A Full Day…Almost Spoiled
Here is a link to Matthew 9, a very “full” chapter: Matthew 9 Reading this chapter makes my head spin. I’m not sure what the time frame is of the events of chapter 9 but if they all happen in one day, it was a pretty full day. A lame man is healed and Jesus is chastised for saying He can forgive sins, Matthew the tax collector is called to be a disciple and Jesus is chastised for eating with tax collectors and sinners. Jesus is questioned about His disciples fasting practices, Jesus brings a girl back to life and a woman who had been ill for 12 years is healed. When Jesus brings the girl back to life He is laughed at before He does it. (Guess the girl got the “last laugh”). Then, Jesus heals two blind men and a man who couldn’t speak because of a demon; after which Jesus is accused of casting out demons by the power of Satan.
Whew! That’s a busy day. What struck me as I read this chapter was the opposition that Jesus often faced for doing good things. He was demonstrating power that no one had every done before. And at almost every turn, He was being chastised and condemned by the religious leaders of the day. They seemed to want to spoil what Jesus was doing without even knowing Him or knowing why He was doing it. They felt threatened and instead of trying to figure out what was going on, they just wanted to stamp it out.
I think we are all tempted to do this at times, even when someone is doing something good. If we don’t understand it…we fear it might be bad. If activity is happening which is outside our comfort zone, our first reaction is often to pull away or to put it out. Let’s not do that as it relates to Jesus. As you follow Him, I guarantee He will do things that you do not expect. Just follow…be patient…be obedient…you won’t be disappointed in what He is doing.