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2) Matthew 12:15-42
JESUS THE HEALING SERVANT OF JEHOVAH - Matthew 12:15-21

Jesus strategically withdrew from immediate hostility of religious leaders.  Common people followed Him from many
areas, seeking healing.  Jesus healed them, ordering strict secrecy.  But it revealed His:
      1) His Nature (Matthew 12:18)
      2) His Authority and Task (Matthew 12:18)
      3) His Method (Matthew 12:19)
      4) His Results (Matthew 12:20)
      5) His Universality (Matthew 12:21)
Result: This was the fulfillment of Isaiah 42:1 and following.

He healed a blind, dumb demoniac, which resulted in jealous Pharisees.

HE IS CHARGED WITH LEAGUE WITH SATAN - Matthew 12:22-37

The crowds' asking, "Is He the Messiah?"  The Pharisees counterattack by asserting Jesus works by devil's power.  
Jesus rebuts the charge:
      1) Satan is divided: good (Matthew 12:25-26)
      2) What about your rabbis who exorcize demons (Matthew 12:27)
      3) Reasonable alternative:  God Spirit empowers
Me (Matthew 12:28)
      4) More evidence: in order to overpower the devil, one must be stronger than Satan (Matthew 12:29)
      5) Neutrality is impossible (Matthew 12:30)

JESUS EXPLAINS HIS WARNING AGAINST BLASPHEMY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT (Matthew 12:31-32, Luke 12:8-10,
Mark 3:28-30)

All sins will be forgivable, except that by which all knowledge of God's truth and forgiveness is received; by His Spirit.
Eternal damnation awaits the sinner who rejects all that is the Spirit's work among men.

TALK IS NOT CHEAP (Matthew 12:33-37) - ideas have consequences.  Speech reveals one's sense of moral
discernment (Matthew 12:33-35).  There are no words that do not count, for God holds us accountable for all
(Matthew 12:36-37).

JESUS GIVES THE SIGN OF JONAH
      a) Unreasonable request for a sign of Jesus' identity and authority.
      b) Jesus' logical refusal: "It is unfaithfulness to God to ask for
"
      c) Jesus' merciful exception: the resurrection is His last sign
      d) Jesus' condemnation well-grounded (Matthew 12:41-42)

No more signs than those already given!  Matthew 12:39-40 - Illustration: Ninevites heard only the prophet Jonah.  
Illustration: Queen of the South heard only Solomon.  Conclusion: According to the light against which you have
sinned will be your judgment.  You have had greater opportunities to know God's will.  "Your religion has made you
empty, leaving you a spiritual vacuum for anything that will fill it up."
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