Matthew 8

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1 καταβαντι G2597 G5631 V-2AAP-DSM δε G1161 CONJ αυτω G846 P-DSM απο G575 P EP του G3588 T-GSN ορους G3735 N-GSN ηκολουθησαν G190 G5656 V-AAI-3P αυτω G846 P-DSM οχλοι G3793 N-NPM πολλοι G4183 A-NPM

2 και G2532 CONJ ιδου G2400 G5628 V-2AAM-2S λεπρος G3015 A-NSM ελθων G2064 G5631 V-2AAP-NSM προσεκυνει G4352 G5707 V-IAI-3S αυτω G846 P-DSM λεγων G3004 G5723 V-PAP-NSM κυριε G2962 N-VSM εαν G1437 COND θελης G2309 G5725 V-PAS-2S δυνασαι G1410 G5736 V-PNI-2S με G3165 P-1AS καθαρισαι G2511 G5658 V-AAN

3 και G2532 CONJ εκτεινας G1614 G5660 V-AAP-NSF την G3588 T-ASF χειρα G5495 N-ASF ηψατο G680 G5662 V-ADI-3S αυτου G846 P-GSM ο G3588 T-NSM ιησους G2424 N-NSM λεγων G3004 G5723 V-PAP-NSM θελω G2309 G5719 V-PAI-1S καθαρισθητι G2511 G5682 V-APM-2S και G2532 CONJ ευθεως G2112 ADV εκαθαρισθη G2511 G5681 V-API-3S αυτου G846 P-GSM η G3588 T-NSF λεπρα G3014 N-NSF

4 και G2532 CONJ λεγει G3004 G5719 V-PAI-3S αυτω G846 P-DSM ο G3588 T-NSM ιησους G2424 N-NSM ορα G3708 G5720 V-PAM-2S μηδενι G3367 A-DSM ειπης G2036 G5632 V-2AAS-2S αλλα G235 CONJ υπαγε G5217 G5720 V-PAM-2S σεαυτον G4572 F-2ASM δειξον G1166 G5657 V-AAM-2S τω G3588 T-DSM ιερει G2409 N-DSM και G2532 CONJ προσενεγκε G4374 G5628 V-2AAM-2S το G3588 T-ASN δωρον G1435 N-ASN ο G3739 -ASN προσεταξεν G4367 G5656 V-AAI-3S μωσης G3475 N-NSM εις G1519 P EP μαρτυριον G3142 N-ASN αυτοις G846 P-DPM

5 εισελθοντι G1525 G5631 V-2AAP-DSM δε G1161 CONJ αυτω G846 P-DSM εις G1519 P EP καπερναουμ G2584 N-P I προσηλθεν G4334 G5627 V-2AAI-3S αυτω G846 P-DSM εκατονταρχος G1543 N-NSM παρακαλων G3870 G5723 V-PAP-NSM αυτον G846 P-ASM

6 και G2532 CONJ λεγων G3004 G5723 V-PAP-NSM κυριε G2962 N-VSM ο G3588 T-NSM παις G3816 N-NSM μου G3450 P-1GS βεβληται G906 G5769 V- PI-3S εν G1722 P EP τη G3588 T-DSF οικια G3614 N-DSF παραλυτικος G3885 A-NSM δεινως G1171 ADV βασανιζομενος G928 G5746 V-PPP-NSM

7 και G2532 CONJ λεγει G3004 G5719 V-PAI-3S αυτω G846 P-DSM ο G3588 T-NSM ιησους G2424 N-NSM εγω G1473 P-1NS ελθων G2064 G5631 V-2AAP-NSM θεραπευσω G2323 G5692 V-FAI-1S αυτον G846 P-ASM

8 και G2532 CONJ αποκριθεις G611 G5679 V-AOP-NSM ο G3588 T-NSM εκατονταρχος G1543 N-NSM εφη G5346 G5713 V-IXI-3S κυριε G2962 N-VSM ουκ G3756 P T-N ειμι G1510 G5748 V-PXI-1S ικανος G2425 A-NSM ινα G2443 CONJ μου G3450 P-1GS υπο G5259 P EP την G3588 T-ASF στεγην G4721 N-ASF εισελθης G1525 G5632 V-2AAS-2S αλλα G235 CONJ μονον G3440 ADV ειπε G2036 G5628 V-2AAM-2S λογω G3056 N-DSM και G2532 CONJ ιαθησεται G2390 G5701 V-FPI-3S ο G3588 T-NSM παις G3816 N-NSM μου G3450 P-1GS

9 και G2532 CONJ γαρ G1063 CONJ εγω G1473 P-1NS ανθρωπος G444 N-NSM ειμι G1510 G5748 V-PXI-1S υπο G5259 P EP εξουσιαν G1849 N-ASF εχων G2192 G5723 V-PAP-NSM υπ G5259 P EP εμαυτον G1683 F-1ASM στρατιωτας G4757 N-APM και G2532 CONJ λεγω G3004 G5719 V-PAI-1S τουτω G5129 D-DSM πορευθητι G4198 G5676 V-AOM-2S και G2532 CONJ πορευεται G4198 G5736 V-PNI-3S και G2532 CONJ αλλω G243 A-DSM ερχου G2064 G5736 V-PNI-2S και G2532 CONJ ερχεται G2064 G5736 V-PNI-3S και G2532 CONJ τω G3588 T-DSM δουλω G1401 N-DSM μου G3450 P-1GS ποιησον G4160 G5657 V-AAM-2S τουτο G5124 D-ASN και G2532 CONJ ποιει G4160 G5719 V-PAI-3S

10 ακουσας G191 G5660 V-AAP-NSM δε G1161 CONJ ο G3588 T-NSM ιησους G2424 N-NSM εθαυμασεν G2296 G5656 V-AAI-3S και G2532 CONJ ειπεν G2036 G5627 V-2AAI-3S τοις G3588 T-DPM ακολουθουσιν G190 G5723 V-PAP-DPM αμην G281 HEB λεγω G3004 G5719 V-PAI-1S υμιν G5213 P-2DP ουδε G3761 ADV εν G1722 P EP τω G3588 T-DSM ισραηλ G2474 N-P I τοσαυτην G5118 D-ASF πιστιν G4102 N-ASF ευρον G2147 G5627 V-2AAI-1S

11 λεγω G3004 G5719 V-PAI-1S δε G1161 CONJ υμιν G5213 P-2DP οτι G3754 CONJ πολλοι G4183 A-NPM απο G575 P EP ανατολων G395 N-GPF και G2532 CONJ δυσμων G1424 N-GPF ηξουσιν G2240 G5692 V-FAI-3P και G2532 CONJ ανακλιθησονται G347 G5701 V-FPI-3P μετα G3326 P EP αβρααμ G11 N-P I και G2532 CONJ ισαακ G2464 N-P I και G2532 CONJ ιακωβ G2384 N-P I εν G1722 P EP τη G3588 T-DSF βασιλεια G932 N-DSF των G3588 T-GPM ουρανων G3772 N-GPM

12 οι G3588 T-NPM δε G1161 CONJ υιοι G5207 N-NPM της G3588 T-GSF βασιλειας G932 N-GSF εκβληθησονται G1544 G5701 V-FPI-3P εις G1519 P EP το G3588 T-ASN σκοτος G4655 N-ASN το G3588 T-ASN εξωτερον G1857 A-ASN εκει G1563 ADV εσται G2071 G5704 V-FXI-3S ο G3588 T-NSM κλαυθμος G2805 N-NSM και G2532 CONJ ο G3588 T-NSM βρυγμος G1030 N-NSM των G3588 T-GPM οδοντων G3599 N-GPM

