Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Matthew 12:35

Matthew 12:35

A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.

a. NLT: A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart.

b. NIV: A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him.

c. Amplified Bible: The good man from his inner good treasure flings forth good things, and the evil man out of his inner evil storehouse flings forth evil things.

d. A.S. Worrell Translation: The good man, out of his good treasure, puts forth good things; and the evil man, out of his evil treasure, puts forth evil things.

1. “A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things…”

a. good [18 * agathos] [Strong: a primary word; "good" (in any sense, often as noun):--benefit, good(-s, things), well.]

b. man [444 * Anthropos] [Strong: man-faced, i.e. a human being:--certain, man.]

c. out of [1537 * ek] [Strong: a primary preposition denoting origin (the point whence action or motion proceeds), from, out (of place, time, or cause; literal or figurative; direct or remote):--after, among, X are, at, betwixt(-yond), by (the means of), exceedingly, (+ abundantly above), for(- th), from (among, forth, up), + grudgingly, + heartily, X heavenly, X hereby, + very highly, in, ...ly, (because, by reason) of, off (from), on, out among (from, of), over, since, X thenceforth, through, X unto, X vehemently, with(-out). Often used in composition, with the same general import; often of completion.]

d. good [18 * agathos] [Strong: a primary word; "good" (in any sense, often as noun):--benefit, good(-s, things), well.]

e. treasure [2344 * thesaurus] [Strong: a deposit, i.e. wealth (literally or figuratively):--treasure.] [Zodhiates: treasure, riches, anything laid up in store, wealth. Metaphorically, of spiritual treasures pertaining to the mind or eternal life. Treasury, place where treasures or stores are kept, storehouse. Metaphorically, the strore house of the mind where the thoughts, feeling or counsels are laid up.]

1). This treasure consists of things we have deposited in our hearts because Jesus said that is where these good things come out from. Some teach that the heart is the spirit of man, Romans 2:29, 1 Corinthians 14:14. While other teach that the spirit and the soul/mind together comprise the “heart”. Many times in Proverbs it gives the definite impression that the soul/mind and spirit comprise the “heart”. The important thing to remember is we deposit things there and we bring them out. Here Jesus said these were good things brought out of a good heart. The following are examples of good things out of a good heart.

a). Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

b). Psalm 1:1-3 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
1:2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
1:3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

f. bringeth forth [1544 * ekballo] [Strong: to eject (literally or figuratively):--bring forth, cast (forth, out), drive (out), expel, leave, pluck (pull, take, thrust) out, put forth (out), send away (forth, out).]

g. good [18 * agathos] [Strong: a primary word; "good" (in any sense, often as noun):--benefit, good(-s, things), well.]

2. “…and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.”

a. evil [4190 * poneros] [Strong: hurtful, i.e. evil (properly, in effect or influence, and thus differing from 2556, which refers rather to essential character, as well as from 4550, which indicates degeneracy from original virtue); figuratively, calamitous; also (passively) ill, i.e. diseased; but especially (morally) culpable, i.e. derelict, vicious, facinorous; neuter (singular) mischief, malice, or (plural) guilt; masculine (singular) the devil, or (plural) sinners:--bad, evil, grievous, harm, lewd, malicious, wicked(-ness).]

b. man [444 * Anthropos] [Strong: man-faced, i.e. a human being:--certain, man.]

c. out of [1537 * ek] [Strong: a primary preposition denoting origin (the point whence action or motion proceeds), from, out (of place, time, or cause; literal or figurative; direct or remote):--after, among, X are, at, betwixt(-yond), by (the means of), exceedingly, (+ abundantly above), for(- th), from (among, forth, up), + grudgingly, + heartily, X heavenly, X hereby, + very highly, in, ...ly, (because, by reason) of, off (from), on, out among (from, of), over, since, X thenceforth, through, X unto, X vehemently, with(-out). Often used in composition, with the same general import; often of completion.]

d. evil [4190 * poneros] [Strong: hurtful, i.e. evil (properly, in effect or influence, and thus differing from 2556, which refers rather to essential character, as well as from 4550, which indicates degeneracy from original virtue); figuratively, calamitous; also (passively) ill, i.e. diseased; but especially (morally) culpable, i.e. derelict, vicious, facinorous; neuter (singular) mischief, malice, or (plural) guilt; masculine (singular) the devil, or (plural) sinners:--bad, evil, grievous, harm, lewd, malicious, wicked(-ness).]

e. treasure [2344 * thesaurus] [Strong: a deposit, i.e. wealth (literally or figuratively):--treasure.] [Zodhiates: treasure, riches, anything laid up in store, wealth. Metaphorically, of spiritual treasures pertaining to the mind or eternal life. Treasury, place where treasures or stores are kept, storehouse. Metaphorically, the strore house of the mind where the thoughts, feeling or counsels are laid up.]

