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Introduction to the Gospels and Acts
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The Good News of the Kingdom According to
Yeshua HaMashiach, the Son of Man

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19. Women who ministered to the Son of Man (Lk 8:1-3)Chronology event #74 - Generous women who supported the ministry

1Soon afterwards, Yeshua was traveling through towns and villages, proclaiming the Good News of the Kingdom of God. The twelve were with Him, 2and also a number of women who had been healed of evil spirits and illnesses: MyriamMary (called MagdalitMagdalene),[2] from whom seven demons had gone out; 3and YochanahJoanna, the wife of ChuzaKuza, Herod’s steward; ShoshanahSusanna; and many others; who were supporting them from their possessions.

20. Parable of the sewer and the soil (Lk 8:4-15) (Mt 13:1-23; Mk 4:1-20)

 4When a large crowd had gathered and people from every town were coming to him, He told them a parable. 5The farmer went out to sow his seed. As he sowed, some seed fell along the path and it was trampled on, and the birds of the sky ate it. 6Other seed fell on the rock, and as soon as it grew, it withered away, because it had no moisture. 7Other fell amid the thorns, and the thorns grew with it, and choked it. 8Other fell into rich soil and grew, and brought forth fruit one hundred times.” After saying this, He called out, “Whoever has ears to hear with, let him hear!”

9Then his talmidimdisciples asked him, “What does this parable mean?”

10He said, “It is for you to know the mysteries of the Kingdom of God, but the rest are taught in parables, so that that ‘they may look but not see, and listen but not understand.’[10] 11Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. 12Those along the path are those who hear, but the Adversary comes and takes away the message from their heart to keep them from believeing and being saved. 13The ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word they accept it with joy; but they have no root; they believe for a while, but when a time of testing comes then fall away. 14Those that fell among the thorns are the ones who hear, but as they go along their way they are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life, so their fruit never matures. 15But what fell in the rich soil are those with an honest and good heart, who hear the word and cling tightly to it, and persevere to produce their fruit.

21. Parable of the lighted lamp (Lk 8:16-18) (Mt 5:15-16; Mk 4:21-23; Lk 11:33-36)

16No one who has lit a lamp covers it with a container or puts it under a bed; he puts it on a stand so those coming in may see the light. 17For nothing is hidden that will not be revealed; nothing is secret that will not be known and brougt out into the open. 18Be careful of how you hear. For whoever has, something will be given to him; and whoever doesn’t have, whatever he thinks he has will be taken away.

22. New relationships (Lk 8:19-21) (Mt 12:56-50; Mk 3:31-35)

19Then Yeshua’s mother and brothers came to see Him, but they couldn’t get near him because of the crowd. 20Some people told Him, “Your mother and your brothers are outside, wanting to see you.”

21But He answered them, “My mother and my brothers are these who hear God’s word and act on it.[21]

23. The Son of Man stills the storm (Lk 8:22-25) (Mt 8:23-27; Mk 4:35-41)

22One day Yeshua got into a boat with His talmidim, and He told them, “Let’s go over to the other side of the lake.” So they set out, 23but as they sailed, He fell asleep. A windstorm came down on the lake, and they were taking on dangerous amounts of water. 24They woke Him up saying, “Rabbi, Rabbi, we’re going to die!” He woke up, rebuked the wind and the raging water, and they calmed so it was still. 25He said to them, “Where is your trust?” They were awestruck and amazed, and said to each other, “Who is this Man that commands even the winds and the water, and they obey Him?”

24. Demons at Gerasa (Gadara) cast out (Lk 8:26-39) (Mt 8:28-34; Mk 5:1-20)

 26They arrived at the country of the GerasenesGadarenes,[26[ which is opposite the GalilGalilee.

