greatly saying my little

daughter lieth at the point of death I

pray thee come and lay thy hands on her

that she may be healed again he’s

putting this forward already maybe a

lesson again for us and how we approach

God when we have faith in Him and then

he say and he says lay thy hands on her

that she may be healed and she shall

live so he’s already making this

assertion you know it’s kind of like you

think of the brother of Jared when he

says hey I’ve got all these ideas I know

we’ve kind of heard this lesson before

where he’s got this idea of using these

stones to put light in the in the boats

and so he comes up with everything and

he just says to Jehovah hey touch these

with your finger and they will provide

light for us it’s a similar lesson here

that he’s that were receiving throughout

these chapters that we need to think of

what we need to do he wants us to travel

toward him again in that at one mint he

wants us to travel toward him as much as

possible make our efforts so that he can

reach then down to us so we need to make

the effort first were the lower law we

swear we start and on the way there’s a

woman who is diseased with an issue of

blood twelve years she has she’s got

well she’s got a blood problem let’s

just say and as he’s passing by she

reaches out and symbolically grabs his

hem

has something to do with probably his

priesthood priestly raiment his priestly

garment that he is wearing probably and

and that’s it and he feels this pull out

of her so he she doesn’t even ask in

this case from him in this case she just

exerts the faith and puts forth her hand

so she makes the effort believing that

this will heal her

it says here Matthew says of her for she

said within herself if I may but touch

His garment I shall behold and Jesus

turned him about and when he saw her he

said daughter be of good comfort thy

faith hath made the whole so here he

doesn’t even put his hand on her or say

anything to her and she’s basically made

whole because of her faith in what she

does so she does everything she can and

his power comes over her and heals her

another important thing about the woman

here is that if she has got blood on her

if she’s got an issue with blood a blood

issue literally then Jesus as a high

priest he/she would be impure to him he

is not allowed to be around based on the

the laws at the time he would not be

allowed to be around her and that’s

probably why she may not come right up

to him and approach him and if she’s

really got this problem

she is impure and so she instead of

grabbing even his arm or anything else

that might be why she just comes and

grabs his hem the hem of his of his robe

so then he comes to the rulers irises

home and everyone there is weeping over

his daughter who is apparently dead and

he says why are you all worried about

this she’s not dead and they laugh

at him for bringing this up but it says

here in verse 41 he took the damsel by

the hand and said unto her Talitha koum

ii which is being interpreted damsel I

say unto thee arise and straight away

the damsel arose and walked

and so that is basically how the chapter

here ends and how the lesson of

mostly Matthew eight and nine inches

with this daughter that we have all

these other healings but here is the

great healing of this grouping with the

Daughter of Jairus being brought back

from the dead this is also a counter

story if you go back to judges 11 but

the book of judges to jetha if you have

time go back and look at that and you’ll

be able to see how this is a counter

story where Jesus is in a sense I think

Matthew here is reversing in a sense

what happened in judges 11 now this

brings up one last point that I would

like to make and that is about

authorship authorship would be the next

point that I want to go over as a filter

to look at the scriptures of course

there’s a lot of things we can look at

as filters or paradigms lenses but this

is the third one I would like to talk

about we’ve talked about the higher and

lower law number one we’ve talked

secondly about temple theology or temple

imagery and now authorship I think

is a very important point and this is

what I mean by that and nothing that

complicated we oftentimes look at the

scriptures as if somebody is writing

down what is happening as it happens

kind of like if you’re watching sports

and the play-by-play guy is going on

about you know a football game and you

know I was talking about it the ball is

snapped quarterback drops back into the

pocket the rush is on the pocket is

collapsing he moves up throws a strike

onto the sideline first down that’s not

what’s happening here

right this is this is something that

happens much much later decades probably

later from what has originally occurred

and in many cases it’s not even a

first-hand account so I want you to put

yourself in the shoes of any of these

authors of the scriptures let’s say for

example one of the Gospels and you’re

writing about this and even if you did

witness this yourself some of these

things are so

but it’s decades later how are you going

to write this let’s say that you are

very inspired and you feel very close to

the Lord you’ve got the spirit with you

and you want to be effective in this

witness to Jesus as the Christ and these

principles of the gospel and this

bringing in of the higher law how are

you going to write this you have time to

think about that and you’re going to

organize it in a certain way that brings

up specific points and in some cases you

might even exaggerate to get a point

across in some of the cases you might

leave things out to get a point across

other times you might use a little bit

of story telling to be able to get the

principle stated differently you might

even move events around sometimes to be

able to get an overall flow to the

message that you are trying to bring

across so let’s say that you have this

and now you’re trying to write a play

about it and you are going to have

actors that speak and that are

representing the original characters

what are you going to have them say you

have some things that might be taken

directly as actual words that were

written some things that are secondhand

how are you going to do that and how are

you going to be effective for that

audience to get the right story and to

get the message of something

of course here so imperatively

important that you’re going to get that

across so think about how these

narratives are composed we have an

example here of how the Jesus is the

healer right we have these two chapters

that are brought together there’s it’s

over all in all of the Gospels he’s

shown as the healer but here

specifically Matthew and Mark go in and

focus in on him as the healer and not

just the physical healer but let’s get

the message across they’re thinking I

believe

that he is the savior of the world that

he is the spiritual healer as well

and so that’s how the narration is going

to come across and that’s how they’re

thinking and so if we move ourselves

back and try not to read this as

specifically a line-by-line play-by-play

action

history but as a narrative that is meant

for us to try and understand then I

think we can understand the Scriptures a

little bit better I’ll talk to you next

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