13 και G2532 CONJ ειπεν G2036 G5627 V-2AAI-3S ο G3588 T-NSM ιησους G2424 N-NSM τω G3588 T-DSM εκατονταρχη G1543 N-DSM υπαγε G5217 G5720 V-PAM-2S και G2532 CONJ ως G5613 ADV επιστευσας G4100 G5656 V-AAI-2S γενηθητω G1096 G5676 V-AOM-3S σοι G4671 P-2DS και G2532 CONJ ιαθη G2390 G5681 V-API-3S ο G3588 T-NSM παις G3816 N-NSM αυτου G846 P-GSM εν G1722 P EP τη G3588 T-DSF ωρα G5610 N-DSF εκεινη G1565 D-DSF

14 και G2532 CONJ ελθων G2064 G5631 V-2AAP-NSM ο G3588 T-NSM ιησους G2424 N-NSM εις G1519 P EP την G3588 T-ASF οικιαν G3614 N-ASF πετρου G4074 N-GSM ειδεν G1492 G5627 V-2AAI-3S την G3588 T-ASF πενθεραν G3994 N-ASF αυτου G846 P-GSM βεβλημενην G906 G5772 V- PP-ASF και G2532 CONJ πυρεσσουσαν G4445 G5723 V-PAP-ASF

15 και G2532 CONJ ηψατο G680 G5662 V-ADI-3S της G3588 T-GSF χειρος G5495 N-GSF αυτης G846 P-GSF και G2532 CONJ αφηκεν G863 G5656 V-AAI-3S αυτην G846 P-ASF ο G3588 T-NSM πυρετος G4446 N-NSM και G2532 CONJ ηγερθη G1453 G5681 V-API-3S και G2532 CONJ διηκονει G1247 G5707 V-IAI-3S αυτω G846 P-DSM

16 οψιας G3798 A-GSF δε G1161 CONJ γενομενης G1096 G5637 V-2ADP-GSF προσηνεγκαν G4374 G5656 V-AAI-3P αυτω G846 P-DSM δαιμονιζομενους G1139 G5740 V-PNP-APM πολλους G4183 A-APM και G2532 CONJ εξεβαλεν G1544 G5627 V-2AAI-3S τα G3588 T-APN πνευματα G4151 N-APN λογω G3056 N-DSM και G2532 CONJ παντας G3956 A-APM τους G3588 T-APM κακως G2560 ADV εχοντας G2192 G5723 V-PAP-APM εθεραπευσεν G2323 G5656 V-AAI-3S

17 οπως G3704 ADV πληρωθη G4137 G5686 V-APS-3S το G3588 T-NSN ρηθεν G4483 G5685 V-APP-NSN δια G1223 P EP ησαιου G2268 N-GSM του G3588 T-GSM προφητου G4396 N-GSM λεγοντος G3004 G5723 V-PAP-GSN αυτος G846 P-NSM τας G3588 T-APF ασθενειας G769 N-APF ημων G2257 P-1GP ελαβεν G2983 G5627 V-2AAI-3S και G2532 CONJ τας G3588 T-APF νοσους G3554 N-APF εβαστασεν G941 G5656 V-AAI-3S

18 ιδων G1492 G5631 V-2AAP-NSM δε G1161 CONJ ο G3588 T-NSM ιησους G2424 N-NSM πολλους G4183 A-APM οχλους G3793 N-APM περι G4012 P EP αυτον G846 P-ASM εκελευσεν G2753 G5656 V-AAI-3S απελθειν G565 G5629 V-2AAN εις G1519 P EP το G3588 T-ASN περαν G4008 ADV

19 και G2532 CONJ προσελθων G4334 G5631 V-2AAP-NSM εις G1520 A-NSM γραμματευς G1122 N-NSM ειπεν G2036 G5627 V-2AAI-3S αυτω G846 P-DSM διδασκαλε G1320 N-VSM ακολουθησω G190 G5692 V-FAI-1S σοι G4671 P-2DS οπου G3699 ADV εαν G1437 COND απερχη G565 G5741 V-PNS-2S

20 και G2532 CONJ λεγει G3004 G5719 V-PAI-3S αυτω G846 P-DSM ο G3588 T-NSM ιησους G2424 N-NSM αι G3588 T-NPF αλωπεκες G258 N-NPF φωλεους G5454 N-APM εχουσιν G2192 G5719 V-PAI-3P και G2532 CONJ τα G3588 T-NPN πετεινα G4071 N-NPN του G3588 T-GSM ουρανου G3772 N-GSM κατασκηνωσεις G2682 N-APF ο G3588 T-NSM δε G1161 CONJ υιος G5207 N-NSM του G3588 T-GSM ανθρωπου G444 N-GSM ουκ G3756 P T-N εχει G2192 G5719 V-PAI-3S που G4226 P T-I την G3588 T-ASF κεφαλην G2776 N-ASF κλινη G2827 G5725 V-PAS-3S

21 ετερος G2087 A-NSM δε G1161 CONJ των G3588 T-GPM μαθητων G3101 N-GPM αυτου G846 P-GSM ειπεν G2036 G5627 V-2AAI-3S αυτω G846 P-DSM κυριε G2962 N-VSM επιτρεψον G2010 G5657 V-AAM-2S μοι G3427 P-1DS πρωτον G4412 ADV απελθειν G565 G5629 V-2AAN και G2532 CONJ θαψαι G2290 G5658 V-AAN τον G3588 T-ASM πατερα G3962 N-ASM μου G3450 P-1GS

22 ο G3588 T-NSM δε G1161 CONJ ιησους G2424 N-NSM ειπεν G2036 G5627 V-2AAI-3S αυτω G846 P-DSM ακολουθει G190 G5720 V-PAM-2S μοι G3427 P-1DS και G2532 CONJ αφες G863 G5628 V-2AAM-2S τους G3588 T-APM νεκρους G3498 A-APM θαψαι G2290 G5658 V-AAN τους G3588 T-APM εαυτων G1438 F-3GPM νεκρους G3498 A-APM

23 και G2532 CONJ εμβαντι G1684 G5631 V-2AAP-DSM αυτω G846 P-DSM εις G1519 P EP το G3588 T-ASN πλοιον G4143 N-ASN ηκολουθησαν G190 G5656 V-AAI-3P αυτω G846 P-DSM οι G3588 T-NPM μαθηται G3101 N-NPM αυτου G846 P-GSM

24 και G2532 CONJ ιδου G2400 G5628 V-2AAM-2S σεισμος G4578 N-NSM μεγας G3173 A-NSM εγενετο G1096 G5633 V-2ADI-3S εν G1722 P EP τη G3588 T-DSF θαλασση G2281 N-DSF ωστε G5620 CONJ το G3588 T-NSN πλοιον G4143 N-NSN καλυπτεσθαι G2572 G5745 V-PPN υπο G5259 P EP των G3588 T-GPN κυματων G2949 N-GPN αυτος G846 P-NSM δε G1161 CONJ εκαθευδεν G2518 G5707 V-IAI-3S

25 και G2532 CONJ προσελθοντες G4334 G5631 V-2AAP-NPM οι G3588 T-NPM μαθηται G3101 N-NPM ηγειραν G1453 G5656 V-AAI-3P αυτον G846 P-ASM λεγοντες G3004 G5723 V-PAP-NPM κυριε G2962 N-VSM σωσον G4982 G5657 V-AAM-2S ημας G2248 P-1AP απολλυμεθα G622 G5731 V-PMI-1P

26 και G2532 CONJ λεγει G3004 G5719 V-PAI-3S αυτοις G846 P-DPM τι G5101 I-NSN δειλοι G1169 A-NPM εστε G2075 G5748 V-PXI-2P ολιγοπιστοι G3640 A-VPM τοτε G5119 ADV εγερθεις G1453 G5685 V-APP-NSM επετιμησεν G2008 G5656 V-AAI-3S τοις G3588 T-DPM ανεμοις G417 N-DPM και G2532 CONJ τη G3588 T-DSF θαλασση G2281 N-DSF και G2532 CONJ εγενετο G1096 G5633 V-2ADI-3S γαληνη G1055 N-NSF μεγαλη G3173 A-NSF

