Psalm 24:7-10
    7Lift up your heads, O you gates; and be lifted up, you age-abiding doors, that the King of glory may come in.
    8Who is the King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle.
    9Lift up your heads, O you gates; yes, lift them up, you age-abiding doors, that the King of glory may come in.
    10Who is [He then] this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, He is the King of glory. Selah [pause, and think of that]!
 

“Who is like Him?” and “Who can compare to Him?” are questions posed fairly often in the Bible. Let’s look at the questions asked in God’s Word, the Bible, and see if they prompt you to use the very same words as multiplied millions of people have asked.
 
God the I AM asks:
 
Numbers 23:19
    19God is not a man, that He should tell or act a lie, neither the son of man, that He should feel repentance or regret [for what He has promised]. Has He said and shall He not do it? Or has He spoken and shall He not make it good?
 
Isaiah 40:12-14
    12Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, marked off the heavens with a [nine-inch] span, enclosed the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales and the hills in a balance?
    13Who has directed the Spirit of the Lord, or as His counselor has taught Him?
    14With whom did He take counsel, that instruction might be given Him? Who taught Him the path of justice and taught Him knowledge and showed Him the way of understanding?
 
Isaiah 40:18
    18To whom then will you liken God? Or with what likeness will you compare Him?
 
Isaiah 40:21-26
    21[You worshipers of idols, you are without excuse.] Do you not know? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning? [These things ought to convince you of God's omnipotence and of the folly of bowing to idols.] Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?
    22It is God Who sits above the circle (the horizon) of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; it is He Who stretches out the heavens like [gauze] curtains and spreads them out like a tent to dwell in,
    23Who brings dignitaries to nothing, Who makes the judges and rulers of the earth as chaos (emptiness, falsity, and futility).
    24Yes, these men are scarcely planted, scarcely are they sown, scarcely does their stock take root in the earth, when [the Lord] blows upon them and they wither, and the whirlwind or tempest takes them away like stubble.
    25To whom then will you liken Me, that I should be equal to him? says the Holy One.
    26Lift up your eyes on high and see! Who has created these [stars]? He Who brings out their host by number and calls them all by name; through the greatness of His might and because He is strong in power, not one is missing or lacks anything.
 
Isaiah 40:28-31
    28Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, does not faint or grow weary; there is no searching of His understanding.
    29He gives power to the faint and weary, and to him who has no might He increases strength [causing it to multiply and making it to abound].
    30Even youths shall faint and be weary, and [selected] young men shall feebly stumble and fall exhausted;
    31But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired.
 
Isaiah 41:4
    4Who has prepared and done this, calling forth and guiding the destinies of the generations [of the nations] from the beginning? I, the Lord--the first [existing before history began] and with the last [an ever-present, unchanging God]--I AM He.
 
Isaiah 43:10-13
    10You are My witnesses, says the Lord, and My servant whom I have chosen, that you may know Me, believe Me and remain steadfast to Me, and understand that I AM He. Before Me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after Me.
    11I, even I, AM the Lord, and besides Me there is no Savior.
    12I have declared [the future] and have saved [the nation in times of danger], and I have shown [that I AM God]--when there was no strange and alien god among you; therefore you are My witnesses, says the Lord, that I AM God.
    13Yes, from the time of the first existence of day and from this day forth I AM He; and there is no one who can deliver out of My hand. I will work, and who can hinder or reverse it?
 
Isaiah 43:18-21
    18Do not [earnestly] remember the former things; neither consider the things of old.
    19Behold, I AM doing a new thing! Now it springs forth; do you not perceive and know it and will you not give heed to it? I will even make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
    20The beasts of the field honor Me, the jackals and the ostriches, because I give waters in the wilderness and rivers in the desert, to give drink to My people, My chosen,
    21The people I formed for Myself, that they may set forth My praise [and they shall do it].
 
Isaiah 44:7-8
    7Who is like Me? Let him [stand and] proclaim it, declare it, and set [his proofs] in order before Me, since I made and established the people of antiquity. [Who has announced from of old] the things that are coming? Then let them declare yet future things.
    8Fear not, nor be afraid [in the coming violent upheavals]; have I not told it to you from of old and declared it? And you are My witnesses! Is there a God besides Me? There is no [other] Rock; I know not any.
 
