Matthew 4: 23 – 25

Matthew 4 finishes with a section as short as the previous, but while ‘Jesus Calls His First Disciples’ appears to cover but a few hours ‘Jesus Heals the Sick’ must have covered some considerable time, and certainly must have generated considerable interest in the man from those who encountered him. Again, it’s so short that I may as well print it for convenience:

23 Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people. 24 News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed; and he healed them. 25 Large crowds from Galilee, the Decapolis,[g] Jerusalem, Judea and the region across the Jordan followed him.

Actually, I’ve no complaint about some weird, internal inconsistency here. Within its own milieu these events – the preaching, the healing, the exorcising – are quite reasonable, and if they were witnessed then it’s not at all strange that large crowds would gather and follow Jesus. Nothing to see here.

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