What did you see? (Matthew 9)

36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Matthew 9:36

Each morning for many years I have arisen to my time in the word.  Each morning I offer a short prayer before I read.  Here is the prayer: “Let me see what you intend for me to see.” This very morning I needed a second look at Matthew 8 before my spiritual eyes adjusted to the text.

Question: What did you see when you read Matthew 8?

From the text, here are 8 things I got to see:

  • In Capernaum Jesus heals a man soul and heals his paralysis, Vs: 1-7.
  • By the sea Jesus calls a tax-collector to follow Him, Vs: 8-9.
  • We meet Jesus as the “Great Physician” in Matthews house, Vs: 10-12.
  • In the city Jesus teaches us about the importance of the new life, Vs: 13-17.
  • As Jesus went on his way, He heals a sick woman and raises a father’s daughter from the dead, Vs: 18-26.
  • Next there was the blind men who were healed.
  • Lastly, we see the healing of a mute man.

Brothers and sisters, in the span of one chapter we read of six miracles in the lives of people who were hurting.  Question: Did you see these things in your first reading of the text?

Ed Stetzer said, in a message on this passage:  “Consistent prayer gives you the eyes to see the needs of the world.”

This comes directly from the last two verses of Matthew 9.  Here they are for you to see once again:

37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few;38 therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” Matthew 9:37-38

If you and I desire better spiritual sight we ned to lean into prayer and we need to look into God’s Word more and more every day.  Here is how we know when we are doing this correctly, We will become more and more compassionate.

Remember what Jesus said in this very chapter: “I desire mercy and not sacrifice, go and learn what this means.”

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