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  1. CostcoCal says:

    How ’bout you shorten it up, MLD?

  2. Owen says:


    Point #13 (and all the bullets after it) – absolute gold. Well said.

    “I desire mercy, not sacrifice”….. which basically means “go and show others what I have shown you.”

    Reminds me of a verse from an old song:

    “Grace keeps on giving me things I don’t deserve.
    Mercy keeps withholding things I do…”

  3. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    Costco Cal,
    Yes I probably should make it shorter. These are my notes from the class I teach and this is probably 1/3 of the chapter so I look for places that have natural breaks without destroying the flow of a pericope. If a pericope is short then I try to include the next one.

    But let me summarize with the MLD version of Cliff Notes.
    1.) Jesus’ healing people is really Jesus saving people. The Pharisees do not like this because it goes against their system – that they alone control the religious realm in Israel
    2.) They accuse Jesus of blasphemy and want him destroyed.
    3.) In order to save sinners Jesus must hang around sinners.
    4.) This too bothers the the religious leaders.

  4. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    Owen – good observation – thanks

  5. Jean says:

    “3.) In order to save sinners Jesus must hang around sinners.
    4.) This too bothers the the religious leaders.”

    The Field of Dreams paradigm, “If you build it, they will come”, doesn’t always work. Sometimes, they just don’t come.

    But, one of the mistakes pious Christians sometimes make is distinguishing themselves from sinners. You may be able to wash the outside of the cup (maybe just for an hour or two in church on Sunday), but what about the inside?

    But in Christ, we are reckoned clean inside and out.

  6. CostcoCal says:

    MLD…thank you! Very enlightening,

    Should we find an application to these “Cliff Notes”? Or do they simply speak for themselves?

  7. Owen says:

    Probably wasn’t your intent, but I had to chuckle when you said “distinguishing themselves from sinners”. It’s like they’ve blotted out “For all have sinned….”

    Another quick thought – it would be interesting to read a study on the ways that forgiveness of sins brings healing today, in contrast to in Jesus’ day with the literal healings from diseases, etc….

  8. Linnea says:

    Great study, MLD, and very thought provoking, especially:

    ” If you ever think you have cleaned yourself up or that you have beat the sin issue – then ponder this – why do you need Jesus?”

    Much of the modern church doesn’t really think they need Jesus. They invoke His name to maintain membership in the fraternity.

  9. Linnea,
    You have summarized my 10 yr crusade here at the PP in your short statement. Thank you, great thought.

  10. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    In verse 2, whose faith was counted worthy – they guys who brought the paralytic – or was the paralytic counted among them?
    Is it possible that Jesus saved the paralytic because of the faith of his buddies?

  11. Jean says:

    Yee, it is an example of James 5:16.

  12. So this would be similar to parents bringing their child to the pastor for a similar healing / salvation.

  13. Jean says:

    Mark’s Gospel tells a similar story of the healing of the paralytic. Either it is a different but similar story or it is the same story with a lot more details given. But identical to Matthew’s account is the fact that Jesus “saw” the faith of the friends and his healing appears to be in response to their faith.

    “And when he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. And many were gathered together, so that there was no more room, not even at the door. And he was preaching the word to them. And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him, and when they had made an opening, they let down the bed on which the paralytic lay. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, ‘Son, your sins are forgiven.’ Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, ‘Why does this man speak like that? He is blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?’ And immediately Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that they thus questioned within themselves, said to them, ‘Why do you question these things in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise, take up your bed and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins’—he said to the paralytic— ‘I say to you, rise, pick up your bed, and go home.’ And he rose and immediately picked up his bed and went out before them all, so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, ‘We never saw anything like this!'”

  14. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    Jean, with these 2 accounts it does seem that Jesus saves unilaterally. The faith of the friends was strong enough to get the other guy saved and even then we don’t see the guy even saying thanks.

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