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Multitudes made well | Matthew 8:14-17

14 When Jesus came into Peter’s home, He saw his mother-in-law lying sick in bed with a fever. 15 And He touched her hand, and the fever left her; and she got up and waited on Him. 16 Now when evening came, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed; and He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were ill. 17 This happened so that what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet would be fulfilled: “He Himself took our illnesses and carried away our diseases.”

Matthew 8:14-17 (NASB)

Healing continues

Jesus has done a few healings since finishing the Sermon on Christian living (Sermon on the Mount). He healed a leper, then a centurion’s servant. His healing continues today. These miracles help authenticate who He was and the authority He demonstrated in His teaching. They also, as we see in v17, fulfill prophecies from the OT. “Matthew rightly understood this as a partial fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy in Isaiah 53, which primarily refers to spiritual healing, but also definitely includes physical healing.” (enduringword.com)

Healing without faith?

In the first two healings, the faith of the requestor was emphasized. The leper, himself, made the request and demonstrated faith. Then the centurion – he had faith and asked on behalf of his slave. Now, Peter’s mother – she did not ask and there’s no record of her demonstrating faith.

But Jesus still heals her. What we are seeing is that Jesus will and can heal those who ask, in faith. At the same time, He heals those who don’t ask. He always heals for a reason – to bring glory to the Father (Matthew 5:16, John 14:13). I wonder how many healings and other miracles He performs without any asking today.

Multitudes made well

Good news travels fast. Jesus can heal! That same night he heals Peter’s mother-in-law, He is inundated with the sick and demon-possessed. A few things to note:

  • He healed them all. This is what jumps out at me. How about for you? Every sick and demon-possessed person brought to Him was healed. As we follow His ministry, this is consistent: He heals everyone, every one! (Matthew 15:29-31) Is this true today? Many can testify the answer is no. Why? Many reasons. One main one is that God may determine He will get more glory and accomplish His will through the sickness.
  • The text seems to indicate that everyone who was demon-possessed was also sick, implying the two are intertwined. Does that mean that all sickness is tied to demon-possession? In these cases, maybe. But a doctrine can’t be made out of this. There are non-demon-possessed people who have sickness …and are healed. Just look at Peter’s mom and the leper Jesus healed (v1-4).

RЯeflection

  • Are you struggling with a sickness? Surely Jesus does not heal every sickness as we noted. But He does heal sickness. Check your faith and motives. Seek His will to be done.
  • Have you believed that Jesus will heal all physical sickness and disease, that we just need to have enough faith and do the right incantations? Consider this article.
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