Tuesday, January 11, 2022
In Charge of Everything
15-21 Jesus, knowing they were out to get him, moved on. A lot of people followed him, and he healed them all. He also cautioned them to keep it quiet, following guidelines set down by Isaiah:
Look well at my handpicked servant;
I love him so much; take such delight in him.
I’ve placed my Spirit on him;
he’ll decree justice to the nations.
But he won’t yell, won’t raise his voice;
there’ll be no commotion in the streets.
He won’t walk over anyone’s feelings,
won’t push you into a corner.
Before you know it, his justice will triumph;
the mere sound of his name will signal hope, even
among far-off unbelievers.
-Matthew 12:15-21 The Message
Verse 15: But Jesus, aware of this, withdrew from there. Many followed Him, and He healed them all,
Verse 16: and warned them not to tell who He was.
Verse 15 study: Jesus was aggressively confronting the Pharisees’ hypocrisy. At this point, he decided to withdraw from the synagogue because a major confrontation was about to go down, so it wasn’t Jesus’ time to die. However, Jesus’ mission wasn’t done as he still needed to teach his disciples and people.
Verse 16 study: Jesus knows what he is doing. He told people he healed not to tell others about his miracles. The reason for that is that he didn’t want people going to him for the wrong reasons. Doing so would have hindered his teaching ministry and caused false hopes about the earthly kingdom. But the news did spread fast about Jesus’ miracles; so many people came to see for themselves (Mark 3:7-8).
Verse 17: This happened so that what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet would be fulfilled:
Verse 18: “Behold, My Servant whom I have chosen;
My Beloved in whom My soul delights;
I will put My Spirit upon Him,
And He will proclaim justice to the Gentiles.
Verse 19: He will not quarrel, nor cry out;
Nor will anyone hear His voice in the streets.
Verse 20: A bent reed He will not break off,
And a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish,
Until He leads justice to victory.
Verse 21: And in His name, the Gentiles will hope.”
Verses 17-21 studies: People expected the Messiah to be a king. The quotation came from Isaiah’s prophecy in Isaiah 42:1-4. That passage showed he is a king, but it also showed what kind of king he is; a gentle, quiet ruler who brings justice to the nations. Like the crowd in Jesus’ day, we may want Christ to rule as our king and bring many victories in our lives. But, Christ’s work is quiet, and it happens according to His perfect timing, not ours.
Matthew 8:4; 9:30; 17:9
Isaiah 42:1; Matthew 3:17; 17:5; Luke 4:18; John 3:34
Father, like in the passage we just read, crowds followed Jesus. We have crowds following Jesus, but not enough. People are following the wrong people. I pray for our sense of direction as a country. Let us go back to the fundamentals of life; you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.