Matthew 8:5-22 The Rise of the Lion King


Since it’s release in 1994 the Lion King grossed over 786 million dollars, it ranks in the top 25 of all time block busters


The Story is about a young lion Simba and his struggle to regain the Kingdom that had been stolen from his father Muftasa


The evil villain Scar has taken control of the Jungle and made life miserable for the rest of the animals.


Simba receives a vision – his father Mufasa appears and speaks to him about his calling and destiny.


Simba eventually comes on the scene to save the day – and recapture the Kingdom


Though not an accurate picture by any means, the fairy tale does have some striking similarities to the book of Matthew


Matthew Ch.1 we have the Geneology of Jesus – proves that Jesus is the Lion King

The Lion of the tribe of Judah – the long awaited Messiah


Ch.2 Speaks of his birth and the enemies attempt to Kill him


Ch.3 His father speaks from Heaven – affirming his calling.

Ch.4 Jesus takes on the Devil, the enemy in a Wilderness Show down


Ch.5-7 Sermon on the Mt – Jesus talks about life in His kingdom


And as we come to Ch.8 Jesus begins to demonstrate his power as king –

A) Power over sickness  / Power over nature / Power over demonic forces


B) The Chapter opens with Jesus demonstrating his power over the deadliest of diseases known to man at that time – Cleanses a man of Leprosy –

 looked at this morning


Tonight Pick it up in V.5 { Rd v.5-13


Setting is Capernaum

Capernaum is below the Mount of Beatitudes, and on the North West side of the Sea of Galilee….. UPPER Galilee.


70% of Christ’s ministry took place in UPPER GALILEE.


Capernaum became sort of a home base for most of the public ministry of Jesus.


We read that a Roman centurion approached Jesus with a need – Sick servant – Luke – point of death

A Centurion was a Roman soldier in command of 100 men.

A)He was the highest non-commissioned officer in the Roman Army.


B)Poster boys – the few the Proud the Centurions

1) They were career soldiers who were in a very real way the heart and soul of the Roman legion.


C)When it comes to emotions they were men of steal - influenced by the stoic philosophy of the day. NO EMOTIONS


D)Mode of operation Don’t reach out to anyone - don’t get attached / or involved - we are here to do a job /

1)    We are here to represent the Roman Empire.


But this particular Centurion had a Soft side

A)He uncharacteristically cared for his servant


B)Humbles himself and comes to a Jewish itinerant rabbi –  Comes to Jesus

1) Pleading for his help – Literally begging – strongly pleading


C)Now Luke’s account of this story tells us that the religious leaders in Capernaum had a high opinion of this Centurion –

 they told Jesus – he was worthy of such a miracle.


This man is worthy because he loves our nation and has built a synagogue here in Capernaum.

A)So their opinion of him was High -  he is worthy


B)But that was not his opinion of Himself – Jesus says lets go –

1)his response – oh no I am not worthy to have you in my home. I am not SUFFICIENT or ABLE to host You.


C)This is the right heart – He has no sense of entitlement at all


The mistake that many Christians make is they live with a sense of entitlement – based on their performance


A)Their walk with God is entirely based on what they are doing or not doing - 


B)I don’t smoke or Chew, go with girls who do -  worthy of you blessing me


C) Lord I have been reading praying giving – at Church every Sunday Wednesday

Serve here – worthy of you blessing me


Problem with that mentality – PBA { Never enough


What it is also a problem -  Someone gets blessed who isn’t doing all those things

A)What Lord how can you bless those guys

B)reality is none of us deserve to be blessed – it is all grace


C) So this Centurion had a right view of himself but he also had a right view of Jesus

Matt 8:8-9

V.8  "Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed. 9 For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, 'Go,' and he goes; and to another, 'Come,' and he comes; and to my servant, 'Do this,' and he does it."


He is basically saying - “I know what authority is about…..

I know all about the power comes from such authority”

“I am here by the authority of the Roman government.”

“The power of Rome is behind me.”

“THAT is why I can say to one – ‘Go,’  to another, ‘Do.’”