27 οι G3588 T-NPM δε G1161 CONJ ανθρωποι G444 N-NPM εθαυμασαν G2296 G5656 V-AAI-3P λεγοντες G3004 G5723 V-PAP-NPM ποταπος G4217 A-NSM εστιν G2076 G5748 V-PXI-3S ουτος G3778 D-NSM οτι G3754 CONJ και G2532 CONJ οι G3588 T-NPM ανεμοι G417 N-NPM και G2532 CONJ η G3588 T-NSF θαλασσα G2281 N-NSF υπακουουσιν G5219 G5719 V-PAI-3P αυτω G846 P-DSM

28 και G2532 CONJ ελθοντι G2064 G5631 V-2AAP-DSM αυτω G846 P-DSM εις G1519 P EP το G3588 T-ASN περαν G4008 ADV εις G1519 P EP την G3588 T-ASF χωραν G5561 N-ASF των G3588 T-GPM γεργεσηνων G1086 N-GPM υπηντησαν G5221 G5656 V-AAI-3P αυτω G846 P-DSM δυο G1417 A-NUI δαιμονιζομενοι G1139 G5740 V-PNP-NPM εκ G1537 P EP των G3588 T-GPN μνημειων G3419 N-GPN εξερχομενοι G1831 G5740 V-PNP-NPM χαλεποι G5467 A-NPM λιαν G3029 ADV ωστε G5620 CONJ μη G3361 P T-N ισχυειν G2480 G5721 V-PAN τινα G5100 X-ASM παρελθειν G3928 G5629 V-2AAN δια G1223 P EP της G3588 T-GSF οδου G3598 N-GSF εκεινης G1565 D-GSF

29 και G2532 CONJ ιδου G2400 G5628 V-2AAM-2S εκραξαν G2896 G5656 V-AAI-3P λεγοντες G3004 G5723 V-PAP-NPM τι G5101 I-NSN ημιν G2254 P-1DP και G2532 CONJ σοι G4671 P-2DS ιησου G2424 N-VSM υιε G5207 N-VSM του G3588 T-GSM θεου G2316 N-GSM ηλθες G2064 G5627 V-2AAI-2S ωδε G5602 ADV προ G4253 P EP καιρου G2540 N-GSM βασανισαι G928 G5658 V-AAN ημας G2248 P-1AP

30 ην G2258 G5713 V-IXI-3S δε G1161 CONJ μακραν G3112 ADV απ G575 P EP αυτων G846 P-GPM αγελη G34 N-NSF χοιρων G5519 N-GPM πολλων G4183 A-GPM βοσκομενη G1006 G5746 V-PPP-NSF

31 οι G3588 T-NPM δε G1161 CONJ δαιμονες G1142 N-NPM παρεκαλουν G3870 G5707 V-IAI-3P αυτον G846 P-ASM λεγοντες G3004 G5723 V-PAP-NPM ει G1487 COND εκβαλλεις G1544 G5719 V-PAI-2S ημας G2248 P-1AP επιτρεψον G2010 G5657 V-AAM-2S ημιν G2254 P-1DP απελθειν G565 G5629 V-2AAN εις G1519 P EP την G3588 T-ASF αγελην G34 N-ASF των G3588 T-GPM χοιρων G5519 N-GPM

32 και G2532 CONJ ειπεν G2036 G5627 V-2AAI-3S αυτοις G846 P-DPM υπαγετε G5217 G5720 V-PAM-2P οι G3588 T-NPM δε G1161 CONJ εξελθοντες G1831 G5631 V-2AAP-NPM απηλθον G565 G5627 V-2AAI-3P εις G1519 P EP την G3588 T-ASF αγελην G34 N-ASF των G3588 T-GPM χοιρων G5519 N-GPM και G2532 CONJ ιδου G2400 G5628 V-2AAM-2S ωρμησεν G3729 G5656 V-AAI-3S πασα G3956 A-NSF η G3588 T-NSF αγελη G34 N-NSF των G3588 T-GPM χοιρων G5519 N-GPM κατα G2596 P EP του G3588 T-GSM κρημνου G2911 N-GSM εις G1519 P EP την G3588 T-ASF θαλασσαν G2281 N-ASF και G2532 CONJ απεθανον G599 G5627 V-2AAI-3P εν G1722 P EP τοις G3588 T-DPN υδασιν G5204 N-DPN

33 οι G3588 T-NPM δε G1161 CONJ βοσκοντες G1006 G5723 V-PAP-NPM εφυγον G5343 G5627 V-2AAI-3P και G2532 CONJ απελθοντες G565 G5631 V-2AAP-NPM εις G1519 P EP την G3588 T-ASF πολιν G4172 N-ASF απηγγειλαν G518 G5656 V-AAI-3P παντα G3956 A-APN και G2532 CONJ τα G3588 T-APN των G3588 T-GPM δαιμονιζομενων G1139 G5740 V-PNP-GPM

34 και G2532 CONJ ιδου G2400 G5628 V-2AAM-2S πασα G3956 A-NSF η G3588 T-NSF πολις G4172 N-NSF εξηλθεν G1831 G5627 V-2AAI-3S εις G1519 P EP συναντησιν G4877 N-ASF τω G3588 T-DSM ιησου G2424 N-DSM και G2532 CONJ ιδοντες G1492 G5631 V-2AAP-NPM αυτον G846 P-ASM παρεκαλεσαν G3870 G5656 V-AAI-3P οπως G3704 ADV μεταβη G3327 G5632 V-2AAS-3S απο G575 P EP των G3588 T-GPN οριων G3725 N-GPN αυτων G846 P-GPM

  

Exploring the Meaning of Matthew 8      

Napsal(a) Rev. Dr. Ray Silverman

Chapter 8.

Truth in Action

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1. And when He had come down from the mountain, many crowds followed Him.

2. And behold, there came a leper [and] worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, if Thou willest, Thou canst make me clean.”

3. And stretching forth [His] hand, Jesus touched him, saying, “I am willing; be thou cleansed.” And straightway his leprosy was cleansed.

4. And Jesus says to him, “See thou tell no one; but go thy way, show thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses directed, for a testimony to them.”

5. And when Jesus had entered into Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, imploring Him,

6. And saying, “Lord, my boy is cast down in the house, sick of the palsy, frightfully tormented.”

7. And Jesus says to him, “I will come and cure him.”

8. And the centurion answering declared, “Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst come in under my roof, but only say the word, and my boy shall be healed.

9. For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under myself; and I say to this [man], ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does [it].”

10. And when Jesus heard, He marveled, and said to those that followed, “Amen I say to you, I have not found so great a faith, no, not in Israel.

11. And I say to you that many shall come from the east and west, and shall recline with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of the heavens.

12. And the sons of the kingdom shall be cast out into the outer darkness, where there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

13. And Jesus said to the centurion, ‘Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, be it done to thee.” And his boy was healed in the same hour.

14. And Jesus, coming into the house of Peter, saw his mother-in-law cast down and with a fever.

15. And He touched her hand, and the fever left her; and she arose, and ministered to them.

16. And when the evening was come, they brought to Him many that were demon-possessed; and He cast out the spirits with a word, and He cured all that had an illness,

17. That it might be fulfilled what was declared by Isaiah the prophet, saying, “He took our weaknesses, and bore [our] diseases.”

18. And Jesus, seeing many crowds around Him, gave orders to depart to the other side.

19. And one of the scribes coming said to Him, “Teacher, I will follow Thee wherever Thou goest.”

20. And Jesus says unto him, “The foxes have holes, and the birds of the heaven [have] nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to recline the head.”

