Keep in mind chapters 8-11 follows what happened in Exodus. We have crossing of a sea, drowning in the sea, and miracles performed. We also see some who then start to murmur and still do not believe. Exodus certainly dealt with a new beginning. Through the good news (Basar) by grace we enter a new spiritual beginning. We enter a plane above nature.
The Eight letter is “Chet” - new beginning; new life; metaphysical letter above this existence. Chet can also refer to grace.
Matt 8:1-2 When He was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed Him. And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped Him, saying, L-rd, if you will, you can make me clean.
This man had HOPE. Follow his example.
Matt 8:3 And Yeshua (Jesus) put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
Yeshua showed love but also GOODNESS. Follow this example.
Many times what we ask from HaShem will be given to us. Notice Yeshua did not have to ask anyone to do this. He said, “I will”. This is different from any of the prophets before Him, only Emmanuel, “G-d with us”.
Matt 8:4 And Yeshua (Jesus) said to him, See that you tell no man (Matt 6:1); but go your way, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift that Moses commanded, (Lev. 14:2-57), for a testimony to them. (Isa. 42:21)
Matt 8:5-8 And when Yeshua (Jesus) was entered into Capernaum, there came up to Him a centurion, begging Him, And saying, L-rd, my servant lies at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented. And Yeshua (Jesus) said to him, I will come and heal him. The centurion answered and said, L-rd, I am not worthy that you should come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant will be healed.
A centurion - This was a roman soldier who commanded a 100 men.
“I am not worthy” The soldier showed HUMBLENESS or meekness. Follow this example.
Matt 8:9-10 For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goes; and to another, Come, and he comes; and to my servant, Do this, and he does it. When (Yeshua) Jesus heard it, he marveled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say to you, I have not found so great a FAITH, no, not in Israel.
This man had FAITH. We should follow His example. He trusted in Yeshua’s position as Messiah. He understood who He was. Yeshua did not have to go to a higher authority to heal. This soldier understood all about authority. He understood the authority that Yeshua had and trusted in His Word.
Matt 8:11 And I say to you, That many will come from the east and west, and will sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven.
As we have said in our earlier studies. Avraham, Yitz’chak, Yaakov all looked forward to the day the Messiah would come and fulfill the will of the Father. To not only offer His life to be cut short but also to take it up again. He also set all captives free from Abraham’s bosom to the other world. He will also return to destroy those that go against the apple of His eye - Israel. He will then start His millennium reign of peace on earth.
Many will come from the east and west - Yeshua tells us that many gentiles will accept Him and will be apart of His kingdom, along with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob.
Matt 8:12 But the children of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness: there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Those that rejected Yeshua at this time would be thrown into outer darkness. G-d has rules. Don’t expect our Judge to go back on His Word at the last minute. If HE did, the Word and His Word would mean nothing. If one thinks this to be nothing but lies, I only say, can you pay the price if you are wrong?
To others that say they are trusting in an animal sacrifice to take their sin away. Isaac is the example to learn from. Learn through his actions. He obeyed His father all the way to offering site, and completely fulfilled all that Avraham said even to the point of His Father pleasing G-d through the command to slay his son. HaShem stopped him short of the act after it was in Avraham’s thoughts. What was the reason? To test his faith. Yes. Maybe also a higher level of reason?
G-d asked Avraham to offer up Isaac as a sacrifice. This foreshadows the coming of the Messiah. Isaac’s life helps illustrate- as many lives in the Torah do - a complete picture for us the ONE the prophets foretold through Ruach HaKodesh.
Also All the prophecies concerning Him could not have been fulfilled in the life of one person unless He would return at a later date.
Why? Isaiah 53 - Here we read that the Messiah dies. And then His days are prolonged (v 9-12). This would be a contradiction unless there was a resurrection.
weeping and gnashing of teeth - describes the agony of eternal torment in “the Lake of Fire” - Gehenna.
Matt 8:13 And Yeshua (Jesus) said to the centurion, Go your way; and as you have believed, so be it done to you. And his servant was healed that same hour.
Notice, the soldier still asked for this healing and did not presume Yeshua would do the healing unless He said it was so. Many could learn from this today. Yeshua had the authority to deny His request. Again, Yeshua commanded the healing on His own authority.
Matt 8:14-15 And when Yeshua (Jesus) came into Peter's house, He saw his wife's mother laid, and sick with a fever. And He touched her hand, and the fever left her: and she rose, and ministered to them.
Notice these verses tell us that Peter had a wife. The Catholic Church claims that Peter was the first Pope. (He was not) However, their Popes cannot marry. Perhaps they should read this passage more closely.
He could have just said you are healed but He touched her hand. I think this was also to show TENDERNESS. Follow His example.