BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 10, Day 5: Matthew 9:27-34

Summary of passage:  As Jesus left Jairus’ house, two blind men followed him and begged for mercy and for healing.  Jesus asked them if they had faith in him and they said yes.  They were healed and asked not to spread the news but they did.  Then a demon-possessed, mute man was brought to Jesus.  He drove out the demon and re-gained his speaking ability.  All were amazed except the Pharisees who called Jesus “the prince of demons.”

Questions:

12a)  Lord and Son of David

b) Isaiah 35:4-6:  Isaiah predicts the eyes of the blind will be opened with the redeemer (God will come) and the mute tongue will shout for joy.  So the two blind men could now see and the demon-possessed man could now talk and all presumably shouted for joy at Jesus’ arrival.

Jeremiah 23:5-6:  A righteous branch of David will rule wisely and do what is right and just in the land and save Judah and Israel.  His name will be “The Lord our Righteousness.”  The men call Jesus “Son of David” and Jesus does what is right and just and brings righteousness in the land.

c)  Personal Question.  My answer:  For things to be clear and for me to know in my heart what is right and for my husband to know it as well.

13a)  Personal Question.  My answer:  I think Jesus would rather be known for his spiritual healing of the heart and saving of sins rather than his physical healings of the eyes and tongue.  Also, Jesus knows the opposition will only grow against him as more and more people believe in him.  He has to finish his job and it could be hindered by notoriety.

b)  Personal Question.  My answer:  They were so excited they couldn’t contain themselves so they had to tell all.  Plus, the Jews had been looking for the Messiah for hundreds of years now and when he appeared it was the moment they had waited for their entire lives.

Imagine how you would feel if you just re-gained your sight?  Wouldn’t you tell all?  That doesn’t justify the men’s disobedience but it would be hard to keep such a miracle to yourself.

14a)  They were both healed by faith (faith of the blind men themselves and presumably faith of the people who brought the demon-possessed man to Jesus).  The healings sparked awe and fear amongst the people.  It turned the Pharisees more and more against Jesus.  Jesus healed out of compassion for both and mercy for both.  The blind men asked for it and the demon-possessed man could not but Jesus healed mercifully as well.

b)  In amazement and fear.  Some thought him the Messiah and others thought him the devil.

c)  Same.  Fear and amazement.  My response is awe.

d)  Personal Question.  My answer:  I know Jesus can do anything and if he can heal others, he can heal me and allow me to fulfill his purpose here on earth.  “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13  And I can testify to others about what He has done in my life and be a living testimony to His goodness.

Conclusions:  My favorite part was the part BSF did not ask about:  the fact that here we learn Jesus needs help.  There are so many people to heal and touch that Jesus cannot be in 1000 places at once so he needs helpers.  I like this part because we are called as well to spread the Good News.  God doesn’t need us to help Him but He gives us that responsibility anyways for our own good.  Love it!

We also see the growing opposition against him which will only grow as we more forward with Jesus’ life.

Fun Fact:  This is the first time Jesus himself is called the “Son of David”, overtly referring to him as the Messiah.

BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 10, Day 4: Matthew 9:18-26; Mark 5:21-43; Luke 8:40-56

Summary of passages:  Matthew 9:18-26:  While Jesus was still at the feast thrown for him by Matthew, a ruler came to Jesus and asked him to bring his dead daughter back to life.  Jesus and his disciples went with the man.  A woman came up to Jesus while he was following the ruler and touched his cloak, believing she would be healed of her bleeding problem with just a touch.  Her faith healed her.  A crowd was around the dead girl.  Jesus banished the crowd, took the girl by her hand, and raised her up.

Mark 5:21-43:  Mark explains Jesus was by the lake when Jairus, a synagogue ruler, pleaded with Jesus to heal this daughter who was dying.  Jesus went along with a large crowd.  The woman who touched Jesus cloak had been sick for 12 years and had spent all of her money to get better to no avail.  She touched Jesus cloak and without his consent she was healed.  Jesus, realizing power had gone out from him, searched the woman out.  He told her her faith healed her.

In the meantime, Jairus’ daughter had died.  Jesus said to believe in him.  Jesus allowed Peter, James, and John to follow him to the man’s house that was full of mourners wailing.  Jesus kicked everyone out except the father, the mother, and his 3 disciples.  He took the girl by the hand and she stood up.  She was 12 years old.  He ordered them to not tell anyone.

Luke 8:40-56:  Jesus was welcomed by a crowd but almost crushed by them as he followed Jairus.  The woman who had touched him was afraid and fell at Jesus’ feet.  The child’s spirit returned at Jesus’ touch.