21. And another of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, permit me first to go and bury my father.”

22. But Jesus said to him, “Follow Me, and leave the dead to bury their dead.”
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On the mountain, Jesus is the Divine truth-giver. In the next episode, however, and throughout the next series of events, He lives the very truth which He has been teaching. The Divine Preacher becomes the Divine Healer. Therefore we read, “When He had come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed Him, and behold, a leper came and worshiped Him saying, ‘Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.’ Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, ‘I am willing; be cleansed’” (8:1-3).

The leper who comes to Jesus, calling Him “Lord” and worshipping Him, represents that part of us that desires to have a religious life that is deeply spiritual, and alive. We recognize that false principles have harmed us, and that we have twisted the truth to defend our selfish interests and self-centered ambitions. Like the leper who comes to Jesus, we too come before God with an earnest desire for real religion, not just devotional ceremonies, pious practices, and pseudo-teachings that justify self-absorption. We want the truth; we want to be healed.

Understanding this basic human need for genuine truth and authentic religious experience, Jesus’ puts forth His hand and touches the leper, healing him instantly. Jesus’ compassionate gesture represents the cleansing effect of truth in each of our lives. 1

So begins a series of divine healings. After completing the healing of the leper, Jesus is approached by a Roman centurion. Like the leper in the preceding episode, the centurion also addresses Him as “Lord”: “Lord,” he says, “my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented” (8:6).

All diseases and sickness in the Word have their spiritual counterpart. Because leprosy is a disease which attacks the skin, and is sometimes relatively light, it represents a relatively external state of spiritual decay — a state brought on by the falsification of truth. But paralysis represents a much deeper and more dangerous spiritual condition. That’s because paralysis attacks the muscles, representing a state of internal paralysis. It is a state in which we may know the truth well, but cannot get ourselves to do it. In states of “spiritual paralysis” we may indeed acknowledge that God is the source of all life. We may know the truth (our “skin” is healthy) but we lack the ability to get the limbs of our body moving in agreement with our beliefs. In such states we need to call upon God to heal us of our paralysis — to get us moving.

The centurion’s request is an acknowledgment of Jesus’ power. It is to admit that every least movement of our body, from the flexing of our biceps to the blink of an eye, has its origin in God. Without His Divine Power, which sustains us at every moment, we are as helpless as a paralytic. But when we acknowledge the fundamental truth that all power to do good is from God alone, and ask God to grant us His power, we are immediately healed. Therefore we read, “And his servant was healed that same hour” (8:13).

As the series of miraculous healings continues, we come to a third healing. Jesus enters Peter’s house and sees Peter’s mother-in-law lying sick with a fever. In comparison with the relatively external skin disease of the leper, and the more internal sickness called paralysis, the “fever” which is here mentioned represents a much deeper and more serious spiritual condition. Throughout the Word, burning, raging fevers are associated with the heat of hell — the intense, burning desire to do as we wish, without regard for God or the neighbor. 2 But as soon as Jesus touches the woman, she is healed. Not only is she healed, but she also does something that is not mentioned in the first two healings. We read, “Then she arose and served them” (8:15).

This third healing teaches the purpose of Jesus’ healing work, and is therefore the most significant in the series. Not only is it the deepest form of healing so far — the healing of our inmost drives, ambitions, and loves — but it also demonstrates what happens to us when there is a healing at this level. We desire to serve others. “Then she arose and served.” God heals us not just for our own salvation, but also so that we may serve others as well. 3

When these healings become known, great multitudes begin to follow Jesus. They are excited about His miraculous healings, and interested in the extraordinary nature of His work. Jesus knows, however, that fascination with miracles is short-lived and relatively external. More important is the truth He has come to teach — every external miracle is an example of a more internal truth. Therefore, He says, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head” (8:20). The term “Son of Man” refers to the divine truth that He has come to teach — truth that He knows will be difficult for people to receive. He is aware that it is easy to praise Him for His miraculous abilities, but when it comes to the more important task of understanding and receiving the truth, there is little interest. Therefore, this truth, which He calls “the Son of Man,” finds nowhere to lay its head. 4

This becomes evident in the next episode when one of the disciples says to Him, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father” (8:21). This is a seemingly mild and understandable request, but when seen more deeply it represents the desire to return to former states of self-love. In this case, the phrase “my father” represents the very worst of our hereditary inclinations to evil. 5

Using this as an opportunity to teach a more interior lesson, Jesus says to His disciple, “Follow Me, and let the dead bury the dead.”

Sometimes, if we are following someone in a crowd, taking a moment to “look back” can cause us to lose sight of the person we are following; as a result, we might easily lose that person in the crowd. Similarly, once we embark on the journey of regeneration, there is no looking back. There is only one direction — to follow wherever the Lord leads. Any attempt to turn back to former states, any desire to look back with affection to the way we were, is a sign that we are not yet disciples. It is an indication that, in our hearts, we have not yet truly received the Lord. Instead, we prefer to cling to old habits, attitudes, desires, and selfish ways of thinking — represented here by the desire to give “our father” a decent burial. “Let me first go and bury my father,” we say. Whenever this is the case with us, “the Son of Man” — the truth that Jesus teaches — has not been fully received; it has no place to lay its head.

In sacred scripture, the term “Father” when associated with God refers to the divine love which comes to us from God; it is compared to the love of a parent for a child. However, the term “father” can also have an opposite meaning. It can refer to our lower nature — the hereditary evils that are passed on from generation to generation. Therefore, Jesus says, “Follow Me.” It is an exhortation to rise above our lower nature (or “father”) and begin a new life. It is an invitation to commit our lives fully to following Jesus.

If we are to truly follow God, there must be no reversion to former states, no backsliding, no clinging to the past, no looking behind. In comparison with the new life we are about to begin, the past is gone; the false ideas we cherished, and the selfish delights we enjoyed are behind us now. And there is no need to give them a “decent burial.” As Jesus says, it’s time to follow Him and “let the dead bury the dead.”

Calming the Sea

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23. And when He had stepped into a ship, His disciples followed Him.

24. And behold, there came to pass a great quaking in the sea, so that the ship was covered by the waves; but He was sleeping.

25. And His disciples coming, caused Him to arise, saying, “Lord, save us, we are perishing.”

26. And He says unto them, “Why are you frightened, [O you] of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.

27. And the men marveled, saying, “What manner [of Man] is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him!”
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The preceding episode ending with one of the disciples asking Jesus if he could go bury his father. But Jesus said, “Follow Me.” Apparently, Jesus’ advice was taken to heart because the very next verse begins with the words, “And when He [Jesus] entered a ship, His disciples followed Him” (8:23). As we shall see, the refrain, “Follow Me,” will be a consistent one throughout the gospels.

This time they are following Jesus to the seashore where Jesus takes them aboard a ship. In the language of sacred scripture, the words “boat” and “ship” symbolize our understanding of truth. Just as boats and ships carry us through the currents of life, our understanding of truth carries us along on our spiritual journey. In the world of commerce, ships and boats often contain valuable riches; similarly, the Word contains the treasures of spiritual wisdom — treasures that are so necessary on our voyage through life. 6

For the most part, as long as everything is going fine in our lives, and there are no serious storms, we are content with our understanding of truth. This is our boat, and as long as the sea is calm, we have no problems. Our voyage is smooth and pleasant.

But when the circumstances of life get rough and we are assaulted by the storms of life, when the waters rise, and the winds blow fiercely, our trust in the truth we have received begins to waver. Our “boat” begins to rock uncomfortably, and we begin to have doubts. During these times of emotional turbulence it seems as though God is unaware of our situation. And although He is very much with us — even in our boat — it seems as though He does not care about what is happening. In fact, it seems as though He is sleeping! 7

Meanwhile our boat (our belief system) seems to be covered with waves. Terrified, we wake Jesus, who appears to be asleep in the boat, and we cry out, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!” (8:25). As our boat continues to be lashed by the storm, it seems as though the truth that He has given us, and in which we have believed, is of no avail. Our boat seems to be sinking. But Jesus remains calm, even in the midst of the storm, saying, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” (8:26).