f. bringeth forth [1544 * ekballo] [Strong: to eject (literally or figuratively):--bring forth, cast (forth, out), drive (out), expel, leave, pluck (pull, take, thrust) out, put forth (out), send away (forth, out).]

g. evil [4190 * poneros] [Strong: hurtful, i.e. evil (properly, in effect or influence, and thus differing from 2556, which refers rather to essential character, as well as from 4550, which indicates degeneracy from original virtue); figuratively, calamitous; also (passively) ill, i.e. diseased; but especially (morally) culpable, i.e. derelict, vicious, facinorous; neuter (singular) mischief, malice, or (plural) guilt; masculine (singular) the devil, or (plural) sinners:--bad, evil, grievous, harm, lewd, malicious, wicked(-ness).]

1). When men speak evil things it is because they have deposited evil things in their hearts and minds. When Jesus was rebuking the Scribes and Pharisees he was addressing some of them.

a). Matthew 23:25-28 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.
23:26 Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.
23:27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness.
                  23:28 Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of                           hypocrisy and iniquity.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Matthew 12:34

Matthew 12:34

O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.

a. NLT: You brood of snakes! How could evil men like you speak what is good and right? For whatever is in your heart determines what you say.

b. NIV: You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.

c. Amplified Bible: You offspring of vipers! How can you speak good things when you are evil (wicked)? For out of the fullness (the overflow, the superabundance) of the heart the mouth speaks.

d. A.S. Worrell Translation: “Broods of vipers! How can ye speak good things, being yourselves evil? For, out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.”

1. “O generation of vipers…”

a. generation [1081 * gennema] [Strong: offspring; by analogy, produce (literally or figuratively):--fruit, generation.]

b. vipers [2191 * echidna] [Strong: of uncertain origin; an adder or other poisonous snake (literally or figuratively):--viper.]

1). Jesus was speaking to the same group that was accusing him of being in league with Beelzebub, so he was speaking the truth about these people.

a). Matthew 12:22-24 Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw.
12:23 And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David?
12:24 But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils.

2). John the Baptist used the same language probably speaking to some of the same individuals.

a). Matthew 3:4-7 And the same John had his raiment of camel's hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey.
3:5 Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan,
3:6 And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.
3:7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?

2. “…how can ye, being evil, speak good things?...”

a. can ye [1410 * dunamai] [Strong: of uncertain affinity; to be able or possible:--be able, can (do, + -not), could, may, might, be possible, be of power.]

b. being [5607 * on] [Strong: being:--be, come, have.]

c. evil [4190 * poneros] [Strong: hurtful, i.e. evil (properly, in effect or influence, and thus differing from 2556, which refers rather to essential character, as well as from 4550, which indicates degeneracy from original virtue); figuratively, calamitous; also (passively) ill, i.e. diseased; but especially (morally) culpable, i.e. derelict, vicious, facinorous; neuter (singular) mischief, malice, or (plural) guilt; masculine (singular) the devil, or (plural) sinners:--bad, evil, grievous, harm, lewd, malicious, wicked(-ness).]

d. speak [2980 * laleo] [Strong: a prolonged form of an otherwise obsolete verb; to talk, i.e. utter words:--preach, say, speak (after), talk, tell, utter.]

e. good things [18 * agathos] [Strong: a primary word; "good" (in any sense, often as noun):--benefit, good(-s, things), well.]

3. “…for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.”

a. abundance [4051 * perisseuma] [Strong: a surplus, or superabundance:--abundance, that was left, over and above.]

b. heart [2588 * kardia] [Strong: prolonged from a primary kar (Latin cor, "heart"); the heart, i.e. (figuratively) the thoughts or feelings (mind); also (by analogy) the middle:--(+ broken-)heart(-ed).]

c. mouth [4750 * stoma] [Strong: the mouth (as if a gash in the face); by implication, language (and its relations); figuratively, an opening (in the earth); specially, the front or edge (of a weapon):--edge, face, mouth.]

d. speaks [2980 * laleo] [Strong: a prolonged form of an otherwise obsolete verb; to talk, i.e. utter words:--preach, say, speak (after), talk, tell, utter.]

e. Whatever is in abundance in a person’s heart will come out their mouth. This is why it is critical what we allow into our heart. Israel was commanded to keep the Scripture in their heart and meditate it always.

1). Deuteronomy 6:4-7 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord:
6:5 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
6:6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:
6:7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.

2). Joshua 1:8   This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

a). As we shall see in the next verse, what is in the heart is what will come out of the mouth.

