They Were Amazed! and Sitting Among Friends #60

The people were amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled made well, the lame walking and the blind seeing. And they praised the God of Israel. Matthew 15:31

At the Feet of Jesus! Such an amazing topic to explore. Last week we looked at a story in Matthew 15 where a mother was crying out to Jesus to help her daughter. She was at the feet of Jesus.

The week before we looked at a story from Luke when a sinful woman was pouring her shame out with the tears she couldn’t hold back. It was no coincidence that she was at the feet of Jesus.

I find this very interesting. So many times, in my life I have found myself at the feet of Jesus. Maybe not literally like these two women and not like the people we will read about today but in my heart.

What is it about being there? At His feet?

I know for me it has been a submission of myself over to a God that holds the stars in place and calls them by name.

It has been the crying out of a momma to the One who knits us together in our mother’s womb and has known us before the foundations of the earth.

It has been the shame being poured out to the one who has constantly and consistently overflowed my cup with His grace and mercy.

Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments. Deuteronomy 7:9
Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments. Deuteronomy 7:9 NIV

Covenant Love lavished on us for a thousand generations.  That is a legacy I want to be a part of. A legacy I want to pass on to my family and others. So, I give you another story where we see people at the feet of Jesus.

After Jesus, had left the Canaanite woman, He went along the Sea of Galilee. Then he went up on a mountainside and sat down. Great crowds came to him, bringing the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute and many others, and laid them at his feet; and he healed them. Matthew 15:29-30 NIV

First, I would like to point out Jesus’ posture in a couple of these stories. Notice He was sitting.

So many times, something happens in our lives. Things unexpected. Things that cause us to get upset and leave us worried and we wear a hole in the floor pacing back and forth with anxiety. Christ has a great crowd gathered around with countless sick and broken people and He is sitting. I love that! How about you?

This is a great crowd, it becomes a crowd of at least 4000 men plus women and children.  

The people are bringing their loved ones to be healed at the feet of Jesus and He heals them.

This was a pure witness and testimony to His authority over life and the detriment of this world. Diseases that to this day do not have a cure or a “known” cause but they are subject to His power. He rules over all and is the rule breaker of all that we know that complicates the human body.You may be saying here, well I have brought my illness or brokenness to the Lord and He has not healed it. I cannot say why God has not chosen to heal all who seek it. But we can see here, this amazing display of grace upon grace to all who came was to show the pure power of an Awesome God.  

This was a pure witness and testimony to His authority over life and the detriment of this world. Diseases that to this day do not have a cure or a “known” cause but they are subject to His power. He rules over all and is the rule breaker of all that we know that complicates the human body.

The people were amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled made well, the lame walking and the blind seeing. And they praised the God of Israel. Matthew 15:31 NIV

The people were amazed and understandably so. Blind now seeing. Crippled instantly walking. Mute people praising the great name of Jesus.  

I wonder who was impacted more by this. The onlookers, the families, or the ones who were healed. I wonder who made it a regular practice to bring their problems or life’s situations to the feet of Jesus.

Sometimes people believe if they could only see a miracle or witness the works of God, how much easier it would be to believe.

John 12:37 says: Even after Jesus had performed so many signs in their presence, they still would not believe in him.

Matthew 15:31 tells us when the people saw these miracles they were amazed and praised the God of Israel.  But I wonder if they believed in Him. I wonder if it transformed their lives enough for them to put their faith and trust in Him or if they just stood there in amazement and eventually went on with their lives?

Have you witnessed a miracle of Christ? Has it changed you? Has it caused you to put your life in His hands? Has it given you a reason to return to His feet with your whole heart or were you there in amazement singing His praises only to seem unmoved by it in days and weeks and years to come?

We see in the next verses that Jesus had compassion on these people and in another miracle, feeds them all.

Christ wants us to be moved when we see His many signs and wonders but more importantly, He wants to change hearts and change our lives. That is one of the greatest miracles we could ever be of witness to.

If you would like to talk about how you can give your life to Christ or how to lay it all at His feet, I would love to have that conversation with you. You can email me at youresewtrendy@gmail.com


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28 comments :

  1. Jaime, I'm in the throes of writing 40 Days of Lent so I'm not reading anything that might influence my writing but I saw "at His feet" in the text.... I talk about that in my book.... Thanks for the linkup and your faithfulness. xo

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    1. What a better place to be. Many blessings in your writing, Susan and thanks for being here!

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    1. Thank you so much for joining us here, Debbie!

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  3. I'm reading in Exodus right now, and always amazed at how the people of God saw the works of God and still did not trust Him. You've written today about Jesus' compassion -- it was witnessed by so many and still the crowds turned against Him. I'm tempted to judge history until I look at my own forgetful heart.

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    1. That is it, isn't it, Michelle. We are so tempted to say, I can't believe they walked with Him, they had Him right there and yet, they missed it. What a great lesson for us not to miss it. Not to miss Him, His story or His redeeming grace!