Like the disciples who fear that their boat is sinking, there are times when we do not believe that divine truth can bear us through the storms of adversity. And yet the Lord is within the truth He has given us — even when we do not see immediate results. “I prayed,” we say, “but nothing happened,” “I treated my friend with every kindness, but he still cheated me,” “I have always been a good person, but this terrible thing happened to me anyway.” “Where was God when I needed Him most?” “Was He asleep?”

We know that God does not sleep: “He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep” (Psalm 121:4). Those who live according to what doctrine teaches and trust in divine truth, know that God is never asleep. He is continually awake and alert, the center of their faith, commanding the winds and the sea to be still. And so we read that “Jesus arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm” (8:26).

A belief system which places a proper understanding of God at its center cannot be shaken, and cannot sink, no matter what arises in our daily lives. But a faulty belief system — a belief system with “holes” in it — is not a reliable boat to convey us through difficult times. That is why the very first and inmost aspect of any belief system is a right idea of God. 8

A “right idea of God” includes the idea that God is omnipotent — that He has all power. In other words, there is a force in the universe that is greater than ourselves, greater than nature, greater than anything. Indeed, this force is rightly called our “Higher Power.” As human beings, each of us derives from God’s omnipotence the power to combat the evil and falsity that invade our lives — sometimes pouring in like waves crashing against a boat. It must be emphasized, however, that we need to have absolute trust in God’s power — the power of His truth to spiritually protect us at all times. Without this complete faith, we are like little rowboats that are pounded by the tempestuous waves of life. 9

In the miraculous calming of the storm, Jesus reveals His Divine Omnipotence. He has already demonstrated His power over the human body, healing leprosy, paralysis and fever. He now demonstrates His power over the forces of nature, calming the wind and the waves. The story powerfully illustrates the way in which God calms emotional turbulence in each of us, bringing about a sense of inner peace, stilling our minds and calming our spirits. We are reminded of what God said, in the psalms, through David: “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10).

When Jesus concluded His Sermon on the Mount, the crowd marveled, asking “Who is this man who speaks with such authority?” This time it is the disciples turn to marvel and wonder who Jesus is. For they said to each other, “What manner of man is this that even the winds and the sea obey Him?” The question of Jesus’ identity is becoming increasingly significant.

Casting out Demons

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28. And when He had come to the other side of the country of the Gergesenes, two met Him who were demon-possessed, coming out of the sepulchers, exceedingly fierce, so that no one was able to pass through that way.

29. And behold, they cried out, saying, “What [is there] to us and to Thee, Jesus, Son of God? Art Thou come hither before the time to torment us?”

30. And there was, a distance from them, a herd of many swine feeding.

31. And the demons implored Him, saying, “If Thou cast us out, permit us to go away into the herd of swine.”

32. And He said to them, “Go.” And when they came out, they went away into the herd of swine; and behold, all the herd of swine rushed down a cliff into the sea, and died in the waters.

33. And they that fed them fled, and went away into the city, and reported all [things], and the [matter] of the demon-possessed.

34. And behold, all the city came out to meet Jesus; and seeing Him, they implored [Him] that He would pass on away from their borders.
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When Jesus concluded the Sermon on the Mount, the people were astonished at His teaching, for He taught as one having authority, and not as the scribes. But it was clear that His ministry was not just about teaching. He also came to heal. In the healing of the leper, the paralytic, and the woman with a fever, Jesus displayed His power to cure illness. But in the calming of the sea, He displayed another kind of power — the power to control the wind and the waves. So far, all of these miracles show that Jesus has power in the natural world.

In the very next episode, however, Jesus meets two demon-possessed men. This time He will demonstrate that His omnipotence extends beyond the natural world. He will show that He has power in the spiritual world as well.

The episode begins in the country of the Gadarenes where Jesus is met by two demon-possessed men. The men do not speak to Jesus directly, but rather the demons within them do, saying, “If You cast us out, permit us to go away into the herd of swine” (8:31). Jesus responds with one word — a simple command: “Go” (8:32). Immediately, upon hearing Jesus’ command, the demons come out of the men and enter a group of pigs. The pigs, now possessed by insane spirits, race down a steep hill, and plunge into the sea where they perish in the waters.

In the Word, every literal story contains a spiritual lesson. In this case, the casting out of the swine from the demon-possessed man pictures the way God casts filthy thoughts and impure feelings out of our minds, delivers us from evil, and restores us to sanity. Those thoughts and desires are driven out of our present awareness, tossed down a steep hill, and plunged into the depths of the sea — far removed from our consciousness.

Miraculous healings display one level of Jesus’ power. Calming the wind and the sea display another. The people are amazed, and they follow Him, wondering what manner of man He is (8:27). But in this next episode, when He exhibits His power over evil spirits, the reaction of the people is different. They are bewildered and frightened. They do not know what to make of this man. To make matters worse, they are greatly disturbed by the loss of their swine. Therefore they beg Him “to depart from their region” (8:34).

As long as we cherish filthy thoughts and greedy inclinations, so obviously depicted here by the swine, we wish God to be elsewhere; we beg Him to “depart.” Like the Gadarenes, we might not be proud of our secret sins and swinish desires, but we are often reluctant to give them up. Similarly, the Gadarenes didn’t appreciate it when Jesus drove away their herd of swine. And so, “They implored Him to travel out of their borders” (8:34). 10

They preferred to keep their pigs.

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Footnotes:

1. Apocalypse Explained 600:19: “Because a ‘leper’ signifies good consumed by falsities, the way in which such an evil is to be cured by Divine means is described by the process of the cleansing of the leper, understood in the spiritual sense.” See also Apocalypse Explained 962:10: “As ‘leprosy’ signifies the profanation of truth, and the profanation of truth is various, it can be light or grievous, interior or exterior. Because the leprous condition is according to the quality of the truth profaned, its effects are various.” In this case, because the leper was willing to worship Jesus and be cured by Him, it can be assumed that this was a “lighter,” more exterior case — only “skin deep.”

2. Arcana Coelestia 5715: “There once appeared a great quadrangular opening that extended obliquely downward to a considerable depth. In the deep was seen a round opening, which was then open but presently was closed. From it exhaled a dangerous heat, collected from various hells, and arising from burning lusts of various kinds, as from arrogance, lewdness, adultery, hatred, revenge, quarrels, and fights, from which arise in the hells such heat as exhaled. When it acted upon my body it instantly brought on disease like that of a burning fever.”

3. True Christian Religion 406: “A person is not born for his own sake, but for the sake of others; that is, so that he should not live for himself alone, but for others.”

4. Apocalypse Explained 63[10]: “The statement ‘The Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head’ means that Divine truth had no place anywhere, that is, with any person at that time.”

5. Arcana Coelestia 313: Everyone who commits actual sin thereby induces on himself a nature, and the evil from it is implanted in his children and becomes hereditary. It thus descends from every parent, from the father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and their ancestors in succession, and is thus multiplied and augmented in each descending posterity, remaining with each person, and being increased in each by his actual sins, and never being dissipated so as to become harmless except in those who are being regenerated by the Lord.” See also HD 83: “All people are born into evils of every kind, insomuch that their proprium is nothing but evil. Therefore, people are to be born again, that is, regenerated, in order that they may receive a new life from the Lord…. Every person’s interior evils are from the father, and the exterior from the mother.”

6. Apocalypse Explained 514: “In the Word, ‘ships’ signify the knowledge of truth and good. This is because ships carry riches over the sea for traffic, and ‘riches’ signify in the Word the knowledge of truth and good, which also are doctrinal teachings. In a stricter sense, because ships are containing vessels, they signify the Word and doctrine from the Word, because the Word and doctrine therefrom contain the knowledge of truth and good, as ships contain riches.”

