Emanna for 06/06/2020

The Lord Revealing Himself as a Physician

Bible Verses

Matt 9:11 And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to His disciples, Why does your Teacher eat with the tax collectors and sinners? (12) Now when He heard this, He said, Those who are strong have no need of a physician, but those who are ill. (13) But go and learn what this means, "I desire mercy and not sacrifice," for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.

Words of Ministry

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The Pharisees, the strictest religious sect of the Jews, were proud of their superior sanctity of life, devotion to God, and knowledge of the Scriptures. While the Lord Jesus was enjoying the feast with all the tax collectors and sinners, the Pharisees criticized and condemned Him, and they asked the disciples why their teacher ate with such people. This question indicates that the self-righteous Pharisees did not know the grace of God. They assumed that God deals with man only according to righteousness. By asking this, they were exposed as dissenters to the heavenly King, thus rejecting Him. The Lord took the opportunity given Him by the Pharisees' question to give a very sweet revelation of Himself as the Physician. The Lord was telling the Pharisees that these tax collectors and sinners were patients, sick ones, and that to them the Lord was not a judge, but a physician, a healer. In calling people to follow Him for the kingdom, the King of the heavenly kingdom ministered as a physician, not as a judge. The judgment of the judge is according to righteousness, whereas the healing of the physician is according to mercy and grace.
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Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry, from Witness Lee, Life-study of Matthew, pp. 329-330. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. (Repeat 5/24/99) Please visit us at www.emanna.com Comments to: comment@emanna.com.