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Our Approachable Savior

September 15, 2019 Preacher: Lyndon Shook Series: Matthew

Scripture: Matthew 9:18– 26

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A Girl Restored to Life and a Woman Healed

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18 While he was saying these things to them, behold, a ruler came in and knelt before him, saying, “My daughter has just died, but come and lay your hand on her, and she will live.” 19 And Jesus rose and followed him, with his disciples. 20 And behold, a woman who had suffered from a discharge of blood for twelve years came up behind him and touched the fringe of his garment, 21 for she said to herself, “If I only touch his garment, I will be made well.” 22 Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, “Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And instantly the woman was made well. 23 And when Jesus came to the ruler’s house and saw the flute players and the crowd making a commotion, 24 he said, “Go away, for the girl is not dead but sleeping.” And they laughed at him. 25 But when the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took her by the hand, and the girl arose. 26 And the report of this went through all that district. (Matthew 9:18–26)

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Praiseworthy faith does not doubt God’s ability to act, but it does not presume to know how he will choose to act. Blomberg, C. (1992). Matthew (Vol. 22, p. 161). Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers.\n

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The compassion of Jesus and His willingness to intervene in people’s lives for their good is a them that we cannot miss in the Gospel of Matthew. If you have been with us as we have spent time in this book, it is apparent now or it looks like the Father has just plopped His Son, Jesus, on the earth at a place and in a time where there is just a huge abundance of hurting people in need of attention and special help.

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There are so many that we have seen who are sick, diseased, hurting, alienated, despised, rejected and lonesome. Some unable to live in families or in a community, unable to care for themselves and even unable to worship with God’s people. Hurting, downcast, rejected even, people.

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They were all around Jesus at this place and at this time in history. Did God the Father just prepare all of these needs so that Jesus could enter at this time and meet those needs? Well, certainly God the Father is sovereign and He had prepared that Jesus would work such magnificent miracles for the good of those to whom He ministered, this of course is true.

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However, I would argue that what Jesus experienced with all the needy people around is simply typical of any time period in just about any place. The sick and hurting were not just first century problems. The sick and hurting are all around us as well.

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Oh, we may have smiles on our faces and clean clothes and be well fed but many who have smiles, are clean and well fed are still facing very difficult troubles in life. It is so easy to think, I am the only one with problems, isn’t it? But that is a foolish thing to think.

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Some problems are very outward and visible. But even the outward and visibly sick and weak are often times dealing simultaneously with inner, spiritual and emotional problems.

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Many, such as the one we will look at today were considered unclean because of their physical condition and were therefore, unable to participate in religious and social interaction with friends and family. Many times sickness and disease were like a sentence for loneliness and rejection.

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The Leper we looked at a few weeks ago, became an outcast. Can you imagine? not only having to deal with a terminal illness but having to do so alone?

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Life and circumstances can be hard, we know that. Jesus knows that. And some of what we see and we will see today is our Savior who is willing to step in and help and sometimes restore people to not only health but also put an end to rejection. Jesus is a compassionate Savior, we have to see this in the gospels He can act and does act as we will see today.

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Let’s look at this account together. Jesus had just finished teaching on fasting when He was approached by a desperate father.

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The first thing we can notice is that Jesus was approachable. He was having an important conversation, explaining the truth to people around him. He was busy and yet, this man approached Him and Jesus listened. Jesus was not too busy to listen to someone in need.

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Jesus had so many demands on His time and yet could be tenderhearted to the hurting. He was pressed upon by the masses, endless questions from friends and foes. Healings, saving sinners, explaining truth, telling of His Father. And all this He did daily, in the streets in public places. He made Himself available for the needy and everyone it seems was needy.

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And so this man approaches.

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...“behold, a ruler came in and knelt before him, saying, “My daughter has just died, but come and lay your hand on her, and she will live.” (Matthew 9:18)

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The one who came was a ruler. We know from In Mark and Luke we know that this rulers name was Jarius and that he was a ruler in the synagogue. This man Jarius a ruler it says, knelt before Jesus. This word knelt means worship.

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Add so this unusual event of a jewish leader kneeling in worship before Jesus. What would lead such a man to kneel before Jesus? He was desperate. His daughter had died. I cannot imagine the grief, the shock, the pain of losing a young child to death. But this fathers inclination was to go to Jesus, Why Jesus? Because the miracles were unmistakable. Jesus has been clearing the region of sick people making them well. And he believed that all Jesus would have to do his lay His hand on her and she would live.

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And so what does Jesus do?

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19 And Jesus rose and followed him, with his disciples. (Matthew 9:19)

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Not only was Jesus approachable but He was willing to to where He was needed to minister to the hurting.

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Look, don’t skim over this in your mind. We see Jesus for who He is and we see how he acts and responds to people. Is Jesus interested in interacting with the hurting? Yes! Will Jesus listen? yes. Will He go out of HIs way to help? Yes. He is doing all of these things here in this account.

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He was approached, He listened and He responded to a need.

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And so Jesus rose, with His disciples and they headed out to help.

