jesus begins his minstry in galilee bsf matthew

BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 4, Day 5: Matthew 4:12-25


John the Baptist was thrown in prison, so Jesus returned to Galilee from Nazareth. He went to Capernaum in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali to fulfill Isaiah’s words. Jesus preaches how the kingdom of heaven is near. Jesus began to call his disciples. He first called Simon Peter and his brother, Andrew, who were fishermen on the Sea of Galilee. He next called james and John who were in a boat with their gather, Zebedee.

Jesus began to travel through Galilee, preaching the Good News and healing people of diseases and sicknesses. Large crowds began to follow him and bring their sick to him to be healed.

BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 4, Day 5: Matthew 4:12-25

12 ) Capernaum in Galilee, fulfilling Isaiah’s words that the future king would come from there.

13 ) John the Baptist baptized people in the Jordan River who came from all over Judea.

14a ) Jesus called and they immediately followed him without question. They dropped everything they were doing in the moment.

b ) It’s best to answer God’s call immediately. Life is too short to delay.

Conclusions BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 4, Day 5: Matthew 4:12-25

We’re about to embark on an exciting journey with Jesus as he begins his work. What I would give to have walked with him.

End Notes BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 4, Day 5: Matthew 4:12-25

Matthew begins his telling Jesus’s ministry in Galilee. John tells the story of an earlier ministry of Jesus where he himself baptized people and where we get the story of the Samarian woman at the well John 3:22 and 4:1-2.

Galilee was a very populuous area for Biblical times, which is probably why Jesus began there. He could make the biggest impact there. It was very fertile and had many wealthy citizens. Both Jews and Gentiles lived here side by side. In ancient times, there were nine cities that had 15,000 or more people who lived on the shore of the Sea of Galilee.

Remember that the people of Nazareth, his hometown, rejected him because they had seen him grow up ordinary  (Luke 4:16-30), which is why he chose Capernaum. Plus, the disciples were there too, as we see. Jesus was the light in this region as Isaiah predicted.

Jesus waits until John the Baptist is put into prison to begin his ministry.

Do note that the kingdom of heaven and the kingdom of God seem to be the same thing. Bible scholars believe Matthew used the phrase “kingdom of heaven” because the Jewish people never wrote out the word “God.”

map of beginning of Jesus's ministry

 A Purpose

Jesus didn’t just randomly call his disciples. The Bible records other places where he encounters them  (John 1:35-42 and Luke 5:3). Undoubtedly, Jesus knew who he would call ahead of time. Jesus calls most of the disciples when they were doing something. Jesus needed doers and action-takers.

Most rabbi had disciples so this was not unusual behavior on the part of Jesus. This is how rabbis taught other rabbis.

Just like we have guest speakers at church, they did so in ancient times, too.

Healing shows that Jesus could overcome the consequences of sin (which was death to the body).

FUN FACT: This is the first time the Bible mentions demon-possessed. It shows Jesus’s ultimate authority over the evil in the world. While Old Testament people were troubled by spirits 1 Samuel 18:1019:9), this is the first time it is mentioned of removing an evil one from the body.

Large crowds followed Jesus. He is successful.

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Resources for BSF Study of Matthew

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Summer Bible Study: WordGo’s Study of Ruth: Week 2, Day 3: Ruth 2:1-7


Naomi had a relative on her husband’s side named Boaz. Ruth goes out to the fields to pick up the leftover grain (this was an ancient Israelite law so that the poor and widows would be provided for). She found herself working in Boaz’s fields.

Boaz arrived back from a trip to Bethelehem one day and noticed Ruth in the fields and asked about her. The foreman told him that she was a Moabitess who came back with Naomi and has been working steadily in the fields all day.


6 ) As soon as he arrives from Bethelehm he greets his harvesters before doing anything else. He takes interest in anyone new, such as Ruth, and asks about her. He is concerned about others before himself and asks after others as well. My grandparents were like this.

7 ) God was orchestrating the lives of Boaz and Ruth to intertwine to bring about his divine plan. It so happens Ruth is in Boaz’s field, her kinsman-redeemer and that he takes notice of Ruth.

8 ) There is always something to do. Giving to charities and church is how I like to help. You can volunteer and just look for ways to bless others, too.


Love how God is always in control as we see here. God is so, so good, and we just need to remember that in the midst of our struggles, too.

the time of judges and ruth

Summer Bible Study: WordGo’s Study of Ruth: Week 1, Day 2: Ruth 1:1


“In the day when the judges ruled, there was a famine in the land, and a man from Bethlehem in Judah, together with his wife and two sons, went to live for a while in the country of Moab.”

Ruth 1:1


3 ) Anarchy. No real repercussions or consequences to your actions. Corrupt. Lawlessness. Everyone out for themselves.

4 ) Famous people, notorious people, evil crimes, frivolous things, sinful things. Things of this world, not of God’s world.

5 ) Definitely brought me closer to God as we moved to find his will and changed jobs and professions.


The time of Judges was the period from the death of Joshua (1380 or 1230 BC) to the generation before the monarchy (1050 BC). Scholars are unsure when this book was composed. Some Bible scholars believe it was right after the end of this time; others put it many centuries later.

This was a time of chaos after Israel occupied Canaan. During this time, God’s people experienced moral and political degradation as they neglected their religious heritage and compromised their faith with the surrounding cultures who were pagans.

The author is unknown, as is the time of its composition. It is believed to be around 1100 BC or during the reign of David.

Announcing Summer Bible Studies!

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You have spoken!

The winner was James followed closely by Hebrews and then Ruth. We’ll start with those and then see where we’re at in the summer.

To begin, simply download WordGo in your app store on your mobile device and get started!

Remember this can be as quick as 15 minutes a day so don’t feel overwhelmed by it all!

First lesson tomorrow!