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!