Matthew 9:29

Matthew 9:29

Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you.

a. NLT: Then he touched their eyes and said, “Because of your faith, it will happen.”

b. NIV: Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith let it be done to you”;

c. Amplified Bible: Then He touched their eyes, saying, According to your faith and trust and reliance [on the power invested in Me] be it done to you;

d. A.S. Worrell Translation: Then He touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith be it done to you.”

1. “Then he touched their eyes, saying…”

2. “…According to your faith be it unto you.”

a. according [2596 * kata][Thayer: down from, through out, according to, toward, along.][Strong: a primary particle; (prepositionally) down (in place or time), in varied relations (according to the case (genitive, dative or accusative) with which it is joined):--about, according as (to), after, against, (when they were) X alone, among, and, X apart, (even, like) as (concerning, pertaining to touching), X aside, at, before, beyond, by, to the charge of, (charita-)bly, concerning, + covered, (dai-)ly, down, every, (+ far more) exceeding, X more excellent, for, from ... to, godly, in(-asmuch, divers, every, -to, respect of), ... by, after the manner of, + by any means, beyond (out of) measure, X mightily, more, X natural, of (up-)on (X part), out (of every), over against, (+ your) X own, + particularly, so, through(-oughout, -oughout every), thus, (un-)to(-gether, -ward), X uttermost, where(-by), with. In composition it retains many of these applications, and frequently denotes opposition, distribution, or intensity.]

1). according [Web] as stated by or in; depending on whether, to cause to conform or agree; bring into harmony, to grant, especially as being due or appropriate, as stated, reported, or recorded by (someone or something), as directed or required by (rules, directions, etc.).

b. to your [5216 * humon] [Strong: of (from or concerning) you:--ye, you, your (own, -selves).]

c. faith [4102 * pistis] [W.E. Vine: The main elements in faith in its relation to the invisible God…are especially brought out in the use of this noun and the corresponding verb, they are: 1. A firm conviction producing a full acknowledgement of God’s revelation or truth [His word]. 2. A personal surrender to Him. 3. A conduct inspired by such surrender.]

1). We must, whenever looking at the context of faith in Scripture, be mindful of previous instruction. In order to have faith there must have been previous instruction, for as Romans 10:17 declares, “So then faith cometh be hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
d. be it [1096 * ginomai] [Strong: a prolongation and middle voice form of a primary verb; to cause to be ("gen"-erate), i.e. (reflexively) to become (come into being), used with great latitude (literal, figurative, intensive, etc.):--arise, be assembled, be(-come, -fall, -have self), be brought (to pass), (be) come (to pass), continue, be divided, draw, be ended, fall, be finished, follow, be found, be fulfilled, + God forbid, grow, happen, have, be kept, be made, be married, be ordained to be, partake, pass, be performed, be published, require, seem, be showed, X soon as it was, sound, be taken, be turned, use, wax, will, would, be wrought.]

e. unto you [5213 * humin] [Strong: to (with or by) you:--ye, you, your(-selves).]

1). If language means anything, whether it be in Greek or English, the healing of these men was dependent on their faith. Yes Jesus was the one doing the healing, but it was according to their faith. It is a classic example of the provision of healing being provided by God and man appropriating it for himself by and through faith. This is not an isolated incident, many times in the gospels Jesus said the persons healing was dependent upon their own faith.

a). Matthew 9:20-22 And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment:
9:21 For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole.
9:22 But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.

b). Matthew 15:21-28 Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon.
15:22 And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil.
15:23 But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us.
15:24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
15:25 Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me.
15:26 But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs.
15:27 And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters' table.
15:28 Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.

c). Mark 10:46-52And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging.
10:47 And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me.
10:48 And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, Thou son of David, have mercy on me.
10:49 And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee.
10:50 And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus.
10:51 And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight.
10:52And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.

d). Luke 17:12-19 And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off:
17:13 And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.
17:14 And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.
17:15 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God,
17:16 And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.
17:17 And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?
17:18 There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.
17:19 And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.

2). Jesus spoke of “great faith” (Matthew 8:10), and in Matthew 14:31 Jesus spoke of “little faith”. Paul thanked God for exceedingly growing “faith” (2 Thessalonians 1:3). Those “full of faith” do “great wonders and miracles” (Acts 6:8), while those in unbelief are rebuked by Jesus and called “faithless and perverse” (Matthew 17:17). We have the Covenantal responsibility to obey the Scripture and read and study the word to cause faith to grow in our hearts. The word reproduces after its own kind, it will produce faith in our hearts if we study it in obedience. It will also produce healing according to our faith! God is faithful.

d. There is not one example in the gospels where Jesus did not heal an individual who came to him, but there are examples where men’s faith failed to get healing or because unbelief hindered Jesus from healing.