Isaiah 44:9-20
    9All who make graven idols are confusion, chaos, and worthlessness. Their objects (idols) in which they delight do not profit them, and their own witnesses (worshipers) do not see or know, so that they are put to shame.
    10Who is [such a fool as] to fashion a god or cast a graven [handmade] image that is profitable for nothing?
    11Behold, all his fellows shall be put to shame, and the craftsmen, [how can they make a god?] they are but men. Let them all be gathered together, let them stand forth; they shall be terrified, they shall be put to shame together.
    12The ironsmith sharpens and uses a chisel and works it over the coals; he shapes [the core of the idol] with hammers and forges it with his strong arm. He becomes hungry and his strength fails; he drinks no water and is faint.
    13The carpenter stretches out a line, he marks it out with a pencil or red ocher; he fashions [an idol] with planes and marks it out with the compasses; and he shapes it to have the figure of a man, with the beauty of a man, that it may dwell in a house.
    14He hews for himself cedars, and takes the holm tree and the oak and lets them grow strong for himself among the trees of the forest; he plants a fir tree or an ash, and the rain nourishes it.
    15Then it becomes fuel for a man to burn; a part of it he takes and warms himself, yes, he kindles a fire and bakes bread. [Then out of the remainder] he also makes a god and worships it! He [with his own hands] makes it into a graven image and falls down and worships it!
    16He burns part of the wood in the fire; with part of it he [cooks and] eats flesh, he roasts meat and is satisfied. Also he warms himself and says, Aha! I am warm, I have seen the fire!
    17And from what is left [of the log] he makes a god, his graven idol. He falls down to it, he worships it and prays to it and says, Deliver me, for you are my god!
    18They do not know or understand, for their eyes God has let become besmeared so that they cannot see, and their minds as well so that they cannot understand.
    19And no one considers in his mind, nor has he knowledge and understanding [enough] to say [to himself], I have burned part of this log in the fire, and also I have baked bread on its coals and have roasted meat and eaten it. And shall I make the remainder of it into an abomination [the very essence of what is disgusting, detestable, and shamefully vile in the eyes of a jealous God]? Shall I fall down and worship the stock of a tree [a block of wood without consciousness or life]?
    20That kind of man feeds on ashes [and finds his satisfaction in ashes]! A deluded mind has led him astray, so that he cannot release and save himself, or ask, Is not [this thing I am holding] in my right hand a lie?
 
Isaiah 44:22
    22I have blotted out like a thick cloud your transgressions, and like a cloud your sins. Return to Me, for I have redeemed you.
 
Isaiah 44:24
    24Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, and He Who formed you from the womb: I AM the Lord, Who made all things, Who alone stretched out the heavens, Who spread out the earth by Myself [who was with Me]?
 
Isaiah 45:21-23
    21Declare and bring forward your strong arguments [for praying to gods that cannot save]; yes, take counsel together. Who announced this beforehand (long ago)? [What god] declared it of old? Was it not I, the Lord? And there is no other God besides Me, a rigidly and uncompromisingly just and righteous God and Savior; there is none besides Me.
    22Look to Me and be saved, all the ends of the earth! For I AM God, and there is no other.
    23I have sworn by Myself, the word is gone out of My mouth in righteousness and shall not return, that unto Me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear [allegiance].
 
Isaiah 48:6
    6You have heard [these things foretold], now you see this fulfillment. And will you not bear witness to it? I show you specified new things from this time forth, even hidden things [kept in reserve] which you have not known.
 
Isaiah 48:11
    11For My own sake, for My own sake, I do it [I refrain and do not utterly destroy My people]; for why should I permit My Name to be polluted and profaned [which it would be if the Lord completely destroyed His chosen people]? And I will not give My glory to another [by permitting the worshipers of idols to triumph over you].
 
Isaiah 49:15-16
    15[And the Lord answered] Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? Yes, they may forget, yet I will not forget you.
    16Behold, I have indelibly imprinted (tattooed a picture of) you on the palm of each of My hands; your walls are continually before Me.
 
