Matthew 15:31

Ezra 4, Matthew 15:29-39

Matthew 15:31 (New International Version)

15 The people were amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled made well, the lame walking and the blind seeing. And they praised the God of Israel.

Amazement leads to praise. The people were amazed, and then they praised the God of Israel. Why were the people amazed? Hadn’t they themselves brought the mute, the crippled, the lame and the blind to Jesus to be healed? Even so, they were amazed. We can imagine them coming to Jesus hopeful but unsure, hoping for a cure but scarcely trusting that hope, and then the amazing thing happens – the mute speak, the crippled are whole, the lame walk and the blind see. Amazing! Then their focus lifts from the healing to the healer, to Jesus who has thus revealed himself to be Israel’s Messiah, and they praise God.

So should our focus be not on healing in itself but on the God of Israel and Jesus Christ his revealed Messiah. As God has given us powers and abilities, let us use them in his service. If he has blessed us with sight, let us see aright; if he has made us able bodied, let us work for his glory; if he has blessed us with mobility, let us use that to share the gospel with those who are far off; if we can speak, let us tell others of how good God is. And let us praise the God of Israel!



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