THE CLEANSINT;~ OF THE LEPER
At the beginning of your New Testament there are four books,
which are called the four Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
These four Gospels are not really biographies of the Lord Jesus but
they are carefully selected materials from the scenes and the
sayings of Jesus in order for the author to present the Lord Jesus
from a particular perspective. Matthew's purpose is to present the
Lord Jesus as the Messiah of the Jews, the one who fulfills every-
thing the Old Testament says the Savior is going to be and to do.
All through the book of Matthew we notice he says, this was done
that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet... Over
and over again, Matthew will show us in the sayings and in the
scenes of Jesus that He fulfills Old Testament predictions and that
He is the Messiah of the Jews and the Savior of the world. That's
the way He has organized his material. In the first four chapters
of this chapter we have the person of the King. He sets forth us
the virgin birth of the Lord Jesus, the baptism, and the temptation
of our Lord, showing us who Jesus is. Then in chapters five
through seven, he gives us the principles of the King, what the
Lord Jesus had to say. Never did anyone speak as the Lord Jesus
did. What wonderful words came from the lips of Jesus Christ!
Beautiful words, wonderful words,
Wonderful words of life
Words are well and good but the question now is, Can Jesus back up
what He says? Can Jesus do Himself what He says. Does He have the
power to carry out His teaching?
In chapters eight and nine we're going to study the power of
the King. We have a series of miracles that are selected by
Matthew to show us the tremendous power of the Lord Jesus.
When the even was come, they brought unto him many that
were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits
with his word, and healed all that were sick:
That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the
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