Formations lesson for March 17: Healer
March 1 2002 by Steve Zimmerman , Matthew 9:27-38

Formations lesson for March 17: Healer | Friday, March 1, 2002

Friday, March 1, 2002

Formations lesson for March 17: Healer

By Steve Zimmerman Matthew 9:27-38

Savannah, Ga. holds a special place in my heart. My married life started and a few years later my children were born there. This community by the sea will always be part of my life.

With its beautiful streets lined with Spanish moss, antebellum homes, rich colonial history and the delicious seafood, this coastal city is a jewel in south Georgia. On March 17 they also celebrate St. Patrick's Day - Southern style. This city lays claim to the best Irish party outside of New York City. Everywhere there is green that day. City fountains even have green water flowing through them!

For many folks from across the South, this is a day of festivities. I wonder, though, how many of these people remember the real reason for honoring St. Patrick. This Catholic priest brought healing to Ireland. He was the key leader more than a thousand years ago in bringing his country from spiritual destruction to a right relationship with God.

Today in this passage we see another healer, Jesus. We will also see what we need to do as His healers in our world today.

Blind Faith? (Matthew 9:27-31)

As we read earlier in this chapter, Jesus had been active in His role as healer. The word of His miracles had now reached two blind men. Their reaction to meeting Jesus was nothing short of full speed ahead. They followed Him into the house. Now that is persistence!

But as the Master talked to these two men, He prioritized the problem. Physical loss of sight is one thing. Groping in darkness, spiritually, was a graver situation. Here Christ goes again putting the spiritual concerns over what we see as necessities for our lives. Faith in Him is paramount over the problems we seem to have.

Another aspect of this story is the fact that Jesus is fulfilling the prophecies of the Old Testament. The audience Matthew was writing to was Jewish. The true Messiah would be doing this action when He came to earth. (Is. 29:18)

Who's Really Dumb? (Matthew 9:32-34)

Now the second phase of Jesus' healing is demonstrated by the casting out of the demon in a mute man. Much like the blind men, this person could not help but speak of the healing brought on by Jesus. Just as the men in the verses above, this person, who was shunned by society, was now going to have a chance in his new world!

The reaction to the miracle by the crowd was that of amazement. They were almost speechless. Sometimes when miracles happen around us today people still don't know quite what to say about a supernatural event.

The Pharisees, on the other hand, were not so dumbfound. Their reaction had to be either from God or Satan. If they chose God, Jesus was truly sent from the Father and they would lose their social standing in the community. Although there were now three people who were healed in their midst, they themselves became further blind and dumb to the new kingdom of God around them.

What Can I Do? (Matthew 9:35-38)

If we call ourselves followers of Jesus, then we are in the healing business. In these verses we see how Jesus gave us a model to go by in our healing. Not only do we need to be diligent in helping physical ailments, we must also get out of our comfort zones and teach and preach the good news.

Another facet we see in Jesus is his compassion. We, too, must demonstrate that characteristic in our lives in order for the world around us to know that we do care for them. An uncaring healer has little room in the work of the kingdom.

The last part of our ministry of healing deals with prayer and work. Without enough people to work the fields, any harvest can be damaged. As you look at your areas of influence, where are you prayerfully considering going to help bring healing? The harvest may not get done without your touch.

Remember the difference St. Patrick made in God's harvest!

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