Daily Bible Reading

January 10th, 2011

Matthew 8:1-17 (GNT)

Confess Jesus as Lord

Introduction

Matthew 8:1-17: Chapter 8 recounts many of Jesus’ miracles. Jesus heals a man with a dreaded skin disease, tells him not to tell anyone about it. Jesus heals a Roman officer’s servant. The officer comes to Jesus for help. Jesus offers to go to the man’s house, but the officer feels unworthy and believes that if Jesus gives the order, his servant will get well. Jesus is amazed by the man’s faith and heals his servant without going to his house.

Today's Scripture: Matthew 8:17

He did this to make come true what the prophet Isaiah had said, “He himself took our sickness and carried away our diseases.”

Today's Reading

1 When Jesus came down from the hill, large crowds followed him. 2 Then a man suffering from a dreaded skin disease came to him, knelt down before him, and said, “Sir, if you want to, you can make me clean.” 3 Jesus reached out and touched him. “I do want to,” he answered. “Be clean!” At once the man was healed of his disease. 4 Then Jesus said to him, “Listen! Don't tell anyone, but go straight to the priest and let him examine you; then in order to prove to everyone that you are cured, offer the sacrifice that Moses ordered.” 5 When Jesus entered Capernaum, a Roman officer met him and begged for help: 6 “Sir, my servant is sick in bed at home, unable to move and suffering terribly.” 7 “I will go and make him well,” Jesus said. 8 “Oh no, sir,” answered the officer. “I do not deserve to have you come into my house. Just give the order, and my servant will get well. 9 I, too, am a man under the authority of superior officers, and I have soldiers under me. I order this one, “Go!” and he goes; and I order that one, “Come!” and he comes; and I order my slave, “Do this!” and he does it. ” 10 When Jesus heard this, he was surprised and said to the people following him, “I tell you, I have never found anyone in Israel with faith like this. 11 I assure you that many will come from the east and the west and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob at the feast in the Kingdom of heaven. 12 But those who should be in the Kingdom will be thrown out into the darkness, where they will cry and gnash their teeth. ” 13 Then Jesus said to the officer, “Go home, and what you believe will be done for you.” And the officer's servant was healed that very moment. 14 Jesus went to Peter's home, and there he saw Peter's mother-in-law sick in bed with a fever. 15 He touched her hand; the fever left her, and she got up and began to wait on him. 16 When evening came, people brought to Jesus many who had demons in them. Jesus drove out the evil spirits with a word and healed all who were sick. 17 He did this to make come true what the prophet Isaiah had said, “He himself took our sickness and carried away our diseases.”

Reflect

This officer was probably a Roman centurion who commanded and trained 100 men who were ready to fight and die at his command. Centurions were expected to serve in the army for 25 years. How did the officer compare his work to the work of Jesus? How does Jesus respond?

Pray

Gracious God, be with all people who are in need of healing today. Give them faith that you will be with them in their pain and suffering. Amen.

Prayer Concern

Those who are sick

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