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When your heart is broken, when you are hurting over circumstances, your own or someone you love, when you feel desperate what do you do first? I ask that because what we see here is that Jesus cares, he cares enough to be involved with the hurting. He rose without hesitation to help this man in need.

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Now, as they went something fascinating happens!

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Look with me at what we see next.

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20 And behold, a woman who had suffered from a discharge of blood for twelve years came up behind him and touched the fringe of his garment, 21 for she said to herself, “If I only touch his garment, I will be made well.” 22 Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, “Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And instantly the woman was made well. (Matthew 9:20-22)

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So Jesus is on His way to bring a little girl to life from the dead and as He does we see this woman touch His garment for healing. Again, notice Jesus response! A suffering woman determines to get close enough to touch him.

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Now what was going on with this woman. Well she had a physical problem of a discharge of blood and this was a fairly common problem back then that is usually treatable to day with modern medicine. It was probably some kind of cyst in her womb that caused bleeding. But the problem was more than just physical. This bleeding meant she was by law considered unclean. Well, what does that mean. In Lev. chapter 15 we see what this would mean for her and this is really involved and would affect her entire life and this being for 12 years!

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25 “If a woman has a discharge of blood for many days, not at the time of her menstrual impurity, or if she has a discharge beyond the time of her impurity, all the days of the discharge she shall continue in uncleanness. As in the days of her impurity, she shall be unclean.\n26 Any bed she lies on while her discharge continues will be unclean, as is her bed during her monthly period, and anything she sits on will be unclean, as during her period. 27 Whoever touches them will be unclean; he must wash his clothes and bathe with water, and he will be unclean till evening. (Leviticus 15:19–27)

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Rooker, M. F. (2000). Leviticus (Vol. 3A, p. 205). Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers.\nThe Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016).

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This woman would be an outcast, unable to go the Temple to the synagogue, no one could touch her or they too would be unclean, she would be a lonely outcast for 12 years. She would be outside of social life outside of community involvement no one would want to be around her.

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It is no wonder she made her way to Jesus hoping to touch his garment and be healed. Touch here really means grab she grabbed his garment. That is sort of risky, women did not touch men that way in public but she did and Jesus responded. How did Jesus respond…he healed her.

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Just like that He healed her. Jesus restored her health, really restored her life and a close look at the statement

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...Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.” (Matthew 9:22)

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“Well” there can indicate to deliver or save. I think Jesus saved her too! Jesus was available for her, He cared, he was there for her even though He was on a mission to raise a young girl from the dead.

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The accounts of Jesus’s life in the Bible are not just to show us what He did but are also to show us what He is like. They are to show us His ways, his character, how He operates. And we see this, we see His compassion, tenderness and care.

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Jesus has not changed. He was not caring then and distantly uncaring now. He has not changed.

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23 And when Jesus came to the ruler’s house and saw the flute players and the crowd making a commotion, 24 he said, “Go away, for the girl is not dead but sleeping.” And they laughed at him. 25 But when the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took her by the hand, and the girl arose. 26 And the report of this went through all that district. (Matthew 9:23-26)

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When someone died even among the poor, there would be very loud mourning going on. Loud mourning and wailing characterized Jewish funerals. Even the poorest people were required to hire at least two flute players and one wailing woman to perform these services\n Blomberg, C. (1992). Matthew (Vol. 22, p. 161). Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

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It would be odd for us but what Jesus and his disciples walked into was a loud boisterous occasion of flutes and wailing. The people clearly understood the girl to be dead and being dead was seen to be just as permanent as it is today. Jesus enters and demands that the crowd go away, he basically demanded that they leave, throws them out and says she is not dead but sleeping. What Jesus said indicated that her death was not permanent.

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The crowd laughed at Him considering him to be a fool but when he put them out Jesus did the unthinkable he took this girls hand and brought her back to life. Jesus brought the dead one to life.

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Now, since this is recorded in the Bible we must assume that there is more to this event than that this girl came to life. This was not just for her, it is also for us. What do we see here about Jesus? We see that Jesus can raise the dead to life.

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Why is this so important? It is important because Jesus has said He will do the same for us. He will

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**13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. 14 For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. 15 For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words. \n(1 Thessalonians 4:13–18)

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With this girl that Jesus raised from the dead, He is giving proof that He is able to raise the dead. When we read he will raise us, we can know He has raised others before us from the dead. It is not beyond His ability He has done it and He will do it.

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And so, 2 things:

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The tenderheartedness of Jesus continues today. We see this aspect of His character in this historical account and it remains with Him when you call upon Him for His help and His strength in your life. He is approachable to His children, He will go with you in your troubles.\nAs Jesus raised this girl from the dead, so will He raise believers to be with Him forever in paradise. What we see and experience here is not all there is, there is an eternal home awaiting everyone who by faith has believed.
So me encouragement for you is simply this…By faith, believe on Him repent of your sins and believe that He has died for your sins, taken them away, removed them as far as the east is from the west and will lovingly care for you and secondly, having believed on Him for salvation, believe that He is with you and near to you today as a tender hearted Savior who will help you, guide and lead you in this life.

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