- Matthew 8:16-20
- Mat 8:16 (KJB)
- When 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:
- As soon as the word spread that Jesus was in Capernaum at Peter’s home,
the people who were devil possessed and sick with diseases were brought to
the home of Peter. Since this was the sabbath day, the people had waited
until it was officially over so they waited until evening and then the
crowds started heading to the house of Peter. Jesus, just by His word, had
cast the devils out of the people and healed those who were sick of various
diseases. Here we read that Jesus had healed all that were sick and none
left that day disappointed.
- Mat 8:17 (KJB)
- That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet,
saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.
- (Isa 53:4 KJV) Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our
sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
Matthew alludes to Isaiah 53:4 in this passage. The word “infirmities” has
to do with the fact of our spiritual weaknesses. James 5:14 (KJV)
Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let
them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:
The word “sick” in James 5:14 is the same word for “infirmities” in Matthew
8:17. What is in view here is not a physical sickness. The reason that is
obvious is because first of all, the word “sick” carries with it the meaning
of being without strength and spiritually weak. If one was sick, would they
call for the elders of the church or the doctor? Elders of the Church deal
with spiritual matters not medical matters. When the elders go to the person
who is spiritually weak, they are prayed over and anointed with oil. Oil is
a symbol of the Holy Spirit and when someone is anointed, they are
consecrated or ordained to salvation. (1 John 2:27 KJV) But the
anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that
any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and
is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in
- When we speak of the sick, the primary message of the Gospel is the
healing of the sin sick soul and not the body. The miracles that Christ did
and those of the Apostles were confirming the word that was spoken plus they
gave a visible message showing the difference between someone who is
afflicted with sin versus someone who has been healed. It was the picture of
salvation. The sick ones were the picture of the unsaved and the healed ones
were the picture of the saved. (1 Pet 2:24 KJV) Who his own self
bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins,
should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
Notice that salvation is linked with the healing by the stripes of Christ.
If the central message of the Gospel was physical healing, we would not need
cemeteries, but we do. The body dies but the redeemed spirit goes to be with
the Lord immediately on the separation which is called death.
- Mat 8:18 (KJB)
- Now when Jesus saw great multitudes about him, he gave commandment to
depart unto the other side.
- Since it would have been night, Jesus would not have told the people to
go to the other side of the Sea of Galilee which would have been the eastern
side unless there was enough light. This was a period of time maybe the next
day or the day after because the great multitudes would have taken some time
to assemble. So this was not right after He healed Peter’s mother in law but
a period of time had lapsed.
- Mat 8:19 (KJB)
- And a certain scribe came, and said unto him, Master, I will follow thee
whithersoever thou goest.
- Apparently this scribe had wanted to follow Jesus and made the
declaration that he was willing to follow Jesus wherever He went. The words
“I will follow” are in the future tense. We do not know if this scribe was
sincere because maybe he saw the miracles that Christ did and possibly
thought that if he follows Jesus, there may be an opportunity for wealth and
notoriety. He may have also have gotten caught up in the moment when Christ was
healing and people were praising God for their healing. This is another
lesson for us that we must make sure that we are not caught up in the moment
of elation at evangelistic events but to make sure we know that if we do get
involved, it will cost something. Many get excited at Bible conferences and
special meetings at their church but never look beyond to assess what the
actual commitment will cost.
- Mat 8:20 (KJB)
- And 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.
- The scribes declaration of the following of Jesus prompted a quick and
realistic answer from Jesus. Following him would not be a bed of roses and
it would not be a life of ease. The scribe needed to assess the cost of the
commitment in following Jesus. It cost as much as a person’s life. Jesus
basically tells him that the foxes have their dens and the birds have their
nests for rest and repose but the “Son of Man” has nothing like this. Jesus
never had a permanent residence while He was here on earth but stayed in
people’s homes or outside all night. This was the reality of following Him,
it was not going to be five star hotels and everyone welcoming them and
loving them. This is the first usage of the term “Son of Man” in the book of
Matthew, where Jesus is pointing out the fact that he will suffer and die as
a human and His followers can expect the same treatment. (John
15:20 KJV) Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not
greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute
you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.
The scribe was probably used to easy living and the life of a follower of
Jesus was not for him unless he was truly saved and qualified to be a