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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Matthew Chapter 8

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Matthew (Levi)
Date Penned: (60-65 AD)
Overview: Jesus Christ the King (c 1-28)
Theme: Message and Ministry of Jesus, The King (c 4-25)
Message: Jesus Performes Many Miracles - Jesus Heals a Man with Leprosy (v 1-4) A Roman Soldier Demonstrates Faith (v 5-13) Jesus Heals Peter's Mother-in-Law and Many Others (v 14-17) Jesus Teaches about the Cost of Following Him (19-22) Jesus Calms the Storm (v 23-27) Jesus Sends Demons into a Herd of Pigs (v 28-34)

Matthew 8 Commentary
   
(8:1-4) Matthew arranged the following accounts topically, not chronologically. Mark and Luke recorded some of the following events, but placed them in different locations, probably in the chronological sequence of events. The following section features a series of miracles that demonstrated the power of the Kingdom in action. This first miracle involved a man who had been estranged from the Jews because of a dreaded disease of Leprosy.

(8:5-13) The Roman Officer Demonstrates Faith. This event is also recorded in Luke 7:1-10 also. This miracle occurred to a person who, because of his race and occupation, was not close to the Jewish faith. In this story and the previous one (the healed leper), Jesus willingly dealt with people the Jews shunned.

(8:14-17) Jesus’ compassion reached out to a third category of people viewed in the timeframe as “second-class citizens”—women. Jesus heals Peter's Mother-in-law and many others

(8:18-22) This crossing of the lake didn’t actually occur after the events just recounted; the storm occurred after the second period in Capernaum according to Mark 4:35-41. The testing of the followers is recorded in Luke 9:57-62 as being after Peter’s confession. Matthew grouped the events thematically to show Jesus’ impact on people. Following Jesus is not always easy or comfortable. Often it involves great cost and sacrifice, with no earthly rewards or security. Jesus did not have a place to call home. You may find that following Christ costs you popularity, friendships, leisure time, or treasured habits. While the cost of following Christ is high, the value of being Christ’s disciple is even higher.

(8:23-27) Jesus calms the sea showing his divine identity to the disciples. He shows that He has power over the earth, sea, weather, and elements. Jesus is truly God in Flesh and Blood.

(8:28-34) Jesus sends Demons into a Herd of Pigs. Matthew recorded the following miracle to show Jesus’ power over the supernatural realm. This also shows the ultimate goal of Satan and his demons—utter destruction.

 


Dave Burnette's Life Application

Miracles

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the book of Matthew with Chapter 8. In our text today we see Jesus performing may miracles as he heals a man of leprosy, a Romans soldier's daughter, Peter's Mother in law, and many others. In making application we see that the Lord tells us He is God and then proves it by doing many miracles. Today many claim that they are the way but only Jesus proves it by doing many miracles . How about you? Do you see that Jesus is who He says it is? Let us learn from our text today and the knowing that Jesus did and can perform miracles today but most importantly proves and shows us that He is Lord.

 

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Matthew 8

Matthew 8

 1When he was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him.

 2And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.

 3And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.

 4And Jesus saith unto him, See thou tell no man; but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.

 5And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him,

 6And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.

 7And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him.

 8The 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.

 9For 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.

 10When 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.

 11And 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.

 12But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

 13And 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.

 14And when Jesus was come into Peter's house, he saw his wife's mother laid, and sick of a fever.

 15And he touched her hand, and the fever left her: and she arose, and ministered unto them.

 16When 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:

 17That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.

 18Now when Jesus saw great multitudes about him, he gave commandment to depart unto the other side.

 19And a certain scribe came, and said unto him, Master, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest.

 20And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.

 21And another of his disciples said unto him, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.

 22But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.

 23And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him.

 24And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep.

 25And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish.

 26And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.

 27But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!

 28And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way.

 29And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time?

 30And there was a good way off from them an herd of many swine feeding.

 31So the devils besought him, saying, If thou cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine.

 32And he said unto them, Go. And when they were come out, they went into the herd of swine: and, behold, the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea, and perished in the waters.

 33And they that kept them fled, and went their ways into the city, and told every thing, and what was befallen to the possessed of the devils.

 34And, behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus: and when they saw him, they besought him that he would depart out of their coasts.