Isaiah 49:24-25
    24Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the lawful captives of the just be delivered?
    25For thus says the Lord: Even the captives of the mighty will be taken away, and the prey of the terrible will be delivered; for I will contend with him who contends with you, and I will give safety to your children and ease them.
 
Isaiah 51:12-15
    12I, even I, AM He Who comforts you. Who are you, that you should be afraid of man, who shall die, and of a son of man, who shall be made [as destructible] as grass,
    13That you should forget the Lord your Maker, Who stretched forth the heavens and laid the foundations of the earth, and fear continually every day because of the fury of the oppressor, when he makes ready to destroy or even though he did so? And where is the fury of the oppressor?
    14The captive exile and he who is bent down by chains shall speedily be released; and he shall not die and go down to the pit of destruction, nor shall his food fail.
    15For I AM the Lord your God, Who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar and Who by rebuke restrains it--the Lord of hosts is His Name.
 
Isaiah 55:1-2
    1Wait and listen, everyone who is thirsty! Come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Yes, come, buy [priceless, spiritual] wine and milk without money and without price [simply for the self-surrender that accepts the blessing].
    2Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your earnings for what does not satisfy? Hearken diligently to Me, and eat what is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness [the profuseness of spiritual joy].
 
Isaiah 57:11
    11Of whom have you been so afraid and in dread that you lied and were treacherous and did not [seriously] remember Me, did not even give Me a thought? Have I not been silent, even for a long time, and so you do not fear [reverence] Me?
 
Isaiah 58:5-12
     5Is such a fast as yours what I have chosen, a day for a man to humble himself with sorrow in his soul? [Is true fasting merely mechanical?] Is it only to bow down his head like a bulrush and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him [to indicate a condition of heart that he does not have]? Will you call this a fast and an acceptable day to the Lord?
    6[Rather] is not this the fast that I have chosen: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the bands of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and that you break every [enslaving] yoke?
    7Is it not to divide your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house--when you see the naked, that you cover him, and that you hide not yourself from [the needs of] your own flesh and blood?
    8Then shall your light break forth like the morning, and your healing (your restoration and the power of a new life) shall spring forth speedily; your righteousness (your rightness, your justice, and your right relationship with God) shall go before you [conducting you to peace and prosperity], and the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.
    9Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry, and He will say, Here I AM. If you take away from your midst yokes of oppression [wherever you find them], the finger pointed in scorn [toward the oppressed or the godly], and every form of false, harsh, unjust, and wicked speaking,
    10And if you pour out that with which you sustain your own life for the hungry and satisfy the need of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in darkness, and your obscurity and gloom become like the noonday.
    11And the Lord shall guide you continually and satisfy you in drought and in dry places and make strong your bones. And you shall be like a watered garden and like a spring of water whose waters fail not.
 
Isaiah 66:1-2
    1Thus says the Lord: Heaven is My throne, and the earth is My footstool. What kind of house would you build for Me? And what kind can be My resting-place?
    2For all these things My hand has made, and so all these things have come into being [by and for Me], says the Lord. But this is the man to whom I will look and have regard: he who is humble and of a broken or wounded spirit, and who trembles at My word and reveres My commands.
 
Isaiah 66:9
    9Shall I bring to the [moment of] birth and not cause to bring forth? says the Lord. Shall I Who causes to bring forth shut the womb? says your God.
 
Jeremiah 5:22
    22Do you not fear and reverence Me? says the Lord. Do you not tremble before Me? I placed the sand for the boundary of the sea, a perpetual barrier beyond which it cannot pass and by an everlasting ordinance beyond which it cannot go? And though the waves of the sea toss and shake themselves, yet they cannot prevail [against the feeble grains of sand which God has ordained by nature to be sufficient for His purpose]; though [the billows] roar, yet they cannot pass over that [barrier]. [Is not such a God to be reverently feared and worshiped?]
 
Jeremiah 23:23-24
    23Am I a God at hand, says the Lord, and not a God afar off?
    24Can anyone hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him? says the Lord. Do not I fill heaven and earth? says the Lord.
 
