Matthew Chapter 9

Chapter Nine corresponds with the ninth letter, which is “Tet”. Tet - serpent; objective good - that which appears evil but is for our improvement. It is also the symbol of goodness.

Matt 9:1-4 So He got into a boat, crossed over, and came to His own city. Then behold, they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. When Yeshua (Jesus) saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, "Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you." And at once some of the scribes said within themselves, "This Man blasphemes!" But Yeshua (Jesus), knowing their thoughts, said, "Why do you think evil in your hearts?

His own city - this is a reference to the city of Capernaum, which was the town Yeshua used as His home base in Galilee.

The crippled man’s faith in Yeshua brought forgiveness of his sins.

Yeshua’s actions appeared evil to them, this fits the meaning of the letter “Tet”.

Yeshua knew their thoughts. Only G-d can read the thoughts and minds of a person.

Matt 9:5-8 For which is easier, to say, 'Your sins are forgiven you,' or to say, 'Arise and walk'? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins"--then He said to the paralytic, "Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house." And he arose and departed to his house. Now when the multitudes saw it, they marveled and glorified G-d, who had given such power to men.

Yeshua has the power to forgive sins. No man ever had this authority. Only G-d can forgive sins. If Yeshua had not been G-d, those who criticized Him would have been correct. Yeshua validated His authority to forgive sins by healing the man. It was obvious to all that the man was healed by the power of G-d.

Matt 9:9 And as (Yeshua) Jesus passed on from there, He saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom: and He said to him, Follow me. And he arose, and followed Him.

The receipt of custom - Capernaum was a good location to collect tax on goods transported from those passing by on land or sea. It was located along a highway that leads from Damascus to the costal cities. It also was on the Sea of Galilee.

Matthew, the author of this gospel, was a tax collector. Tax collectors not only took the money from the people for the Roman government, they often took extra and pocketed it for themselves. Being Jewish and representing the Roman government would not have made Matthew popular with the other Jewish people.

Matt 9:10-11 Now it happened, as Yeshua (Jesus) sat at the table in the house, that behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down with Him and His disciples. And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to His disciples, "Why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?"

Why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?

Again, appearances can be deceiving. We should never be so quick to judge another without looking into it and examining the situation. It may be for the good of others, or that it is something given by G-d Himself for that person to do. He came to bring eternal salvation to all that believe regardless of past or current history. First change the heart of the inward man then the other things will eventually follow.

Matt 9:12 When Yeshua (Jesus) heard that, He said to them, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.

This reminds me so much of the love of G-d. He doesn’t look at what we may be at the time, He looks at what we can become once we believe and what He can do in our lives. Sometimes I think G-d looks for a challenge - I know He was looking for one when He was looking at me before I trusted in Him.

Matt 9:13 But you go and learn what that means, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance (teshuvah).

Hosea 6:6 For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of G-d more than burnt offerings.

See also Micah 6:6-8; 1Sam.15:22

Moral implications are emphasized above ceremonial regulations here. Do not neglect the inward and eternal implication. It is good to repent. The Father wants us to repent of our sins and trust in the blood of Yeshua to take away our sins. All we have to do is believe.

Matt 9:14-15 Then came to him the disciples of John, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples fast not? And Yeshua (Jesus) said to them, Can the children of the bridegroom mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? but the days will come, when the bridegroom will be taken from them, and then will they fast.

They were too happy and joyful to fast at that the moment in time.

Matt 9:16 No man puts a piece of new cloth onto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up takes it from the garment, and the rent is made worse.

Matt 9:17 Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runs out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved.

Do not put new into the old. There are two covenants - BOTH are preserved.

Matt 9:18-19 While He spoke these things to them, behold, there came a certain ruler, and worshipped Him, saying, My daughter is even now dead: but come and lay your hand upon her, and she will live. And Yeshua (Jesus) arose, and followed him, and so did His disciples.

This story is also recorded in Mark 5: 22-43 and Luke 8: 41-56. In those accounts we learn that his name was Jairus and he was the ruler of the synagogue. Notice: He fell at Yeshua’s feet and WORSHIPPED Him.

My daughter is even now dead - in the Greek, the wording seems to indicate that this girl was at deaths door. By the time the father returned home with Yeshua, she had died.