Matthew 8:16-17: Jesus Heals
Posted by adventbiblestudy on October 21, 2011
Matthew 8:16-17 MKJV And evening coming on, they brought to Him many who had been possessed with demons. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick (17) so that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying, “He took on Himself our weaknesses and bore our sicknesses.”
There was a small, quite knock at the door almost as soon as Jesus finished dinner with Peter. Opening the door Peter viewed a small boy with a mangy little dog sitting quietly next to him. The boy spoke right up, “I saw Jesus come here. I thought, well maybe, could I ask, do you think Jesus could heal my dog?” Peter looked down at the small boy as a smile spread over Jesus’ face. Peter questioned, “what is wrong with the dog?” To demonstrate the boy took a few steps back and called the dog, “come on boy.” The dog turned and limped toward the boy’s side, sitting down next to him. Peter could see the dog was born with an odd shaped leg which did not grow correctly in the womb. Peter remained speechless as Jesus made His way to the door. As Jesus approached the dog and went down on one knee the dog instinctively moved toward Him, sitting down in front of Him. Jesus scratched the dog under the chin, stroked his back a few times, and said to the boy, “call your dog now.” The boy shouted, “here boy,” in a voice exhibiting his faith in Jesus. The dog turned in a snap, and rushed to the boy, circling and barking. Jesus stood up and smiled, as an outward expression of the joy in His heart. Peter placed his hand on Jesus’ shoulder saying, “even the dogs bark praises to the Son of God.” The boy shouted, “thank you Jesus, praise the Lord,” as He stood in the doorway with Peter. They both took a moment to take in the scene as the boy ran down the street with his dog.
It did not take long before the entire town heard the boy’s shouts of praise. Seeing the once crippled dog, neighbors began asking questions. The young boy pointed them right to where Jesus was staying, Peter’s house. Soon a long trail of people stretched from one end of the street to the other.
Jesus moved among the crowd listening to calls for help and praises. Many people wanted to touch Him, some to be healed, and others out of curiosity. Jesus made His way to the back of Peter’s house and headed to the shore line. The crowd followed after Him. Setting Himself on the stem of a small fishing boat, the Son of God prepared to meet the sick and demon possessed.
One after another they presented themselves to Jesus. Some on their own, others helped, or carried by friends and relatives. A father was struggling to bring his grown son kicking and screaming. Fits of rage became more violent the moment Jesus came into view. Jesus spoke one word, “depart,” and the man instantly calmed.
Jesus noticed a skinny young woman moving about the crowd. Rising from the boat Jesus moved close enough to hear her encouraging everyone near her. “Don’t worry, Jesus is right here, He will help you soon. I am sure He will take the time to heal all of us. Have you seen all the people Jesus healed?” The young woman seemed determined to comfort everyone around her. Suddenly an old man crouched over by age and years of labor appeared in front of her and said, “I am hungry.” Reaching inside of her wrap, she pulled out a piece of bread, handing it to him with a smile. She also offered the old man a drink of water from the sheep skin she was carrying.
After the old man thanked her, she turned around to see who to minister to next. She had not noticed Jesus was standing nearby, observing her. Jesus was so close she bumped right into Him. “Oh excuse me sir,” she begged. To cushion the impact Jesus raised His hands to her shoulders. At such a close distance, Jesus could not help but notice a large lump on the side of her neck. Filled with compassion Jesus kissed her on the cheek. The precious moment was over in a second as others pressed in to attract Jesus’ attention. The young woman instinctively raised her hand to feel the cheek Jesus kissed. Her hand slid down her cheek to her neck. The lump and pain were gone! She put the sheep skin to her lips to take a drink, For the first time since she could remember, it didn’t hurt to swallow. She tested it again. No more pain. She too was healed.
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