Matt 4:16           The Second Adam Is Drawing All Men to Himself  3/25/2018      ßà   






#1.       The Wrath of OT Israel (Matt 4:13, Luke 4:14-30, Isa 61:1-2, John 7:1)










#2.      The People Which Sat in Darkness (Matt 4:16, Isa 9:1-2, Luke 2:32, 2Tim 2:26, Eph 2:1-3, 5:14, Isa 42:6-7)





#3.       The Real Temptations of Jesus Christ (Heb 7:12, Matt 4:1-11, Mark 10:45)









Please open your Bibles to the Gospel according to Matthew, Matt 4:12 (2X). In the past three sermons we have seen that in the NT God was reaching out to all the nations of the world. And from the nation of the Jews only a remnant came to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior. We have seen unambiguously that the Lord Jesus is also called Israel. We have seen that this totally fit within the plan of God, for after the cross God is gathering a New Nation of Jews, under a New Covenant, and under a New High Priest, and with a New Set of Rules that characterize their conduct in this world. And so, Matt 1 may be summarized as, “The New Israel”. Then we see that Matt 2 may be summarized as, “The New House of Israel”. Subsequently Matt 3 may be summarized as, “The New Kingdom of Israel”. And now, Matt 4 may be summarized as, “The New Bride of Israel”. All these concepts have been thoroughly confirmed by Scripture in the previous three sermons. This is the nature in which the NT was written: The Gentiles are attracted to the Lord Jesus, but He is:

Mt 4:12 ¶  Now when Jesus had heard that John was cast into prison, he departed into Galilee;

Mt 4:13  And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim

These two verses are filled with tragedy and with compassion. John was cast into prison by Herod Antipas, which was the son of Herod the Great who murdered the babies in Bethlehem. But Herod Antipas was king over Galilee and Perea, one area filled with Jews and the other mixed with Gentiles. But Herod was not the only enemy of John the Baptist, for in this decision Herod had many of the leaders of the Jews on his side. Then we read that Jesus departed into Galilee. But Herod ruled in Galilee. And so we read that the Lord Jesus deliberately went into the region where He would be persecuted by both Herod and by the religious leaders of the Jews. He showed that He had no fear of man, but only that the preaching of John might continue. In addition the first three words of Matt 4:13, “And leaving Nazareth” are filled with tragedy and rejection, for there is where the Lord Jesus was most severely persecuted in the beginning of His ministry. Let us begin with the words of Matt 4:13,

#1.       The Wrath of OT Israel (Matt 4:13, Luke 4:14-30, Isa 61:1-2, John 7:1)

Please turn in your Bibles to the Gospel according to Luke, Luke 4:14 (2X). Nazareth was the home town of the Lord Jesus. There is where He grew up and there is where He served as carpenter, in the footsteps of His stepfather Joseph. There in the synagogue of Nazareth He preached His first and last sermon to the Nazarenes. We read in Luke 4:14,

Lu 4:14-15  And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about.     And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all.

Lu 4:16-20  And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up for to read.     And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,            The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,       To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.    And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.

Lu 4:21-23  And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.        And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph’s son?            And he said unto them, Ye will surely say unto me this proverb, Physician, heal thyself: whatsoever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in thy country.

Lu 4:24  And he said, Verily I say unto you, No prophet is accepted in his own country.

Lu 4:25-26  But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout all the land;  But unto none of them was Elias sent, save unto Sarepta, a city of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow.

Lu 4:27  And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian.

Lu 4:28-30  And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath,   And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong. But he passing through the midst of them went his way

