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Introduction to the Gospels (Good News of the Kingdom) and Acts
Mattityahu (Matthew)  •  Mordichai (Mark)  •  Lukas (Luke)  • Yochanan (John)
Crucifixion Week Chronology3-Year Harmony of the Gospels1-Year Harmony of the Gospels  
Hitgalut (Revelation)  •  P’yilut HaShliyakim (Acts of the Emissaries)  •  The Chosen (Video Series)

The Good News of the Kingdom
According to

Yeshua, the Righteous King

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III. The Authority of the King (chapters 8-12)

A. A Summary of Demonstrations (chapters 8 and 9)

1. Tzara'at Healed (8:1-4; Mark 1:40-45; Luke 5:12-14)

1When Yeshua came down from the hill, large crowds followed him. 2A man afflicted with tzara'at[2] came and bowed down before Him and said, “Sir, if You want to, You can make me clean.”

3Yeshua reached out His hand, and touched him,[3] saying, “I want to. Be clean.” Immediately his tzara'at was completely healed. 4Yeshua said to him, “Be sure that you don’t tell anybody about this; but as a testimony to the people, go and have the cohenpriest examine you, and present the offering that Moshe commanded.[4]

2. A Centurion’s Servant Healed(8:5-13; Luke 7:1-10)

5As Yeshua entered CapernaumK'far-Nachum, a centurion[5] came up to Him and asked, 6Sir, my servant is lying at home, and is suffering terribly.”

7Yeshua said to him, “I will come and heal him.

8The centurion answered, “Sir, It’s not appropriate[8] for you to come under my roof. Just say the word, and my servant will be healed. 9For I am also a man under authority, and have soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and tell another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and tell my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”

10When Yeshua heard this, He was amazed and said to the people who were following Him, “Truly I tell you, I haven’t found anyone in Yisra'elIsrael with this kind of faith. 11I tell you that many will come from the east and the west[11a] to sit down at the feast with AvrahamAbraham, Yitz'chakIsaac, and Ya'akovJacob in the Kingdom of Heaven.[11b] 12But some of those who were born for the Kingdom will be thrown out into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.[12]

13Then Yeshua said to the centurion, “Go home. Let it be done for you as you have trusted.” His servant was healed that same hour.

3. Kefa’s Mother-in-Law Healed (8:14-17; Mark 1:29-34; Luke 4:38-41)

14When Yeshua came into KefaPeter’s house, he saw Kefa’s mother-in-law lying sick with a fever. 15He touched her hand, and the fever left her. She got up and began to serve Him. 16When evening came, they brought Him many who were possessed by demons. He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick; 17This was done to fulfill what had been spoken through Yesha'yahuIsaiah the prophet:

“He took our infirmities and bore our diseases.”[17]

4. Two Potential Talmidim Decline (8:18-22; cp. Luke 9:57-62)

 18When Yeshua saw the huge crowds that had gathered around Him, He gave instructions to depart to the other side of the lake.

19A Scribe, Torah teacherSofer came up to Him and said, “Rabbi, I will follow You wherever You go.”

20Yeshua said to him, “The foxes have holes, and the birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.

21Another of His disciplestalmidim[21a] said to him, “Lord, let me go bury my father first.”[21b]

22But Yeshua said to him, “Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead.[22]

5. Authority Over Nature (8:23-27; Mark 4:36-61; Luke 8:22-25)

23He got into a boat, and His talmidim followed Him. 24Suddenly a violent storm came up on the lake, so great that the boat was being covered by the waves.[24] But He was asleep. 25They came, woke him up, and said, “Save us, Lord! We’re about to die!”

26He said to them, “Why are you afraid, Little-Faiths?[26] Then he got up, rebuked the wind and the sea, and there was dead calm.

27The men were amazed, and said, “What kind of Man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him?”

6. Authority Over Demons (8:28-34; Mark 5:1-21; Luke 8:26-40)

228When He arrived at the other side, into the country of the Gadarenes,[28a] two demon-possessed men[28b] possessed by demons met him there as they were coming out of the tombs. They were so extremely violent that nobody could pass that way. 29They shouted, “What do you want with us, Yeshua, Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time?”[29] 30There was a large herd of pigs feeding some distance away. 31The demons begged him, “If you cast us out, let us to go into that herd of pigs.”

