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Up to this time Jesus’ ministry has been a continual cycle of going to a particular area; preaching, teaching and healing. He has been accepted by some and rejected by others. Then He would move onto another place. Being aware of the Pharisees’ plan to destroy Him Jesus again withdraws Himself from this place (v. 15).  As Jesus left the synagogue, many followed Him and it says that “He healed them all” (v. 15). Some Bible scholars say that Jesus healed many people who did not believe in Him for salvation. Of the ten lepers He healed physically only one was healed spiritually (Luke 17:11-19) and showed evidence by giving thanks.

After He healed the sick Jesus requested that they not tell anyone who He  was (v. 16). Possibly He had several reasons for giving such instructions. One might have been because when the Scribes and Pharisees heard of His miracles it only made them more angry. Another might have been that He didn’t want His miracles to become too widely known because His primary work was to save souls and not bodies. In verse 18-21 we find a modified quotation of Isaiah 42:1-4. Here Jesus was:

  1. Commended by the Father (v.18a). The one who is hated by the world is beloved by God.
  2. Commissioned by the  Holy  Spirit (v.18b). “I will put my Spirit upon Him”
  3. Communicating the  Message (v.18c). Contrary to the expectations of most Jews, He was to be the Redeemer of the world and not just Israel.


Where do I go when life begins to get too heavy for me? Do I try to handle it on my own or do I get alone with the Lord.

Matthew 12:15-21 (English Standard Version)

Jesus, aware of this, withdrew from there. And many followed him, and he healed them all and ordered them not to make him known. This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah: "Behold, my servant whom I have chosen, my beloved with whom my soul is well pleased. I will put my Spirit upon him, and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles. He will not quarrel or cry aloud, nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets; a bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not quench, until he brings justice to victory; and in his name the Gentiles will hope."

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