What is the Lord teaching us here? First of all we read that it was a custom in the synagogues to read and expound on the Scriptures every Sabbath day. And this was a proper understanding of how God wants to be worshipped. This custom was continued in the NT churches, except it does not occur on Saturday but on Sunday. We understand that the pulpit must be at the center of our Sunday worship. The preaching and teaching of the Word of God must take center stage, for we must hear what the Word of God says in spirit and in truth. Secondly we understand that the Lord Jesus chose this passage of Isa 61:1-2 deliberately for the message He was going to bring, for He knew the hearts of these people. And what was the central point of His message? What is the central message of the entire chapter 61 of Isaiah? It is the glory of salvation that has come to the remnant of the Jews as well as to the remnant of the Gentiles. And Christ is the One who will bring salvation to those who are spiritually poor, and spiritually brokenhearted, and spiritually blind, and spiritually captives of Satan. Thirdly the Lord Jesus explained these verses to the people in the synagogue. How did it come about that a woman who was a foreigner was preferred by God over all the Israelites? It was because the prophet Elijah was rejected by them, and was compelled to seek refuge in a heathen land. And why did God choose Naaman, a Syrian, should be healed by Elisha? Is it not to put a disgrace on the entire nation of Israel? And so, the Lord charges not only Nazareth, but He charges the whole nation with ingratitude; since most of them, especially those who followed their leaders, had only contempt for the Lord Jesus. The people in the synagogue understood very well what the Lord Jesus said. The grace of God would be removed from them to others, and it filled them with great anger and rage. They wanted to kill the Lord Jesus, and actually they had become mad at God. But it was not His time to die. Please listen to the following words from the Gospel according to John 7:1, “After these things Jesus walked in Galilee: for he would not walk in Jewry, because the Jews sought to kill him”. The Lord Jesus would not walk in Judaea, because the Jews sought to kill Him. But even in Galilee He was hounded by the Pharisees and Sadducees who tried to trap Him and carry Him to Jerusalem.

Please turn again to the Gospel according to Matthew, Matt 4:13 (2X). And so, when we read in Matt 4:13, “And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum”, we realize that the first three words in Matt 4:13 carry a heavy load. They hated the Gentiles. They also reflected a rejection of the Lord by most in the nation of the Jews. But the Lord was preparing another nation to take their place. 

Mt 4:13-15  And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim:           That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying,     The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles;

The area of land quoted from Isaiah actually is very large. It extends from far north of Galilee and includes Galilee and Decapolis, for this is part of the land beyond Jordan. This is a large territory mixed with Jews and Gentiles, and is therefore called Galilee of the nations. There is where Jesus preached. He did not only preach to the Jews, but to the Gentiles as well. We see that God is reaching out to all the nations of the world, beginning here in Galilee of the nations.

Please turn in your Bibles to the OT, to the Prophecy of Second Kings, 2King 17:23 (2X). What is the new nation that God was preparing to replace the nation of the Jews? In OT days God declared that He was married to the nation of the descendants of Jacob. But God declared already in the days of Moses, in Deut 4:26, that He would utterly destroy them if they would follow after strange gods. And this they did. First the northern kingdom of Israel was destroyed and about 100 years later the southern kingdom of Judah was destroyed, all because of rampant idolatry. We read in 2King 17:23,

2King 17:23  Until the LORD removed Israel out of his sight, as he had said by all his servants the prophets. So was Israel carried away out of their own land to Assyria unto this day.

Unto this day! What does that mean? It means unto today. And when I read this next year again it means unto this day. And thus it means that this condition will last until the end of time. Please turn now to the Prophecy of Jeremiah, Jer 3:8 (2X). In Jer 3:8 God described the destruction of Israel as an official divorce. God had divorced Himself from the nation of Israel. And now God states that the southern kingdom of Judah would also be destroyed because of idolatry. We read in Jer 3:8,

Jer 3:8  And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also.

And for this reason, the southern kingdom of Judah was destroyed by the Babylonians in 587 BC, which was the final divorce of the nation of Judah. However, the Lord Jesus had not yet been born. For this reason God allowed a remnant of the Jews to return to their country until Christ had come. But after Christ was crucified, and after a solid evangelism organization has been established, God destroyed the nation of Judah, and God established a new nation which He called, “The Bride of Christ”. Please turn in your Bibles to the NT, to the Epistle to the Ephesians, Eph 5:25 (2X). God gave here a passage where He described the love a husband should have for his wife, and He described how a man and his wife together are one flesh. But then God declared that the human marriage is an analogy of Christ and His church, which in NT language is Christ and His Bride, not yet married. We r.

Eph 5:25  Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

Eph 5:26  That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

Eph 5:27  That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

This is not the external church, for the external church will go apostate near the end of time and will be called the harlot Babylon the Great. But this passage describes the eternal church, which is the invisible worldwide church that consists only of truly saved individuals. This is the congregation of the remnant chosen by grace out of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues. This is the nation of believers which God, in Rom 2:28-29, calls a New Nation of Jews, and which God, in Gal 6:16, calls The Israel of God. This is the Bride of Christ which in Heb 12:22 is called a city. We read in

Heb 12:22  But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,

And since Christ is also called Israel, this is the New Bride of Israel, the New Jerusalem. We read

Re 21:2  And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

And after all the wicked have been removed into Hell we are going to be married to Christ. We read

Re 21:9, And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife.