Matthew 8:17

Matthew 8:17

That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.

a. NLT: This fulfilled the word of the Lord through the prophet Isaiah, who said,
“He took our sicknesses and removed our diseases.”

b. NIV: This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: “He took up our infirmities and bore our diseases.”

c. Amplified Bible: And thus He fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah, He Himself took [in order to carry away] our weaknesses and infirmities and bore away our diseases.

d. A.S. Worrell Translation: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying, “Himself took our infirmities, and bore our sicknesses.”

1. “That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying…”

a. fulfilled [4137 * pleroo] [Strong: to make replete, i.e. (literally) to cram (a net), level up (a hollow), or (figuratively) to furnish (or imbue, diffuse, influence), satisfy, execute (an office), finish (a period or task), verify (or coincide with a prediction), etc.:--accomplish, X after, (be) complete, end, expire, fill (up), fulfil, (be, make) full (come), fully preach, perfect, supply.]

1). Concerning the Greek word for “fulfilled” it is necessary to post this wonderful commentary.

a). Bodily Healing and the Atonement, Dr. T.J. McCrossan, Re-Edited by Dr. Roy Hicks & Dr. Kenneth E. Hagin, pp.14-16: “Because of this 17th verse, “That it might be fulfilled [plerothe, 1st Aorist passive, subjective, 3rd person singular of pleroo] which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses,” one scholar asks: “When did our Lord bear these diseases and carry these pains?...It was before He came to the cross and not while He was on the cross that this prediction was fulfilled.” Of Matthew 8:17, “That it might be fulfilled [plerothe]…” other scholars argue, “Then this prophecy of Isaiah was fulfilled in the day when our Lord Jesus Christ healed the great multitude. It was fulfilled about three years before the Lord died on the cross. The prophecy of Isaiah was fulfilled in His divine ministry of healing, and not when he hung on the cross.” Most, if not all, opponents of healing in the Atonement today declare that Matthew 8:16 was completely fulfilled before Christ died on the cross, and while He was yet alive; therefore, this prediction has nothing whatever to do with us today. It was a prediction only for the people of Christ’s day. Let us now see a few of the awlful conclusions we would be compelled to draw if this foolis and unscholarly reasoning were correct. Matthew 12:14 tells of a meeting of the Jewish Council to destroy our Lord. The Master then quietly withdrew from the city, but great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them. Then Matthew tells us why he withdrew quietly away from these angry Pharisees. Matthew 12:17-21 “That it might be fulfilled [plerothe, same word as in Matthew 8:17] which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew [apaggelei, declare] judgment to the Gentiles. He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets.  A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory.  And in his name shall the Gentiles trust.” This wonderful prediction is found in Isaiah 42:1-4. Isaiah here predicted, as matthew asserts (Matthew 12:17): (1) That God would put His Spirit upon Christ. (2) That Christ would then declare judgment (krisis) to the Gentiles. (3) That Christ would be kind, patient, and loving toward the very weakest of men, for “A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench.” (4) That Christ will yet hurl forth (ekbale) judgment unto victory. This refers, of course to the horrors of the Tribulation, and to the time when Christ shall come forth to destroy all His enemies and set up His kingdom. (5) “And in his name shall the Gentiles hope.” Here, then, is a great prediction from Isaiah that in the future, (1) the Gentile nations would yet hear the Gospel and find hope in Christ, and (2) that Christ would yet hurl forth judgment unto victory (referring to His coming in vengeance to destroy all His enemies); and yet—wonderful to narrate—Matthew here declares that this prophecy of Isaiah was then fulfilled, even before the Gentiles had yet heard the Gospel; and he uses the very same word to express this fulfillment that he used in matthew 8:17; vis., plerothe, the 1st Aorist passive, subjunctive, 3rd person singular of the verb pleroo, I fulfill. Matthew asserts in Matthew 12:17 that Christ did what He did on this occasion, “That it might be fulfilled [plerothe], which was spoken by Esaias the prophet,” and he here uses the very same word for “fulfilled” (plerothe) that he uses in Matthew 8:17 regarding the fulfillment of Isaiah 53:4…Although Matthew here declares that this prediction of Isaiah 42:1-4 had been fulfilled, who is so foolish as to say Christ is not still declaring judgment to the Gentiles; that He is not still patient, kind, loving, and forgiving to the very weakest of men? Has Christ yet hurled forth (ekbale) judgment unto victory? No! Are all the Gentile nations yet trusting in His name? No! Yet Matthew asserts that this great prediction had been fulfilled just as soon as Christ began His blessed ministry looking to this end, and uses the very same word for “might be fulfilled” (plerothe) that he employs in Mfatthew 8:17. This, then, is positive proof to every real Greek scholar and to all unprejudiced minds that Matthew 8:16, 17 is a prediction which will not be completely fulfilled until the end of this Church Age.”

b. spoken [4483 * rheo] [Strong: to utter, i.e. speak or say:--command, make, say, speak (of).

c. Esaias [2268 * Hesaias] [Strong: Hesaias (i.e. Jeshajah), an Israelite:--Esaias.

d. prophet [4396 * prophetes] [Strong: a foreteller ("prophet"); by analogy, an inspired speaker; by extension, a poet:--prophet.]

