Bible: Matthew 8-9

Cleansing a Leper

8:1 After he came down from the mountain, large crowds followed him. 8:2 And a leper 1  approached, and bowed low before him, saying, 2 Lord, if 3  you are willing, you can make me clean.” 8:3 He stretched out his hand and touched 4  him saying, “I am willing. Be clean!” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed. 8:4 Then Jesus said to him, “See that you do not speak to anyone, 5  but go, show yourself to a priest, and bring the offering 6  that Moses commanded, 7  as a testimony to them.” 8 

Healing the Centurion’s Servant

8:5 When he entered Capernaum, 9  a centurion 10  came to him asking for help: 11  8:6 Lord, 12  my servant 13  is lying at home paralyzed, in terrible anguish.” 8:7 Jesus 14  said to him, “I will come and heal him.” 8:8 But the centurion replied, 15 Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof. Instead, just say the word and my servant will be healed. 8:9 For I too am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. 16  I say to this one, ‘Goand he goes, 17  and to another ‘Comeand he comes, and to my slave 18 Do thisand he does it.” 19  8:10 When 20  Jesus heard this he was amazed and said to those who followed him, “I tell you the truth, 21  I have not found such faith in anyone in Israel! 8:11 I tell you, many will come from the east and west to share the banquet 22  with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob 23  in the kingdom of heaven, 8:12 but the sons of the kingdom will be thrown out into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” 24  8:13 Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go; just as you believed, it will be done for you.” And the servant 25  was healed at that hour.

Healings at Peter’s House

8:14 Now 26  when Jesus entered Peter’s house, he saw his mother-in-law lying down, 27  sick with a fever. 8:15 He touched her hand, and the fever left her. Then 28  she got up and began to serve them. 8:16 When it was evening, many demon-possessed people were brought to him. He drove out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick. 29  8:17 In this way what was spoken by Isaiah the prophet was fulfilled: 30 

He took our weaknesses and carried our diseases.” 31 

Challenging Professed Followers

8:18 Now when Jesus saw a large crowd 32  around him, he gave orders to go to the other side of the lake. 33  8:19 Then 34  an expert in the law 35  came to him and said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” 36  8:20 Jesus said to him, “Foxes have dens, and the birds in the sky 37  have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” 38  8:21 Another 39  of the 40  disciples said to him, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” 8:22 But Jesus said to him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.” 41 

Stilling of a Storm

8:23 As he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. 42  8:24 And a great storm developed on the sea so that the waves began to swamp the boat. But he was asleep. 8:25 So they came 43  and woke him up saying, “Lord, save us! We are about to die! 8:26 But 44  he said to them, “Why are you cowardly, you people of little faith?” Then he got up and rebuked 45  the winds and the sea, 46  and it was dead calm. 8:27 And the men 47  were amazed and said, 48 What sort of person is this? Even the winds and the sea obey him! 49 

Healing the Gadarene Demoniacs

8:28 When he came to the other side, to the region of the Gadarenes, 50  two demon-possessed men coming from the tombs met him. They were extremely violent, so that no one was able to pass by that way. 8:29 They 51  cried out, “Son of God, leave us alone! 52  Have you come here to torment us before the time? 53  8:30 A 54  large herd of pigs was feeding some distance from them. 8:31 Then the demons begged him, 55 If you drive us out, send us into the herd of pigs.” 8:32 And he said, 56 Go!” So 57  they came out and went into the pigs, and the herd rushed down the steep slope into the lake and drowned in the water. 8:33 The 58  herdsmen ran off, went into the town, 59  and told everything that had happened to the demon-possessed men. 8:34 Then 60  the entire town 61  came out to meet Jesus. And when they saw him, they begged him to leave their region.

