M A T T H E W.
We have in this chapter remarkable instances of
the power and pity of the Lord Jesus, sufficient to convince us
that he is both able to save to the uttermost all that come to God
by him, and as willing as he is able. His power and pity appear
here in the good offices he did, I. To the bodies of people, in
curing the palsy (ver.
2-8); raising to life the ruler's daughter, and healing
the bloody issue (ver.
18-26); giving sight to two blind men (ver. 27-31); casting the devil out
of one possessed (ver.
32-34); and healing all manner of sickness, ver. 35. II. To the souls of people;
in forgiving sins (ver. 2);
calling Matthew, and conversing freely with publicans and sinners
(ver. 9-13); considering
the frame of his disciples, with reference to the duty of fasting
(ver. 14-17); preaching
the gospel, and, in compassion to the multitude, providing
preachers for them, ver.
35-38. Thus did he prove himself to be, as undoubtedly
he is, the skilful, faithful Physician, both of soul and body, who
has sufficient remedies for all the maladies of both: for which we
must, therefore, apply ourselves to him, and glorify him both with
our bodies and with our spirits, which are his, in return to him
for his kindness to both.