Miracles Part Seven

This study will focus on the miracles preformed by Jesus. I will cover a few verses a day until I have gone through them all. You are invited to follow along and comment as you feel the need.

I begin this study with certain preconceived ideas on the subject of miracles.

1 Miracles are preformed for the benefit of the people who receive them.

2 Belief in the accomplishment of miracles is a significant contributor to their fulfillment. In other words if you don’t believe they won’t happen.

3 The purpose of miracles is to save the recipient from a situation where all know solutions were exhausted.  In other words if your ill go to the doctor.

As I go through this study I will keep these preconceived ideas in mind to see if they hold water.

Matthew 9:18-

18While he was saying this, a synagogue leader came and knelt before him and said, “My daughter has just died. But come and put your hand on her, and she will live.”

19Jesus got up and went with him, and so did his disciples.

20Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak.

21She said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.”

22Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed at that moment.

23When Jesus entered the synagogue leader’s house and saw the noisy crowd and people playing pipes,

24he said, “Go away. The girl is not dead but asleep.” But they laughed at him.

25After the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took the girl by the hand, and she got up.

26News of this spread through all that region.

These are the first two miracles initiated by someone other than Jesus. By now his fame and reports of his miracles must have been wide-spread and well-known or no one would have come to him to make any request of him.

A synagogue leader comes to Jesus to make a request. This is a significant event because someone who has more than secondary knowledge of Jewish law has come to ask something of Jesus. This man is now taking a significant risk. His daughter has already died. As far as he knows there is no hope. From a rational as well as from a stand point of Jewish law he has nothing to gain and everything to lose by going to Jesus and asking him for this. The bible does not tell us anything else about this man so we are left to ponder where did this man get the faith to believe Jesus could do this? And even if Jesus could do this would he do it for him?

Think about this for a moment, this man by coming to Jesus is not going to the synagogue tomorrow. Verse 18 states he is a leader of the synagogue, this is a person of some authority in the synagogue. He wasn’t the high priest but he had to have some knowledge  of Jewish law to be a leader and he willing puts his position in jeopardy for something that maybe no more than exaggerated rumors. Jesus was not recognized as a prophet he was not accepted as the messiah, as far as the leadership of Jewish law and religion are concerned he was no more than a trouble maker that was becoming a thorn in their side. Then one of their own is now ging to him to ask him to do something they knew was not possible for a man to do. It would be like the bishop or some other high-ranking official leaving there established position and moving in a direction that would be totally contrary to the core beliefs of their respective organization. Or a senator or congressman declaring that they no longer believed in the capitalist system and they were now advocating communism, anarchism or some other form of government. They might stay long enough in their position to collect their belongings and leave. This man cannot have made this decision lightly he had to have been aware of the consequences of his actions.

He by taking this action was turning his back on all that he learned. He was putting his faith and beliefs in someone outside of the constraints of his established beliefs. He was taking a step that would not be retrievable. He would not be allowed to return to his position and probably never be allowed in the synagogue again.

Was  it desperation that drove him to Jesus, was it faith, was it hope?

It was faith his statement is:

18While he was saying this, a synagogue leader came and knelt before him and said, “My daughter has just died. But come and put your hand on her, and she will live.”

From place  submission he tells Jesus “come put your hand on her and she will live”

He is on his knees telling Jesus to come heal his daughter and then he tells Jesus how he is to do it. Look at what Jesus does,

19Jesus got up and went with him, and so did his disciples.

Verse 25 he went in and took the girl by the hand, and she got up.

Jesus never responded to the man. But he did exactly what the man told him to do.

Obviously the man and the child are the direct beneficiaries of this event.

He believed Jesus could do this and that he would.

In the natural there was nothing more that this man could have done for his daughter.

This is the first retelling of a miracle that meets my preconceived ideas. However if you look at the broader picture you will notice yet again that Jesus is the primary beneficiary of the miracle. He is the only one mention by name he is the one who receives the glory for the event he is the one remember because of this miracle.

Verse 26 News of this spread through all that region.

Ever since this event occurred this story has been told.

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