Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Yeshua's (Jesus') Matthew 8:18-34, Procrastination, Ultimate Faith - Calming the Sea, Casting out Demons with Silence

(This is a general interpretation of Holy Scripture. We encourage you to read the scripture for yourself and pray to GOD for knowledge, he will give you knowledge if you ask for it in prayer.)

We continue with Yeshua's message in Matthew 8. In the latter section of Matthew 8 Yeshua teaches us about procrastination, faith and casting out yet again more demons.

Matthew 8

18Now when Jesus saw great multitudes about him, he gave commandment to depart unto the other side.
19And a certain scribe came, and said unto him, Master, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest.
20And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.

21And another of his disciples said unto him, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.
22But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead

This should be a lesson to all that GOD comes first in our lives, no matter what the situation may be. Even the anguish of the death of a loved-one doesn't not allow us to delay faith and should not hinder us from following Yeshua the Christ. Remember; GOD is the GOD of the living NOT the dead. Once your body is dead, it is worthless and unclean. Hopefully your spirit continues to live in the Kingdom of Heaven!

Matthew 8

23And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him.
24And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep.
25And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish.
26And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.
27But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!

The key phrase in this section of scripture is "Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith?". In my opinion, this does not mean that Yeshua is rebuking his disciples because they lost faith in Yeshua, who was sleeping on the deck of the ship, they lost faith in the Kingdom of Heaven . They should have known upfront that with their faith in GOD the Father and Yeshua they could have saved themselves. It sure didn't hurt having the Son of God on board with them either! But on the other hand; Yeshua could have meant that; he was on board and the disciples' fear was unfounded because the Son of GOD was on board with them. Just as he is in our daily lives!

Matthew 8
28And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way.
29And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time?
30And there was a good way off from them an herd of many swine feeding.
31So the devils besought him, saying, If thou cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine.
32And he said unto them, Go. And when they were come out, they went into the herd of swine: and, behold, the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea, and perished in the waters.

33And they that kept them fled, and went their ways into the city, and told every thing, and what was befallen to the possessed of the devils.
34And, behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus: and when they saw him, they besought him that he would depart out of their coasts.

Yeshua didn't have to do a thing or say anything to cast out the devils. As Yeshua's Brother James said in
2:19 "Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble."
Yeshua didn't need to scream, yell or jump up and down to cast out the devils. The devils knew upfront who Yeshua was and in fact it seems that Yeshua had mercy on the devils themselves by allowing them to do what they wanted, being cast into swine instead of the pit.

For GOD to work one must find peace and let his surroundings be peaceful, then GOD can work around you, in you and through you. The devils that possess so many people on earth will in-fact run from you if you have the peace and Holy Spirit of GOD and his Son Yeshua within you.

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