Messiah in Yom HaBikkurim Chapter 86

Miracle #15. Restored sight & speech of man.

  1. The Fifteenth Miracle of Messiah
  2. Opening-up questions and clues
  3. The Messiah knew the Prushim were plotting to kill Him
  4. Isaiah the Prophet’s Test of the Three Messianic Miracles
  5. Messiah’s Three Arguments
  6. A very somber warning
  7. Blasphemy of the Spirit of the Holy One

The Fifteenth Miracle of Messiah:

Mattai 12:22-32

אָז הוּבָא אֵלָיו אִישׁ עִוֵּר וְאִלֵּם אֲשֶׁר אֲחָזוֹ שֵׁד וַיִּרְפָּאֵהוּ וַיְדַבֵּר הָאִלֵּם וְגַם רָאָה׃ וַיִּתְמְהוּ כָּל־הֲמוֹן הָעָם וַיֹּאמְרוּ הֲכִי זֶה בֶן־דָּוִד׃ וַיִּשְׁמְעוּ הַפְּרוּשִׁים וַיֹּאמְרוּ אֵין זֶה מְגָרֵשׁ אֶת־הַשֵׁדִים כִּי אִם־עַל־יְדֵי בַעַל זְבוּל שַׂר הַשֵׁדִים׃ וְיֵשׁוּעַ יָדַע אֶת־מַחְשְׁבוֹתָם וַיֹּאמֶר אֲלֵיהֶם כָּל־מַמְלָכָה הַנֶּחֱלָקָה עַל־עַצְמָהּ תֵּחָרֵב וְכָל־עִיר וָבַיִת הַנֶּחֱלָקִים עַל־עַצְמָם לֹא יִכּוֹנוּ׃ וְהַשָּׂטָן אִם־יְגָרֵשׁ אֶת־הַשָּׂטָן נֶחֱלָק עַל־עַצְמוֹ וְאֵיכָכָה תִכּוֹן מַמְלַכְתּוֹ׃ וְאִם־אֲנִי מְגָרֵשׁ אֶת־הַשֵׁדִים בְּבַעַל־זְבוּל בְּנֵיכֶם בְּמִי יְגַרֲשׁוּ אֹתָם עַל־כֵּן הֵמָּה יִהְיוּ שֹׁפְטֵיכֶם׃ וְאִם בְּרוּחַ אֱלֹהִים אֲנִי מְגָרֵשׁ אֶת־הַשֵׁדִים הִנֵּה הִגִּיעָה אֲלֵיכֶם מַלְכוּת הָאֱלֹהִים׃ אוֹ אֵיךְ יוּכַל אִישׁ לָבוֹא לְבֵית הַגִּבּוֹר וְלִגְזֹל אֶת־כֵּלָיו אִם־לֹא יֶאֱסֹר בָּרִאשׁוֹנָה אֶת־הַגִּבּוֹר וְאַחַר יִשְׁסֶה אֶת־בֵּיתוֹ׃ כָּל אֲשֶׁר אֵינֶנּוּ אִתִּי הוּא לְנֶגְדִּי וַאֲשֶׁר אֵינֶנּוּ מְכַנֵּס אִתִּי הוּא מְפַזֵּר׃ עַל־כֵּן אֲנִי אֹמֵר לָכֶם כָּל־חֵטְא וְגִדּוּף יִסָּלַח לָאָדָם אַךְ־גִּדּוּף הָרוּחַ לֹא יִסָּלַח לָאָדָם׃ וְכֹל אֲשֶׁר יְדַבֵּר דְּבַר חֶרְפָּה בְּבֶן־הָאָדָם יִסָּלַח לוֹ וְהַמְחָרֵף אֶת־רוּחַ הַקֹּדֶשׁ לֹא יִסָּלַח לוֹ לֹא־בָעוֹלָם הַזֶּה וְלֹא־לָעוֹלָם הַבָּא׃

