Reading with the Pastor
Matthew 9 and Psalm 14-15
A whole chapter of healings is what we read today in Matthew 9. Jesus healed . . .
- a paralytic—a man unable to move from place to place
- a ruler’s daughter—a girl unable to breathe and enjoy life
- a woman with a bloody discharge of 12 years standing—a woman unclean and dismissed in her culture
- two blind men—unable to see and participate in the beauty of creation
- a demon-oppressed man—unable to express his grief and plight
And from village to village “healing every kind of disease and every affliction” (vs. 35). Chapter 5-7 was a summation of what Jesus habitually taught, and chapters 8-9 have been a summary of what Jesus habitually did.
So verse 35 gives us this summary statement, “And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction.” The next verse tells us what His motivation was in teaching all these things and healing all these people.
“When He saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” (vs. 36)
Then he turned to those who would follow them and told them to see the need of people and do what they saw Him doing.
“The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therfore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” (vss. 37-38)
When you read those words, did you stop and do that?
Did you pray?
Was your prayer earnest?
Train yourself to do more than read. Train yourself to do what Jesus commands you to do. When the church, any church, starts doing that, doing what Jesus commands, the world around us will be changed.
A reflection on Psalm 14 (“There is No God”) from the “Poetry Project” for your further thought.