The Good News – Accusations of Blasphemy and Calling of Mattityahu

    And on a certain day it came to be, as He was teaching, that there were Pharisees and teachers of the Torah sitting by, who had come out of every village of Galil, Yehudah, and Yerushalayim. And the power of Yahweh was there to heal them. And see, men brought on a bed a man who was paralyzed. And they were seeking to bring him in and lay him before Him. But having found no way to bring him in because of the crowd, they went up on the house-top and let him down with his bed through the tiles into the midst before Yahushua.
    And Yahushua, seeing their belief, said to the paralytic, “Take courage, son, your sins have been forgiven.”
    And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, “This One blasphemes!”
   “Who is this who speaks blasphemies? Who is able to forgive sins except Elohim alone?”
    And immediately Yahushua, knowing in His spirit that they were reasoning that way within themselves, said to them, “Why do you reason about all this in your hearts?
   “Why do you think wicked thoughts 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 in order for you to know that the Son of Adam possesses authority on land to forgive sins…”
   He said to the paralytic, “I say to you, rise, take up your bed, and go to your house.”
   And he rose straightaway, and took up the bed, and went out before all, and when the crowds saw it were amazed and praised Elohim, and were filled with fear, saying, “We have never seen the like of it! We have seen extra-ordinary feats today!”
   And He went out again by the sea, and all the crowd was coming to Him, and He taught them. And passing by, He saw a man named Mattityahu (Matthew) Lewi the son of Alphai sitting at the tax office, and said to him, “Follow Me.” And having risen he followed Him.
   And Lewi made a great feast for Him in his house. And it came to be, as He sat at the table at his house, that many tax collectors and sinners also sat with Yahushua and His taught ones, for there were many, and they followed Him. And when the scribes and Pharisees saw Him eating with the tax collectors and sinners, they said to His taught ones, “Why does your Teacher eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?”
   And Yahushua hearing this, said to them, “Those who are strong have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. But go and learn what this means, “For I delight in kindness and not slaughtering, (Hoshea (Hosea) 6:6)
   For I did not come to call the righteous to repentance, but sinners.”



  This portion of The Good News Series is found in the Gospel of Mattityahu (Matthew) 9:1-13. Our Messiah came to “call sinners,” as evidenced by the body and meaning of this portion.
A couple of observations for your meditation:
 1.) Faith in the Almighty for healing works much like Yahushua’s instructions about prayer:
        Marços (Mark) 11:24: “Therefore I tell you, all things whatever you pray and ask for, believe that you receive them, and you shall have them.” 
 – Yahushua tells the lame man that because of his friends’ faith, his sins are forgiven, thus healing him of his lameness.
 2.) Yahushua comes from a greater priesthood, the Melekh-tsadek, and has the power to forgive sins! He has earthly  respect for the Levitical priesthood, in fact, in many of His healing miracles He instructs the healed to show themselves to the priest!
3.) The Yehudim, and all of Hebrew thought, view the “heart” as the center of thought, not the brain. The seed of Elohim dwells there and should be reflected in one’s thoughts, words, and deeds.
 4.) Yahushua wishes no man to perish, as reference by His quote of Hoshea (Hosea) 6:6. (Obviously, that does not mean that men will not perish or will not perish without the love of the Father)
A couple of questions for your meditation:
 1.) What illness, what sin, do we have that holds us back from spiritual and physical healing?
 2.) Are we the sinners He calls and/or we the instrument of His call to others?
 3.) Can you have a stronger faith than those that saw the miracles of the Messiah, having nothing other than the words of the Scriptures?
I challenge you to prayerfully consider all of these questions and observations as you reflect on the Scriptures. May the Father heal you and deliver you to a greater understanding through His set-apart spirit! Shalom Aleichem!