(From: MATTHEW #12 - 8:-17)
X. 8:1-9:34 HEALINGS & MIRACLES: OPPORTUNITY FOR TEACHING
A. 8:1-17 HEALINGS
1. 8:1-4 LEPER CLEANSED
a. 8:1 And when he was come down from the mountain, great crowds followed him.
Ka-taBANtos  de auTOU aPO tou Orous, e-koLOUthesan auTO OCHloi polLOI.
b. 8:2 A LEPER PLEADS FOR HEALING
kai iDOU, lePROS  pro-selTHON pro-seKUnei auTO, LEgon,
And lo, a leper came to him andworshiped him, saying,
KUri-e, eAN THEles , DUnaSAI me ka-thaRIsai .
Lord, if you will, you can cleanse me.
c. 8:3a And he stretched forth his :hand, andtouched him, saying, I will; be cleansed.
kai ekTEInas ten CHEIra, HEpsa-to auTOU, LEgon, THElo; ka-thaRISthe-ti.
d. 8:3b And straightway his :leprosy was cleansed.
kai euTHEos e-ka-theRIStheauTOU heLEpra .
e. 8:4 INSTRUCTIONS OF JESUS
kai LEgei auTOho IeSOUS, HOra me-deNI EIpes; alLA HUpa-ge, se-auTON DEIxon to hi-eREI,
And :Jesus says to him, See youtell no one; but go, show yourself to the priest,
kai proSEneg-kon  to DOron ho proSEta-xen Mo-uSES, eis marTUri-on auTOIS.
and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a witness to them.
2. 8:5-13 CENTURIONS'S FAITH VERSUS FAITH OF ISRAEL
a. 8:5-6 A CENTURION BESEECHES HEALING
Ei-selTHONtos de auTOU eis Ka-phar-naOUM,
And when he was entered into Capernaum,
proSELthen auTO he-kaTONtar-chos , pa-ra-kaLON  kai LEgon, KUri-e,
a centurion came to him, beseeching him 6and saying, Lord,
ho PAIS mou BEble-tai  en te oiKIa pa-ra-lu-tiKOS , deiNOS  ba-sa-niZOme-nos .
my :boy lies in the house a paralytic, grievously tormented.
b. 8:7 He says to him, I will come andheal him.
LEgei auTO, E-GOelTHON the-raPEUsoauTON.
c. 8:8 A STRONG FAITH RESPONSE
a-po-kriTHEIS de ho he-kaTONtar-chos Ephe, KUri-e,
And the centurion answered andsaid, Lord,
ouk eiMI hi-kaNOS  HIna mou huPO ten STEgen  eiSELthes:
I am not fit that you should come under MY :roof:
alLA MOnon eiPE LOgo, kai i-aTHEse-tai  ho PAIS mou.
but only say theword, and my :boy shall be healed.
d. 8:9 THE CENTURION EXPLAINS HIS FAITH
kai gar eGO ANthroPOS ei-mi huPO e-xouSIan tasSOme-nos ,
For I also am a man set under authority,
Echon hup' e-mauTON stra-tiOtas: kai LEgo TOUto, PoREUthe-ti, kai poREUe-tai;
having under myself soldiers: and I say to this one, Go, and he goes;
kai ALlo, ERchou, kai ERche-tai; kai to DOUlo mou, POIe-son TOUto, kai poiEI.
and to another, Come, and he comes; and to my :bondman, Do this, and he does it.
e. 8:10 JESUS' HIGH COMMENDATION!
aKOUsas de ho IeSOUS, eTHAUma-sen , kai EIpen tois a-ko-louTHOUsin, A-MEN LEgo huMIN,
And when :Jesus heard it, he marveled, and said to them that followed, Amen I say unto you,
par' ou-deNI toSAUten PIstin en to Is-raEL HEUron.
With no one in :Israel have I found so great faith.
f. 8:11-12 A SERIOUS DIVISION
LEgo de huMIN, HOti polLOI aPO a-na-toLON  kai dusMON  HExou-sin,
And I say unto you, that many shall come from east and west,
kai a-na-kliTHEson-tai  meTA A-braAM, kai I-saAK, kai IaKOB, en te ba-siLEIa ton ou-ra NON:
and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of the heavens:
hoi de huiOI tes ba-siLEIas ek-bleTHEson-tai  eis to SKOtos  to eXOte-ron:
12but the sons of the kingdom shall be cast out into the outer :darkness:
eKEI EStai ho klauthMOS  kai ho brugMOS  ton hoDONton .
