Some Citations of Jesus on Healing in Matthew's Gospel
|4||1 - 11||Then Jesus was led by the Spirit out into the
desert to be put to the test by the devil. He fasted for forty
days and forty nights, after which he was hungry, and the tester
came and said to him, 'If you are Son of God, tell these stones to
turn into loaves.' But he replied, 'Scripture says:
Human beings live not on bread alone
The devil then took him to the holy city and set him on the parapet of the Temple. 'If you are Son of God,' he said, 'throw yourself down; for scripture says:
He has given his angels orders about you,
Jesus said to him, 'Scripture also says:
Do not put the Lord your God to the test.'
Next, taking him to a very high mountain, the devil showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. And he said to him, 'I will give you all these, if you fall at my feet and do me homage.' Then Jesus replied, 'Away with you Satan! For scripture says:
The Lord your God is the one to whom
Then the devil left him, and suddenly angels appeared and looked after him.
|7||1 - 2||Do not judge and you will not be judged; because the judgments you give are the judgments you will get and the standard you use will be the standard used for you.|
|7||3 - 5||Why do you observe the splinter in your brother's eye and never notice the great log in your own? And how dare you say to your brother, "Let me take that splinter out of your eye," when, look, there is a great log in your own? Hypocrite! Take the log out of your own eye first, and then you will see clearly enough to take the splinter out of your brother's eye.|
|7||12||So always treat others as you would have them treat you; that is the Law and the Prophets.|
|8||1 - 4||After he had come down from the mountain large crowds followed him. Suddenly a man with a virulent skin disease came up and bowed low in front of him saying, "Lord, if you are willing, you can cleanse me." Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him saying, "I am willing. Be cleansed." And his skin disease was cleansed at once. Then Jesus said to him, "Mind you, tell no one, but go and show yourself to the priest and make the offering prescribed by Moses as evidence to them."|
|8||16 - 17||That evening they brought him many who were
possessed by devils. He drove out the spirits with a command
and cured all who were sick. This was to fulfill what was
spoken by the prophet Isaiah:
He himself bore our sicknesses away and carried our diseases.
|9||27 - 31||As Jesus went on his way two blind men followed him shouting, "Take pity on us son of David." And when Jesus reached the house the blind men came up to him and he said to them, "Do you believe I can do this?" They said, "Lord, we do". Then he touched their eyes saying, "According to your faith, let it be done to you." And their sight returned. Then Jesus sternly warned them, "Take care that no one learns about this." But when they had gone away, they talked about him all over the countryside.|
|10||1||They had only just left when suddenly a man was brought to him, a dumb demoniac. And when the devil was driven out the dumb man spoke and the people were amazed and said, "Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel." But the Pharisees said, "It is through the prince of devils that he drives out devils."|
|17||14 - 21||As they were rejoining the crowd a man came up to
him and went down on his knees before him. "Lord," he said,
"take pity on my son: he is demented and in a wretched state; he is
always falling into fire and into water. I took him to your
disciples and they were unable to cure him. In reply, Jesus
said, "Faithless and perverse generation! How much longer must
I be with you? How much longer must I put up with you?
Bring him here to me." And when Jesus rebuked it the devil
came out of the boy, who was cured from that moment.
Then the disciples came privately to Jesus. "Why were we unable to drive it out?" they asked. He answered, "Because you have so little faith. In truth I tell you, if your faith is the size of a mustard seed you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move; nothing will be impossible for you."
|25||14 - 30||Parable of Talents|
|Matthew's gospel states that we are judged as we
judge and that we need to work to clear our own "eye" in order to
assist others. It also reports, at least a little bit, that
Jesus was tested for some purposes.
I also think it is important to distinguish citations that are at least reported to be sourced by eye witness accounts. Some passages seem to infer that Jesus did certain things while alone, but yet the writer somehow knows what happened. Obviously, Jesus could have later recounted at least some of his experiences when alone, but in some instances, particularly at the end of Jesus life, it is unclear how the writer could know of the events that the writer claims occurred. I think it is fair, just and reasonable for us all to have curiosity about the sources of what is recounted.
But then this gospel seems to present all of Jesus' healing as "faith" based and somehow rather "magical". But for some reason, it seems everyone else comes up short on "faith".
Present day approaches to faith seem to be mostly related to people making claims for all kinds of qualities in their "faith". Yet for some reason we do not see these people manifesting the things that Jesus or his apostles are reported as having done.
Why is this?
What is this "faith" that those who have it should be able to do things such as
I am very curious what most of us would want in others in order for them to be able to decide where mountains should be located and other such things! For some strange reason, we have an awful lot of people running around on this planet claiming they have "faith", yet they almost never seem to exhibit the things that Jesus claims are associated with it.
I seriously doubt whether translators and interpreters of the Gospels really know what words Jesus used that are translated as "faith" really meant to Jesus. I'm inclined to believe that the words Jesus used related more to a quality of a relationship between people and God rather than people having "faith" in their creator. For some strange reason, it seems in most if not all interpretations of the word "faith" it is not important for God to be able to have "faith" in us, it's all about our faith in God. I seriously doubt this. We all desire trustworthiness in others and consider it very important in others that we rely on to just about any extents. But somehow, considering our current translations, we do not hear much, if anything, about God wanting us to develop ourselves so that S/He can trust or have faith in us.
Curiously, later in this Gospel we are again given a parable about how talents that are well used are rewarded with greater talents. So how does this relate to healing? How does this relate to "faith"