אָז הוּבָא אֵלָיו אִישׁ אֲחוּז שֵׁד וְהוּא עִוֵּר וְאִלֵּם. יֵשׁוּעַ רִפֵּא אוֹתוֹ וְהָאִלֵּם דִּבֵּר וְגַם רָאָה. הִשְׁתּוֹמְמוּ כָּל הֲמוֹנֵי הָעָם וְאָמְרוּ: “הַאִם לֹא זֶה בֶּן־דָּוִד?” כְּשֶׁשָּׁמְעוּ זֹאת הַפְּרוּשִׁים אָמְרוּ: “זֶה אֵינֶנּוּ מְגָרֵשׁ אֶת הַשֵּׁדִים אֶלָּא בְּעֶזְרַת בַּעַל־זְבוּל שַׂר הַשֵּׁדִים.” הוֹאִיל וְיָדַע אֶת מַחְשְׁבוֹתֵיהֶם אָמַר לָהֶם: “כָּל מַמְלָכָה הַמְפֻלֶּגֶת בְּתוֹךְ עַצְמָהּ סוֹפָהּ שֶׁהִיא נֶחֱרֶבֶת, וְכָל עִיר אוֹ בַּיִת הַמְפֻלָּגִים בְּתוֹךְ עַצְמָם לֹא יַחֲזִיקוּ מַעֲמָד. אִם הַשָֹטָן מְגָרֵשׁ אֶת הַשָֹטָן, כִּי אָז הִתְפַּלֵּג בְּתוֹךְ עַצְמוֹ וְאֵיךְ תַּעֲמֹד מַמְלַכְתּוֹ? וְאִם אֲנִי מְגָרֵשׁ אֶת הַשֵּׁדִים בְּעֶזְרַת בַּעַל־זְבוּל, בְּעֶזְרַת מִי מְגָרְשִׁים אוֹתָם בְּנֵיכֶם? לָכֵן הֵם יִהְיוּ שׁוֹפְטֵיכֶם. אַךְ אִם עַל־יְדֵי רוּחַ אֱלֹהִים אֲנִי מְגָרֵשׁ אֶת הַשֵּׁדִים, כִּי אָז הִגִּיעָה אֲלֵיכֶם מַלְכוּת הָאֱלֹהִים. אוֹ אֵיךְ יוּכַל אִישׁ לְהִכָּנֵס לְבֵיתוֹ שֶׁל גִּבּוֹר וְלִטֹּל אֶת כֵּלָיו אִם לֹא יִכְפֹּת תְּחִלָּה אֶת הַגִּבּוֹר? רַק אַחֲרֵי כֵן יָבֹז אֶת בֵּיתוֹ. מִי שֶׁאֵינֶנוּ אִתִּי נֶגְדִּי הוּא, וּמִי שֶׁאֵינֶנּוּ אוֹסֵף אִתִּי – מְפַזֵּר. עַל כֵּן אֲנִי אוֹמֵר לָכֶם, כָּל חֵטְא וְגִדּוּף יִסָּלַח לִבְנֵי אָדָם, אַךְ גִּדּוּף כְּלַפֵּי הָרוּחַ לֹא יִסָּלַח. כָּל הַמְדַבֵּר דָבָר נֶגֶד בֶּן־הָאָדָם יִסָּלַח לוֹ, אֲבָל כָּל הַמְדַבֵּר נֶגֶד רוּחַ הַקֹּדֶשׁ לֹא יִסָּלַח לוֹ לֹא בָּעוֹלָם הַזֶּה וְלֹא בָּעוֹלָם הַבָּא.” פ

Then a man was brought to Him (the Mashiach) who was blind and mute, whom a demon had gripped, and He healed him, and the mute could both speak and see. The entire crowd of people was amazed and said, “Could this be the Son of David?” The Prushim heard this and said, “He does not drive away demons except through Ba’al Zevul, the prince of demons.” But Yeshua knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will not stand firm. If the Satan drives out the Satan, he is divided against himself. How then would his kingdom remain firm? If I drive out demons by Ba’al Zevul, by whom do your sons drive them out? Therefore, they will be your judges! But if by the Spirit of Adonai (the Almighty) I drive out demons, then the kingdom of Adonai (the Almighty) has come to you! Or how can a man enter the house of a mighty man to steal his goods if he does not first bind the mighty man? Afterward, he can come up against his house. Everyone who is not for Me is against Me, and whoever does not gather with Me scatters. Therefore I say to you, every sin or offensive word will be forgiven a person, but revilement of the Spirit will not be forgiven a person. Whoever speaks an insult against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but whoever insults the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven—neither in this age nor in the age to come.”

