BIBLE: Matthew Chapter 8 – Headline “Open the Door and Let Me In!”

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Matthew 8

Jesus Cleanses a Leper

Words in italic type have been added for clarity. They are not found in the original Hebrew or Aramaic.

Matthew 8:When He had come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed Him.
Matthew 8:And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.”
  • Leprosy is a metaphor for sin. Leprosy is a physical ailment while sin is a spiritual ailment, but they both lead to destruction.
Matthew 8:Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
Matthew 8:And Jesus said to him, “See that you tell no one; but go your way, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”

Jesus Heals a Centurion’s Servant

Matthew 8:Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him,
Matthew 8:saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented.”
Matthew 8:And Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.”
Matthew 8:The centurion answered and said, “Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed.
Matthew 8:For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.
  • A man who does not respect authority does not respect God who put that authority in place.
  • A man who does not respect authority does not respect laws and they are called “the Lawless” or “Rebellious”.
  • David would not touch King Saul even though Saul was trying to kill him because David understood God had anointed Saul to be king. It was God who took Saul’s life for persecuting David and it was God who gave David Saul’s kingship.
Matthew 8:10 When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!
Matthew 8:11 And I say to you that many will come from east and west (Gentiles), and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven.
  • The kingdom of heaven is God’s kingdom which comes down to earth. It is the kingdom of the Millennium when Jesus rules on earth and when the Jews serve as priests to the nations.
    • Jesus taught His disciples to pray:
      Luke 11:2 So He said to them, “When you pray, say: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.
    • The kingdom of God is the kingdom IN heaven. Sometimes they overlap and sometimes they are totally separate. The kingdom of God focuses on the Bride of Christ while the kingdom of heaven focus’ on God’s old testament “wife”: the Jewish People. During the millennium, all the promises God made to the Jews will come to pass.
      See Topic: Jacob’s Two Wives
Matthew 8:12 But (the flipside is) the sons of the kingdom (sons: Jews who rejected Jesus but should have inherited the kingdom on earth) will be cast out into outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
Matthew 8:13 Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.” And his servant was healed that same hour.

Peter’s Mother-in-Law Healed

Matthew 8:14 Now when Jesus had come into Peter’s house, He saw his wife’s mother lying sick with a fever.
Matthew 8:15 So He touched her hand, and the fever left her. And she arose and served them (Him).

Many Healed in the Evening

Matthew 8:16 When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick,
Matthew 8:17 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying:
“He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses.”

The Cost of Discipleship

Matthew 8:18 And when Jesus saw great multitudes about Him, He gave a command to depart to the other side.
Matthew 8:19 Then a certain scribe came and said to Him, “Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.”
Matthew 8:20 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.”
Matthew 8:21 Then another of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.”
Matthew 8:22 But Jesus said to him, “Follow Me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”
  • Jesus said He was the way, the truth, and the life – John 14:6.
    • Dead people aren’t alive and alive people aren’t dead, unless they are the “walking dead”, spiritually blind, deaf, devoid of understanding, rotting in corruption and groping for reality.
    • Wherever Jesus is, there is Light, but the rest of the world is in darkness. It is as though there are two rooms: One is pitch black because there is no Son of God. The other is flooded with Light. There is a door between the two rooms.
    • In the pitch black room the walking dead are busy burying one who is dead. Jesus is offering the dead man’s son a spectacular offer; Jesus is offering to open the door between the two rooms.
    • If the door is opened, the Light invades the darkness and the dark has no option but to hide behind objects and cast empty shadows.
    • So Jesus offers the dead man’s son a way to leave this room of captivity in darkness in order to walk into light and life, closing the door behind them.
    • But the son wants to retreat back into the darkness to bury his father. Between the two choices the son makes a bad choice; therefore Jesus pleads with him – “Let the walking dead bury the rotting body, but you come with me into eternal light and life and close the door of darkness and corruption behind you.”

Wind and Wave Obey Jesus

Matthew 8:23 Now when He got into a boat, His disciples followed Him.
Matthew 8:24 And suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves. But He was asleep.

See Topic: Jonah and Jesus Comparisons

Matthew 8:25 Then His disciples came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!”
Matthew 8:26 But He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.
  • Personal Application: Satan fouls the waters and causes the sea of people to storm. Emotional waves beat against the human heart, then they ebb before returning again, time after time, season after season. Only Jesus can rebuke the winds and the waves. Only Jesus can bring the peaceful rest of sleep.
Matthew 8:27 So the men marveled, saying, (Lit. What sort of man is this) “Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”
  • The answer is in Symbolic Patterns:
    • Jesus left the house (Israel)
    • He went down to the boat (world)
    • The world (boat) is on a sea of people.
    • The sea of people is tossing and turning, full of chaos, boiling, and stormy; stirred up by the winds, the principalities of the air. Satan is busy causing the people to storm.
    • Jesus was asleep as a picture of His death in the world (boat).
    • When he was awakened it portrayed his resurrection as the Son of God with power over the winds (principalities of the air) and the sea of people in turmoil.
    • There is now great calm (peace) for those who believe in Him.
    • Then he went to the other side (back to heaven).
  • Jesus compared His death to Jonah who was swallowed by the Sea Monster (Satan) for three days and three nights. Likewise, Jesus was swallowed by Death for three days and three nights.
    • Jonah 1:5 Then the mariners were afraid; and every man cried out to his god, and threw the cargo that was in the ship into the sea, to lighten the load. But Jonah had gone down into the lowest parts of the ship, had lain down, and was fast asleep (symbolic of death).
    • After the pattern of resurrectionsJonah was puked up on the shore. Jesus was raised from the dead. Both went to the Gentiles who repented.

Two Demon-Possessed Men Healed

Matthew 8:28 When He had come to the other side, to the country of the (Gadarenes) Gergesenes, there met Him two demon-possessed men, coming out of the tombs, exceedingly fierce, so that no one could pass that way.
Matthew 8:29 And suddenly they cried out, saying, “What have we to do with You, Jesus, You Son of God? Have You come here to torment us before the time?”
  • Note: The demons had no problem tormenting the men they indwelt. Now they fear being tormented themselves before the Great White Throne Judgment.
  • To be “demon possessed” one has to become “entangled” with Satan.
Matthew 8:30 Now a good way off from them there was a herd of many swine feeding.
  • Pigs are an “unclean” animal. The demons were willing to inhabit swine.
Matthew 8:31 So the demons begged Him, saying, “If You cast us out, permit us to go away (send us) into the herd of swine.”
Matthew 8:32 And He said to them, “Go.” So when they had come out, they went into the herd of swine. And suddenly the whole herd of swine ran violently down the steep place into the sea, and perished in the water.
Matthew 8:33 Then those who kept them fled; and they went away into the city and told everything, including what had happened to the demon-possessed men.

See Topic: Demons and Angels

Matthew 8:34 And behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus. And when they saw Him, they begged Him to depart from their region.
  • Take a test. Mark the box you feel has the most value:
    • Pigs
    • Jesus, the giver of life.
  • The whole city marked the first box.
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