I've been meditating on this amazing story of
Matthew 9:2-8 and have a question:
Why was "This man is blaspheming" classified as an evil thought without the knowledge of Jesus' identity being the Messiah (not to mention his divinity)? Jesus at that time had performed miracles in Capernaum so I understand that people saw him as a miracle worker. But according to Mark's gospel clearly the teachers of the law didn't have the knowledge of Jesus' identity.
“Why does this man speak like that? He is blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” (ESV)
And the man hasn't been healed yet at that time. What type of evil thoughts was Jesus referring to?
Matthew's account as follows:
2 And behold, some people brought to him a paralytic, lying on a bed. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven.” 3 And behold, some of the scribes said to themselves, “This man is blaspheming.” 4 But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts? 5 For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’? 6 But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he then said to the paralytic—“Rise, pick up your bed and go home.” 7 And he rose and went home. 8 When the crowds saw it, they were afraid, and they glorified God, who had given such authority to men. (Matthew 9:2-8 ESV)
My whole intention is to see what I've missed there, I do believe the scripture is divinely inspired and accurate.
Thank you and God Bless!