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Matthew 8

 

 1 Now when he was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him.

 

 2  (*) (1) And lo, there came a Leper and worshipped him, saying, Master, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.

 

(*) Mark 1:40; Luke 5:12 .

(1) Christ in healing the leprous with the touching of his hand, sheweth that he abhorreth no sinners that come unto him, be they never so unclean.

 

 3 And Jesus putting forth his hand, touched him, saying, I will, be thou clean. And immediately his (*) leprosy was cleansed.

 

(*) It was not like that leprosy that is now, but was a kind thereof, which was incurable.

 

 4 Then Jesus said unto him, See thou tell (♣) no man, but go, and shew thyself unto the (♠) Priest, and offer the gift that (*) Moses commanded, for (♦) a witness to them.

 

(♣) He would not yet be thoroughly known, but had his time and hour appointed.

(♠) Our Saviour would not contemn that which was ordained by the Law, seeing as yet the ceremonies thereof were not abolished.

(*) Leviticus 14:3-4 .

(♦) To condemn them of ingratitude, when they shall see thee whole.

 

 5  ∂ (*) (2) When Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a (♣) Centurion, beseeching him,

 

(*) Luke 7:8 .

(2) Christ by setting before them the example of the uncircumcised Centurion, and yet of an excellent faith, provoketh the Jews to emulation, and together forewarneth them of their casting off, and the calling of the Gentiles.

(♣) Or, a captain over a hundred.

 

 6 And said, Master, my (*) servant lieth sick at home of the palsy, and is grievously pained.

 

(*) Or, son.

 

 7 And Jesus said unto him, I will come and heal him.

 

 8 But the Centurion answered, saying, Master, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof, but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.

 

 9 For I am a man also under the authority of another, and have soldiers under me; and I say to one, Go, and he goeth, and to another, Come, and he cometh, and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.

 

 10 When Jesus heard that, he marveled, and said to them that followed him, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, even in Israel.

 

 11 But I say unto you, that (*) many shall come from the East and West, and shall (a) sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven.

 

(*) Which are strange people and the Gentiles, to whom the covenant of God did not properly appertain.

(a) A Metaphor taken of banquets, for they that sit down together are fellows in the banquet.

 

 12 And the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into (b) (♣) utter (*) darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

 

(b) Which are without the kingdom. For in the kingdom is light, and without the kingdom is darkness.

(♣) For there is nothing but mere darkness out of the kingdom of heaven.

(*) Matthew 22:13 .

 

 13 Then Jesus said unto the Centurion, Go thy way, and as thou hast believed, so be it unto thee. And his servant was healed the same hour.

 

 14  ∂ (*) (3) And when Jesus came to Peterís house, he saw his wifeís mother laid down, and sick of a fever.

 

(*) Mark 1:29; Luke 4:38 .

(3) Christ, in healing divers diseases, sheweth that he was sent of his Father, that in him only we should seek remedy in all our miseries.

 

 15 And he touched her hand, and the fever left her; so she arose, and ministered unto them.

 

 16  (*) 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 (c) all that were sick,

 

(*) Mark 1:32; Luke 4:40 .

(c) Of all sorts.

 

 17 That it might be fulfilled, which was spoken by (*) Isaiah the Prophet, saying, (♣) He took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.

 

(*) Isaiah 53:4; 1 Peter 2:24 .

(♣) The Prophet speaketh chiefly of the feebleness and disease of our souls, which Jesus Christ hath borne; therefore he setteth his great mercy and power before our eyes by healing the body.

 

 18  ∂ (*) And when Jesus saw great multitudes of people about him, he commanded them to go (d) over the water.

 

(*) Luke 9:57-58 .

(d) For Capernaum was situate upon the lake of Tiberias.

 

 19  (4) Then came there a certain Scribe, and said unto him, Master, (*) I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest.

 

(4) The true disciples of Christ must prepare themselves to all kind of miseries.

(*) He thought by this means to curry favor with the world; but Jesus sheweth him that he is far wide from that he looketh for, for instead of worldly wealth, there is but poverty in Christ.

 

 20 But Jesus said unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the heaven have (e) nests, but the Son of man hath not whereon to rest his head.

 

(e) Word for word, Shades made with boughs.

 

 21  ∂ (5) And (*) another of his disciples said unto him, Master, suffer me first to go, and (♣) bury my father.

 

(5) When God requireth our labor, we must leave off all duty to men.

(*) Luke maketh mention of three, which were hindered by worldly respects from coming to Christ.

(♣) To succor and help him in his old age till he die, and then I will follow thee wholly.

 

 22 But Jesus said unto him, Follow me, and let the (*) dead bury their dead.

 

(*) No duty or love is to be preferred to Godís calling; therefore Jesus calleth them dead, which are hindered by any worldly thing to follow Christ.

 

 23  ∂ (*) (6) And when he was entered into the ship, his disciples followed him.

 

(*) Mark 4:37; Luke 8:23 .

(6) Although Christ seemeth oftentimes to neglect his, even in most extreme danger, yet in time convenient he assuageth all tempests, and bringeth them to the haven.

 

 24 And behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, so that the ship was covered with waves; but he was asleep.

 

 25 Then his disciples came, and awoke him, saying, Master, save us; we perish.

 

 26 And he said unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea, and so there was a great calm.

 

 27 And the men marveled, saying, What man is this, that both the winds and the sea obey him?

 

 28  ∂ (7) (*) And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils which came out of the graves very fierce, so that no man might go by that way.

 

(7) Christ came to deliver me from the miserable thralldom of Satan; but the world would had rather lack Christ, then the vilest and least of their commodities.

(*) Mark 5:5; Luke 8:26 .

 

 29 And behold, they cried out, saying, Jesus the Son of God, what have we to do with thee? Art thou come hither to torment us (*) before the time?

 

(*) The wicked would ever defer their punishment, thinking all correction to come to some.

 

 30 Now there was (f) afar off from them, a great herd of swine feeding.

 

(f) On an hill, as Mark and Luke witness; Now Gederah, as Josephus recordeth, book 17 chapter 13. lived after the order of the Grecians, and therefore we may not marvel if there were swine there.

 

 31 And the devils besought him, saying, If thou cast us out, (*) suffer us to go into the herd of swine.

 

(*) The devil desireth ever to do harm, but can do no more, than God doeth appoint.

 

 32 And he said unto them, Go. So they went out and departed into the herd of swine, and behold, the whole herd of swine was carried with violence from a steep down place into the (*) sea, and died in the water.

 

(*) Meaning the lake of Gennesaret.

 

 33 Then the herdsmen fled, and when they were come into the city, they told all things, and what was become of them that were possessed with the devils.

 

 34 And behold, all the city came out to meet Jesus; and when they saw him, (*) they besought him to (g) depart out of their coasts.

 

(*) These Gergesenes esteemed more their hogs than Jesus Christ.

(g) Where men live as swine, there doeth not Christ tarry, but devils.

 

Steve

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