7. Apocalypse Explained 514:22: “When people are in what is natural and not yet in what is spiritual, desires arising from the loves of self and the world, rise up and produce various commotions of the mind. In this state the Lord appears as it were absent; this apparent absence is signified by His being asleep; but when they come out of a natural into a spiritual state, these commotions cease, and there comes tranquility of mind. This is because the Lord calms the tempestuous commotions of the natural mind when the spiritual mind is opened, and through it [the spiritual mind] the Lord flows in.”

8. Divine Love and Wisdom 13: “The idea of God forms the inmost element of thought in all who have any religion, for all constituents of religion and all constituents of worship relate to God.” See also True Christian Religion 163: “A right idea of God in the church is like the sanctuary and altar in a temple, or like the crown upon the head and the scepter in the hand of a king on his throne; for on a right idea of God the whole body of theology hangs, like a chain on its first link.”

9. True Christian Religion 68[5]: “Unless a person acknowledges God, His omnipotence and the protection this gives him against hell, and unless he on his part also fights against the evil in himself . . . he must inevitably be plunged into and drowned in hell, and there buffeted by evils, one after the other, like a rowing-boat by squalls at sea.” 10. Arcana Coelestia 1742:2: The life that evil spirits have and love desperately is the life belonging to the desires that derive from self-love and love of the world; consequently, they love the life that goes with hatred, revenge, and cruelty; and they imagine that no delight can exist in any other kind of life…. The same applies to the devils who, having been cast out of the demoniac by the Lord, begged for fear of their lives to be sent into the pigs. That these were people who during their lifetime had surrendered themselves to foul avarice becomes clear from the fact that such people seem to themselves in the next life to spend their time among pigs. They do so because the life of pigs corresponds to avarice, and therefore they find it delightful.”

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Exploring the Meaning of Matthew 8      

Napsal(a) Rev. Dr. Ray Silverman

Chapter 8.

Truth in Action

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1. And when He had come down from the mountain, many crowds followed Him.

2. And behold, there came a leper [and] worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, if Thou willest, Thou canst make me clean.”

3. And stretching forth [His] hand, Jesus touched him, saying, “I am willing; be thou cleansed.” And straightway his leprosy was cleansed.

4. And Jesus says to him, “See thou tell no one; but go thy way, show thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses directed, for a testimony to them.”

5. And when Jesus had entered into Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, imploring Him,

6. And saying, “Lord, my boy is cast down in the house, sick of the palsy, frightfully tormented.”

7. And Jesus says to him, “I will come and cure him.”

8. And the centurion answering declared, “Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst come in under my roof, but only say the word, and my boy shall be healed.

9. For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under myself; and I say to this [man], ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does [it].”

10. And when Jesus heard, He marveled, and said to those that followed, “Amen I say to you, I have not found so great a faith, no, not in Israel.

11. And I say to you that many shall come from the east and west, and shall recline with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of the heavens.

12. And the sons of the kingdom shall be cast out into the outer darkness, where there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

13. And Jesus said to the centurion, ‘Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, be it done to thee.” And his boy was healed in the same hour.

14. And Jesus, coming into the house of Peter, saw his mother-in-law cast down and with a fever.

15. And He touched her hand, and the fever left her; and she arose, and ministered to them.

16. And when the evening was come, they brought to Him many that were demon-possessed; and He cast out the spirits with a word, and He cured all that had an illness,

17. That it might be fulfilled what was declared by Isaiah the prophet, saying, “He took our weaknesses, and bore [our] diseases.”

18. And Jesus, seeing many crowds around Him, gave orders to depart to the other side.

19. And one of the scribes coming said to Him, “Teacher, I will follow Thee wherever Thou goest.”

20. And Jesus says unto him, “The foxes have holes, and the birds of the heaven [have] nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to recline the head.”

21. And another of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, permit me first to go and bury my father.”

22. But Jesus said to him, “Follow Me, and leave the dead to bury their dead.”
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On the mountain, Jesus is the Divine truth-giver. In the next episode, however, and throughout the next series of events, He lives the very truth which He has been teaching. The Divine Preacher becomes the Divine Healer. Therefore we read, “When He had come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed Him, and behold, a leper came and worshiped Him saying, ‘Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.’ Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, ‘I am willing; be cleansed’” (8:1-3).

The leper who comes to Jesus, calling Him “Lord” and worshipping Him, represents that part of us that desires to have a religious life that is deeply spiritual, and alive. We recognize that false principles have harmed us, and that we have twisted the truth to defend our selfish interests and self-centered ambitions. Like the leper who comes to Jesus, we too come before God with an earnest desire for real religion, not just devotional ceremonies, pious practices, and pseudo-teachings that justify self-absorption. We want the truth; we want to be healed.

Understanding this basic human need for genuine truth and authentic religious experience, Jesus’ puts forth His hand and touches the leper, healing him instantly. Jesus’ compassionate gesture represents the cleansing effect of truth in each of our lives. 1

So begins a series of divine healings. After completing the healing of the leper, Jesus is approached by a Roman centurion. Like the leper in the preceding episode, the centurion also addresses Him as “Lord”: “Lord,” he says, “my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented” (8:6).

All diseases and sickness in the Word have their spiritual counterpart. Because leprosy is a disease which attacks the skin, and is sometimes relatively light, it represents a relatively external state of spiritual decay — a state brought on by the falsification of truth. But paralysis represents a much deeper and more dangerous spiritual condition. That’s because paralysis attacks the muscles, representing a state of internal paralysis. It is a state in which we may know the truth well, but cannot get ourselves to do it. In states of “spiritual paralysis” we may indeed acknowledge that God is the source of all life. We may know the truth (our “skin” is healthy) but we lack the ability to get the limbs of our body moving in agreement with our beliefs. In such states we need to call upon God to heal us of our paralysis — to get us moving.

The centurion’s request is an acknowledgment of Jesus’ power. It is to admit that every least movement of our body, from the flexing of our biceps to the blink of an eye, has its origin in God. Without His Divine Power, which sustains us at every moment, we are as helpless as a paralytic. But when we acknowledge the fundamental truth that all power to do good is from God alone, and ask God to grant us His power, we are immediately healed. Therefore we read, “And his servant was healed that same hour” (8:13).

As the series of miraculous healings continues, we come to a third healing. Jesus enters Peter’s house and sees Peter’s mother-in-law lying sick with a fever. In comparison with the relatively external skin disease of the leper, and the more internal sickness called paralysis, the “fever” which is here mentioned represents a much deeper and more serious spiritual condition. Throughout the Word, burning, raging fevers are associated with the heat of hell — the intense, burning desire to do as we wish, without regard for God or the neighbor. 2 But as soon as Jesus touches the woman, she is healed. Not only is she healed, but she also does something that is not mentioned in the first two healings. We read, “Then she arose and served them” (8:15).

This third healing teaches the purpose of Jesus’ healing work, and is therefore the most significant in the series. Not only is it the deepest form of healing so far — the healing of our inmost drives, ambitions, and loves — but it also demonstrates what happens to us when there is a healing at this level. We desire to serve others. “Then she arose and served.” God heals us not just for our own salvation, but also so that we may serve others as well. 3

When these healings become known, great multitudes begin to follow Jesus. They are excited about His miraculous healings, and interested in the extraordinary nature of His work. Jesus knows, however, that fascination with miracles is short-lived and relatively external. More important is the truth He has come to teach — every external miracle is an example of a more internal truth. Therefore, He says, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head” (8:20). The term “Son of Man” refers to the divine truth that He has come to teach — truth that He knows will be difficult for people to receive. He is aware that it is easy to praise Him for His miraculous abilities, but when it comes to the more important task of understanding and receiving the truth, there is little interest. Therefore, this truth, which He calls “the Son of Man,” finds nowhere to lay its head. 4

This becomes evident in the next episode when one of the disciples says to Him, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father” (8:21). This is a seemingly mild and understandable request, but when seen more deeply it represents the desire to return to former states of self-love. In this case, the phrase “my father” represents the very worst of our hereditary inclinations to evil. 5

Using this as an opportunity to teach a more interior lesson, Jesus says to His disciple, “Follow Me, and let the dead bury the dead.”

