Published: Sunday, May 15 2016; 4:56 a.m. DMT
United States of America
Jesus forgives sins, heals a paralytic and calls Matthew - Jesus eats with sinners, heals a woman who touches his garments, and raises Jairus's daughter to life - He opens the eyes of the blind, cast out a devil, and preaches the Gospel.
I think there is a message hidden in the first couple of verses, it was more important to Jesus that the man's sins be forgiven than it was to heal him. What is the focus of our faith, I hope it is to have our sins forgiven.
Matthew 9 (KJV) Selected Verses
18 While he spake these things unto them, behold, there came a certain ruler, and worshipped him, saying, My daughter is even now dead: but come and lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live.
19 And Jesus arose, and followed him, and so did his disciples.
20 And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment:
21 For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole.
22 But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.
23 And when Jesus came into the ruler's house, and saw the minstrels and the people making a noise,
24 He said unto them, Give place: for the maid is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn.
25 But when the people were put forth, he went in, and took her by the hand, and the maid arose.
26 And the fame hereof went abroad into all that land.
27 And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, Thou son of David, have mercy on us.
28 And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord.
29 Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you.
30 And their eyes were opened; and Jesus straitly charged them, saying, See that no man know it.
31 But they, when they were departed, spread abroad his fame in all that country.
32 As they went out, behold, they brought to him a dumb man possessed with a devil.
33 And when the devil was cast out, the dumb spake: and the multitudes marvelled, saying, It was never so seen in Israel.
34 But the Pharisees said, He casteth out devils through the prince of the devils.
35 And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.
36 But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.
37 Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few;
38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.
W Stephen Svedin
W Stephen Svedin is a 66 years old Horticulturalist (fancy old farmer), when he is not in the greenhouse or in the nursery He likes to converse with others about the Scriptures and about God and what He wants us to do. He enjoyed teaching 7 years in primary it is the best calling he have ever had. He was just released from the Stake Sunday School Presidency and will soon be released from a call as a Church Service Missionary.
Utah State University - Logan UT
Minor in Botany and was also trained in Greenhouse Management in Logan Utah