Harvesting and Healing – 1-13-22

Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” Matthew 9:35-38 NKJV

Therefore pray the Lord send out laborers.

RELATIONSHIP:

Do you already have a relationship with a powerful God who cares about your every need because He loves you? Did you know my God can communicate with you and protect you – He has a plan for you to prosper if you just submit to His will and let His plan play out in your life!!! God wants a relationship with you and has already made a plan for your life. He loves you so much He sent His son to this world, to die as a sacrifice for your sins and rise from death with victory over sin and the ability to have a personal relationship with you.
“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” Romans 10:9-10 NIV
Here is a prayer for you to pray:
Jesus, I believe you are the way, the truth, the life, and the only way to the Father. I believe you are the son of God, you came to Earth and lived. That you died on the cross as a sacrifice for my sins, and rose again so that I may be saved from my sins and be able to get to know you. I declare: Jesus, you are Lord!
Therefore, I confess that I am a sinner and I ask that you forgive me of my sins and come into my life. Help me to turn away from my sins and transform me into what you have lovingly created me to be. Help me through a real personal relationship grow and accept your will for my life – that I may live in your blessings. Please walk with me, and talk with me – I accept a relationship with you and with our Father God, through you. In the name of Jesus I pray ~ Amen

BIBLE READING:

Dear Heavenly Father – Please give us the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of who you are, who Jesus is, and who the Holy Spirit is. Open the eyes of our understanding, please, so we may know the hope of our calling and the vast sovereignty and power of the grace of the cross. Please do not let us miss out on what you want and need from us today. Lord, I pray that your word prepares us and not scares us! We forbid the works and influences of fear over your word and our sound mind. And please keep us and bless us and shine your face upon us and pour out grace over us and give us peace! Thank you! – In Jesus name we pray, Amen

Today’s reading is the Book of Matthew chapter 9 (embedded below for your convenience in the NKJV). 

Jesus Forgives and Heals a Paralytic

So He got into a boat, crossed over, and came to His own city. Then behold, they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you.”

And at once some of the scribes said within themselves, “This Man blasphemes!”

But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts? For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”—then He said to the paralytic, “Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” And he arose and departed to his house.

Now when the multitudes saw it, they marveled[a] and glorified God, who had given such power to men.

Matthew the Tax Collector

As Jesus passed on from there, He saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, “Follow Me.” So he arose and followed Him.

10 Now it happened, as Jesus sat at the table in the house, that behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down with Him and His disciples. 11 And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to His disciples, “Why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”

12 When Jesus heard that, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 13 But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’ For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, [b]to repentance.”

Jesus Is Questioned About Fasting

14 Then the disciples of John came to Him, saying, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast [c]often, but Your disciples do not fast?”

15 And Jesus said to them, “Can the [d]friends of the bridegroom mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast. 16 No one puts a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; for [e]the patch pulls away from the garment, and the tear is made worse. 17 Nor do they put new wine into old wineskins, or else the wineskins [f]break, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But they put new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.”

A Girl Restored to Life and a Woman Healed

18 While He spoke these things to them, behold, a ruler came and worshiped Him, saying, “My daughter has just died, but come and lay Your hand on her and she will live.” 19 So Jesus arose and followed him, and so did His disciples.

20 And suddenly, a woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years came from behind and touched the hem of His garment. 21 For she said to herself, “If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well.” 22 But Jesus turned around, and when He saw her He said, “Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And the woman was made well from that hour.

23 When Jesus came into the ruler’s house, and saw the flute players and the noisy crowd wailing, 24 He said to them, “Make room, for the girl is not dead, but sleeping.” And they ridiculed Him. 25 But when the crowd was put outside, He went in and took her by the hand, and the girl arose. 26 And the report of this went out into all that land.

Two Blind Men Healed

27 When Jesus departed from there, two blind men followed Him, crying out and saying, “Son of David, have mercy on us!”

28 And when He had come into the house, the blind men came to Him. And Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?”

They said to Him, “Yes, Lord.”

29 Then He touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith let it be to you.” 30 And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them, saying, “See that no one knows it.” 31 But when they had departed, they [g]spread the news about Him in all that [h]country.