THERE shall be the weeping and the gnashing of the teeth.
g. 8:13a And :Jesus said to the centurion, Go; as you have believed, sobe it to you.
kai EIpen ho IeSOUS tohe-ka-tonTARche, HUpa-ge; hos ePIsteu-sas, ge-neTHEtosoi.
h. 8:13b And the boy was healed in that :hour.
kai iAtheho pais en teHOra eKEIne.
3. 8:14-15 FEVER OF PETER'S MOTHER-IN-LAW
a. 8:14 PETER'S HOUSE AND A NEED
Kai elTHON ho IeSOUS eis ten oiKIan PEtrou,
And when :Jesus was come into the house of Peter,
EIden ten pen-theRAN  auTOU be-bleMEnen  kai puRESsou-san .
he saw his wife's :mother lying sick and in a fever.
b. 8:15 JESUS HEALS HER
kai HEpsa-to  tes cheiROS auTES, kai aPHEken auTEN ho pu-reTOS ;
And he touched her :hand, and the fever left her;
kai eGERthe, kai di-eKOnei  auTO.
and she arose, and ministered to him.
4. 8:16-17 ISAIAH FULFILLED BY DEMON-DELIVERANCE AND HEALINGS.
O-PSIas de ge-noMEnes, proSEneg-kan  auTO dai-mo-ni-zoMEnous  polLOUS:
And when even was come, they brought to him many demoniacs:
kai eXEba-len ta PNEUma-ta LOgo, kai PANtas tous kaKOS  Echon-tas e-theRApeu-sen :
and he cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all that were ill:
HOpos ple-roTHE  to 'reTHEN, diA E-SAIou tou proPHEtou, LEgon-tos,
17that it might be fulfilled which was spoken through Isaiah the prophet, saying,
AuTOS tas as-theNEIas  heMON Ela-ben, kai tas NOsous  eBAsta-sen .
Himself took our :infirmities, and bore the sicknesses.
NOTE: It is important for us to see how Jesus fulfilled Mark 16:9-20 before us. Signsfollowed His ministry and the teaching of the Word! And He made clear that the signswere an integral part of the will of God on His behalf. As a matter of fact, He challenged the Jewish leaders of His day to believe Him for the signsalone, if they could not accept His words concerning Himself!
How much morethen is it important that New Testament ministers should allhave signs following their ministry! No wonder Satan hates and fears the last 12 verses of Mark, especially 16:17-20. Panin's discovery of Bible Numerics in 1890 particularly points out the divine importance of these controversial verses in the thoughts of man!
It is alwaysGod's will for church ministers to walk in the faith of Jesus, so as to have these accompanying signs. They did notcease with the early church. If they fail to be manifested today, it is notGod's fault, but ours - for our little faith. Study again Ephesians 4:11-12 and 1 Corinthians 12:28-31. Note the 2 verbs “gave” and “set” which appear in the “Aorist” tense. Thisis God's way of refuting the arguments of those who teach that these ministries and gifts ceased with the early church. These 2 verbs in this particular tense clearly spell out that it is God's desire, that as long as the church is on earth - just so long He desires us to have these signsfollowing our preaching.
So - Jesus in the Gospels isour example how weshould be ministering today in allbranches of the church. In the book of Acts, the Holy Spirit empowered the apostles and early believers to do likewise. Jesus said in John 14:12, “Amen, Amen, I say unto you, Who believes unto me, the works that I do shall HE doalso; and greater than these shall he do: because I go unto the Father.”Probably the teaching that these signs and ministries ceased with the early church - is a way to excuse the lack of faith of so many. But let us remember - we allmust appear one day before Christ at his BEma - His Judgment Seat - to give account for the deeds done while yet on earth in our bodies! This is why James in 3:1 says, “Be notmany teachers, my brothren, knowing that weshall receive greater condemnation.”I fear for the teachers and writers who refuse to believe the clear teaching of the New Testament. Governor Felix trembledwhen he heard the warnings of the apostle Paul in this regard. James also by the Holy spirit in 2:19 records, “YOU believe that God is one; you do well; the demons also believe, and shudder.” Theyknow of the judgment to come by our oneGod.
Let us also remember that Jesus died for our sins and oursicknesses. By His stripes we werehealed. Then let us also contendfor what He purchased for the church, saw it exemplified by His apostles, and commands all believers for the entire church age - to likewisedemonstrate both this truth and example. J.A.W.