Wednesday, January 27, 2016
“And they were all amazed, and they glorified God, and were filled with fear, saying, We have seen strange things to day” (Luke 5:26 KJV).
What did these people see that was “strange?”
Let us begin in context: “ And it came to pass on a certain day, as he [Jesus Christ] was teaching, that there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, which were come out of every town of Galilee, and Judaea, and Jerusalem: and the power of the Lord was present to heal them.  And, behold, men brought in a bed a man which was taken with a palsy: and they sought means to bring him in, and to lay him before him.  And when they could not find by what way they might bring him in because of the multitude, they went upon the housetop, and let him down through the tiling with his couch into the midst before Jesus.”
While Jesus Christ is teaching, and healing the sick, the hypocritical Pharisees and Mosaic-Law scholars are watching Him to catch Him in a mistake. Meanwhile, certain men are attempting to bring in a bed on which a paralyzed man lies. They want Jesus to heal him, but crowds blocking the entrance into the building keep them outside. So, these men—undeterred—climb on the rooftop and lower the sick man’s bed down through the ceiling, right before Jesus: “ And when he saw their faith, he said unto him, Man, thy sins are forgiven thee.  And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this which speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?”
Jesus forgives the man of his sins, thereby angering the Pharisees and scribes. This Jesus of Nazareth is claiming to be the JEHOVAH God of the Old Testament! They finally have Jesus in a tight spot, or so they “think.” Too blind to see it, they do not know that paralyzed man symbolizes them (Israel), spiritually paralyzed, unable to do anything. But, just like the paralytic, God can heal Israel, too. Note how verse 21 obviously indicated Jesus Christ is God Himself manifested in human flesh!
But, Christ will awe them again shortly….
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