1). Notice carefully what Peter writes concerning the prophets which include Isaiah’s writings.

a). 1 Peter 1:10-12 Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:
1:11 Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.
1:12 Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.

b). The “glory that should follow” concerns the proclamation of the benefits of the New Covenant that would begin on the Day of Pentecost and would never end.

2. “…Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.”

a. took [2983 * lambano] [Strong: a prolonged form of a primary verb, which is use only as an alternate in certain tenses; to take (in very many applications, literally and figuratively (properly objective or active, to get hold of; whereas 1209 is rather subjective or passive, to have offered to one; while 138 is more violent, to seize or remove)):--accept, + be amazed, assay, attain, bring, X when I call, catch, come on (X unto), + forget, have, hold, obtain, receive (X after), take (away, up).]

b. infirmities [769 * astheneia] [Strong: feebleness (of mind or body); by implication, malady; morally, frailty:--disease, infirmity, sickness, weakness.]

c. bare [941 * bastazo] [Strong: perhaps remotely derived from the base of 939 (through the idea of removal); to lift, literally or figuratively (endure, declare, sustain, receive, etc.):--bear, carry, take up.]

d. sicknesses [3554 * nosos] [Strong: of uncertain affinity; a malady (rarely figuratively, of moral disability):--disease, infirmity, sickness.]

1). When Jesus, “…cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick…”, it was a fulfillment of Isaiah. This was not just Jesus healing the sick but it was a part of the redemptive process that Matthew & Peter declares fulfilled the New Covenant.

a). 1 Peter 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.   

e. This citation by Matthew is of course is a quote from Isaiah 53:4, a verse found in the great and wonderful chapter prophesying of our redemption in Christ Jesus. Isaiah 53 deals with both physical and spiritual healing. The following two citations are from scholarly believers who teach the truth.

1). Christ the Healer, F.F. Bosworth, Revell Publishing, 1973. Chapter 2, p.26: “In the 4th verse, the word “borne” (nasa) means to lift up, to bear away, to convey, or to remove to a distance. It is a Levitical word, and is applied to the scapegoat, that bare away the sins of the people. “The goat shall bear (nasa) upon him all their iniquities unto a land not inhabited; and he shall let go the goat into the wilderness” (Leviticus 16:22. So Jesus bore my sins and sicknesses away “without the camp” to the cross. Sin and sickness have passed from me to Calvary—salvation and health have passed from Calvary to me. Again, in this 4th verse of the Redemption Chapter the Hebrew verbs for “borne” and “carried” (nasa and sabal) are both the same as are used in the 11th and 12th verses for the substitutionary bearing of sin, “He shall bear (carry) their iniquities”, and “He shall bear the sin of many””.

2). Bodily Healing and the Atonement, Dr. T.J. McCrossan, Re-Edited by Dr. Roy Hicks & Dr. Kenneth E. Hagin, pp. 11 & 12 “The Hebrew verb nasa [In Isaiah 53:4]means to bear in the sense of “suffering punishment for something”. Leviticus 5:1, “And if a soul sin…then he shall bear (nasa) his iniquity.” In Isaiah 53:12 we have the true meaning of nasa set forth: “And he (Christ) was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare (nasa) the sin of many.” Now how did Christ bear our sins? Vicariously, as our Substitute. But this is the same verb used in Isaiah 53:4, “Surely he [Christ] hath borne [nasa] our sicknesses. We all admit that this verb (nasa) in Isaiah 53:12 teaches us that Christ bore our sins vicariously; so all unprejudiced minds must admit that this very same verb (nasa) in Isaiah 53:4 teaches us that He (Christ) bore (nasa) our sicknesses vicariously…The clear teaching, therefore, is that Christ bore our sicknesses in the same way that He bore our sins. There can be no other conclusion.”

Monday, September 15, 2014

Matthew 8:14

Matthew 8:14

And when Jesus was come into Peter's house, he saw his wife's mother laid, and sick of a fever.

a. NLT: When Jesus arrived at Peter’s house, Peter’s mother-in-law was sick in bed with a high fever.

b. NIV: When Jesus came into Peter’s house, he saw Peter’s mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever.

c. Amplified Bible: And when Jesus went into Peter’s house, He saw his mother-in-law lying ill with a fever.

d. A.S. Worrell Translation: And Jesus, coming into the house of Peter, saw his mother-in-law prostrate, and sick with fever.