Sometimes, if we are following someone in a crowd, taking a moment to “look back” can cause us to lose sight of the person we are following; as a result, we might easily lose that person in the crowd. Similarly, once we embark on the journey of regeneration, there is no looking back. There is only one direction — to follow wherever the Lord leads. Any attempt to turn back to former states, any desire to look back with affection to the way we were, is a sign that we are not yet disciples. It is an indication that, in our hearts, we have not yet truly received the Lord. Instead, we prefer to cling to old habits, attitudes, desires, and selfish ways of thinking — represented here by the desire to give “our father” a decent burial. “Let me first go and bury my father,” we say. Whenever this is the case with us, “the Son of Man” — the truth that Jesus teaches — has not been fully received; it has no place to lay its head.

In sacred scripture, the term “Father” when associated with God refers to the divine love which comes to us from God; it is compared to the love of a parent for a child. However, the term “father” can also have an opposite meaning. It can refer to our lower nature — the hereditary evils that are passed on from generation to generation. Therefore, Jesus says, “Follow Me.” It is an exhortation to rise above our lower nature (or “father”) and begin a new life. It is an invitation to commit our lives fully to following Jesus.

If we are to truly follow God, there must be no reversion to former states, no backsliding, no clinging to the past, no looking behind. In comparison with the new life we are about to begin, the past is gone; the false ideas we cherished, and the selfish delights we enjoyed are behind us now. And there is no need to give them a “decent burial.” As Jesus says, it’s time to follow Him and “let the dead bury the dead.”

Calming the Sea

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23. And when He had stepped into a ship, His disciples followed Him.

24. And behold, there came to pass a great quaking in the sea, so that the ship was covered by the waves; but He was sleeping.

25. And His disciples coming, caused Him to arise, saying, “Lord, save us, we are perishing.”

26. And He says unto them, “Why are you frightened, [O you] of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.

27. And the men marveled, saying, “What manner [of Man] is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him!”
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The preceding episode ending with one of the disciples asking Jesus if he could go bury his father. But Jesus said, “Follow Me.” Apparently, Jesus’ advice was taken to heart because the very next verse begins with the words, “And when He [Jesus] entered a ship, His disciples followed Him” (8:23). As we shall see, the refrain, “Follow Me,” will be a consistent one throughout the gospels.

This time they are following Jesus to the seashore where Jesus takes them aboard a ship. In the language of sacred scripture, the words “boat” and “ship” symbolize our understanding of truth. Just as boats and ships carry us through the currents of life, our understanding of truth carries us along on our spiritual journey. In the world of commerce, ships and boats often contain valuable riches; similarly, the Word contains the treasures of spiritual wisdom — treasures that are so necessary on our voyage through life. 6

For the most part, as long as everything is going fine in our lives, and there are no serious storms, we are content with our understanding of truth. This is our boat, and as long as the sea is calm, we have no problems. Our voyage is smooth and pleasant.

But when the circumstances of life get rough and we are assaulted by the storms of life, when the waters rise, and the winds blow fiercely, our trust in the truth we have received begins to waver. Our “boat” begins to rock uncomfortably, and we begin to have doubts. During these times of emotional turbulence it seems as though God is unaware of our situation. And although He is very much with us — even in our boat — it seems as though He does not care about what is happening. In fact, it seems as though He is sleeping! 7

Meanwhile our boat (our belief system) seems to be covered with waves. Terrified, we wake Jesus, who appears to be asleep in the boat, and we cry out, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!” (8:25). As our boat continues to be lashed by the storm, it seems as though the truth that He has given us, and in which we have believed, is of no avail. Our boat seems to be sinking. But Jesus remains calm, even in the midst of the storm, saying, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” (8:26).

Like the disciples who fear that their boat is sinking, there are times when we do not believe that divine truth can bear us through the storms of adversity. And yet the Lord is within the truth He has given us — even when we do not see immediate results. “I prayed,” we say, “but nothing happened,” “I treated my friend with every kindness, but he still cheated me,” “I have always been a good person, but this terrible thing happened to me anyway.” “Where was God when I needed Him most?” “Was He asleep?”

We know that God does not sleep: “He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep” (Psalm 121:4). Those who live according to what doctrine teaches and trust in divine truth, know that God is never asleep. He is continually awake and alert, the center of their faith, commanding the winds and the sea to be still. And so we read that “Jesus arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm” (8:26).

A belief system which places a proper understanding of God at its center cannot be shaken, and cannot sink, no matter what arises in our daily lives. But a faulty belief system — a belief system with “holes” in it — is not a reliable boat to convey us through difficult times. That is why the very first and inmost aspect of any belief system is a right idea of God. 8

A “right idea of God” includes the idea that God is omnipotent — that He has all power. In other words, there is a force in the universe that is greater than ourselves, greater than nature, greater than anything. Indeed, this force is rightly called our “Higher Power.” As human beings, each of us derives from God’s omnipotence the power to combat the evil and falsity that invade our lives — sometimes pouring in like waves crashing against a boat. It must be emphasized, however, that we need to have absolute trust in God’s power — the power of His truth to spiritually protect us at all times. Without this complete faith, we are like little rowboats that are pounded by the tempestuous waves of life. 9

In the miraculous calming of the storm, Jesus reveals His Divine Omnipotence. He has already demonstrated His power over the human body, healing leprosy, paralysis and fever. He now demonstrates His power over the forces of nature, calming the wind and the waves. The story powerfully illustrates the way in which God calms emotional turbulence in each of us, bringing about a sense of inner peace, stilling our minds and calming our spirits. We are reminded of what God said, in the psalms, through David: “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10).

When Jesus concluded His Sermon on the Mount, the crowd marveled, asking “Who is this man who speaks with such authority?” This time it is the disciples turn to marvel and wonder who Jesus is. For they said to each other, “What manner of man is this that even the winds and the sea obey Him?” The question of Jesus’ identity is becoming increasingly significant.

Casting out Demons

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28. And when He had come to the other side of the country of the Gergesenes, two met Him who were demon-possessed, coming out of the sepulchers, exceedingly fierce, so that no one was able to pass through that way.

29. And behold, they cried out, saying, “What [is there] to us and to Thee, Jesus, Son of God? Art Thou come hither before the time to torment us?”

30. And there was, a distance from them, a herd of many swine feeding.

31. And the demons implored Him, saying, “If Thou cast us out, permit us to go away into the herd of swine.”

32. And He said to them, “Go.” And when they came out, they went away into the herd of swine; and behold, all the herd of swine rushed down a cliff into the sea, and died in the waters.

33. And they that fed them fled, and went away into the city, and reported all [things], and the [matter] of the demon-possessed.

34. And behold, all the city came out to meet Jesus; and seeing Him, they implored [Him] that He would pass on away from their borders.
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When Jesus concluded the Sermon on the Mount, the people were astonished at His teaching, for He taught as one having authority, and not as the scribes. But it was clear that His ministry was not just about teaching. He also came to heal. In the healing of the leper, the paralytic, and the woman with a fever, Jesus displayed His power to cure illness. But in the calming of the sea, He displayed another kind of power — the power to control the wind and the waves. So far, all of these miracles show that Jesus has power in the natural world.

In the very next episode, however, Jesus meets two demon-possessed men. This time He will demonstrate that His omnipotence extends beyond the natural world. He will show that He has power in the spiritual world as well.