Healing and Forgiving a Paralytic

9:1 After getting into a boat he crossed to the other side and came to his own town. 62  9:2 Just then 63  some people 64  brought to him a paralytic lying on a stretcher. 65  When Jesus saw their 66  faith, he said to the paralytic, “Have courage, son! Your sins are forgiven.” 67  9:3 Then 68  some of the experts in the law 69  said to themselves, “This man is blaspheming! 70  9:4 When Jesus saw their reaction he said, “Why do you respond with evil in your hearts? 9:5 Which is easier, 71  to say, ‘Your sins are forgivenor to say, ‘Stand up and walk? 9:6 But so that you may know 72  that the Son of Man 73  has authority on earth to forgive sins– then he said to the paralytic 74 “Stand up, take your stretcher, and go home.” 75  9:7 And he stood up and went home. 76  9:8 When 77  the crowd saw this, they were afraid 78  and honored God who had given such authority to men. 79 

The Call of Matthew; Eating with Sinners

9:9 As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax booth. 80 Follow me,” he said to him. And he got up and followed him. 9:10 As 81  Jesus 82  was having a meal 83  in Matthew’s 84  house, many tax collectors 85  and sinners came and ate with Jesus and his disciples. 9:11 When the Pharisees 86  saw this they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners? 87  9:12 When 88  Jesus heard this he said, “Those who are healthy don’t need a physician, but those who are sick do. 89  9:13 Go and learn what this saying means: ‘I want mercy and not sacrifice.’ 90  For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

The Superiority of the New

9:14 Then John’s 91  disciples came to Jesus 92  and asked, “Why do we and the Pharisees 93  fast often, 94  but your disciples don’t fast? 9:15 Jesus said to them, “The wedding guests 95  cannot mourn while the bridegroom 96  is with them, can they? But the days 97  are coming when the bridegroom will be taken from them, 98  and then they will fast. 9:16 No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, because the patch will pull away from the garment and the tear will be worse. 9:17 And no one pours new wine into old wineskins; 99  otherwise the skins burst and the wine is spilled out and the skins are destroyed. Instead they put new wine into new wineskins 100  and both are preserved.”

Restoration and Healing

9:18 As he was saying these things, a ruler came, bowed low before him, and said, “My daughter has just died, but come and lay your hand on her and she will live.” 9:19 Jesus and his disciples got up and followed him. 9:20 But 101  a woman who had been suffering from a hemorrhage 102  for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge 103  of his cloak. 104  9:21 For she kept saying to herself, 105 If only I touch his cloak, I will be healed.” 106  9:22 But when Jesus turned and saw her he said, “Have courage, daughter! Your faith has made you well.” 107  And the woman was healed 108  from that hour. 9:23 When Jesus entered the ruler’s house and saw the flute players and the disorderly crowd, 9:24 he said, “Go away, for the girl is not dead but asleep.” And they began making fun of him. 109  9:25 But when the crowd had been put outside, he went in and gently took her by the hand, and the girl got up. 9:26 And the news of this spread throughout that region. 110 

Healing the Blind and Mute

9:27 As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, shouting, 111 Have mercy 112  on us, Son of David! 113  9:28 When 114  he went into the house, the blind men came to him. Jesus 115  said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to him, “Yes, Lord.” 9:29 Then he touched their eyes saying, “Let it be done for you according to your faith.” 9:30 And their eyes were opened. Then Jesus sternly warned them, “See that no one knows about this.” 9:31 But they went out and spread the news about him throughout that entire region. 116 

9:32 As 117  they were going away, 118  a man who could not talk and was demon-possessed was brought to him. 9:33 After the demon was cast out, the man who had been mute spoke. The crowds were amazed and said, “Never has anything like this been seen in Israel! 9:34 But the Pharisees 119  said, “By the ruler 120  of demons he casts out demons.” 121 

Workers for the Harvest

9:35 Then Jesus went throughout all the towns 122  and villages, teaching in their synagogues, 123  preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and sickness. 124  9:36 When 125  he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were bewildered and helpless, 126  like sheep without a shepherd. 9:37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. 9:38 Therefore ask the Lord of the harvest 127  to send out 128  workers into his harvest.”

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