10 and he said, 'To you is granted to understand the secrets of the kingdom of God; for the rest it remains in parables, so that they may look but not perceive, listen but not understand. Mary’s praise because of Jehovah’s favor. When Jesus calls us forward, it is because He has something special to give us. It continues the theme of the importance of obedience that has been dominant in the preceding context. But Jesus sent him away, saying, “Return to your own house, and tell what great things God has done for you.” And he went his way and proclaimed throughout the whole city what great things Jesus had done for him. One of these women was Mary called Magdalene. i. What might this be? d. He went his way and proclaimed throughout the whole city what great things Jesus had done for him: This was a great message to tell, and a message that every follower of Jesus should be able to preach. Perhaps Luke included this public confession after a private deliverance as a good example for his readers to follow (cf. Namely, it grew the cares, riches, and pleasures of life. Thanks! Jesus now gave His disciples information that enabled them to understand the deeper teaching of the parable. God is never slow, but He often seems slow to the sufferer. a. Matthew 9:20-22; Mark 5:24-34). These difficulties beset us from the inside and the outside. d. Now the ones that fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity: As seed falling among thorns would grow the stalks of grain among the thorns yet soon be choked out (Luke 8:7), so some respond to the word and grow for a while, but are choked and stopped in their spiritual growth by competition from unspiritual things. Major Prophets They were not worshipping Jesus as God but were appealing to Him as their judge for mercy. f. Bear fruit with patience: Obviously, this is the desired outcome, for both the farmer and the preacher. The Parable of the Sower (). Difficult circumstances – storms, so to speak – are not evidence of unbelief. When Jesus consigns these demons to the pigs, he demonstrates the universality of his power by commanding demons who are likely to have served a non-Jewish master. i. Occasionally Jesus chose to heal people who expressed no faith in Him. [Note: Footnote55: B. Witherington III, Women in the Ministry of Jesus, p117. And he fell down at Jesus’ feet and begged Him to come to his house, for he had an only daughter about twelve years of age, and she was dying. In his later teaching Jesus will repeatedly tell his disciples that his call requires a break with the family ( Luke 9:57-62; Luke 12:51-53; Luke 14:26; Luke 18:28-30). The Gospels There is no relief for souls under a sense of guilt, and fear of wrath, but to go to Christ, and call him Master, and say, I am undone, if thou dost not help me. They needed His help, so they awoke Him. According to their superstitions, the demons should have had the upper hand over Jesus – but they didn’t at all. Because men are made in the image of God, they could not have their way as easily with the man, but their intention was just the same: to completely destroy him. And Jesus said, “Who touched Me?” When all denied it, Peter and those with him said, “Master, the multitudes throng and press You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’“ But Jesus said, “Somebody touched Me, for I perceived power going out from Me.” Now when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling; and falling down before Him, she declared to Him in the presence of all the people the reason she had touched Him and how she was healed immediately. The hand of Christ's grace goes with the calls of his word, to make them effectual. The man from whom the demons had departed: That is a wonderful name. ii. 53 But they ridiculed him, knowing she was dead. Matthew Henry’s Bible Commentary (concise), Matthew Henry Bible Commentary (complete), California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. Prophets In fact, much of faith is related to accepting God"s timing for events." b. For whoever has, to him more will be given: When we hear the word of God, and receive it with gladness, more will be given to us from God’s spiritual riches. iv. Satan’s strategy gives some wisdom to us if we will receive it – that if a heart does stay in contact with the word of God, there is a good chance that repentance and faith will come forth. Jesus wanted her to come forth and hear this special name of tenderness. 1 Kings 17:21; Acts 9:41). “Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. 1 And it came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and shewing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the twelve were with him, 2 And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils,