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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 ChronologyPassover and the Last Supper
3-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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7. A Paralytic Healed (9:1-8; Mark 2:3-12; Luke 6:18-26)

1So He got into the boat, crossed the lake again, and entered His own town.[1] 2They brought a paralyzed man to Him, lying on a pad. When Yeshua saw their trust, He said to the paralytic, “Cheer up, Son! Your sins are forgiven.

3When they saw this, some of the Sofrim said to themselves, “This man is blaspheming.”

4Knowing their thoughts, Yeshua asked them, “Why are you entertaining evil thoughts in your hearts? 5Which is easier to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven;’ or ‘Get up, and walk?’ 6I’ll show you that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” Then he said to the paralytic, “Get up, pick up your mat, and go home!

7The man got up and went home. 8When the crowds saw this, they were amazed and said a b'rakhah[8] to God the Giver of such authority to human beings.

8. A Parenthetical Event

a. Mattityahu Levi Called to be a Talmid (9:9; Mark 2:14; Luke 5:27-29)

9As Yeshua passed on from there, he saw a man named MattityahuMatthew [the author of this letter] sitting at his tax collection booth. He said to him, “Follow me,” and he got up and followed him.[9]

b. The Reception at Mattiyahu’s Home (9:10-15; Mark 2:15-20; Luke 5:29-35)

10While Yeshua was in the house eating,[10a] many tax collectors and sinners[10b] came and joined Yeshua and his talmidim at the meal. 11When the PhariseesP'rushim saw this,[11] they said to his talmidim, “Why does your rabbi eat with tax collectors and sinners?”

12But Yeshua heard the question[12] and answered, “Those who are healthy have no need for a physician, but those who are sick do. 13But you go and learn what this means: ‘I delight in loyalty rather than sacrifice…[13a] I haven’s come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance (Hebrew: תשובה‎, literally “return”)teshuva.”[13b]

14Some time after that YochananJohn’s talmidim came to Him and asked, “We and the P'rushim fast often, but why don’t Your talmidim?”

15Yeshua answered them, “Can the bridegroom’s wedding guests mourn while the bridegroom is still with them? But the time is coming when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast.

9. A Parable: Cloth and Wineskins (9:16-17; Mark 2:21-22; Luke 5:36-39)

 16No one patches an old coat with a a piece of unshrunk cloth, because the patch would tear away from the garment and leave a worse hole. 17likewise, people don’t put new wine into old wineskins the skins would burst, the wine would spill, and the skins would be ruined. No, they put new wine into fresh wineskins, and this way both are preserved.[17]

10. Two More Healings (9:18-28; Mark 5:21-43; Luke 8:40-56)

18While He was saying these things, an official came, knelt down in front of Him, and said, “My daughter has just died, but if you come and lay your hand on her, and she will live.

19Yeshua and His talmidim got up and followed him. 20A woman who had had a hemorrhage for twelve years came up behind Him, and touched the fringes, tasslestzitzit[20] on the hem of His robe. 21She had said to herself, “If I can just touch his tzitzit, I will be healed.”[21]

22Yeshua turned around, saw her, and told her, “Daughter, cheer up! Your trust has healed you.” And she was instantly healed.

23When Yeshua arrived at the official’s house and saw the flute players, and the crowd in noisy disorder,[23] 24He said to them, “Go away! The little girl isn’t dead, she’s sleeping.” They started laughing at Him. 25But after the crowd had been put outside, He went in, took her by the hand, and she got up.

26News of this began to spread throughout all the region.

11. Two Blind Men Healed (9:27-31)

 27As Yeshua was leaving there, two blind men followed him and began calling out, “Have mercy on us, Ben-David!”[27]

28When He entered the house,[28a] the house, the blind men came to Him. Yeshua asked them, “Do you believe that I have the power[28b] to do this?

They told him, “Yes, sir.”

Then He touched their eyes and said, “Let it happen to you according to your trust,” and their sight was restored. Yeshua warned them severely, “Make sure no one knows about it.” Instead, they went away and talked about Him throughout that district.

12. A Demoniac Delivered (9:32-35)

32As they were leaving, a man was brought to him who was mute because he was possessed by a demon. 33When the demon had been driven out, the man spoke, and the crowds were amazed. They said,  “Nothing like this has ever been seen in Yisra'el!”

34But the P'rushim said, “He casts out demons through the prince of demons.”

35Yeshua went about all the towns and the villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the Good News of the Kingdom,[35] and healing every kind of disease and sickness among the people.

13. Compassion for the Multitudes (9:36-38)

 36But when he saw the crowds, he was moved with compassion for them, because they were exhausted by their troubles and scattered, like sheep without a shepherd.[36] 37Then he said to His talmidim, “The harvest indeed is plentiful, but the laborers are few. 38Pray therefore that ADONAI of the harvest will send out workers to gather in His harvest.