1. “And when Jesus was come into Peter's house…”

a. They had just come from the synagogue because it was the Sabbath day. Jewish people always go to the Temple or the synagogue on the Sabbath.

1). Mark 1:21-29 And they went into Capernaum; and straightway on the sabbath day he entered into the synagogue, and taught.
1:22 And they were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes.
1:23 And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out,
1:24 Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God.
1:25 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him.
1:26 And when the unclean spirit had torn him, and cried with a loud voice, he came out of him.
1:27 And they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among themselves, saying, What thing is this? what new doctrine is this? for with authority commandeth he even the unclean spirits, and they do obey him.
1:28 And immediately his fame spread abroad throughout all the region round about Galilee.
1:29 And forthwith, when they were come out of the synagogue, they entered into the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John.

2). Luke 4:31-38 And came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and taught them on the sabbath days.
4:32 And they were astonished at his doctrine: for his word was with power.
4:33 And in the synagogue there was a man, which had a spirit of an unclean devil, and cried out with a loud voice,
4:34 Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art; the Holy One of God.
4:35 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him. And when the devil had thrown him in the midst, he came out of him, and hurt him not.
4:36 And they were all amazed, and spake among themselves, saying, What a word is this! for with authority and power he commandeth the unclean spirits, and they come out.
4:37 And the fame of him went out into every place of the country round about.
4:38 And he arose out of the synagogue, and entered into Simon's house. And Simon's wife's mother was taken with a great fever; and they besought him for her.

2.  “…he saw his wife's mother laid, and sick of a fever.”

a. In Mark’s account and in Luke’s account they told Jesus about Peter’s mother in law being sick.

1). Mark 1:30 But Simon’s wife’s mother lay sick of a fever, and anon they tell him of her.

2). Luke 4:38 And he arose out of the synagogue, and entered into Simon’s house. And Simon’s wife’s mother was taken with a fever; and they besought him for her.

b. Peter was married. It is not stated if he had any children.

1). 1 Corinthians 9:5 Have we not power to lead about a sister, a wife, as well as other apostles, and as the brethren of the Lord, and Cephas?

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Matthew 11:24

Matthew 11:24

But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee.

a. NLT: I tell you, even Sodom will be better off on judgment day than you.”

b. NIV: But I tell you that it will be more bearable for Sodom on the day of judgment than for you.”

c. Amplified Bible: But I tell you, it shall be more endurable for the land of Sodom on the day of judgment than for you.

d. A.S. Worrell Translation: Nevertheless, I say to you, that it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for you!”

1. “But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment…”

a. more tolerable [414 * anektoteros] [Strong: more endurable:--more tolerable.]

b. judgment [2920 * krisis] [Strong: decision (subjectively or objectively, for or against); by extension, a tribunal; by implication, justice (especially, divine law):--accusation, condemnation, damnation, judgment.]

1). Why did Jesus say it would be “more tolerable” for Sodom “in the day of judgment” than for Capernaum? It’s because Jesus was doing “mighty works” in their midst and they refused to repent, yet he said if those same mighty works had been done in Tyre, Sidon, Sodom & Gomorrah, “they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes” and they “would have remained until this day”. The three cities of Chorizin, Bethsaida, and Capernaum were given greater light than the cities of Tyre, Sidon, Sodom and Gomorrah. Those three cities were in the area where Jesus moved his headquarters in the beginning of his ministry.

a). Matthew 4:13-16 And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim:
4:14 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying,
4:15 The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles;
4:16 The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.

2). When Jesus sent out his disciples to evangelize he spoke of the same levels of judgment.

a). Matthew 10:5-15 These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not:
10:6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
10:7 And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.
10:8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.
10:9 Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses,
10:10 Nor scrip for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves: for the workman is worthy of his meat.
10:11 And into whatsoever city or town ye shall enter, enquire who in it is worthy; and there abide till ye go thence.
10:12 And when ye come into an house, salute it.
10:13 And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you.
10:14 And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet.
10:15 Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.
3). Greater light, more revelation requires more responsibility of proper response and if rejected more severe judgment.

a). Luke 12:47, 48  And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.
12:48 But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.

b). This clearly reveals not only levels of judgment but also levels of punishment in hell.