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  4. I just finished reading Nehemiah and looking at the significance of Nehemiah's faithfulness to rebuild what was broken down in the midst of enemies on every side. No one expected Nehemiah would come to lead this project out of his heart for his people. I was reminded again of the challenges of rebuilding anything and that it requires both doing and praying, standing on guard against the wiles of the enemy who would seek to dissuade us. (Saw you used the word 'unexpected' and smiled when I saw it was the theme of my post today.)

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    1. He came in an unexpected way and all He did was unexpected. We have our thoughts about God and how life should go down but that completely discounts His Sovereignty in it all. Thanks so much for sharing you thoughts with us here today!

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  5. I like the way you wove the fact about those healings we receive from Jesus and how they affect the onlookers in our lives and not only us or those close to us. Testimonies of what He does always stirs my faith.

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    1. Isn't it such a blessing to see those around us and their great testimonies of faith and the works of Jesus in their lives. What a fantastic way to build up the body of Christ through the testimony of others. Thanks so much for being here!

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  6. Jaime, thanks so much for making me your featured friend this week! I'm honored. Have a wonderful week & thanks for hosting.

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    1. So happy to be sharing your work and featuring you here. I think it is a fantastic way to encourage one another on and spur them in their faith to keep up the good work. Thanks for being here, Donna!

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  7. Jamie- the testimony of others makes a huge impact on faith, especially when you can see the before and after.
    Thanks for hosting!

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    1. This always reminds me of the verse from 1 Peter 3 that says always be prepared to give an answer to other for the hope that you have in Christ. We are a testimony to the miracle that He can turn a heart of stone and bring the dead to life. What an amazing testimony of Christ we have within us. What a privilege it is to be able to share it.

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  8. I studied through Matthew about two years ago and the truths and situations are still so fresh for me, Jaime. It truly is a gospel that I love, especially this moment that you've pointed out for us. I'm like you and notice those very subtle details in my reading and find that they bring such new perspective to the text when I comb through the Scriptures that way. Your insight here in this encounter is very encouraging. Thanks for sharing it! And also for highlighting dear, sweet Donna! She's such a faithful and authentic blogger. I'm grateful for her presence in the blogosphere. Hugs to you, my friend!

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    1. The treasures that are to be found in the little tiny places of the Bible. What an awesome book that it can always teach us something new and fresh every time we open it pages. Thanks for being here with us, friend!

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    1. I am glad you are here. You all are what make this party a great place to be! Many blessings!

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  10. Such a powerful post Jaime! I have seen God work miracles in my own life. I feel blessed and humbled that He continues to empower me to share my story for His glory. I now have begun to understand the true meaning of Proverbs 3:5-6. I want to trust the Lord with ALL my heart and acknowledge Him in every aspect of my life...decisions, choices, etc... As you can tell your post inspired me today. Thank you for sharing and for giving me the opportunity to share last month. Featuring me was an awesome way to help with my book launch and for that I am truly grateful. It is my prayer that God will continue to bless you in all your endeavors. Have a wonderful week and take care of yourself, friend.

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    1. We are truly blessed by your story and the miracle of a changed life in you, Horace. What a place He has brought you and the lives that you are able to touch through the testimony of Christ is amazing. I am really glad you are here and sharing with us. I am always blessed by your writing, friend!

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  11. I'm amazed at how often in scripture we read about Jesus performing a miracle and yet so many witnesses and even those who are directly impacted by the miracle walk away unchanged. This is a great lesson and warning for all believers. Good word today, Jaime - have a blessed week!

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    1. It seems boggling, yet they had Him right in front of Him. Lifting people up, performing miracles, forgiving sins. Yet they missed it. I pray we don't miss it. Good to see you again this week, friend!

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  12. Thanks for hosting.

    This post gives me a lot to think about. Thanks.

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    1. I am glad you are here, Patrick. If ever you need to talk further, you can email me. I would love to hear your thoughts on this passage. Have a great week!

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  13. Jamie, I love this post! As I read, I heard myself saying "Amen!" again and again. Oh, I pray that when we witness the powerful miracles of Jesus, we will be radically transformed. That we will daily sit at His feet and feast on His Word--and come back hungry for more of Him! Thanks for the great encouragement! (visiting from #freshmarketfriday) Blessings to you!

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    1. That is funny. I am the same way. I will be driving in my car listening to a sermon and shouting Amen! I certainly pray that our lives are not just lived in idle or on cruise control but the transforming power of Christ can keep our eyes and hearts focused and living for Him! Thanks so much for visiting us here today!

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  14. The greatest miracle I've witnessed is my own life transformed. I am not who I once was but I am the person God created me to be. Isn't He amazing?
    Thank you Jamie and God bless you this week,
    Patti

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    1. Praise the Lord! A life transformed. What an amazing and beautiful miracle. And the witness we can be for Christ of this miracle is such an amazing opportunity. This is who I once was but then... But then Jesus! Thanks for sharing, Patti. Have a great week.

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James 1:17
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of Lights with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.

It is of utmost importance that you know that Christ died for you. He died for all sinners so that our relationship with Him could be restored.

Because of His sacrifice on the cross we can have peace. Are you seeking more peace today? Peace of the soul can only be given through the redemptive power of Jesus Christ.

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