Jesus Starts to Preach (Matthew 4:12-25)Steve Smith, 15th October 2017
Part of the Sermon series, preached at a Fordham Sunday Service service
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4:13 Leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Capernaum, which was by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali--
4:14 to fulfill what was said through the prophet Isaiah:
4:15 "Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, the way to the sea, along the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles--
4:16 the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned."
4:17 From that time on Jesus began to preach, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near."
4:18 As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen.
4:19 "Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men."
4:20 At once they left their nets and followed him.
4:21 Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them,
4:22 and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.
4:23 Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.
4:24 News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed, and he healed them.
4:25 Large crowds from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea and the region across the Jordan followed him.
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