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2 And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.
cp Mk. 2: 3-12.
The faith of those who brought this sick man to the Master was an essential element to the healing he received. 'Palsy' relates to being 'paralytic,' so he couldn't move; there was a measure of paralysis. It was necessary to have friends to help him in his infirmity. The friends uncovered the roof. Houses in the east in those times were generally made flat-roofed, that the inhabitants had the benefit of enjoying the fresh air on the roof, or using them as a place of meditation or prayer.
Originally they were made in the same format as the incense altar, therefore we often read that they went onto the rooftop to pray (cp. Exo. 30:3 mg). The rooftop became part of the praying schedule of the people.
Removing a part of the tiles, his friends took away the laths or timber, to which the tiles had been attached. They then had room to let down the afflicted man (see Lk. 5:19). This was a demonstration of outstanding faith in the Master's ability to cure their sick friend.
9 And as Jesus passed forth from thence, he saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he saith unto him, Follow me. And he arose, and followed him.
Analyse most men's hearts, and self-comfort, self-prosperity, self- honour, self-pleasure, in some form or other, will be found the directing motive. Christ is made to wait on Mr. Self's convenience. It is a dangerous policy; for, without respect of persons, the Father, who judgeth every one's work, will shortly ask of the whole programme,
"Did ye it for Me?"
Christ stands now at the door and knocks. If we open to him and take him in as our friend and counsellor, dwelling in our heart by faith, he will become Captain, and will direct the whole course of things for us, and enable us to render a good account in the day when the great question is put.
But if we listen to other voices rather, and neglect the reading of the Word, giving heed only to the demands of business, the love of money, the claims of kindred, the wants of the flesh in houses, lands, clothes, eating, drinking, marriage, etc., Christ, after awhile, turns away from the door, and the Christless house, joined to its idols, is given over, at last, to desolation.
Christ means to bestow immortality and a kingdom, and, therefore, he asks a high price, even the whole heart and life. He is patient; but he will not, in the day of his glory, accept the homage of an eye-servant.
Bro Roberts - Comfort
27 And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, Thou Son of David, have mercy on us.
28 And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord.
Israel were made to realise that while they could do nothing if God were not with them, He could not in a sense do His part unless they did theirs. God requires men humbly and faithfully and diligently to do their part as the condition and means of enabling Him to work out His purpose with and concerning them. In this beautiful combination we have to-
"Work out our own salvation with fear and trembling, while it is God who works in us to will and to do His good pleasure."
It is a noble and beneficent principle tending to keep back man from presumption, preserving a place for faith and wholesome activity while giving us the comfort of divine cooperation in all that we do according to His will. While the performance of our part is necessary, the accomplishment of final results is all of God, who can prosper or frustrate the devices of men or leave them altogether to their own ineffectual ways.
Ways of Providence Ch 27