A Mute Man Speaks

32 As they went out, behold, they brought to Him a man, mute and demon-possessed. 33 And when the demon was cast out, the mute spoke. And the multitudes marveled, saying, “It was never seen like this in Israel!”

34 But the Pharisees said, “He casts out demons by the ruler of the demons.”

The Compassion of Jesus

35 Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease [i]among the people. 36 But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were [j]weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. 37 Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. 38 Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”

Footnotes

  1. aMatthew 9:8 NU were afraid
  2. bMatthew 9:13 NU omits to repentance
  3. cMatthew 9:14 NU brackets often as disputed.
  4. dMatthew 9:15 Lit. sons of the bridechamber
  5. eMatthew 9:16 Lit. that which is put on
  6. fMatthew 9:17 burst
  7. gMatthew 9:31 Lit. made Him known
  8. hMatthew 9:31 Lit. land
  9. iMatthew 9:35 NU omits among the people
  10. jMatthew 9:36 NU, M harassed

MEMORY VERSE CHALLENGE:

Numbers 23:19 “God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?

STUDY/DEVOTIONAL:

Yesterday, we read about what a wild night and following day Jesus and his disciples had. Still processing all of it, their clothes aren’t even all the way dry having no time to hang them in the sun, they jump back in the boat that almost killed them and they returned. And the crowds were there waiting, needing, anticipating. Many did not know Jesus, but they had heard of Him. Some were just sightseeing, not really believing just wanted to be entertained. So the next few days Jesus is pressed by people.

Jesus forgives and heals a paralytic. Jesus calls Matthew the Tax Collector, and has a dinner party. Then the next day (or so) runs into John the Baptist, or maybe just his disciples and they get hungry about fasting (see what I did there? Little play of words, lol). Then Jesus heals a woman of an issue of blood, because she reached out to him, and then brought a little girl back to life. As he leaves the little girl, he heals two overly chatty blind men. And just as he think he is done for the day, he wraps it up with casting out a demon and causing a mute to speak.

Phew that is a lot. 5 major healings written down and uncountable miracles and wonders done that were not written down. Everywhere Jesus looked he saw need.

Lord, please give us eyes like Jesus to see the needs, the broken, and the hurting.

Not too long ago, saved and sharing the gospel, I still felt like I was doing it wrong (so to speak) something was off.  I wasn’t laying hands on. I wasn’t doing good. I have never raised the dead. I wasn’t busy like Jesus. I was busy like the world: I need, I want, I have to, I, I, I.
I thought other countries have more needy people and more sick people and more hopelessness. The truth is I am surrounded by just as much as Jesus was – if not more. I fail to see it. I fail to plant the seed of action in my faith. I fail to plant healings so I can harvest healings.

We fail to truly understand the harvest. That is why Jesus doesn’t say – go out and harvest! No! He says to pray that God sends people.  Harvester must see. They must understand. They must know what is ready and what just needs some tlc and left for the next person. Harvesters, plant seeds along the way so there will always be a harvest. Harvester must be trained.

Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” Matthew 9:35-38 NKJV

You see it is about the souls and the people. It is about making disciples. It is about being a good disciple so you can say, “here I am, send me!”

I’ll keep it short today. Pray for me: my allergies are acting up (this is my normal season for it) and I have a terrible headache from sinus pressure. My ears are ringing, my ears, nose and eyes are draining. I don’t have covid – broken healthcare system will give me a test but not look at my sinuses to see they are probably infected, even when I ask. Thankfully God has them draining out. But I am tired and struggling. So pray for me – practice being a harvester (notice healing is part of harvesting).  So we are ready, in good health and ready spiritually for when God calls us into the game. Thanks.  

There is nothing like trying to study and write on healing while feeling under the weather. I am sure there is some amazing insight in this irony since there are no coincidences with Christ. I just can’t see it at the moment. Maybe after a nap.

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Thank you for reading in 2022 – a Year of Wisdom and Salvation
May the God of peace keep you and bless you. May you stay focused on Christ and covered in grace.
Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus!

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