The Good News – The Report to Yochanan and the Reproach of Cities

   And the taught ones of Yochanan reported to him about all this. And when Yochanan had heard in the prison of the works of Messiah, he sent two of his taught ones to Yahushua, saying, “Are You the Coming One, or should we look for another?”
   And in the same hour He healed many of diseases, and afflictions, and wicked spirits. And He gave sight to many blind ones.
   And Yahushua answering, said to them, “Go, report to Yochanan what you hear and see:
   “Blind receive sight and lame walk, lepers are cleansed and deaf hear, dead are raised up and poor are brought the Good News. “And blessed is he who does not stumble in Me.”
   And as the messengers of Yochanan were going, Yahushua began to say to the crowds concerning Yochanan, “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind?”
   “But what did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft garments? Look, those who are splendidly dressed and living in luxury are in the houses of sovereigns. This is he concerning whom it has been written, ‘See, I send My messenger before Your face, who shall prepare Your way before You.’ For I say to you, among those born of women there is not a greater prophet than Yochanan the Immerser, but he who is least in the reign of Elohim is greater than he.”
   And all the people, even the tax collectors, when they heard, declared Elohim righteous, having been immersed with the immersion of Yochanan. But the Pharisees and those learned in the Torah rejected the counsel of Elohim for themselves, not having been immersed by him.
   “Truly, I say to you, among those born of women there has not risen one greater than Yochanan the Immerser, yet the least one in the reign of the shamayim is greater than he. And from the days of Yochanan the Immerser till now the reign of the shamayim is violated, and the violent seize it.  For all the prophets and the Torah prophesied till Yochanan. And if you wish to accept it, he is Eliyahu who was about to come.”
   And the Master said, “To what then shall I compare the men of this generation, and what are they like?”
   “They are like children sitting in the market-place and calling to each other, saying, ‘We played the flute for you and you did not dance, we lamented for you and you did not weep.’
   “For Yochanan the Immerser came neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon.’
   “The Son of Adam has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look, a man, a glutton and a winedrinker, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’
   “And wisdom is declared right by all her children.”
   Then He began to reproach the cities in which most of His miracles had been done, because they did not repent:
   “Woe to you, Korazin!”
   “Woe to you, Beyth Tsaida!”
   “Because if the miracles which were done in you had been done in Tsor and Tsidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. But I say to you, it shall be more bearable for Tsor and Tsidon in the day of judgment than for you.
   “And you, Kephar Nachum, who were exalted to the sky, shall be brought down to the grave! Because if the miracles which were done in you had been done in Sedom, it would have remained until this day. But I say to you that it shall be more bearable for the land of Sedom in the day of judgment than for you.”
   At that time Yahushua responding, said, “I thank You, Father, Master of the shamayim and land, because You have hidden these matters from clever and learned ones and have revealed them to babes.”
   “Yea, Father, because so it was well-pleasing in Your sight. All have been handed over to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and he to whom the Son wishes to reveal Him.”
   “Come to Me, all you who labour and are burdened, and I shall give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am meek and humble in heart, and you shall find rest for your beings. For My yoke is gentle and My burden is light.”

Exposition

 This portion of the Chronological Order of the Good News is found in the Gospel of Mattityahu (Matthew) 11:2-30. The Messiah honors Yochanan the Immerser (John the Baptist) by relating the truth of his life to the people. He dispels rumor and myth and gives insight to his true purpose – to make the way in the wilderness and proclaim the coming of Messiah. He concludes this portion by proclaiming His reproach upon the cities of Korazin, Beyth Tsaida, and Kephar Nachum. They were much like the Children in the wilderness – many miracles, wonders and works were performed before their faces, and yet the still had no belief! In our reflections, we must determine whether we are included in that number – would we believe even more if we observed the miracles and wonders, or have even less belief than we do without them? I pray that the Spirit of the Living Elohim bring you council in these matters, and awaken your senses to His truth. Shalom Aleichem.
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