Chapter 10


 1. Capernaum. [RETURN]

 8. A b'rakhah is a prayer of praise to God that begins with the words “Barchu etah, ADONAI Eloheinu, Melech ha olam … Blessed are You, ADONAI our god, King of the Universe, Who …” and then goes on to way what wonderful thing God has done in this occasion. For example, the b'rakhah for bread is, “Barchu etah, ADONAI Eloheinu, Melech ha-olam, ha matzi mein ha-aretz. Blessed are You, ADONAI our god, King of the Universe, Who brings forth our bread [food] from the earth [ground].” [RETURN]

 9. Tax collectors were among the most despised people in all of Israel. They were considered traitors and thieves, working as agents of the oppressive Roman government against the people, and extorting huge taxes and fees from them. To become a tax collector, a man “purchased” his territory from the Roman government, and like a multi-level marketing program, he recruited other tax collectors to help him work his territory. There were no fixed tax rates. Rome simply told the collector the total amount they expected to receive. The tax collector could then force people to pay any amount that he wanted to; he would pay Rome the amount they required and keep the rest for himself, and he took a healthy “commission” from the proceeds of everyone working under him. Obviously, although they were incredibly rich, they were outcasts from society. Along comes Yeshua, a well-known and well-respected rabbi, inviting Mattityahu to become His talmid (disciple)! For a man who was not even allowed to worship in the synagogue, let alone the Temple, this was truly a very remarkable once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. How could he possibly refuse such an offer? [RETURN]

10a. Although Mattityahu doesn’t tell us this dinner was at his home, Luke tells us, “Levi gave a banquet at his house in Yeshua's honor, and there was a large group of tax-collectors and others at the table with them” (Luke 5:29). This must have been very shortly after Mattityahu had become a talmid. Apparently he decided to have all of his old and new friends over for dinner. As Mattityahu was very wealthy, I would think that he had a very nice, large home with a covered open-air patio where he hosted his social functions. [RETURN]

10b. Tax collectors and sinners. Undoubtedly many, if not all, of the tax collectors there were members of Mattityahu’s team. In first-century Israel, a “sinner” wasn’t necessarily someone who violated Torah; it included anyone who didn’t conform to the Pharisees’ ultra-rigid interpretation of the Torah. [RETURN]

11. The Pharisees would certainly not have come inside with all the tax collectors and “sinners” there to “contaminate” them. Passing by in the street, they must have seen this and leaned over the low courtyard wall to mutter at the disciples who were nearest the wall. [RETURN]

12. I think it’s very unlikely that this had anything to do with Yeshua’s acute sense of hearing. It is most likely that the Pharisees intended this as a public rebuke of Yeshua, and their intent was for everyone within earshot to hear the rebuke. [RETURN]

13a. Hosea 6:6. Yeshua quoted only the first half of this sentence: “For I desire loyalty and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings” (HCSB). The word loyalty is חֶסֶד (kheced), goodness, kindness, faithfulness. The word knowledge is t[d (da`ath) discernment, understanding, wisdom. He called attention to the first half with the intent that they would remember the second half. [RETURN]

13b. Yeshua was not being sarcastic. Those who live in obedience to Torah, like the Pharisees clearly did, have no need to repent. They are already righteous. Teshuva means to turn away from sin and return to God and His Torah; it is not about “getting saved.” [RETURN]

17. This parable, I believe, was directed toward the Pharisees, and is roughly equivalent to the english idiom, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” This is my understanding of the parable. If you try to correct mistaken ideas (the old coat) by introducing new, correct ideas (a patch of new material), the patch (new ideas) will be rejected leaving the coat (old ideas) in worse shape that it originally was. Neither do you want to try to put new wine (ideas) into old wineskins (minds). They will be overwhelmed and all your work will be for nothing. So it’s better to introduce new wine (ideas) into freshly prepared wineskins (fresh minds that are still flexible, not set in their way, open to new truths), so both the mind and the ideas will prosper. [RETURN]

20. Numbers 15:38-40 [RETURN]

21. 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. [RETURN]   [RETURN TO 14:36]

23. In the ancient Middle East, when a family member died wealthy people would hire professional mourners who would weep, wail, and play mournful music for an entire week. [RETURN]

27. Because the prophets made two apparently contradictory claims about Messiah — that He would suffer and die for His people, and that He would reign on David’s throne — it was a common misconception that there would actually be two Messiahs. The first, Messiah ben-Yosef (son of Joseph) would die for the people. Then later, Messiah ben-David (son of David) would come, resurrect Messiah ben-Yosef, and then reign over Israel. [RETURN]

28a. Apparently they were back at Kefa’s (Peter’s) house. [RETURN]

28b. Some translations say, “Do you believe I am able …” The word “able” in the Greek text is dunamai (dunamai), to be able, have power whether by virtue of one's own ability and resources, or of a state of mind, or through favorable circumstances. It is the word from which we derive "dynamite.” [RETURN]

35. It is important to understand that Yochanan, Yeshua, and the Emissaries proclaimed (preached) the Good News (Gospel) of the Kingdom. The Gospel of Salvation teaches you how to get saved. The Gospel of the Kingdom teaches you how to live once you have been saved. This is the true Gospel that is not taught in most churches. [RETURN]

36. Everywhere He went, Yeshua was constantly teaching. The people didn’t need a shepherd to bandage their boo-boos and comfort them. They needed a shepherd to teach them the Torah of God! And that is what the world needs most today while we wait for His return: shepherds who will teach the people how to prepare to live in His Kingdom under His Constitution, the Torah. [RETURN]

Originally posted on Monday, 18 May 2020

Page last updated on Thursday, 21 July 2022 09:30 AM
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