What enormous miracle would He do next? Well let me tell you! It may not seem like a miracle to you, but allow me to assure you it was!
You know the story in Matthew 9 when Jesus heals the little girl? When he shows up to heal her, everyone tells him that she's dead. Jesus says, "Go away! She isn't dead, she's only sleeping." Other translations say, "Make room! She isn't dead, she's sleeping." It is interesting that things we call "dead", God calls "sleeping". It is a reminder that God is always making things new (Rev. 21:5)...even the things we have given up on and deemed "dead". That thing or part of us we are sure will never heal or change, God says "Make room! Its not dead, its just sleeping, and I am making it new."
7:15-20 - So a false teacher could NOT produce fruit...yet we like to attack people who are doing great ministry leading people to Jesus and discipleship, and we call them false prophets
7:24-27 - Storms come to ALL of us, but the question is, "What is your foundation?" And its good to answer that question before the storm comes.
CHAPTER 8 8:4 - Only a priest could determine a person's reintegration into the religious community. Jesus knew that and wanted this man to be reintegrated
8:20 - Homeless Jesus! Where is THAT Christmas card? Where is THAT Christian imagery?
8:23 - The disciples followed him. What kept any members of the crowd from following him? What kept a mass of people from trying to be one of those on the boat with Jesus whom they were all following and listening intently to?
8:29 - I'm always stricken by the fact demons know Jesus so well! I think, possibly, demons KNOW Jesus better than a lot of Christians.
CHAPTER 9 9:2 - Amazing that FAITH is trusting hope in what we cannot SEE and yet Jesus can SEE our FAITH and perceive our thoughts (9:4)
9:4 - Why do you THINK evil in your HEARTS? - I wonder why we've so easily disconnected our brains from our hearts
9:11 - "Why does your teacher eat with...sinners?" I wish people would ask that about me, but alas, I'm often too afraid to eat there. I'm a pastor, for cryin' out loud! Think of the implications!
9:14-15 - Jesus' ministry provides what fasting seeks: communion with God's presence, forgiveness, salvation, guidance
9:18-26 - FAITH says, "If God...then it WILL happen." I am not so sure I have much faith in light of todays reading.
9:35-38 - It seems if it's not one thing its the next for Jesus in these few verses and these three chapters. Jesus is just going, going, going. Sometimes even while he's talking, someone comes to him in need. He is teaching, proclaiming, curing, and healing. He is curing EVERY disease and EVERY sickness.
When it would seem burnout is impending, you read verse 36.
"When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them BECAUSE they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd."
Basically he realizes the outrageous amount of hurt, disease and NEED in the human condition.
Then verse 37-38
"The harvest is plentiful" = there are A LOT of hurting people everywhere...always
"Therefore ask the Lord to send laborers" = ASK the Lord in faith and prayer that he would send people to serve the harassed, helpless, and hurting
BEWARE: Don't think you can pray for laborers in order to skirt your responsibility to BE a laborer