Yeshua Is Charged with Blasphemy

To Be Like Yeshua Means – To Serve Others

In my last post, we examined the story of the paralyzed man let down by His friends through a hole in the roof on His mat.  We used the account from Mark as it contained a few more details than Matthews account.  In this post, we will examine how He defends Himself from a charge of blasphemy.

Returning to our story from Matthew:

“On seeing this, some of the Torah-teachers said among themselves, ‘This man is blaspheming!’ Yeshua, knowing what they were thinking, said, ‘Why are you entertaining evil thoughts in your hearts? Tell me, which is easier to say — ‘Your sins are forgiven’ or ‘Get up and walk’? But look! I will prove to you that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” He then said to the paralyzed man, ‘Get up, pick up your mattress, and go home!’ And the man got up and went home. When the crowds saw this, they were awestruck and said a b’rakhah to God the Giver of such authority to human beings.” ~ Matthew 9:3-8 Continue reading “Yeshua Is Charged with Blasphemy”

Yeshua Heals a Paralyzed Man

To Be Like Yeshua Means – To Serve Others

In this post, we pick up our exploration of what it means to serve in Matthew 9.  Yeshua has just delivered two demoniacs from evil and is getting ready to return to His base of operation in K’far-Nachum.

“So he stepped into a boat, crossed the lake again and came to his own town.  Some people brought him a paralyzed man lying on a mattress.” ~ Mathew 9:1-2.  Mark actually gives a more detailed account of this story, so I’m going to use that passage to explore this amazing healing account.  As you read this narrative, try to picture yourself in the scene.  You can be one of the friends bringing their man to Yeshua for healing OR part of the crowd OR one of the Torah-teachers OR (my favorite) perhaps the owner of the house. Continue reading “Yeshua Heals a Paralyzed Man”

Yeshua Performs an Exorcism

To Be Like Yeshua Means – To Serve Others

We continue our series “To Be Like Yeshua Means – To Serve Others.”  We have learned that we are called as Yeshua’s talmidim to “serve others.”  We have seen Yeshua demonstrate His healing power with the leper, the Roman Officer’s assistant and Kefa’s mother-in-law and many more that were demon possessed or ill.   Yeshua reminded us that we have to count the costs if we are to truly follow Him and we also learned that following Him may put us in harm’s way.   In this post, we will look at Yeshua’s power over the supernatural or spiritual realm.

When Yeshua calmed the storm, He and His talmidim “arrived at the other side of the lake, in the Gadarenes’ territory, there came out of the burial caves two men controlled by demons, so violent that no one dared travel on that road. They screamed, ‘What do you want with us, Son of God? Have you come here to torture us before the appointed time?’ Now some distance from them a large herd of pigs was feeding.   The demons begged him, ‘If you are going to drive us out, send us into the herd of pigs.’  ‘All right, go!’ He told them.  So they came out and went into the pigs, whereupon the entire herd rushed down the hillside into the lake and drowned. The swineherders fled, went off to the town and told the whole story, including what had happened to the demonized men.  At this, the whole town came out to meet Yeshua.  When they saw him, they begged him to leave their district.”  ~ Matthew 8:28–34. Continue reading “Yeshua Performs an Exorcism”

Following Yeshua May Put Us in Harm’s Way

To Be Like Yeshua Means – To Serve Others

 In my last post, we learned that we need to count the cost of following Yeshua.  In this post, we will learn that not only is there a cost in following Yeshua, but at times, we may find ourselves in harm’s way.

The Stormy Seas

 “He boarded the boat, and his talmidim followed.  Then, without warning, a furious storm arose on the lake, so that waves were sweeping over the boat. But Yeshua was sleeping.  So they came and roused him, saying, ‘Sir! Help! We’re about to die!’ He said to them, ‘Why are you afraid? So little trust you have?’ Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and there was a dead calm.  The men were astounded. They asked, ‘What kind of man is this, that even the winds and sea obey him?’” ~ Matthew 8:23-27.  Obviously, this miracle shows Yeshua’s power over the natural world.

 “He boarded the boat, and his talmidim followed.  Then, without warning, a furious storm arose on the lake, so that waves were sweeping over the boat. But Yeshua was sleeping. So they came and roused him, saying, ‘Sir! Help! We’re about to die!’” Yeshua and the talmidim boarded the boat to cross to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, as had been planned (see 8:18).  Matthew emphasized that Yeshua got into the boat and the talmidim followed.  This may have been a wordplay by Matthew to connect this miracle with the preceding episode and give it a discipleship focus.  In other words, this is what discipleship might involve! Continue reading “Following Yeshua May Put Us in Harm’s Way”