Then in the next verse we are called “The Holy Jerusalem”. And so w see that the former nation of the descendants of Jacob has been replaced already by a new nation which is the Bride of Israel.

Let us now return to the Gospel according to Matthew, Matt 4:16 (2X).

#2.      The People Which Sat in Darkness (Matt 4:16, Isa 9:1-2, Luke 2:32, 2Tim 2:26, Eph 2:1-3, 5:14, Isa 42:6-7)

We have seen that the Lord Jesus preached in Galilee of the Gentiles, preaching to people who sat in darkness. What does it mean that they sat in darkness? It means that they sat in spiritual darkness. And what does it mean if anyone is in spiritual darkness? It means that they are not saved.

Mt 4:16  The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.

If the darkness in this verse should be understood spiritually, then the light in this verse should also be understood spiritually, and then the shadow of death should also be understood spiritually. What does the light represent in this verse? This is a passage which has been taken out of Isa 9:1-2.

Isa 9:1 ¶  Nevertheless the dimness shall not be such as was in her vexation, when at the first he lightly afflicted the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, and afterward did more grievously afflict her by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, in Galilee of the nations.

Isa 9:2  The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.

As you know, this is a chapter which will lead us to the incarnation of the Lord Jesus Christ. Verse 6 of this chapter begins this way: “For unto us a child is born”. And thus we know that the light that verse 2 refers to is the light of the Lord Jesus Christ during His ministry in the region of Galilee of the Gentiles. In fact, when Simeon took the baby Jesus in his arms he prophesied and said in Luke 2:32,

Lu 2:32  A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel (2X).

This is surprising from two points of view. First, God prophesied through the mouth of Simeon that the Lord Jesus would be a light to lighten the Gentiles. We believe that He is the light, for the Lord Jesus said “I am the Light of the world”. But here was a Jew uttering the words that Christ would be a light to the Gentiles. Would salvation come to heathen dogs, the Gentiles? We see that God works in wondrous ways. Secondly, Simeon prophesied that the Lord Jesus would be “the glory of thy people Israel”. Which Israel is God referring to? We know that the nation of Israel has rejected Christ, even unto this day. Except for a remnant chosen by grace, the nation as a whole prefers to obey the Law of Moses, rather than obey the Law of liberty that we have in Christ. And so we see that Simeon referred to the Israel of God, the true believers in Jesus Christ. It is in this way that Christ is to the glory of His people Israel. Christ is our glory, for to Him belongs all honor and glory for our salvation.

But let us now consider the darkness in Matt 4:16, and the shadow of death. When Christ was not revealed to us our mind was still in darkness. Before we came under the hearing of the Gospel of salvation, our soul was in the clutches of Satan. We were taken captive by him at his will (2Tim 2:26). Our mind was controlled by Satan, and we liked it that way, for we not only enjoyed sin, but we were addicted to it. And we lived in the shadow of death, meaning the shadow of the second death in Hell; for if we would die unsaved we would stand at the Judgment throne of Christ and we would be cast into the Lake of Fire. Please turn in your Bibles to the Epistle to the Ephesians, Eph 2:1 (2X). And so, who were the people who sat in darkness in the shadow of death? Matt 4:16 says that all the people in Galilee of the Gentiles were under this predicament, referring to both Jews and Gentiles who lived in that region. And what about people who lived outside that region? Everyone in the world in need of salvation is living in darkness, under the shadow of death. God addresses us in Eph 2:1-3,

Eph 2:1 ¶  And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;

