Matthew 9:1-13 Read the New Testament in a Year: Acts 13:1-25 Jesus goes on to make the point that forgiveness is more important than healing. But healing is not unimportant. Jesus does both. He shows his power over sickness and disability by healing a paralyzed man (9:1–2). ‘The crowd was awestruck, amazed and pleased that God had authorized Jesus to work among them this way’ (v.8, MSG). In the midst of the storms there are moments of calm. Today’s passage ends with such a moment as Jesus calls Matthew to follow him. Jesus is invited to dinner at Matthew’s house. The Pharisees are surprised to see Jesus eating with ‘a lot of disreputable characters’ (v.10) and say, ‘What kind of example is this from your Teacher, acting cosy with crooks and riffraff?’ (v.11). ‘Jesus, overhearing, shot back, “Who needs a doctor: the healthy or the sick? Go figure out what the scripture means: ‘I’m after mercy, not religion.’ I’m here to invite outsiders, not coddle insiders.”’ (vv.12–13). God’s ‘mercy’ is his kindness and forgiveness towards people who do not deserve it. Today, receive and enjoy his mercy yourself and then be merciful to others.]]>

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