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About-Him Devotional 06-14-03

The life of Christ, from His baptism to His ascension, following the Harmony of the Gospels.

77: The Pharisees Oppose Him - Mt.12:14;  Mk. 3:6; Lu. 6:11

Mark 3:6  And the Pharisees went forth, and straightway took counsel with the Herodians against him, how they might destroy him.

There was no praise offered to God for the healing of the withered hand. The Pharisees had been beaten once again and their hearts were filled with hatred and murder. The sought the help of their enemies, the non-religious Herodians on how they might destroy Jesus, just as they had previously done to John the Baptist.

78: Many Healed Near Galilee - Mt. 12:14-21; Mk. 3:7-11

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Matthew 12:14 Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they might destroy him 15  But when Jesus knew it, he withdrew himself from thence: and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all;
16  And charged them that they should not make him known:

While the rulers were seeking to kill Jesus, He returned to Capernaum and big crowds followed Him from every region of the country. As He ministered and healed the people, they pressed upon Him so greatly that it was necessary to establish a buffer zone by using a boat as a pulpit. The unclean spirits were compelled to cry out and acknowledge Him as the Son of God. Jesus did not care to receive even the favorable testimony of devils and commanded them to be quiet.

Matthew used this instance of Jesus' retiring from confrontation, not seeking publicity and refusing the testimony of devils, to the Suffering Servant passage in Isaiah 42:1-4.

Matthew 12:17  That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying,
18  Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles.
19  He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets.
20  A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory.
21  And in his name shall the Gentiles trust.

He would not strive and debate and draw undue attention to Himself as some did, by offering long and loud prayers on the street corners, to be seen of men. He would be anointed with the Spirit of the Lord and demonstrate a spirit of meekness.  He would not break the wounded spirit, nor would He ever snuff out even the smallest flame of God that flickered in the human heart. His mission was to establish the kingdom of God on earth and in this He would not fail. The gentile nations would eagerly await His law.

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