“And I understand that YOU possess authority”


He recognized Jesus’ Authority over sickness !!!! SICKNESS WAS IN SUBMISSION TO HIM!!!!


D) Just as he had authority over soliders / He knew that Jesus had authority  over Disease & Sickness!!!!!





He not only UNDERSTOOD authority, 

He says - I am UNDER authority.

There is always a chain of authority


CRUCIAL INSIGHT: No man can RIGHTLY rule unless he is under authority himself!


When you have a man who is NOT conscious of being under authority you have a TYRANT and an INTOLERABLE situation.


KEY EXAMPLE: Husbands are NOT to be tyrants!


Ephesians 5:22-25 (NKJV) Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. 24Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.


First He says be submitted to one another in the fear of the Lord – First submitted to Jesus


POINT: IF the husband is NOT under the authority of Jesus THEN he is in no condition to be an authority over his wife.

 It is ONLY as he is under the authority of Christ that he is truly in a place of authority over his wife.


It is ONLY as he is submitted to the authority of the Lord that she is to submit to her husband.

Jesus is blown away by this response – Marveled

Jesus marveled at His Faith – Only two times – Jesus marveled


BOTH TIMES in regards to FAITH!!


The only other place where we are told that Jesus MARVELLED is in Mark 6:6 as He comes to Nazareth His hometown  - NO miracle


There we are told that He marvelled at their unbelief.


HERE - He marvels at the very opposite thing….. Faith


And the FAITH at which he marvels is found in a Gentile.


QUESTION: WHY is that? Why not marvel at other things?

A)Because Jesus understands the immeasurable value of faith!


Jesus understands that


1.) We can we ONLY come to God by faith -


2.) We can ONLY PLEASE God by faith -


“Without faith it is imposssible to please Him.”




Matt 8:10-13


10 When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, "Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!  11 And I say to you that many will come from east and west, Gentile nations

and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven.  12 But the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth." 


Theme in Matthew’s gospel – V.11-12

There are those who are Jews descendants of Abe Issace and Jacob who think they have a lock on the kingdom

Not going to make it - 


Gentiles who have no spiritual heritage – but who will be there because they simply believed


Lesson: Right Standing with God is a faith issue not a Heritage issue {Not parents  You!

13 Then Jesus said to the centurion, "Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you." And his servant was healed that same hour.


After this  RD V.14-17


Note a few things

Peter’s mother in law – Instant / He healed them all!


Fulfillment of Prophecy 

See the thing that’s interesting here it says in verse 17 that it might be fulfilled what was spoken by Isaiah the prophet saying, “He Himself took our infirmities and borer our sicknesses.”

Now this is a very interesting verse and I’ll tell you why.


Normally everybody argues over Isaiah 53:5 where it says, “By His stripes we are healed.”


Now there is one camp of Christians that claim that we should be healed physically.

A)The other camp says “no that simply means is that we are made whole by His stripes.”


B)Well the interesting thing is that the argument is over the wrong verse.

Because the Holy Spirit, when He applies Isaiah 53, to this moment in the life of the Messiah, quotes Is. 53:4 not Is. 53:5.


The Holy Spirit says that the physical healing that took place at Peter’s house in Capernaum was a fulfillment of the scripture in Isaiah 53:4.


Literally the Hebrew in Isaiah 53:4 says,

“He lifted off of us our sicknesses and that He bore our pains.”


And what the scripture is telling us is that they were experiencing the benefit of the cross before He was even crucified .

QUESTION: What does this mean to you and me today?

A)We are all the beneficiaries of Isaiah 53:4 because He has also lifted off of us all of our sicknesses and all of our pain.


B)We might not experience that in this life - But we do know for a certainty that we will one day


C)Because of the Cross of Christ… be free of ALL sickness, pain, and death.

Rev. 21:4-6  And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. 5And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. 6And he said unto me, It is done. 


Well at this point the Popularity of Jesus is soaring – crowds are flocking

A)V.18 tells us Jesus decided it was time to go to the other side of the sea of Galilee


B)Always his mode of operation when the crowds were showing any inkling of making him King – Not the time – not his purpose


B)But it is here at this moment that something rather unusual occurs – A Scribe comes to him v.19 says – Teacher I will follow you whenever you go.