Jeremiah 23:29
    29Is not My word like fire [that consumes all that cannot endure the test]? says the Lord, and like a hammer that breaks in pieces the rock [of most stubborn resistance]?
 
Jeremiah 32:27
    27Behold, I AM the Lord, the God of all flesh; is there anything too hard for Me?
 
Ezekiel 18:20-23
    20The soul that sins, it [is the one that] shall die. The son shall not bear and be punished for the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear and be punished for the iniquity of the son; the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him only, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon the wicked only.
    21But if the wicked man turns from all his sins that he has committed and keeps all My statutes and does that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live; he shall not die.
    22None of his transgressions which he has committed shall be remembered against him; for his righteousness which he has executed [for his moral and spiritual rectitude in every area and relation], he shall live.
    23Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked? says the Lord, and not rather that he should turn from his evil way and return [to his God] and live?
 
Ezekiel 34:16-22
    16I will seek that which was lost and bring back that which has strayed, and I will bandage the hurt and the crippled and will strengthen the weak and the sick, but I will destroy the fat and the strong [the selfish who have become hardhearted]; I will feed them with judgment and punishment.
    17And as for you, O My flock, thus says the Lord God: Behold, I judge between sheep and sheep, between the rams and the great he-goats [the malicious and the tyrants of the pasture].
    18Is it too little for you that you feed on the best pasture, but you must tread down with your feet the rest of your pasture? And to have drunk of the waters clarified by subsiding, but you must foul the rest of the water with your feet?
    19And My flock, must they feed on what your feet have trodden and drink what your feet have fouled?
    20Therefore thus says the Lord God to them: Behold, I, I Myself, will judge between fat [selfish] sheep and impoverished sheep, or fat goats and lean goats.
    21Because you push with side and with shoulder and thrust with your horns all those that have become weak and diseased, till you have scattered them abroad,
    22Therefore will I rescue My flock, and they shall no more be a prey; and I will judge between sheep and sheep.
 
Ezekiel 37:1-10
    1The hand of the Lord was upon me, and He brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones.
    2And He caused me to pass round about among them, and behold, there were very many [human bones] in the open valley or plain, and behold, they were very dry.
    3And He said to me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord God, You know!
    4Again He said to me, Prophesy to these bones and say to them, O you dry bones, hear the word of the Lord.
    5Thus says the Lord God to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath and spirit to enter you, and you shall live;
    6And I will lay sinews upon you and bring up flesh upon you and cover you with skin, and I will put breath and spirit in you, and you [dry bones] shall live; and you shall know, understand, and realize that I AM the Lord [the Sovereign Ruler, Who calls forth loyalty and obedient service].
    7So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a [thundering] noise and behold, a shaking and trembling and a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone.
    8And I looked and behold, there were sinews upon [the bones] and flesh came upon them and skin covered them over, but there was no breath or spirit in them.
    9Then said He to me, Prophesy to the breath and spirit, son of man, and say to the breath and spirit, Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath and spirit, and breathe upon these slain that they may live.
    10So I prophesied as He commanded me, and the breath and spirit came into [the bones], and they lived and stood up upon their feet, an exceedingly great host.
 
Zechariah 1:4-6
    4Be not as your fathers to whom the former prophets cried, Thus says the Lord of hosts: Return now from your evil ways and your evil doings; but they would not hear or listen to Me, says the Lord.
    5Your fathers, where are they? And the prophets, do they live forever?
    6But My words and My statutes, which I commanded My servants the prophets, did they not overtake and take hold of your fathers? So they repented and said, As the Lord of hosts planned and purposed to do to us, according to our ways and according to our doings, so has He dealt with us.
 

