Posts Tagged "New Testament"

Monday Morning Prophecy #27 – The Messiah Would Heal the Mute

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We’ve covered the prophecies concerning the coming Messiah healing the blind and deaf in earlier weeks.  This week we will look at the prophecies that the Messiah would also heal the mute.  If you have been following this series, by now the following prophecy from the book of Isaiah, written hundreds of years before the birth of Jesus, should be familiar:

Say to those who have an anxious heart, “Be strong; fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you.” Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; then shall the lame man leap like a deer, and the tongue of the mute sing for joy. For waters break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert;  [Isaiah 35:4-6 ESV]

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Monday Morning Prophecy #26 – The Messiah Would Heal the Deaf

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Last week we looked at the prophecies which indicated that the Messiah would heal the blind.  Those prophecies were recorded in the book of Isaiah hundreds of years before the birth of Christ.  In that same book, we find a number of prophecies indicating that the Messiah would also heal the deaf:

In that day the deaf shall hear the words of a book, and out of their gloom and darkness the eyes of the blind shall see. [Isaiah 29:18 ESV]

Say to those who have an anxious heart, “Be strong; fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you.” Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; then shall the lame man leap like a deer, and the tongue of the mute sing for joy. For waters break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert;  [Isaiah 35:4-6 ESV]

The book of Mark records the events in the region of the Decapolis when Jesus healed a deaf man with a speech impediment:

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Monday Morning Prophecy #25 – The Messiah Would Heal The Blind

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Last week we looked at the prophecy that the coming Messiah would calm the seas. This week we will look at the prophecy that the Messiah would also heal the blind.

Old Testament Prophecy

Hundreds of years before the birth of Christ, the prophet Isaiah made it clear that the coming Messiah would give sight to the blind:

In that day the deaf shall hear the words of a book, and out of their gloom and darkness the eyes of the blind shall see. [Isaiah 29:18 ESV]

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Why I Believe the Bible #09B (The Process of Canonization – The New Testament)

BIbleLike the Old Testament, the canon of the New Testament was not determined by man.  Rather the Canon of the New Testament was determined by God, generally accepted by the church, and finally confirmed by man.

The Test of Apostleship

In order for a book to become part of the New Testament, one of the criteria was that the book had to be authored either directly by an apostle (like Matthew, John and Paul’s Epistles) or by someone close to an apostle (like Luke or Mark or Jude).  The authority of the apostles to deliver God’s Word was recognized by many and is acknowledged in the New Testament itself.

In the book of Acts, we are told of Cornelius sent to Peter in order to hear the word of God:

And they said, “Cornelius, a centurion, an upright and God-fearing man, who is well spoken of by the whole Jewish nation, was directed by a holy angel to send for you to come to his house and to hear what you have to say.” [Acts 10:22 ESV]

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Monday Morning Prophecy #24 – The Messiah Would Calm the Seas

cross-pictureWe just finished up a number of weeks looking at the Old Testament prophecies regarding the genealogy of the coming Messiah and the fulfillment of those prophecies in the family line of Jesus Christ.  In addition to predicting which family the Messiah would be born into, the Old Testament also includes a number of prophecies regarding the miracles that would be performed by the coming Messiah to prove that he came from God.  In the next few installments of Monday Morning Prophecy, we will look at several of these prophecies beginning with a prophecy from Psalms about the time the Messiah would calm the seas.

In Psalm 107, we read the prophecy regarding the coming the Messiah calming the seas:

Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed. Then they were glad that the waters were quiet, and he brought them to their desired haven. [Psalms 107:28-30 ESV]

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