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FRAMEWORKS: Matthew's Gospel


FRAMEWORKS: Matthew, chapter 8


v.1-4    Jesus Heals a Man With Leprosy

v.5-13   The Faith of the Centurion

v.14-17 Jesus Heals Many

v.18-22 The Cost of Following Jesus

v.23-27 Jesus Calms the Storm

v.28-34 Jesus Restores Two Demon-Possessed Men



v.1-4 Jesus Heals a Man With Leprosy  


v.1 (Jesus has finished his teaching.) When Jesus came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him.

v.2  (a leper makes a statement of faith) A man with leprosy [The Greek word traditionally translated leprosy was used for various diseases affecting the skin.] came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”

v.3 (Jesus actually touched him and declared him clean – and he was) Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy.

v.4 (Jesus instructs him to perform the requirements of the Law for such a situation) Then Jesus said to him, “See that you don't tell anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”


[Comment: Jesus shows immense compassion as well as power, touching this outcast]



v.5-13 The Faith of the Centurion


v.5 (back in Capernaum a centurion asks for help) When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help.

v.6 (his servant [presumably after an accident?] is paralyzed and in pain) “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly.”

v.7 (Jesus asks shall he come ) Jesus said to him, “Shall I come and heal him?”

v.8 (the man replies you don't need to do that, just speak the word) The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed.

v.9  (he knows what authority is about and he knows Jesus has it) For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,' and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,' and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,' and he does it.”

v.10  (Jesus is amazed at his faith understanding) When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.

v.11  (many Gentiles will come to faith he says) I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven.

v.12 (but tragically many Jews won't) But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

v.13 (Jesus declares the man healed – and he was) Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that moment.


[Comment: the centurion understood the authority Jesus had that just need to speak a word]



v.14-17 Jesus Heals Many


v.14 (going to Peter's home they find his mother-in-law in bed with a fever) When Jesus came into Peter's house, he saw Peter's mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever.

v.15  (Jesus simply touched her and the fever went) He touched her hand and the fever left her, and she got up and began to wait on him.

v.16 (that evening when many came he delivered and healed many) When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick.

v.17  (exactly as Isaiah had prophesied) This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: “He took up our infirmities   and bore our diseases.” [Isa 53:4 (see Septuagint )]


[Comment: wherever Jesus saw a need he used his authority to heal and deliver]



v.18-22 The Cost of Following Jesus


v.18  (Jesus prepares to cross the lake) When Jesus saw the crowd around him, he gave orders to cross to the other side of the lake.

v.19 (a teacher of the Law professes faith) Then a teacher of the law came to him and said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.”

v.20 (Jesus warns him they have no where to sleep) Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”

v.21 (another follower asked to bury his father first) Another disciple said to him, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”

v.22  (Jesus said come with me and leave the family to do that) But Jesus told him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”


[Comment: the cost of being a literal follower of Jesus meant no knowing where you might end up (without a bed even) and required you to focus on the calling, leaving domestic matter to others]



v.23-27 Jesus Calms the Storm


v.23 (they get in a boat to cross over the lake) Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him.

v.24 (a harsh storm picks up) Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping.

v.25 (the disciples wake Jesus who is sleeping) The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We're going to drown!”

v.26 (he chides them for lack of faith and stills the storm) He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.

v.27 (this amazes them) The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”


[Comment: Jesus' authority extended beyond healing and deliverance to be able to control nature when necessary]



v.28-34 Jesus Restores Two Demon-Possessed Men


v.28 (on the other side they are met by two violent demoniacs) When he arrived at the other side in the region of the Gadarenes, two demon-possessed men coming from the tombs met him. They were so violent that no one could pass that way.

v.29 (they scream at Jesus) “What do you want with us, Son of God?” they shouted. “Have you come here to torture us before the appointed time?”

v.30 (there is a large herd of pigs nearby) Some distance from them a large herd of pigs was feeding.

v.31 (the demons ask to possess the pigs) The demons begged Jesus, “If you drive us out, send us into the herd of pigs.”

v.32 (he says yet and the pigs rushed into the lake and drowned) He said to them, “Go!” So they came out and went into the pigs, and the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and died in the water.

v.33 (those with the pigs fled) Those tending the pigs ran off, went into the town and reported all this, including what had happened to the demon-possessed men.

v.34 (people from the town came and begged him to leave) Then the whole town went out to meet Jesus. And when they saw him, they pleaded with him to leave their region.


[Comment: Jesus' authority was not intimidated by great demonic strength and violence.]



Design Criteria

1. Divided by main sub-headings which are also listed at the top.

2. Each verse is prefaced by a brief mini-paraphrase of what follows,

3. After each paragraph the 'Comment' simply is a brief summary of the paragraph.

NB. It should be noted that our references to paraphrases are not those of the original text but are simply ways for the everyday reader to try to summarise or encapsulate what they find in the translated text, to make sense to them.