Opening-up questions and clues:

The following opening-up questions and clues are provided as an introduction to this study on the 15th Miracle of Messiah:

Look at the symbolism of the above miracle narrative: At what location does the miracle occur? Read Isaiah 34:5-6. What are the three miracles that only the Mashiach could do? As of the fifteenth miracle, which two of the three messianic miracles of Isaiah 34:5-6 has the Messiah performed thus far? Which miracle of the three miracles has He yet to perform? The Prushim religious leaders attributed the power of the miracles of the Messiah to Satan. He gave three arguments to answer and discredit this claim. What are the three arguments that Messiah gave to the Prushim? What was the very somber warning the Messiah gave to the crowd regarding the claim of the religious leaders that He was performing miracles by the power of Satan? What sin did the Messiah say would be forgiven? What sin did He say would never be forgiven? Why is it that this unforgivable sin cannot be committed today? Under what future circumstances will it once again be possible to commit the unforgivable sin of Blasphemy of the Spirit? Clue: Messiah in Yom Kippur Chapter 18.

The Messiah knew the Prushim were plotting to kill Him:

The Mashach knew that the Prushim had been plotting to kill Him. Part of the plot to kill the Messiah was the Prushim’s plan to discredit Him based on His unwillingness to stop healing people on Shabbat.  The Prushim objected to just about every miracle and work that the Messiah ever did. The religious leaders especially rejected  Messiah’s claim that He was the “Lord of the Shabbat.” How can a mere man claim to be so closely associated to Adonai? How did this adversary of the religious establishment do so many miracles in Adonai’s name? ‘Was He the Messiah?’ Then they were wrong to oppose Him. Or, ‘Was he an agent of Satan?’ Then they were right and must do all that they could to destroy him. This unrelenting process of Prushim ‘resistance’ against the Messiah is continued in today’s narrative of the Fifteenth Miracle of the Messiah. Though the text above does not state specifically who brought this demon-possessed man to Yeshua, “they” most likely refers to the Prushim. Why would the Prushim, so convinced that Rabbi Yeshua was not the Messiah bring a demon-possessed man to Him that was both “blind and mute”?

Isaiah the Prophet’s Test of the Three Messianic Miracles:

Practically speaking, what better test of the authority of Yeshua than to see if He could heal one for whom communication was nearly impossible? The blind man could not see what Yeshua might want him to do, and while the mute man could hear instructions he could in no way audibly respond. Yet, there was likely another better reason for this latest test of the Prushim. Prior to the birth of Yeshua the prophets separated miracles into two categories. First, there were those miracles (sourced in good or evil) that anyone might be able to perform. Second, there were those miracles that only the Messiah could perform. An example of the latter is found in Isaiah 35:4b-6:

גְּמוּל אֱלֹהִים הוּא יָבֹוא וְיֹשַׁעֲכֶֽם׃ אָז תִּפָּקַחְנָה עֵינֵי עִוְרִים וְאָזְנֵי חֵרְשִׁים תִּפָּתַֽחְנָה׃ אָז יְדַלֵּג כָּֽאַיָּל פִּסֵּחַ וְתָרֹן לְשֹׁון אִלֵּם כִּֽי־נִבְקְעוּ בַמִּדְבָּר מַיִם וּנְחָלִים בָּעֲרָבָֽה׃

The benefit of the Almighty will come,
And He will save you:
Then the eyes of the blind will be opened
And the ears of the deaf will be unstopped.
Then the lame will leap like a deer,
And the tongue of the mute will shout for joy.
For waters will break forth in the wilderness
And streams in the Arabah.