Eph 2:2  Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

Eph 2:3  Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

God is speaking to the saints at Ephesus. And God says, You also were dead in trespasses and sins. You also walked according to the course of this world. You also had your conduct in the lusts of your flesh. And look at the ending of verse 3, “We all were by nature the children of wrath, even as others”. We all lived on the precipice of Hell, under the shadow of death, for we all deserved to be cast into Hell for our sins. This is how everyone of the human race comes into this world. We all came into this world as rebels against God, and rebels against the Law of God, and were turning away our ears from hearing the Word of God. We were in a state of spiritual deadness; dead to God, but alive to Satan. Please turn a few pages to your right to chapter 5, to Eph 5:14 (2X), There we read: “Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light”. When Christ gives us light, when Christ delivers us out of our darkness, we have been saved. Please turn in your Bibles to the Prophecy of Isaiah, Isa 42:6 (2X). We have here the “Third Servant Song” in the Prophecy of Isaiah, and it refers to the mission of the Lord Jesus Christ in this world. And God states very plainly that the work of the Lord Jesus was to be the savior in all nations of the world, not only to the Jews, but especially to the Gentiles. We read in Isa 42:6,

Isa 42:6-7  I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles;    To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.

What we are dealing with here is the salvation program of Christ crucified, but it is formulated as if Christ is the miracle worker who opens blind eyes, and who releases prisoners from their prison. Of course this refers to spiritually blind eyes. Those who are in the darkness of the prison house of Satan cannot see and cannot be free unless God the Holy Spirit performs the miracle of salvation, by making that person born from above. But God the Holy Spirit is only permitted to do this for those whose sins have been paid for at the cross of Christ in AD 33. Not one of those will be forgotten, and not one can be added whose sins have not been paid at the cross in AD 33. And so, this was Christ’s mission to the people who sat in darkness in Galilee of the Gentiles. But this was only a picture of what Christ was doing for all of us, all over the world. And thus He also paid the sins for some poor sinners way back in Indonesia. And that is why I am preaching to you here today. I too was once in the darkness of the prison house of Satan. But God had mercy on me, and brought me to these United States where I finally heard the Gospel.

Please turn again to the Gospel according to Matthew, Matt 4:1 (2X).

#3.       The Real Temptations of Jesus Christ (Heb 7:12, Matt 4:1-11, Mark 10:45)

When we consider the temptations of Jesus we must remember that these temptations came after the Lord Jesus was baptized, which was an event prompted by God the Holy Spirit. God made known to His Son, and to us, that this event of the baptism of the Lord Jesus was actually His anointing as our High Priest after the order of Melchisedec. When we read in Heb 7:12, “For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law”, we realize that this change had to be made in the Ceremonial Law, for Christ was not of the tribe of Levi, but of the tribe of Judah. And thus God dispatched John the Baptist, a descendant of Aaron, to perform the ceremony of baptism on the Lord Jesus, to anoint Him as our High Priest. And so, when we consider the temptations of the Lord Jesus, we must realize that these are tempting the God-man who is fully aware of His mission in this world, and of the suffering He was going to endure for our sins. The Lord Jesus was never afraid of physical death. But to fulfill the righteousness of God, His Atonement on the cross must be truly a substitutionary payment for our sins. It meant that He had to endure the equivalent of an eternity in Hell for our sins, for that was the payment required for our sins. The responsibility given Him for the large number of sinners whose names were printed on His soul from eternity past, and the load of their sins that He could see with His omniscient mind, were enough to drive Him into the wilderness where He could meditate on this gigantic task, and plead with God for the grace to endure to the end. This is why the Lord Jesus was driven into the wilderness. And this was the most opportune time for the Devil to tempt Him with all sorts of questions and possibilities. We read in Matt 4:1,

Mt 4:1 ¶  Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.

Mt 4:2  And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungered.

Mt 4:3-4  And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.               But he answered and said, “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God”.

Mt 4:5  Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple,

Mt 4:6  And saith unto him, “If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone”.

Mt 4:7  Jesus said unto him, “It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God”.

Mt 4:8-10  Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;    And saith unto him, “All these things will I give

thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me”.               Then saith Jesus unto him, “Get thee hence, Satan:

for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve”.

Mt 4:11  Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.