The episode begins in the country of the Gadarenes where Jesus is met by two demon-possessed men. The men do not speak to Jesus directly, but rather the demons within them do, saying, “If You cast us out, permit us to go away into the herd of swine” (8:31). Jesus responds with one word — a simple command: “Go” (8:32). Immediately, upon hearing Jesus’ command, the demons come out of the men and enter a group of pigs. The pigs, now possessed by insane spirits, race down a steep hill, and plunge into the sea where they perish in the waters.

In the Word, every literal story contains a spiritual lesson. In this case, the casting out of the swine from the demon-possessed man pictures the way God casts filthy thoughts and impure feelings out of our minds, delivers us from evil, and restores us to sanity. Those thoughts and desires are driven out of our present awareness, tossed down a steep hill, and plunged into the depths of the sea — far removed from our consciousness.

Miraculous healings display one level of Jesus’ power. Calming the wind and the sea display another. The people are amazed, and they follow Him, wondering what manner of man He is (8:27). But in this next episode, when He exhibits His power over evil spirits, the reaction of the people is different. They are bewildered and frightened. They do not know what to make of this man. To make matters worse, they are greatly disturbed by the loss of their swine. Therefore they beg Him “to depart from their region” (8:34).

As long as we cherish filthy thoughts and greedy inclinations, so obviously depicted here by the swine, we wish God to be elsewhere; we beg Him to “depart.” Like the Gadarenes, we might not be proud of our secret sins and swinish desires, but we are often reluctant to give them up. Similarly, the Gadarenes didn’t appreciate it when Jesus drove away their herd of swine. And so, “They implored Him to travel out of their borders” (8:34). 10

They preferred to keep their pigs.

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Footnotes:

1. Apocalypse Explained 600:19: “Because a ‘leper’ signifies good consumed by falsities, the way in which such an evil is to be cured by Divine means is described by the process of the cleansing of the leper, understood in the spiritual sense.” See also Apocalypse Explained 962:10: “As ‘leprosy’ signifies the profanation of truth, and the profanation of truth is various, it can be light or grievous, interior or exterior. Because the leprous condition is according to the quality of the truth profaned, its effects are various.” In this case, because the leper was willing to worship Jesus and be cured by Him, it can be assumed that this was a “lighter,” more exterior case — only “skin deep.”

2. Arcana Coelestia 5715: “There once appeared a great quadrangular opening that extended obliquely downward to a considerable depth. In the deep was seen a round opening, which was then open but presently was closed. From it exhaled a dangerous heat, collected from various hells, and arising from burning lusts of various kinds, as from arrogance, lewdness, adultery, hatred, revenge, quarrels, and fights, from which arise in the hells such heat as exhaled. When it acted upon my body it instantly brought on disease like that of a burning fever.”

3. True Christian Religion 406: “A person is not born for his own sake, but for the sake of others; that is, so that he should not live for himself alone, but for others.”

4. Apocalypse Explained 63[10]: “The statement ‘The Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head’ means that Divine truth had no place anywhere, that is, with any person at that time.”

5. Arcana Coelestia 313: Everyone who commits actual sin thereby induces on himself a nature, and the evil from it is implanted in his children and becomes hereditary. It thus descends from every parent, from the father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and their ancestors in succession, and is thus multiplied and augmented in each descending posterity, remaining with each person, and being increased in each by his actual sins, and never being dissipated so as to become harmless except in those who are being regenerated by the Lord.” See also HD 83: “All people are born into evils of every kind, insomuch that their proprium is nothing but evil. Therefore, people are to be born again, that is, regenerated, in order that they may receive a new life from the Lord…. Every person’s interior evils are from the father, and the exterior from the mother.”

6. Apocalypse Explained 514: “In the Word, ‘ships’ signify the knowledge of truth and good. This is because ships carry riches over the sea for traffic, and ‘riches’ signify in the Word the knowledge of truth and good, which also are doctrinal teachings. In a stricter sense, because ships are containing vessels, they signify the Word and doctrine from the Word, because the Word and doctrine therefrom contain the knowledge of truth and good, as ships contain riches.”

7. Apocalypse Explained 514:22: “When people are in what is natural and not yet in what is spiritual, desires arising from the loves of self and the world, rise up and produce various commotions of the mind. In this state the Lord appears as it were absent; this apparent absence is signified by His being asleep; but when they come out of a natural into a spiritual state, these commotions cease, and there comes tranquility of mind. This is because the Lord calms the tempestuous commotions of the natural mind when the spiritual mind is opened, and through it [the spiritual mind] the Lord flows in.”

8. Divine Love and Wisdom 13: “The idea of God forms the inmost element of thought in all who have any religion, for all constituents of religion and all constituents of worship relate to God.” See also True Christian Religion 163: “A right idea of God in the church is like the sanctuary and altar in a temple, or like the crown upon the head and the scepter in the hand of a king on his throne; for on a right idea of God the whole body of theology hangs, like a chain on its first link.”

9. True Christian Religion 68[5]: “Unless a person acknowledges God, His omnipotence and the protection this gives him against hell, and unless he on his part also fights against the evil in himself . . . he must inevitably be plunged into and drowned in hell, and there buffeted by evils, one after the other, like a rowing-boat by squalls at sea.” 10. Arcana Coelestia 1742:2: The life that evil spirits have and love desperately is the life belonging to the desires that derive from self-love and love of the world; consequently, they love the life that goes with hatred, revenge, and cruelty; and they imagine that no delight can exist in any other kind of life…. The same applies to the devils who, having been cast out of the demoniac by the Lord, begged for fear of their lives to be sent into the pigs. That these were people who during their lifetime had surrendered themselves to foul avarice becomes clear from the fact that such people seem to themselves in the next life to spend their time among pigs. They do so because the life of pigs corresponds to avarice, and therefore they find it delightful.”

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Swedenborg

Výklad(y) nebo odkazy ze Swedenborgových prací:

Arcana Coelestia 653, 1328, 1839, 2187, 2658, 3305, 3703, ...

Apocalypse Revealed 20, 413, 435, 458, 749, 891

Divine Providence 330

Doctrine of the Lord 9, 19, 27, 48

Doctrine of Life 65

Heaven and Hell 575

True Christian Religion 123, 342, 724

The New Jerusalem and its Heavenly Doctrine 228


Odkazy ze Swedenborgových nevydaných prací:

Apocalypse Explained 48, 63, 79, 146, 186, 252, 373, ...

De Domino 30

Marriage 123

Skočit na podobné biblické verše

Leviticus 13:2, 14:1, 2

1 Kings 17:18

2 Kings 3:13

2 Chronicles 20:20

Job 21:14

Psalms 50:15, 65:8, 93:4, 107:20, 25, 29

Isaiah 49:12, 53:4

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 Bury the Dead
Spiritual tasks offer a reflection on a Biblical story and suggest a task for spiritual growth.
Activity | Ages over 18

 Doing the Lord’s Work
Worship Talk | Ages 7 - 14

 Stilling the Tempest
Coloring Page | Ages 7 - 14

 The Lord Heals the Leper and the Servant
Lesson outline provides teaching ideas with questions for discussion, projects, and activities.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 7 - 10

 The Lord's Ministry
A New Church Bible story explanation for teaching Sunday school. Includes lesson materials for Primary (3-8 years), Junior (9-11 years), Intermediate (12-14 years), Senior (15-17 years) and Adults.
Teaching Support | Ages over 3

 The Lord’s Ministry (3-5 years)
Project | Ages 4 - 6

 The Lord’s Ministry (6-8 years)
Project | Ages 7 - 10

 The Lord’s Ministry (9-11 years)
Project | Ages 11 - 14

 The Sense of Touch
Touch is an important aspect of relationships with others. When we touch another person we should keep in mind what's best for others as well as what's best for ourselves.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 11 - 17

 The Wind and the Waves Obey Jesus
A lesson for younger children with discussion ideas and a project.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 4 - 6


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