The FaithOfJesus2 Daily Devotional


kjv@Revelation:14:12 @ Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

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Today's Verse:


kjv@Matthew:9:1 @ And he entered into a ship, and passed over, and came into his own city.

kjv@Matthew:9:2 @ And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.

kjv@Matthew:9:3 @ And, behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, This man blasphemeth.

kjv@Matthew:9:4 @ And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?

kjv@Matthew:9:5 @ For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk?

kjv@Matthew:9:6 @ But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house.

kjv@Matthew:9:7 @ And he arose, and departed to his house.

kjv@Matthew:9:8 @ But when the multitudes saw it, they marvelled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto men.

Today's notes: Thy Sins Be Forgiven Thee


What is man believing/doing?:

What is making man to believe/do as he is doing?:


The people themselves take this as God's power being given, in this case to a man, in our discussion to a emptied submitted obedient triune member of the Godhead. That we would see this as His power used at His will and discretion conflicts with the language and context of the gospels. How much of this submission was sensed by others may have emboldened them against Him in the future.

Future context may suggest that this accusation is one of an unknown number of growing reasons that the people of His own city so greatly avoided and ignored Jesus reducing the number of great works to few.

Key Messages:

    What does this say about our present condition?
  1. Accusation often comes before inquiry. Scribes know what they know because they go unchallenged. Knowledge is not always for the sake of knowledge but authority. When they are challenged the people are made to feel their authority, therefore they largely remain unchallenged.
  2. There is the possibility of being so right, so perfectly right to the point of overlooking one simple fact that makes everything you know to be right absolutely wrong. Certainly man does not have the authority to forgive sins. To suggest so is blasphemy. This however is not a man and the Father has set out to prove just that. To suggest that He is not when He is is a much greater blasphemy. It is saying that the evidence the Father has provided is nothing but a lie.
  3. Good intention is largely for the sake of good intention. A neighbor is sick, a neighbor is brought to a healer, the better the healer the more people that come. Little of any of this has to do with God and the signaling of God's chosen one, the suggestion of which certainly turns many away. What then becomes of the sick neighbor?

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