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Jesus Heals Leprous Man

(Chapter 8, verses 1-4)

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       (1) When Jesus came down from the mountain, lots of people followed him. (2) One of them was a man with leprosy. He came up and began to kowtow to Jesus, saying: "Lord, if you just will it, you can clear my infirmity." (3) Jesus responded by reaching for the man, touched him and said: "I will it. Let your infirmity be cleared up." And immediately the leprosy was eradicated. (4) Then Jesus said to him: "Don't tell anyone what I did. Just go show yourself to the priest and offer a gift just as the Law of Moses prescribes. This will serve as a witness to them."

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Jesus Heals Army Officer's Servant

(Chapter 8, verses 5-13)

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       (5) When he came to Capernaum, an army officer approached him, imploring him (6) saying: "Sir, my manservant is a bedridden paralytic who is in constant anguish." (7) He said to him: "No problem. When I make my way to your house I'll cure him." (8) The army officer responded: "Sir, I'm a Gentile sinner whose house is not worthy of your presence. If you just speak the word my servant will be cured. (9) I know this because I, like you, have a measure of authority. I can bark out orders to any one of my soldiers: ‘Go and do that!' or to another, ‘Come and do this!' or to my slave, ‘Pick that up!' and everything I order is done. If that's true of a puny man like me, surely it must be even truer for a great man like you."

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       (10) There aren't too many things that amazed Jesus, but what this man said pleasantly surprised him. Actually, it stunned him, [so much so that he didn't even address the army officer right away!]. Being duly impressed, Jesus said to the ones following him: "I'm telling you like it really is, I haven't found anyone in all of Israel whose faith is so great, present company included. (11) But I'll tell you this, a lot of Gentiles-just like this man-from the east and the west will join Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob at the table in the kingdom of the heavens; (12) whereas the sons of the kingdom--the Jews--will be tossed out into the darkness of night. There is where their crying and anguish manifested by the grinding of teeth (or bruxism) take place." (13) Then, turning his attention to the army officer Jesus said: "You can go now. Your faith has caused your wish to be granted." The manservant was healed that same hour.

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Jesus Cures Peter's Mother-In-Law

(Chapter 8, verses 14-17)

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       (14) When Jesus visited Peter at his home he saw Peter's mother-in-law sick in bed with a fever. (15) So he removed the fever by touching her hand. She got right up and began serving him a meal [as was the custom]. (16) By the time evening fell people began bringing him many demon-pos­sessed persons; and he dismissed the demons with a single word, and he cured the sick (17) that he might fulfill what Isaiah the prophet said when he wrote: "He himself absorbed our ailments and shouldered our diseases."

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"Let the Spiritually Dead Bury

The Physically Dead"

(Chapter 8, verses 18-22)

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       (18) When Jesus realized the size of the crowd gathering around him he gave an order to leave for the other side of the sea. (19) Upon his arrival he was approached by a certain scribe who said to him: "Teacher, lead the way and I'll follow you anywhere you go." (20) But Jesus replied: "Foxes have permanent residences in dens and birds have permanent roosts where they live, but the Son of man doesn't have a permanent ad­dress. [Like an itinerant preacher, he's always on the move.]" (21) Then another of the disciples said to him: "Lord, before I follow you, let me go and bury my father when he dies." (22) Jesus said: "No. Follow me right now, from this very moment on. [You don't know when your father's going to die!] Just let those of your unbelieving relatives who're spiritually dead bury the ones who'll at some point become physically dead."

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Jesus Christ: The Real Weather Man

(Chapter 8, verses 23-27)

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       (23) And when Jesus boarded a boat, his disciples were right behind him. (24) While in the boat, out of nowhere, a windstorm struck and was threatening to sink the boat. Jesus, however, was fast asleep. (25) Frightened, they woke him up, crying aloud in a panic: "Help us Lord, we're going to die!" (26) But he said to them: "Why are you all so wimpy, you with little faith?" He got up, stopped the windstorm, and it was calm and tranquil as can be. (27) The men were astonished and said: "What kind of man can stop a windstorm?"

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Demons Possess Pigs

(Chapter 8, verses 28-34)

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       (28) When he got to the other side, he came into the region of the Gadarenes. That's where he encountered two demon-possessed men. They lived in the graveyard and were as ferocious as wild animals. No one would dare go by that graveyard. (29) They saw Jesus and screamed: "What are you doing here, Son of God? Did you come to torture us before the scheduled time?" (30) Jesus didn't say a word. But off in the distance was an illegal herd of pasturing pigs. (31) So the demons pleaded with him, saying: "If you evict us, send us to reside in the swine." (32) Jesus angrily said one word: "Scram!" They exited the live bodies of the two men and went directly into the pigs. After they did that, the herd of pigs went crazy! They ran off a cliff, landed in the sea, and died. [It was an awful sight.] (33) The pig herders ran into the city and told everybody everything that had happened regarding the two demon-possessed men. (34) As a result, the entire city came out to meet Jesus! When they saw and talked with him, they strongly urged him to leave the area.