Isaiah 53:All
    1Who has believed (trusted in, relied upon, and clung to) our message [of that which was revealed to us]? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been disclosed?
    2For [the Servant of God, Jesus] grew up before Him like a tender plant, and like a root out of dry ground; He has no form or comeliness [royal, kingly pomp], that we should look at Him, and no beauty that we should desire Him.
    3He was despised and rejected and forsaken by men, a Man of sorrows and pains, and acquainted with grief and sickness; and like One from Whom men hide their faces He was despised, and we did not appreciate His worth or have any esteem for Him.
    4Surely He [Jesus] has borne our griefs (sicknesses, weaknesses, and distresses) and carried our sorrows and pains [of punishment], yet we [ignorantly] considered Him stricken, smitten, and afflicted by God [as if with leprosy].
    5But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him [Jesus], and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole.
    6All we like sheep have gone astray, we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord has made to light upon Him [Jesus] the guilt and iniquity of us all.
    7He was oppressed, [yet when] He was afflicted, He was submissive and opened not His mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so He opened not His mouth.
    8By oppression and judgment He was taken away; and as for His generation, who among them considered that He was cut off out of the land of the living [stricken to His death] for the transgression of My people, to whom the stroke was due?
    9And they assigned Him a grave with the wicked, and with a rich man in His death, although He had done no violence, neither was any deceit in His mouth.
    10Yet it was the will of the Lord to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief and made Him sick. When You and He make His life an offering for sin [and He has risen from the dead, in time to come], He shall see His [spiritual] offspring, He shall prolong His days, and the will and pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand.
    11He shall see [the fruit] of the travail of His soul and be satisfied; by His knowledge of Himself [which He possesses and imparts to others] shall My [uncompromisingly] righteous One, My Servant, justify many and make many righteous (upright and in right standing with God), for He [Jesus] shall bear their iniquities and their guilt [with the consequences, says the Lord].
    12Therefore will I divide Him a portion with the great [kings and rulers], and He shall divide the spoil with the mighty, because He poured out His life unto death, and [He let Himself] be regarded as a criminal and be numbered with the transgressors; yet He [Jesus] bore [and took away] the sin of many and made intercession for the transgressors (the rebellious).

 
 
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In the passages following, either Jesus asks questions, or others ask questions of Him:
 
Matthew 5:13-16
    13[Jesus said] You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste (its strength, its quality), how can its saltness be restored? It is not good for anything any longer but to be thrown out and trodden underfoot by men.
    14You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.
    15Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a peck measure, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house.
    16Let your light so shine before men that they may see your moral excellence and your praiseworthy, noble, and good deeds and recognize and honor and praise and glorify your Father Who is in heaven.
 
Matthew 6:25-34
    25Therefore I [Jesus] tell you, stop being perpetually uneasy (anxious and worried) about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink; or about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life greater [in quality] than food, and the body [far above and more excellent] than clothing?
    26Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father keeps feeding them. Are you not worth much more than they?
    27And who of you by worrying and being anxious can add one unit of measure (cubit) to his stature or to the span of his life?
    28And why should you be anxious about clothes? Consider the lilies of the field and learn thoroughly how they grow; they neither toil nor spin.
    29Yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his magnificence was not arrayed like one of these.
    30But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and green and tomorrow is tossed into the furnace, will He not much more surely clothe you, O you of little faith?
    31Therefore do not worry and be anxious, saying, What are we going to have to eat? or, What are we going to have to drink? or, What are we going to have to wear?
    32For the Gentiles wish for and crave and diligently seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows well that you need them all.
    33But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.
    34So do not worry or be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have worries and anxieties of its own. Sufficient for each day is its own trouble.
 
Matthew 7:7-11
    7[Jesus said] Keep on asking and it will be given you; keep on seeking and you will find; keep on knocking [reverently] and [the door] will be opened to you.
    8For everyone who keeps on asking receives; and he who keeps on seeking finds; and to him who keeps on knocking, [the door] will be opened.
    9Or what man is there of you, if his son asks him for a loaf of bread, will hand him a stone?
    10Or if he asks for a fish, will hand him a serpent?
    11If you then, evil as you are, know how to give good and advantageous gifts to your children, how much more will your Father Who is in heaven [perfect as He is] give good and advantageous things to those who keep on asking Him!
 

Read Revelation 3:20 to learn Who else is knocking, and where.
 
Matthew 7:15-20
    15[Jesus said] Beware of false prophets, who come to you dressed as sheep, but inside they are devouring wolves.
    16You will fully recognize them by their fruits. Do people pick grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles?
    17Even so, every healthy (sound) tree bears good fruit [worthy of admiration], but the sickly (decaying, worthless) tree bears bad (worthless) fruit.
    18A good (healthy) tree cannot bear bad (worthless) fruit, nor can a bad (diseased) tree bear excellent fruit [worthy of admiration].
    19Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and cast into the fire.
    20Therefore, you will fully know them by their fruits.
 