Matthew 11:23

Matthew 11:23

And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.

a. NLT: “And you people of Capernaum, will you be honored in heaven? No, you will go down to the place of the dead.For if the miracles I did for you had been done in wicked Sodom, it would still be here today.

b. NIV: And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted to the heavens? No, you will go down to Hades.fn For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Sodom, it would have remained to this day.

c. Amplified Bible: Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would long ago have repented in sackcloth and ashes [and their hearts would have been changed].

d. A.S. Worrell Translation: “And you, Capernaum, shall you be exalted to Heaven? You shall go down to Hades; because, if the mighty works which were done in you, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.

1. “And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell…”

a. Capernaum [2584 * Kapernaoum] [Strong:  Capernaum (i.e. Caphanachum), a place in Palestine:--Capernaum.]

b. exalted [5312 * hupsoo] [Strong: to elevate (literally or figuratively):--exalt, lift up.]

c. heaven [3772 * ouranos] [Strong:  perhaps from the same as 3735 (through the idea of elevation); the sky; by extension, heaven (as the abode of God); by implication, happiness, power, eternity; specially, the Gospel (Christianity):--air, heaven(-ly), sky.]

d. brought down [2601 * katabibazo; kata-down; bibazo-to cause or make come down] [Strong: to cause to go down, i.e. precipitate:--bring (thrust) down.]

e. hell [86 * hades] [Strong: properly, unseen, i.e. "Hades" or the place (state) of departed souls:--grave, hell.]

1). The image of a geographical area being brought down to hell is seen also in the Old Testament.

a). Ezekiel 32:17-32 It came to pass also in the twelfth year, in the fifteenth day of the month, that the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
32:18 Son of man, wail for the multitude of Egypt, and cast them down, even her, and the daughters of the famous nations, unto the nether parts of the earth, with them that go down into the pit.
32:19 Whom dost thou pass in beauty? go down, and be thou laid with the uncircumcised.
32:20 They shall fall in the midst of them that are slain by the sword: she is delivered to the sword: draw her and all her multitudes.
32:21 The strong among the mighty shall speak to him out of the midst of hell with them that help him: they are gone down, they lie uncircumcised, slain by the sword.
32:22 Asshur is there and all her company: his graves are about him: all of them slain, fallen by the sword:
32:23 Whose graves are set in the sides of the pit, and her company is round about her grave: all of them slain, fallen by the sword, which caused terror in the land of the living.
32:24 There is Elam and all her multitude round about her grave, all of them slain, fallen by the sword, which are gone down uncircumcised into the nether parts of the earth, which caused their terror in the land of the living; yet have they borne their shame with them that go down to the pit.
32:25 They have set her a bed in the midst of the slain with all her multitude: her graves are round about him: all of them uncircumcised, slain by the sword: though their terror was caused in the land of the living, yet have they borne their shame with them that go down to the pit: he is put in the midst of them that be slain.
32:26 There is Meshech, Tubal, and all her multitude: her graves are round about him: all of them uncircumcised, slain by the sword, though they caused their terror in the land of the living.
32:27 And they shall not lie with the mighty that are fallen of the uncircumcised, which are gone down to hell with their weapons of war: and they have laid their swords under their heads, but their iniquities shall be upon their bones, though they were the terror of the mighty in the land of the living.
32:28 Yea, thou shalt be broken in the midst of the uncircumcised, and shalt lie with them that are slain with the sword.
32:29 There is Edom, her kings, and all her princes, which with their might are laid by them that were slain by the sword: they shall lie with the uncircumcised, and with them that go down to the pit.
32:30 There be the princes of the north, all of them, and all the Zidonians, which are gone down with the slain; with their terror they are ashamed of their might; and they lie uncircumcised with them that be slain by the sword, and bear their shame with them that go down to the pit.
32:31 Pharaoh shall see them, and shall be comforted over all his multitude, even Pharaoh and all his army slain by the sword, saith the Lord God.
32:32 For I have caused my terror in the land of the living: and he shall be laid in the midst of the uncircumcised with them that are slain with the sword, even Pharaoh and all his multitude, saith the Lord God.

2. “…for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee…”

a. mighty works [1411 * dunamis] [Strong:  force (literally or figuratively); specially, miraculous power (usually by implication, a miracle itself):--ability, abundance, meaning, might(-ily, -y, -y deed), (worker of) miracle(-s), power, strength, violence, mighty (wonderful) work.]

1). The same Greek word translated “mighty works” in Matthew 11:23 is translated “power” in Acts when it tells how believers would be empowered by God  shall be baptized in the Holy Ghost.

a). Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

2). And of course everything that Jesus did, all the miracles he worked were accomplished thorough the power of the Holy Ghost.

a). Acts 10:38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.

