Mathew 15. Forum

Mathew 15 starts off with more debate between Jesus and the Pharisees. The Pharisees are putting more weight on traditions than on the commandments of God. The more we follow God’s commandments, as opposed to the traditions of men, the more pleasing we are to God.

In verse 12, the disciples ask Jesus if He was aware that the Pharisees were offended by His statements to follow God’s commandments and not traditions. Jesus’ answer leaves no doubt as to His position on the subject. Jesus says, “Every plant which My heavenly Father did not plant shall be uprooted.  Let them alone; they are blind guides of the blind. And if a blind man guides a blind man, both will fall into a pit.”

In verses 21-28, Jesus heals a gentile woman’s daughter from Canaan. Of note in this scripture is how strong the woman’s faith was, and that she was a Gentile. Although she was not of the house of Israel, she believed in Jesus’ ability to heal her sick daughter. Jesus answered her, “O woman, your faith is great; it shall be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed at once.

Jesus then goes across the Sea of Galilee and up on the mountain where He is greeted by large crowds of people including those who were lame, crippled, blind, and mute. Jesus heals them all and the crowd marveled and glorified the God of Israel.

Jesus feeds a crowd of 4,000 men (plus women and children) with 7 loaves of bread and a few small fish. After performing these miracles and sending away the crowds of people, Jesus got into the boat and came to the region of Magadan.

It’s amazing to slow down and think about what it must have been like to be in that huge crowd of people on the mountain with Jesus. Can you imagine what people’s reactions were when Jesus began performing His miracles? Mathew writes beginning in verse 30, “And large crowds came to Him, bringing with them those who were lame, crippled, blind, mute, and many others, and they laid them down at His feet; and He healed them. So the crowd marveled as they saw the mute speaking, the crippled restored, and the lame walking, and the blind seeing; and they glorified the God of Israel. Mathew writes in verse 30 that Jesus healed all of them.”

Jesus can do things that our human minds cannot even imagine if we will only put our trust in Him.

To God be the glory forever! Amen

Comments

"It is not what enters into the mouth that defiles the man, but what proceeds out of the mouth, this defiles the man.” Mathew 15:11. I pray for God to help me to choose carefully the words that come out of my mouth. - Amen

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