C)A scribe was a highly educated individual – A guy with a PHD – trained in the art of studying the OT scriptures – They were experts in the word of God.


D)This guy is perhaps getting swept up in the emotion of the crowds following Jesus


20 And Jesus said to him, "Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head." 


What did Jesus mean by this response? Two things –

#1 His purpose was not to get comfortable in this life - 


Crowds – he could have had power and riches – he could have built an empire -  but that was not why he was here


His kingdom was not of this world -


#2 He wanted this man to count the cost in following him

A)Always a cost – Friends / professions/ ethics


B)Matthew left tax booth – Peter James and John left  boats - 


You students of Scripture - Take note of  this –


It is the first of thirty-two times in Matthew’s gospel alone that He will call Himself the “Son of Man.”

This is the first time.  It’s a direct reference to Daniel 7 where it says,


Dan 7:13-14

13 "I was watching in the night visions,

And behold, One like the Son of Man,

Coming with the clouds of heaven!

He came to the Ancient of Days,

And they brought Him near before Him.

14 Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, That all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him.

His dominion is an everlasting dominion,

Which shall not pass away, And His kingdom the one

Which shall not be destroyed.


Clearly speaking about the Messiah


So Jesus uses this term because the Jews know that it is a reference to those two verses in Daniel 7.


He’ll use it thirty-two times In Matthews Gospel to describe Himself.


Luke gospel tells us that Jesus actually said TO THIS SECOND MAN Jesus said - “Follow Me.”


THE ENTIRE CHRISTIAN LIFE is summed up in this ONE command -  “follow Me”



That is a FAR cry from merely attending a church

That is a FAR cry from merely belonging to a small home group

That is a FAR cry from merely believing certain doctrines



A)Here is a PERSON saying FOLLOW ME A PERSON to follow and a DIRECTION He is going


To FOLLOW Jesus meant LEAVING one direction and FOLLOWING Jesus in the way HE is going.

It is a life in which you place JESUS IN FRONT of you and the WORLD BEHIND


Notice how the Man Responds


21 Then another of His disciples said to Him, "Lord, let me first go and bury my father."


22 But Jesus said to him, "Follow Me, and let the dead bury their own dead." 


Now understand here that Jesus is not being insensitive here - Let the dead bury their own dead .

A)The man’s asking for permission to bury [his] father,  did not mean that his father was already dead.


The phrase was a common figure of speech in the middle E.  that referred to a son’s responsibility to help his father in the family business until the father died and the inheritance was passed out. 

C)Now  such a commitment could involve a long period of time, thirty or forty years or more if the father was relatively young.


The expression is still used in parts of the Middle East today.

A)Read a story about  a missionary asked a rich young Turkish man to go with him on a trip to Europe,


B)The missionary hoped to disciple the man. When the young man replied that he must bury his father, the missionary offered his sympathy & expressed surprise that the gather had died.


C)The man explained,  that his father was alive & healthy and that the expression “bury my father” simply meant staying at home & fulfilling his family responsibilities until his father died & he received his share of the inheritance.


Since a man’s inheritance was lost or reduced if he did not fulfill his expected responsibilities to the family, the phrase “I must bury my father” was frequently equivalent to “I want to wait until I receive my inheritance


This second potential  disciple did not want to risk losing his inheritance by committing himself fully to Jesus

A) Many people do the same today - I will get serious about the Lord after I go to college / when married / kids  grow up  /


B)Listen to follow Jesus can be costly – Interrupt your plans

1)Me Baseball – God had another idea –Dad …happy

 Never would have met Denise

I would have Missed out on so much


C)Might call you to leave the creature comforts of home and family

1)Rewards are huge -  Leaving So Cal for Oregon –


Leaving place we liked living – leaving good friends – Leaving Parents and grand parents


D)I had lots of Encouragement to stay – Thriving ministry  - no need to stay


Clung to this verse

Matt 19:29

29 And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My name's sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life.