Matthew 8:23-27
    23And after He got into the boat, His disciples followed Him.
    24And suddenly, behold, there arose a violent storm on the sea, so that the boat was being covered up by the waves; but He was sleeping.
    25And they went and awakened Him, saying, Lord, rescue and preserve us! We are perishing!
    26And He said to them, Why are you timid and afraid, O you of little faith? Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great and wonderful calm (a perfect peaceableness).
    27And the men were stunned with bewildered wonder and marveled, saying, What kind of Man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him!
 
Matthew 9:1-8
    1And Jesus, getting into a boat, crossed to the other side and came to His own town [Capernaum].
    2And behold, they brought to Him a man paralyzed and prostrated by illness, lying on a sleeping pad; and when Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralyzed man, Take courage, son; your sins are forgiven and the penalty remitted.
    3And behold, some of the scribes said to themselves, This man blasphemes [He claims the rights and prerogatives of God]!
    4But Jesus, knowing (seeing) their thoughts, said, Why do you think evil and harbor malice in your hearts?
    5For which is easier: to say, Your sins are forgiven and the penalty remitted, or to say, Get up and walk?
    6But in order that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins and remit the penalty, He then said to the paralyzed man, Get up! Pick up your sleeping pad and go to your own house.
    7And he got up and went away to his own house.
    8When the crowds saw it, they were struck with fear and awe; and they recognized God and praised and thanked Him, Who had given such power and authority to men.
 
Matthew 9:9-12
    9As Jesus passed on from there, He saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector's office; and He said to him, Be My disciple [side with My party and follow Me]. And he rose and followed Him.
    10And as Jesus reclined at table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and [especially wicked] sinners came and sat (reclined) with Him and His disciples.
    11And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to His disciples, Why does your Master eat with tax collectors and those [preeminently] sinful?
    12But when Jesus heard it, He replied, Those who are strong and well (healthy) have no need of a physician, but those who are weak and sick.
 
Matthew 9:15-17
    15And Jesus replied to them, Can the wedding guests mourn while the bridegroom is still with them? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.
    16And no one puts a piece of cloth that has not been shrunk on an old garment, for such a patch tears away from the garment and a worse rent (tear) is made.
    17Neither is new wine put in old wineskins; for if it is, the skins burst and are torn in pieces, and the wine is spilled and the skins are ruined. But new wine is put into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved.
 
Matthew 9:28-29
    28When He reached the house and went in, the blind men came to Him, and Jesus said to them, Do you believe that I AM able to do this? They said to Him, Yes, Lord.
    29Then He touched their eyes, saying, According to your faith and trust and reliance [on the power invested in Me] be it done to you;
 
Matthew 10:29-31
    29[Jesus said] Are not two little sparrows sold for a penny? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father's leave (consent) and notice.
    30But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
    31Fear not, then; you are of more value than many sparrows.
 
Matthew 11:1-5
   1When Jesus had finished His charge to His twelve disciples, He left there to teach and to preach in their [Galilean] cities.
    2Now when John in prison heard about the activities of Christ, he sent a message by his disciples
    3And asked Him, Are You the One Who was to come, or should we keep on expecting a different one?
    4And Jesus replied to them, Go and report to John what you hear and see:
    5The blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed (by healing) and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up and the poor have good news (the Gospel) preached to them.
 
Matthew 12:9-13
    9And going on from there, He went into their synagogue.
    10And behold, a man was there with one withered hand. And they said to Him, Is it lawful or allowable to cure people on the Sabbath days?--that they might accuse Him.
    11But He said to them, What man is there among you, if he has only one sheep and it falls into a pit or ditch on the Sabbath, will not take hold of it and lift it out?
    12How much better and of more value is a man than a sheep! So it is lawful and allowable to do good on the Sabbath days.
    13Then He said to the man, Reach out your hand. And the man reached it out and it was restored, as sound as the other one.