Therefore, when the Messiah comes: the blind will see, the deaf will hear and the lame will walk. Here is prophetic evidence of three messianic miracles because by all scriptural accounts no blind person had ever been made to see, or deaf person made to hear, or lame person been made to walk. Amazingly, the dead had already been raised to life. We are reminded of the case of Elisha raising a dead child to life (2 Kings 4:18-37). Just as amazing Rabbi Yeshua had performed the same miracle as Elisha in raising the widow of Naim’s son from the dead. As fantastic a miracle as raising the dead to life is the Prushim  were not all that impressed. This was so because this type of miracle had already occurred in the past and no doubt because the overly suspicious and disbelieving religious leaders felt that this miracle could be faked. However, what the Prushim were really interested in testing out and learning was could Rabbi Yeshua perform all three of the distinctive miracles that Isaiah had set down as messianic miracles. Up to the present miracle the ‘lame were made to walk.’ Now the ‘blind were made to see.’ With just one more miracle needed to fulfill the prophecy of Isaiah 35:5-6 the religious leaders who opposed the Messiah were in a near state of complete hysteria. What if ‘this man’ also makes the deaf to hear? Then the people will follow him as the Mashiach? Then what will happen to us? Nevertheless, in spite of the signs, wonders, and miracles that Rabbi Yeshua had performed thus far he had yet to perform all three of the required messianic miracles. So, at least for the time being, the Prushim felt free to declare their complete hatred and contempt for Yeshua. After the Messiah healed the blind and mute man and the people in the attending crowd were amazed, asking themselves is this the Mashiach (literally, “Could this be the Son of David?),” immediately the Prushim began to claim that Yeshua’s power to do exorcisms and heal people was sourced in Ba’al Zevul (Beelzebub), the prince of demons!

Messiah’s Three Arguments:

Knowing what extreme evil the Prushim were thinking, the Messiah did something that he rarely did: He defended His authority. He gave three arguments to answer and discredit the claim that He was working by the power of the prince of demons:

Argument #1.  If He was casting out a demon by the power of Satan, “Why was Satan working against himself?” Why would the evil one allow Yeshua to cast out a demon and free a man that was already under his control?

Argument #2.  If exorcisms were being accomplished by the power of Satan, “Under what authority were all the other exorcisms being performed?” In other words, if the Prushim believed that others (they personally approved of) were casting out demons by the power of Adonai, how did they arrive at the belief that only Yeshua was different? How was any exorcism not a demonstration of the Divine power of Adonai?

Argument #3.  If He drove out demons, “Was He not proving that He was greater than Satan?” If He was able to go into the “strong man’s house,” the realm of the demonic world, and come away as a victor with the spoils of war, “How was this not an institution of the kingdom of Adonai here on earth?”

A very somber warning:

Having presented His case for the establishment of the Kingdom of Adonai here on earth, the Messiah then challenged the people to make a clear decision. They must either be for Him or against Him. He delivered both a word of personal forgiveness and a very somber prophetic warning to His fellow Jews… Anyone who spoke “a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven.” However, if the nation followed the Prushim religious leaders in attributing the power of the Holy Spirit to Satan, there would be irreversible adverse consequences. For such an exercise of attitude and speech would be an act of “blasphemy against the Spirit.” In other words, if the leaders and the people declared to themselves and to the unbelieving pagan Gentile world that the Messiah Yeshua was empowered by Satan, that *generation of the people of Israel would commit a sin so severe that those persons would never find forgiveness from Adonai, “in this Age or in any Age to come!”

Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit:

*Blasphemy of the Spirit of the Holy One. It is quite interesting to note that since Modern Israel was reestablished in 1948 the national treatment of the Messiah Yeshua has mainly been a tolerant one. Today there is true religious freedom in Israel. An Israeli citizen can choose to be a Jew (orthodox, conservative, reform), a messianic Jew, a Christian, a Muslim, an atheist, or anything else he or she wants. As for the sin of the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit (Ruach Ha-Kodesh) that the Messiah warned my people of so long ago: we believe this specific sin can never be reproduced today. This is so because it requires that the Mashiach be personally present here on earth while performing the miracles of Adonai in the Presence and power of the Spirit of the Holy One.

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