Questions:

10a)  She had been bleeding for 12 years (Matthew 9:20; Mark 5:25; Luke 8:43).  She believed if she but touched Jesus’ cloak she would be healed (Matthew 9:21; Mark 5:28; Luke 8:44).  Immediately touching his cloak, she was healed (Matthew 9:21; Mark 5:29; Luke 8:44).  Her faith healed her (Matthew 9:22; Mark 5:34; Luke 8:48).

b)  Personal Question.  My answer:  That her faith healed her.  Simple and absolute faith.  Immediately upon a touch she was healed.  God works immediately.  Mark and Luke say Jesus didn’t approve the healing ahead of time.  This shows me the power of our faith and that faith alone will answer our prayers since we are all part of God’s people with the indwelt Holy Spirit.

11a)  He was a synagogue ruler.

b)  Personal Question.  My answer:  It appears to be so.  In Mark and Luke’s account, we are told she was dying when he went to Jesus.  It is most likely she was sick beforehand for some time.  A healthy 12 year old usually just doesn’t up and die.  In ancient times, yes, this scenario is more probable.  But because she was a daughter of a wealthy ruler she was probably insulated from a lot of ailments of the time.

Jairus is begging and pleading.  These are the actions of a desperate man.  Also, Luke says this was his only daughter.  He is probably desperate to save her.  And Jesus is the only one to do it.

c)  Personal Question.  My answer:  Jesus does not judge or say no.  He shows compassion upon the man.  Jesus soothed the man, telling him to not be afraid and to just believe (Mark 5:36; Luke 8:50), something incredibly hard to do in the midst of a dying loved one.  To have faith that God’s will be done.  Jesus knows Jairus’ faith is small since he believes Jesus must touch the girl to save her so Jesus heals a woman on the way to strengthen Jairus’ faith.

Jesus loves us despite how our faith in him wavers and our trust wanes and we fall under attack. Jesus and God meet us where we are in our walk.  He came when the man asked even though he didn’t have to because Jesus loved the man enough to do so.

Conclusions:  As in the case of the paralytic, we see it is faith, simple faith, that heals.  The woman was healed instantly with her faith.  We can assume Jairus had faith as well since his daughter was raised from the dead.

God isn’t demanding, is He?  He could ask anything of us from hard physical labor to tortuous math problems.  Instead, He merely demands we believe in Him.  And yet belief for man in the unseen is very difficult.  So many stumble.  Yet, with faith, you will be picked up.

End Notes:  The woman was ceremonially unclean and had been for 12 years.  She wasn’t allowed to touch another human being; hence, she opted to touch Jesus’ clothes secretly.  She touched him in faith–not a casual touch or an accidental bump.  She reached out to who he was.

Note the girl was 12 and the woman suffered 12 years.  Coincidence?  Not when Jesus is involved.

Everything Jesus did was for the benefit of others.  Never did he act selfishly.

Fun Facts:  Jesus calls no one else “daughter” that is recorded in the Scripture.  What an honor!

This is the only healing where power is mentioned as flowing out of Jesus.  Elsewhere, he just heals.  Would be interesting to see this happen!

BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 10, Day 3: Matthew 9:9-17

Summary of passage:  Jesus called Matthew, a tax collector, to follow him and he did.  Jesus then went and had dinner at Matthew’s house with other tax collectors and sinners.  The Pharisees saw this and asked why.  Jesus said he has come to call the sinners, not the righteous.

Jesus is asked why he does not fast.  Jesus says the time has not yet come for mourning.  After he dies, then fast.

Questions:

6a)  Levi the son of Alphaeus

b)  Matthew got up and immediately followed Jesus with not a word.  He then invited Jesus over to his house for dinner. Luke adds that Matthew left everything.  Luke says Matthew held a great banquet for Jesus at his house.

c)  Luke 9:23; Luke 14:27:  By denying himself and taking up the cross and following him.

Romans 6:2, 18:  Being free from sin and slaves to righteousness

1 Thessalonians 1:9:  Turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God

1 John 1:8-10:  Confessing our sins, we are forgiven and purified from all unrighteousness.  The truth and the Word lives within.

d)  Personal Question.  My answer:  I try to follow His call upon my life and lead a life full of righteousness, reflecting Him to the world.  By doing God’s will in your life.  Specifically, I write, I teach, I raise children of God, I’m a wife.  I do all I believe in my heart I was put here to do for and by Him.

7)  Personal Question.  My answer:  The Pharisees were corrupt.  It had become more about power and money instead of about God on their part.  They enriched themselves while the majority of people suffered.  They put themselves above others, believing them better than others and of a higher class and they cared little for anyone but themselves.  The Pharisees kept apart from others, deeming themselves too important to help the infirm, the poor, the helpless.

