|| Mark 2:1-12; Luke 5:17-26
MT9:1 Now boarding the boat Jesus crossed [Galilee] to his own town. MT9:2 And, look! [people of his town] were approaching Jesus with a bed-ridden paralytic. When Jesus saw their faith he said to the paralytic,
“Courage, child, you are released from your sins.”
MT9:3 Now, note, certain Scribes said among themselves,
“This fellow blasphemes!”
MT9:4 But, realizing what they were thinking Jesus told them,
“What evil you think in your hearts! MT9:5 For which is easier to say, ‘You are released from your sins,’ or, ‘Get up and walk’?
MT9:6 But, so that you will realize the Son of Humankind has authority on earth to release from sins”
– then Jesus told the paralytic,
“Get up, pick up your bed, and return to your home.”
MT9:7 And the paralytic rose and returned to his home. MT9:8 When the crowds saw this they were awe-struck and began to glorify The God – the One who gave such authority to humans.
 His own town: Capernaum (Matthew 4:13).
 Their faith: That is, the faith of the parents.
 Released: Or, forgiven. The Greek is APHIENTAI. WEY: pardoned.
 Scribes: TCNT: Teachers of the Law; BECK: Bible scholars.
 Blasphemes: The Greek is BLASPHEMEI. RHM: speaketh profanely; WEY: impious; BAS: the man has no respect for God.
 What they were thinking: Some believe Jesus could read minds. This need not be the case as a very sensitive and observant person may surmise their thinking.
 Which is easier to say: Observe Jesus’ own faith.
 Authority: If Jesus were God he would not need authority from another.
 One who gave such authority: Note the crowd realizes it is God who gave this authority to Jesus. Not only this but they say ANTHROPOIS, meaning “men” or “humans” – plural. In the parallels the Scribes add that “only God can forgive sins.” This is their own judgment, not the facts in the case. Even Jesus authorized his own apostles to “forgive sins.” (John 20:23) Jesus forgives sin because The God (HO THEOS) authorized him to do so.
- Infinite payment of sin by the son of God
- A birthday passed nearly unnoticed
- A god who gave his people commandments and laws he knew they never could keep to it