Confessions of a Questioning Christian

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Matthew 9

Posted on: February 7, 2012

Jesus just keeps performing miracles and healing people of their illnesses and problems. If they have faith, he responds. It’s a good lesson for me. If I believe in Jesus, I should have more faith that he will do what I request… or is that too much to ask for?

But what does he mean when he says “your sins are forgiven?” His sins are what caused him to be paralyzed? Maybe something he did previously? Or does he simply mean that anything that is keeping us fron being the best and healthiest we can be is wrong, a sin?

Also, they saw him as a man, a prophet, and also later they see him as a messiah – The Messiah. But what does the comment in verse 8 mean when they talk about him being a man who has been given power by God?

Next, Matthew makes a cameo appearance in the story and we see the side of Jesus that makes me love him and want to follow him: he hangs out with the fringe groups of people that are looked down upon. Whenever I got to church, I get frustrated when people are dressed to the nines and covered in expensive bangles and jewels. If I was a poor person and walked in, I wouldn’t feel welcome. But Jesus reclined with them! I want to be someone on the fringe, or who the fringe people are okay with hanging with.

“I desire mercy, not sacrifice.” What does that mean?

Now notice this little remark Jesus says to the Pharisees: “But go and learn what this means: Why did Jesus say this? Because Jesus knows all about the Pharisees. That was their thing! Debating, analyzing, arguing, dissecting, trying to get the exact meaning of every word in the Scripture. Yet they couldn’t recognize COMPASSION because their hearts were empty! He is basically saying, “Go off and study, have your meetings, discussions and debates and try to figure what LOVE is all about. Jesus knew they would NEVER GET IT, because love, compassion and mercy CANNOT be learned by studying but only by each person’s experience of pain, rejection, struggle and suffering. It is a HEART MATTER.

Jesus continues,‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice,’ For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”
Jesus is referring to Hosea 6:6 which says:
“For I desire mercy and not sacrifice, and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.”

The Pharisees taught themselves that serving God was all about performing rituals, sacrificing burnt offerings and keeping traditions. Yet see at how God feels about all of this done…without love. (epistle)

I don’t have a lot to say other than how much it would suck to keep having your period for 12 straight years.

When Jesus heals the mute guy who is oppressed by demons, it makes me wonder if “demons” were attributed to any handicapped or mentally ill people.

What did I learn today? That if people asked things of Jesus in faith, he would respond, lavishing them with the healing they desperately wanted and needed.

Lingering Questions:

  • Why did Jesus attribute affliction to sins?
  • What did they mean when they were awed by miracles being done by a man (Jesus wasn’t simply a man…)?