TYRANNY OF THE URGENT
Updated: Aug 25
A line of people waiting for Jesus so they can be healed.
Today's post covers Matthew 4:23-25 NAS.
Jesus was going throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the Kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness among the people. The news about Him spread throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all who were ill, those suffering with various diseases and pains, demoniacs, epileptics, paralytics; and He healed them. Large crowds followed Him from Galilee and the Decapolis and Jerusalem and Judea and from beyond the Jordan.
Look at that crowd! Look at the healthy bringing all the sick and deformed and tormented to Him. Even so, that is a beautiful picture! They brought them and He healed them. It is also an awfully sad picture.
Scripture tells us Jesus was not deceived by them. He knew that within a couple years, some of these would join in condemning Him to death. Yet, He stayed / He loved / He healed them, then died for them.
Oh, what a Savior!
Please note cities and districts in the scripture above. Map from Tyndale Handbook of Bible Charts & Maps.
One of my favorite commentaries by William Barclay starts out this section by stating "Jesus made a circular tour of Galilee". Mr. Barclay must have been to see the area, don't you think?
Jesus came to proclaim the gospel (preach) the truth about God.
He came to teach in the synagogues. What is the difference between preaching and teaching?
Preaching is telling of certainties.
Teaching is the explanation of the meaning and the significance of what was preached.
Healing was the 3rd reason he came. It was not enough to just tell about the results. His teaching included deeds of healing.
Do you ever think about how busy Jesus was? How many people crowded around Him? The picture at the top of the page is the only one I have ever seen where men and women and children were politely lined up. It looks plausible due to how many roads he walked and how famous He had become.
Have you heard of a book called Tyranny of the Urgent by Charles Hummel? He suggests figuring out what is most important and not being overrun by the urgent. It is on sale on Amazon right now as a little booklet under $2.50 and the Kindle for $1.99. He talks about how Jesus was so busy and healed so many people, yet in the Gospel of John, 17:4 He prayed to His Father, "I have brought You glory on earth by completing the work You gave me to do". Yet we know His ministry was 3 years long. Many had found hope, help and healing but what about all the people still needing Him after He died, was buried, and rose again on the 3rd day? After He ascended into Heaven, He sent the Holy Spirit which is called Pentecost.
Jesus had peace of mind and heart because He knew He had completed the work His Father gave Him. He prayed every morning to find out what His Father wanted Him to do that day. We need to do that, don't we?
Jerry and I are at the age where we sometimes say to each other, remind me to do this or that. But the best thing is to write it down . . but then we may forget to look at what we wrote down! uh-oh. I'm telling on us, aren't I? The point is I need to ask the Lord each and every day . . what is it You want me to do today?
How about you?
Plus, I want to follow Mr. Hummel's logic in his book of how to separate the important from the urgent.
That gives me comfort and a settled mind knowing God will call me home after I have finished what He wants me to do. Would you like that comfort and a settled mind also? Just ask Him.