27As Yeshua stepped ashore, a man from the town who was possessed by demons met Him. For a long time he had worn no clothes and hadn’t lived in a house, but lived in the tombs.[27] 28When he saw Yeshua, he screamed and fell down before Him, and with a loud voice said, “What business do we have with each other, Yeshua, Son of Adonai Ha`Elyonthe Most High God? I beg you, don’t torture me!”

 29For Yeshua was commanding the unclean spirit to come out of the man. The unclean spirit had often taken hold of the man. He was kept under guard, and bound with chains hand and foot, but had broken his bonds and had been driven by the demon into the wilderness.

30[Speaking to the demon,] Yeshua asked him, “What is your name?

He said, “Legion,” for many demons had entered into him. 31They begged Him not to command them to go into the abyss.[31] 32Now there was a large herd of pigs feeding on the hillside, and the demons begged Him to allow them to go into into those. So He gave them permission. 33The demons left the man and entered into the pigs; then the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and were drowned. 34When the swineherds saw what had happened, they ran and told it in the town and out in the country.

35People went out to see what had happened; they came to Yeshua and found the man from whom the demons had gone out, sitting at Yeshua’s feet, clothed and in his right mind; and they became afraid. 36Those who had seen it told them how the demon-possessed man had been healed. 37Everyone in the area around Gadara asked Him to leave because they were terrified. He got into the boat to return [to the Galil], 38but the man from whom the demons had gone out begged Yeshua to be allowed to go with Him. But Yeshua sent him away, telling him, 39Go home and relate the great things that God has done for you.” He went his way, proclaiming throughout the whole town what great things Yeshua had done for him.

25. Two healing miracles (Lk 8:40-56) (Mt 9:18-26; Mk 5:21-43)

40When Yeshua returned the croud welcomed him, for they had all been expecting Him. 41A man named Ya'ir“God enlightens”; Gr. Jairus, the president of the synagogue, came to Him. He fell down at Yeshua’s feet, and begged Him to come to his house, 42for he had an only daughter, about twelve years old, and she was dying.

As He went, the crowds pressed against Him. 43A woman who had a hemorrhage for twelve years had spent all her earning on physicians, but none of them had been able to heal her. 44She came up behind Him and touched the tzitzit[44] on His cloak, and immediately the hemorrhage stopped. 45Yeshua asked, “Who touched me?

When everyone denied it, KefaPeter and those who were with him said, “Rabbi, the crowds are pressing and jostling you, and You ask, ‘Who touched me?’”

46But Yeshua said, “Someone did touch Me; I felt power going out of Me.47When the woman saw that she couldn’t escape notice, she came trembling with fear, and fell down before Him and admitted to Him in front of everyone why she had touched Him[47] and how she was immediately healed. 48Daughter,” He told her, “your trust has made you well. Go in peace.

49While He was still speaking, someone from synagogue president’s house came and told him, “Your daughter is dead. Don’t bother the Rabbi any more.”

50But Yeshua heard and told him, “Don’t be afraid. Just believe, and she will be healed.

51When He arrived at the house, He didn’t allow anyone to go in with Him except KefaPeter, YochananJohn, Ya'akovJacob, and the child’s parents. 52Everyone was weeping and mourning her, but he said, “Stop crying. She isn’t dead, just sleeping.

53They started scoffing at Him because they knew that she was dead. 54But He put them all outside, and taking her by the hand, He called, “Child, get up!55Her spirit returned, and she immediately got up. He ordered that she be given something to eat. 56Her parents were amazed, but He instructed them to tell no one what had been done.[56]

Chapter 9


  2. From the town of Magdala, an ancient city on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, three miles north of Tiberias. In the Babylonian Talud it is known as Magdala Nunayya, and which some historical geographers think may refer to Tarichaea, literally the place of processing fish. Six things you didn’t know about Mary Magdalene VIDEO]. [BACK]

10. Isaiah 6:9 [BACK]

21. At this time, although His mother believed, His brothers had still rejected His message [BACK]

26. The Country of the Gerasenes was in and around the village of Gerasa, on the southeastern end of the lake, also called Gadara. [BACK]

