9/19 Reading (Isaiah 7-9; Matthew 9-10)

Isaiah 7: Here we see the beginning of a story of Ahaz, King in Jerusalem, who is fearful of attacks from Israel and Aram. God tells Isaiah that he will protect him and to trust in him. Ahaz says that he will not test the Lord. Now I took this as a good thing, but according to the notes, Isaiah viewed this as Ahaz not trusting God.

Isaiah 8: More of Isaiah warning Ahaz to trust God. Isaiah does tell us that he has sex with the prophetess. There really is a lot of sex in the Bible. We learn that because people reject Isaiah, God will punish them for not trusting him.

Isaiah 9: This chapter starts with a hymn predicting the arrival of a future King from the Davidic line who will restore things to the way they were. The text then shifts to more discussion of the destruction of Israel (the northern kingdom), which does happen later.

Matthew 9: First wrote about this on 3/14. This chapter is full of miracles. Jesus heals a paralyzed man, raises a ruler’s daughter from the dead, heals a woman who had bled for 12 years after she touches his clothes, heals two blind men, and then heals a man who is unable to speak. In addition to these miracles Jesus also does other things that anger the Pharisees. He sits to eat with the tax collector, Matthew. And he doesn’t fast like others at the time. Also, people start to talk about his ability to heal others like God, further angering the Pharisees.

One thing I noticed in the CEB notes is an elaboration on the healing of the woman and the girl. The notes indicate that these two miracles together “emphasize the initiative of those in need, Jesus’ concern for women, and the healing power associated with contact with Jesus” (p. 21 NT). It’s the reference to women. I wonder if others treated women this way? I’m fairly certain this wasn’t common, but I need to verify this.

Matthew 10: First wrote about this on 3/29. In this chapter Jesus gives his disciples the authority to heal people. There’s a sidebar that I want to include here indicating that the apostles identified in each gospel differs in some cases. I do wonder why this is the case:

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Jesus gives them directions on what to do when they go out to the various cities. The main thing I want to point out is that he specifically tells them this: “‘Don’t go among the Gentiles or into a Samaritan city’” (p. 23 NT). This directly contradicts everything that Paul did in his letters. Really need to read more about who wrote Matthew.

This is clearly done as a way to further spread his message to significantly more people.

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