The first temptation was to convert stones into bread. The Lord Jesus realized that He could easily do that. But this means that He would use His Divine power to serve Himself, and this was not what His mission was. The reason Christ was sent to the earth was to serve others. The Lord Jesus said of Himself in Mark 10:45, “For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many”. And thus to abuse His powers to gratify His own stomach would be a sin, for this was not what God has provided, and what God in His wisdom has provided must be sufficient for Him. The lesson for us is that we too must be satisfied with what God has provided for us. If we are poor, then this is what God in His wisdom has provided for us, and His grace must be sufficient for us. But now I would like us to focus on the following three words:

The Lord Jesus uses these words in Matt 4:4, and in verse 7, and in verse 10. And so we see that the Lord Jesus uses Scripture as His shield, for this is the true way of fighting against Satan. God says in Eph 6:16-17, “Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God”. Likewise God provided Scripture for our protection, to be our shield of faith against the fiery darts of the Devil. As you know, I was brought up in the Roman Catholic Church. I never saw a Bible until at the age of 40 some evangelists visited our family, because the Roman Catholic Church disapproves of anyone reading the Bible on their own. Can you see the wickedness of this? When that church wickedly withholds the Scriptures from their members, it is as if they had made a bargain with Satan to cruelly give up souls, which are to be destroyed by the Devil at his pleasure. For they have deprived their people of the armour by which they could defend themselves. This is wickedness to the max, and it should be shouted into al the world. It also means that they deny the teachings of God the Holy Spirit when we read the Bible. On the other hand, those who voluntarily throw away that armour, and do not exercise themselves in the school of God, deserve to be strangled by Satan, into whose hands they have given themselves up unarmed. God punishes their carelessness and their contempt of His Word, the Bible, by giving them over to their own imaginations.

When we look at the second temptation of the Lord Jesus we see that Satan learns quickly. He too can quote Scripture. When the Devil took the Lord Jesus to a pinnacle of the temple we must realize that this took place by the permission of God. Was Christ then made subject to the Devil, who took Him to this place and to that place? Absolutely not! This entire temptation occurred in a vision that was given to Christ. For example, when the Devil took Him to a high mountain, and then the Devil left Him, was the Lord Jesus stranded on a high mountain? No! He was still in the wilderness, from which He returned to Galilee on foot. But what was the essence of this second temptation? It was as if the Devil said, “O Jesus, if You swoop down from the sky into the midst of this temple area, all eyes shall believe that You came down from heaven, and they shall instantly declare You the Messiah sent from God. Then You do not have to go to the cross, and you do not have to suffer the equivalent of an eternity in Hell for the sins of unworthy people. You will be crowned the King of Israel, and you will still be able to preach unto them”. This was a real temptation for the Lord Jesus, for He knew that an intense suffering was waiting Him. But what was Jesus’ answer to this temptation? “It Is Written!” The Lord Jesus gave us here an example that all of us must be on our guard against being led by a false application of Scripture, into the snares of Satan. We must be on our guard against all the newer innovations modifying the Gospel, for the Lord Jesus said in Matt 24:5, “For many shall come in My name”. And so, when we see in our lifetime many innovations such as: the Prosperity gospel, or the Charismatic gospel, or the Speaking in tongues gospel, or the gospel of the Purpose Driven church, or the gospel that requires you to leave your church, be aware that the Lord Jesus already 2000 years ago warned us for these things. Please turn in your Bibles to the Prophecy of Deuteronomy, Deut 18:21 (2X). We must be on our guard for false applications of Scripture. For example, one such false application of Scripture predicted that the end of the world would come in September of 1994. And this same false teacher now declares that in October of 2011 will be the end of the world. How do we know if he is right? Well, let God tell us if he is right. God tells us in Deut 18:21-22,

Deut 18:21-22, And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken?                    When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.

Now these words are very plain and clear. God says, “The prophet hath spoken presumptuously, thou shalt not be afraid of him. He is not speaking in the name of the Lord”. And so, here is one example for which God warned us 3400 years ago. Shame on us if we still fall into this trap.

The bottom line of these temptations of Christ is that He did not sin. He, the Second Adam, did not sin like the first Adam, and that is why He qualifies to be the spotless Lamb of God. And that is also why Christ, the New Israel, qualifies to gather the New Bride of Israel to Himself. And that is why we read in this chapter that the Father is drawing the remnant chosen from all nations to the Lord Jesus to hear Him and to be healed by Him, to be totally healed in body and in soul. And in this process God is not a respecter of  persons, for God will draw His remnant chosen by grace from all the nations, not only from the descendants of Jacob, but from all the Gentile nations as well. We too were drawn by the Father to be healed by the Lord Jesus, for which we are eternally grateful to Him, and we desire to serve Him all the days of our life. This is what makes this entire chapter 4 of Matthew so coherent.                       AMEN.                        Let us turn to the Lord in prayer.