32He said to them, “Go!” So they came out, and went into the herd of pigs: and the whole herd of pigs rushed down the cliff into the sea, and died in the water. 33The swineherds fled into the town, and told everything, including what happened to those who were possessed with demons. 34Everyone from the town came out to meet Yeshua. When they saw Him, they begged Him to leave their area.

Chapter 9


Notes on Chapter Eight

 2. Tzara'at (t[rc) is a malignant skin disease, or a mold/mildew infestation of the home or clothing. It is distinct from leprosy, or Hansen's disease. [RETURN]

 3. Try to imagine how absolutely precious this touch from Yeshua was for this man. It was forbidden to touch person with Tzara`at. This may have been his first human contact in years! [RETURN]

 4. See Leviticus 14:1-32 [RETURN]

 5. A centurion was a Roman officer who commanded a “century” of 100 soldiers. This was almost certainly Cornelius who, with his entire household, lived in Capernaum and became the first non-Jewish followers of Yeshua. See Acts 10. [RETURN]

 8. Most translations say, “I’m not worthy.” The Greek word ikanoß (hikanos) means sufficient, enough, or able enough. It is only translated “worthy” twice out of the 41 times it appears in the Apostolic Writings. We know from Acts 10 that Cornelius was a ger (rg), a God-fearer, who regularly participated in the activities of the Capernaum synagogue and knew that tradition did not permit a Jew, especially a rabbi, to enter the home of a Gentile. [RETURN]

11a. Gentiles who show the same kind of faith as Cornelius. [RETURN]

11b. This is not when we “get to heaven,” but in the Messiah’s Kingdom here on earth when He reigns from Jerusalem. Avraham, Yitz'chak, and Ya'akov will be resurrected and hold key positions of leadership in Messiah’s government, and we will serve in that government with them. [RETURN]

12. Many Jews who were born into Israel, but who do not exercise the kind of faith that Cornelius had, will be “broken off” from the olive tree to make room for the Gentiles to be grafted in. (Rom. 11:17-23) [RETURN]

17. Isaiah 53:4 [RETURN]

21a. Another of His talmidim: Yeshua had hundreds, sometimes thousands, of talmidim, not just the twelve. We are not told how many were here with Him in Capernaum, just that it was a large crowd. [RETURN]

21b. We don’t know if this talmid’s father was old or sick at the time. It may possibly be that he was saying, I'll be happy to follow you, but I don’t want to leave my family right now, because I don’t want to risk losing my inheritance. After my father dies and I’ve received my inheritance, I’ll come join your team. [RETURN]

22. “… leave the dead to bury their own dead …” There are plenty of people who are spiritually dead and are more concerned about chasing their inheritance than they are about the Kingdom of God. They can bury the dead. [RETURN]

24. One of the characteristics of Nof Ginosar (a.k.a Sea of Galilee, Kinneret, Lake of Gennesaret, or Lake Tiberias) is the violent storms that can blow up at any time with virtually no warning at all. [RETURN]

26. O you of little faith: This is not a rebuke; it’s a term of endearment, as if speaking to a child who is struggling to learn a new concept: “What's the matter, Little-Faith?” [RETURN]

28a. Gadarenes, also called Gergesenes, was the capital of Peraea, situated opposite the south extremity of the Lake Gennesaret to the south-east, but at some distance from the lake on the banks of the river Hieromax. [RETURN]

28b. Mark and Luke only mention one person. This is not a “discrepancy,” it’s merely three different tellings of the same event. Whether there were one or two men is totally irrelevant. [RETURN]

29. The demons know that they have lost the war and that their eternal destiny is to be in torment. This legion of demons also knew that this wasn’t the time or the place. It is unclear whether they were afraid or taunting Him. We can be sure that there was a huge host of demons because they possessed a whole herd of pigs. [RETURN]

Originally posted on Mondayh, 18 May 2020

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