Friday, July 29, 2011

Matthew 14:34–36

Matthew 14:34–36 (ESV) : Jesus Heals the Sick in Gennesaret

Synopsis

This is a very short, straightforward passage: After Jesus’ miracle of walking on the water, he and the disciples reach their destination, Gennesaret. The people recognize him, and send word around the region to bring their sick, so that they can be healed by Jesus. They implore him simply to let them touch the fringe of his garment, and anyone who touches it is made well.

I supposed there was no reason to type that out; I could more easily have typed “click the link above and read the passage.”

Thoughts

The ESV Study Bible points out:

There is no record of any prior ministry by Jesus in Gennesaret, but its people had certainly heard about him, knowing that even touching the fringe of his garment could bring healing.
This being the case, this might be another example of contrasting lack of faith with great faith; in the last passage Jesus rebuked Peter—one of the twelve Apostles—for his lack of faith, and in this passage people who have never even seen Jesus, only heard about him, have so much faith that they can be healed simply by touching his clothing.

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