Being the exceptional and not the established method of pardon, and being thus employed in the presence of so representative an audience, it was evidently used for a special purpose; and that purpose was to show that Jesus had such power, that men seeing this power might believe him to be the Son of God. Since they were unable to get to Jesus through the crowd, they uncovered the roof above Him, made an opening, and lowered the paralytic on his mat. How did he ended up being paralyzed? Unfortunately, as the community of God in our time, we sometimes act like the Scribes in our story. To attribute the unworthy to God. To arrogate or claim any attribute, power, authority, etc.
And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Why are you thinking evil in your hearts? A few days later, Jesus entered Capernaum again. Application: The teachers did not understand what Jesus was saying because it was different than what they were used to. And when they could not offer him unto him for the multitude, they uncovered the roof where he was; and opening it, they let down the bed wherein the man sick of the palsy lay. We must always remain open to the fact that as the people of God, we are foremost to subject ourselves to whatever Gods work is in our world today. Provide crayons, markers or paint and let the children paint a portrait of their partner. To answer these questions we need to recognize that in the Jewish mind-set of that day physical abnormalities and sickness were the judgment of God for serious past sin.
We discussed being the kind of person that Jesus wants us to be and things we can do to help our friends and neighbors. The other, our confused majority is open to the new possibilities of Jesus kingdom. Soon something started appearing through the hole — it was a man! Through forgiveness and healing Jesus challenged the debt system, which held people outside the community. Matthew, the Greek form of the Latin word grabatus, the pallet or camp-bed used by the poor. Terms of image use All images are free for you to use in teaching.
At once Jesus perceived in his spirit that they were discussing these questions among themselves; and he said to them, Why do you raise such questions in your hearts? Jesus was happy that these men believed in God. A mere miracle, such as swallowing fire or causing iron to float, would not prove his ability to forgive sins. The man just got up and walked all by himself. He says, The mans lack of bodily wholeness would have been attributed to either his own sin, or, if a birth defect, inherited sin; he was thus denied full status in the body politic Myers 155. Always set a good example for your friends by doing the right thing. Unfortunately, our churches can also become obstacles to people being made whole, churches can be a lot like the old roof in our story. Jesus is on Capernaum and when He entered the house, people immediately came to see Him! In Closing May you Church be like the paralytics friends, and early Quakers, and start dig up roofs that keep out those who want to find God.
Jesus even brought the 12 year old daughter of Jairus back to life! They were sure that Jesus could heal their friend, so they carried him to the home where Jesus was. Immediately Jesus, aware in His spirit that they were reasoning that way within themselves, said to them, Why are you reasoning about these things in your hearts? Pardon of sin strikes at the root of all diseases. He would've had to sit or lie down all the time. But this isnt the role the church is to have. His bed probably was a simple mat carried by the corners. All of these basic background considerations preserve us from visualizing impossible situations and making wild applications. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.
The tiles were plates of burnt clay, suitable for roofing rather than for building walls or parapets. The Bible tells us that four men were carrying a paralyzed man to Jesus. It has no other duty and no other privilege than to bear this memory of Jesus and ask itself this question. And the intruder, who disrupts this lovely evening lecture, isnt a popular celebrity, but an outsider who is crippled. This statement, their recognition that God was up to something new, is in stark contrast to the attitude the scribes display.
The church, the archive of Jesus, in a very real sense is this question. Sometimes it takes a little digging to make space for something new. Check the page on this website for ideas that are adaptable to any lesson. Then they attached ropes to the bed on which their friend was lying and slowly lowered him down into the room, right in front of Jesus! Do you help your friends follow God? They dug right through that dried mud roof! So they made a hole in the roof above him and let the man down in front of everyone. No problem for ingenious friends! Let's shoulder our normal responsibilities and all the hassles they sometimes entail , and get moving in our lives as obedient Christians! I'm thinking that the man they were carrying was getting pretty heavy and was desperate to see Jesus.
Are we ready to see the new moment take place here? Soon the hole became as big as a man. So, as Jesus entered one of the homes in Capernaum, people quickly gathered around Him. There were so many people in the house that on one else could even get in the door! Others think that they regarded Jesus as a mere man among other men, and that they therefore looked upon his power as a gift given to men generally, and not as something peculiar to himself. When they could not come near to him for the crowd, they removed the roof where he was. In the parallel passage we find that Pharisees travelled all the way from Jerusalem to hear Jesus speak.