27. I have seen a lot of Sunday school literature that depicts him coming out from behind a tombstone in a modern cemetery. These tombs were caves in which the bodies of the deceased were placed to decay for a year or so, then their bones would be gathered and placed in a box called an ossuary and reburied elsewhere. This man was living in burial caves that were currently otherwise unoccupied. [BACK]

31. The bottomless pit where the demons (fallen angels) are bound in chains awaiting the final judgment: “And the angels that did not keep within their original authority, but abandoned their proper sphere, He has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for the Judgment of the Great Day.” (Jude 1:6) (See also Rev 9:1-2; Rev 9:11; Rev 11:7; Rev 17:8; Rev 20:1; Rev 20:3) [BACK]

44. Fringes or cords worn on the corners of their garments by observant Jewish men. See the global note and Numbers 15:38-40. [BACK]

47. She knew and believed Malachi’s prophecy that said when Messiah comes He will have the power of healing in the hem of his robe. “But for you who fear My name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in His wings, and you will go out and playfully jump like calves from the stall” (Malachi 4:2) The word “wings” is @nk (kanaph), and means extremity, edge, border, corner, skirt, or corner of a garment. [BACK]

56. Note on vv 40-56. The Christian Church almost universally embraces Replacement Theology, which teaches that Israel is spiritually dead, that God has abandoned His plans for Israel, and that all the promises and covenants made with Israel have been transferred to the Church; that is, the Church has replaced Israel in God’s plans for humanity. This passage might well be a double parable about replacement theology, which may or not be intentional on God’s part. It is filled with interesting types.

The father of the young girl is the president of the synagogue. He, not the Rabbi, runs the religious community in his village. His name, Ya'ir, means “God enlightens.” God is certainly going to enlighten him through this miracle.

His only daughter is twelve years old and he thinks that she is dying. All throughout the Scriptures Israel is called “daughter of Zion,” and the Church teaches that Israel is dying or dead. Twelve is the number of “governmental perfection” or completeness and has numerous connections to Israel.[GN] There are twelve tribes of Israel; Yeshua had twelve Apostles; the High Priest’s brestplate had twelve stones; there are twelve gates to Temple Mount, etc. Twelve in Gematria represents God’s government, Israel.

The woman with the “hemorrhage” (most translations say “issue of blood”) has had the problem for twelve years, and Israel has a severe “issue” with the blood of Yeshua. Nobody could heal her because nobody really cares.

The tzitzit[GN] on Yeshua’s robe are a visual representation of the Torah, but they are attached to Yeshua. When the woman (Israel) grasps onto the Torah that is borne by Yeshua, she no loner has her “issue” and is healed.

Just at that time, someone from synagogue president’s house came and told him, “Your daughter is dead.” How many millions of Christians declare that the daughter of Zion is dead?

When Yeshua and his entourage arrived at the man’s hours, only Kefa (Peter), Yochanan (John) and, Ya'akov (Jacob, or James), and the parents were allowed to go in with Yeshua to attend to the daughter. Yeshua declared that the daughter (of Zion) is not dead, but only sleeping! When Yeshua returns and speaks to Israel, she will awaken!

The parents in this “parable” represent the patriarchs and matriarchs; as the first person to declare Yeshua as Mashiach, Kefa represents faith; Yochanan, the disciple whom Yeshua loved, represents love; Ya'akov, who writes for the hope of the nations in his letter, represents hope. So if you don’t have faith, love, and hope for her, stay out of the room! God’s plan for Israel stands and her destiny is assured.

Watch the video HERE. Rabbi Greg Hershberg’s interpretation of this passage begins at 43:53. [BACK]

Originally posted on Sunday, 14 June 2020
Revised on Shabbat, 2 January 2021

Page last updated on Sunday, 24 March 2024 04:50 PM
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