October 27

Text: Matthew 8:5-13, Luke 7:1-50, Luke 8:1-3, Luke 11:24-36, Matthew 11:7-15, Matthew 12:22-50, Mark 3:20-30

Highlights: Jesus is teaching and performing miracles in Galilee. A few notable miracles are recorded, including raising a man from the dead and healing a centurion’s servant. (Don’t miss that the centurion was a gentile and Jesus praised him for his faith. He is another example of how God loves men of all nations.)

Much of today’s reading concerns the Pharisees response to one of his miracles. They accuse him of casting out demons by the power of Satan. Jesus responds with a warning about blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.

Another prominent topic is John the Baptist, who is now in prison. Jesus says something fascinating in Matthew 11:11: “Assuredly, I say to you, among those born of women there has not risen one greater than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

Question: In what sense are those least in the kingdom of heaven greater than John the baptist?

There is much more here than I have noted. Feel free to make any observation or ask any question you may have. Thanks again for all your comments!


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4 Responses to October 27

  1. Andrew

    When I think of heaven, I get the sense that we will be in perfect harmony with God and our fellow saints. It will be the perfect place where there is no evil. We will each be made perfect. Basically, nothing of this world no matter how great it is can compare with even the slightest part of heaven.

    There was a lot of stuff in today’s reading. I loved the story of Jesus raising the widow’s son from the dead. The raising of the dead was miraculous, but I am more impressed with what brought the raising about. Jesus saw the woman, who is presumably grief stricken, and it says “When the Lord saw her, His heart went out to her…”. Jesus’ compassion and love for a suffering individual, who did not even ask for assistance, was amazing to read about. I read that and thought to myself, wow that is my God. I will gladly worship God because He is love. He is greater than I can fathom and deserves all I can give Him.

  2. Jimmy

    Thanks for pointing that out Andrew. It is nice to think about Jesus being moved with compassion like that that.

  3. Mary K

    When Jesus talks about a demon leaving the body with no place to go, then returning with others making a situation worse than it was before, I become very uneasy. I suppose it means that one needs to replace evil with good or there will be room for more evil to return, but I have a lot of trouble putting that into the context of when and where it was said. Can anyone help me out here?

    • Jimmy Haynes

      I’m not sure I am accepting Jesus meant when he said that but my understanding has always been that we dont have demon possession like that in our world today, but there is, as you said, a principle that certainly applies today. We can be forgiven and remove evil from our lives but if we do not replace it with something positive Satan will come back hoping to make us worse than ever before. It seems to me there is a parallel between this passage (Matthew 12:25) and 2 Peter 2:20-22. Both texts use the phrase – the latter state or end is worse than the beginning. Peter doesnt mention demons, but he does talk about allowing the sinful things of the world back into our lives.

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