Jesus Forgives and Heals a Paralytic
1And again #Matt. 9:1He entered Capernaum after some days, and it was heard that He was in the house. 2Immediately many gathered together, so that there was no longer room to receive them, not even near the door. And He preached the word to them. 3Then they came to Him, bringing a #Matt. 4:24; 8:6; Acts 8:7; 9:33paralytic who was carried by four men. 4And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying.
5When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven you.”
6And some of the scribes were sitting there and reasoning in their hearts, 7“Why does this Man speak blasphemies like this? #Job 14:4; Is. 43:25; Dan. 9:9Who can forgive sins but God alone?”
8But immediately, when Jesus perceived in His spirit that they reasoned thus within themselves, He said to them, “Why do you reason about these things in your hearts? 9#Matt. 9:5Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise, take up your bed and walk’? 10But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”—He said to the paralytic, 11“I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” 12Immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went out in the presence of them all, so that all were amazed and #Matt. 15:31; (Phil. 2:11)glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!”
Matthew the Tax Collector
13#Matt. 9:9Then He went out again by the sea; and all the multitude came to Him, and He taught them. 14#Matt. 9:9–13; Luke 5:27–32As He passed by, He saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, #Matt. 4:19; 8:22; 19:21; John 1:43; 12:26; 21:22“Follow Me.” So he arose and #Luke 18:28followed Him.
15#Matt. 9:10Now it happened, as He was dining in Levi’s house, that many tax collectors and sinners also sat together with Jesus and His disciples; for there were many, and they followed Him. 16And when the scribes and Pharisees saw Him eating with the tax collectors and sinners, they said to His disciples, “How is it that He eats and drinks with tax collectors and sinners?”
17When Jesus heard it, He said to them, #Matt. 9:12, 13; 18:11; Luke 5:31, 32; 19:10“Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”
Jesus Is Questioned About Fasting
18#Matt. 9:14–17; Luke 5:33–38The disciples of John and of the Pharisees were fasting. Then they came and said to Him, “Why do the disciples of John and of the Pharisees fast, but Your disciples do not fast?”
19And Jesus said to them, “Can the friends of the bridegroom fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them they cannot fast. 20But the days will come when the bridegroom will be #Acts 1:9; 13:2, 3; 14:23taken away from them, and then they will fast in those days. 21No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; or else the new piece pulls away from the old, and the tear is made worse. 22And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine bursts the wineskins, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But new wine must be put into new wineskins.”
Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath
23#Matt. 12:1–8; Luke 6:1–5Now it happened that He went through the grainfields on the Sabbath; and as they went His disciples began #Deut. 23:25to pluck the heads of grain. 24And the Pharisees said to Him, “Look, why do they do what is #Ex. 20:10; 31:15not lawful on the Sabbath?”
25But He said to them, “Have you never read #1 Sam. 21:1–6what David did when he was in need and hungry, he and those with him: 26how he went into the house of God in the days of Abiathar the high priest, and ate the showbread, #Ex. 29:32, 33; Lev. 24:5–9which is not lawful to eat except for the priests, and also gave some to those who were with him?”
27And He said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the #Gen. 2:3; Ex. 23:12; Deut. 5:14; Neh. 9:14; Ezek. 20:12Sabbath. 28Therefore #Matt. 12:8the Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath.”