Vs. 2, “A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home.” This is another event filled chapter we are in. The first event involving the healing of the paralytic is believed to be Peter’s home (vs. 1-12). The faith of these men were certainly noticed by Jesus and their boldness to go through the roof shows us what extent we should take when it comes to Jesus. And we also get a glimpse of how Jesus would meet Levi (Matthew, the writer of the first book in the New Testament). Of course, the selection of Matthew would cause controversy for tax collectors were loathed by society and known for their corrupt ways. Regarding the fasting issue…Jesus was not breaking His own law and the whole point of fasting was to draw near to God, they were not fasting because Jesus (Imannuel: God with us) was already with them! There were critical eyes on Jesus, and regarding the Sabbath…Jesus would emphasize to all of us that meeting the needs of others was more important.
Regarding application…Reading Our Thoughts. Vs. 8, “Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit that this was what they were thinking in their hearts, and he said to them, “Why are you thinking these things?” Pretty revealing, huh? Can you imagine being able to read the thoughts of others? But this is exactly what Jesus was doing and still does today! Our thoughts is our actions with God. That’s why when Jesus talked about hatred towards others was equivalent to murder and lust towards others was equivalent to adultery. There have been times I really wished I could read the thoughts of others…but it was more out of a selfish motive than a pure one. Thankfully, I don’t have that ability and can trust that the Lord knows how to best deal with each of our thoughts. Also, praise God the enemy can’t either…just look at Job’s life. Satan would not have bothered wasting his time with Job had he been able to truly read Job’s thoughts and faith. But in reality…we should be more concerned that God can read our thoughts rather than Satan. Let’s clean out our selfish & dirty thoughts!