Here, Jesus is saying they are sick.  They need to show mercy to others, which is more important than the sacrifices required in the Bible.  Jesus is here for the sinners, the downtrodden, the forgotten of society and not for them who have hardened hearts.   The Pharisees are hypocrites and Jesus takes every opportunity to point that out.  They are the ones who are poor, pitiful, blind, and naked (Revelation) for they do not have Him.

8a)  Jesus

b)  That Jesus is the bridegroom, come to bring his bride (us) to God so that God may rejoice over us once more (be with Him in heaven).  To make us righteous and just before God once again (Hosea).

c)  The disciples

Note this is past tense.  If it were present tense, I would have answered “everyone” or “us”.  But since the question is looking for who Jesus was talking about in that moment, the answer must be his 12 disciples

9)  Hebrews 10:1 explains it best when the writer explains how the Old Testament law was merely a shadow of the good things to come (Jesus cleansing us forever).  The law cannot make sinners/humans perfect; only Jesus can.  Old Testament law was merely a stand-in until Jesus arrived.  It was not perfect for only Jesus was/is.

Jesus did not come to merely repair the Old Covenant; he came to replace it with something much better.  The Old Covenant (old wineskins) cannot contain his New Covenant (new wineskins).  Jesus is not a patch to the law.  He is New.

Conclusions:  We must remember Matthew is very well off in this society.  Although despised, tax collectors set their own rates which meant they often extorted people.  In ancient times, not a lot of people had any money than what it took to live for the day.  So when Matthew leaves “everything”, this everything was a lot compared to others such as James and John who had little.

Furthermore, returning as fishermen (Peter, James, and John) would have been rather easy after their service for Jesus was done.  Matthew probably gave up his career permanently.

End Notes:  Why is question 6a important?  Because we are about to learn in Matthew 10:3 that Matthew’s brother, James son of Alphaeus, is also a disciple of Jesus.  Cool how Jesus calls brothers to be his disciples.  This should show us the value God places on relatives.

I love this!  It’s easy to focus on the disciples who created the most waves and we forget about some of the others (Phillip, Bartholomew, Thaddaeus, etc).  But each played an integral role in spreading the Gospel.  Even though most of us don’t remember their names, God does.  And He remembers our names as well no matter how small of a role we play in His kingdom.

It’s a role.  And we all should be humbled we have a part at all.

BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 10, Day 2: Matthew 9:1-8

Summary of passage:  After healing the demon-possessed man in Matthew 8, Jesus then returns to Capernaum where a paralytic was brought to him.  Jesus forgave the man’s sins and thus drew criticism from the religious leaders who were watching him.  Jesus chastised them for their unbelief and told the man to go home.  The man got up and walked and the crowd was filled with awe and praise of God.

Questions:

3a)  The faith of the men who brought the paralytic to him.

b)  By inviting them to church, by sharing the Gospel, by praying for them, by showing them kindness and a heart for Jesus, by shining your light unto them by serving them, and an insistent and incessant encouragement of friends and family to accept Christ into their hearts.

4a)  “Your sins are forgiven” (verse 2)  “The Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins” (verse 6)  The act of healing the man (verses 6-7)

b)  He got up and walked.

5)  Mark tells us many more details surrounding the act.  We learn that a huge crowd had gathered and that it was actually 4 men who brought Jesus the paralytic.  The crowd was so huge that the men had to cut a hole in the roof and lower the man down to Jesus.  We learn the exact thoughts of the teachers of the law and question Jesus’ right to forgive sins.  We learn that the man took his mat with him as well.

Luke adds that Pharisees were present as well (the leaders of the priests) and that they had come from all over to see Jesus.  The power of the Lord was present with Jesus for healing.  The man was lowered right in front of Jesus.  Upon healing we learn the paralytic himself left praising God. The people said they had never seen anything so remarkable.

Conclusions:  With faith, all things are possible.

Another example of Jesus healing.  In Isaiah 35:5-6, we learn this is what the Messiah will do.  Jesus heals not only to help people but also to fulfill prophecy and prove who he is.  Sad, isn’t it?  God must prove things to us doubting, lowly humans.

The man’s friends were merely hoping for a healing of the body.  Instead, Jesus gave them something infinitely more valuable: healing of his sins.  Jesus forgave him first to show the world that his primary job on earth is to forgive the sins of people.  Then comes healing of the body once the soul is healed.

Note how our thoughts and feelings matter to God.  Although the religious leaders spoke not a word, they silently disapproved of Jesus in their hearts.  God knows when we are just going through the motions or if we truly are committed to Him.  He knows when we sin, even if it be only in the heart.  He knows everything.  Would we want it any other way?

Fun Fact:  This is the first time the Bible records opposition to Jesus.