3) Though there were no doubt others the following are: the healing of the Centurion’s servant, the casting out of the devil in the synagogue, the healing of the multitude in the evening after the Sabbath, and the healing of the man sick of the palsy let down through the roof, of which multitudes witnessed and glorified God.

a). Matthew 8:5-13 And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him,
8:6 And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.
8:7 And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him.
8:8 The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.
8:9 For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.
8:10 When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.
8:11 And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven.
8:12 But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
8:13 And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.

b). Mark 1:21-28 And they went into Capernaum; and straightway on the sabbath day he entered into the synagogue, and taught.
1:22 And they were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes.
1:23 And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out,
1:24 Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God.
1:25 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him.
1:26 And when the unclean spirit had torn him, and cried with a loud voice, he came out of him.
1:27 And they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among themselves, saying, What thing is this? what new doctrine is this? for with authority commandeth he even the unclean spirits, and they do obey him.
1:28 And immediately his fame spread abroad throughout all the region round about Galilee.

c). Matthew 8:16, 17 When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick:
8:17 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.

d). Matthew 9:1-8 And he entered into a ship, and passed over, and came into his own city.
9:2 And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.
9:3 And, behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, This man blasphemeth.
9:4 And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?
9:5 For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk?
9:6 ut that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house.
9:7 And he arose, and departed to his house.
9:8 But when the multitudes saw it, they marvelled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto men.

3. “…for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.”

a. Above in Matthew 11:22 we looked at the spiritual principle regarding greater light. More revelation requires more responsibility of proper response and if rejected more severe judgment. In the text Matthew 11:23 Jesus said that if the mighty works which had been done in Capernaum, mighty works that included multitudes of healings, devils cast out and others highlighted above that something powerful would have happened. They would have repented and remained unto this day. In following the reasoning in the principle of greater light we need to look at the light given to Sodom as opposed to the light given to Capernaum. Sodom was destroyed 451 years after the flood of Noah. We can arrive at that figure by looking at the following timeline and information.

1). Genesis 11:10-26 These are the generations of Shem: Shem was an hundred years old, and begat Arphaxad two years after the flood: (2 years)
11:11 And Shem lived after he begat Arphaxad five hundred years, and begat sons and daughters.
11:12 And Arphaxad lived five hundred and thirty years, and begat Salah:   (35 years).
11:13 And Arphaxad lived after he begat Salah four hundred and three years, and begat sons and daughters.
 11:14 And Salah lived thirty years, and begat Eber:  (30 years)
11:15 And Salah lived after he begat Eber four hundred and three years, and begat sons and daughters.
11:16 And Eber lived four and thirty years, and begat Peleg: (34 years)
11:17 And Eber lived after he begat Peleg four hundred and thirty years, and begat sons and daughters.
11:18 And Peleg lived thirty years, and begat Reu: (30 years)
11:19 And Peleg lived after he begat Reu two hundred and nine years, and begat sons and daughters.
11:20 And Reu lived two and thirty years, and begat Serug: (32 years)
11:21 And Reu lived after he begat Serug two hundred and seven years, and begat sons and daughters.
11:22 And Serug lived thirty years, and begat Nahor: (30 years)
11:23 And Serug lived after he begat Nahor two hundred years, and begat sons and daughters.
11:24 And Nahor lived nine and twenty years, and begat Terah: (29 years)
11:25 And Nahor lived after he begat Terah an hundred and nineteen years, and begat sons and daughters.
11:26 And Terah lived seventy years, and begat Abram, Nahor, and Haran. (70 years)

2). When the math adding up the years between the patriarchs just in this passage, it appears that Abram was born 292 years after the flood, but that s not really the case. Another chronological fact has to be included to arrive at the proper dates.  Abram was 75 years old when he came into Canaan.

a). Genesis 12:4 So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.

3). If we assume that Abram left right after Terah’s death at 205 years old and we subtract 75 from 205 we find that Abram was born when Terah was 130 years old not 70. Which means Abram was born 352 years after the flood. Add on to that number that Isaac was born when Abraham was 100 years old and then subtract a year because looking at the text in Genesis 18:10-14 it appears that Isaac was born about a year after the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. Hence, the cities of the plain were destroyed about 451 years after the flood. Even though it was relatively a short time between the flood and the time that Abraham lived, the world had sunk to such a horrible spiritual ignorance. What was so heavy about the words of Jesus is that he said if Sodom would have witnessed the mighty works that Capernaum had witnessed, Sodom would have repented. Given the amount of spiritual revelation that Capernaum had been given, Capernaum had sunk deeper in darkness than Sodom had, because they refused to repent. Over the past 38 years I have heard the statement that, “That if God does not judge America soon, He will have to apologize to Sodom & Gomorrah”. Folk’s that is not true, the fact is, decades ago we exceeded Sodom in wickedness. Why? Because we have been given so much more light than Sodom, and as a nation we are still expelling God from our midst and we refuse to repent.