Matthew Lesson 2

New Testament Survey-Fall 2007
Megan Strange
21 Aug 2007

Matthew Lesson 2: Matthew 8-10

Major Theme of this passage: Faith

3 Questions to ask of any Bible Passage:
1. What does it say?
2. What does it mean?
3. What does it mean for me? (practical application)

Miracles found in these chapters (10) c.f. Isaiah 53:4
1. Jesus heals a man with leprosy (8:1-4)
2. Jesus heals the centurion’s servant (8:5-13)
3. Jesus heals Peter’s mother-in-law and others (8:14-17)
4. Jesus calms the storm (8:23-27)
5. Jesus drove out the demons (8:28-34)
6. Jesus heals the paralyzed man (9:1-8)
7. Jesus heals a bleeding woman (9:20-22)
8. Jesus raises Jairus’ daughter from the dead (9:23-26)
9. Jesus heals the blind man (9:27-31)
10. Jesus heals the mute man (9:32-33)

Matthew 8-10
The kingdom extended under Jesus’ authority

The Narrative (8:1-10:4)

8:1-4 Jesus heals a man with leprosy
-Don’t tell anyone
-Go to the priest to be declared clean

8:5-13 A Roman centurion demonstrates his faith
-Romans looked down on Jews
-Centurion rewarded for his faith

8:18-22 The cost of following Christ
-What does it cost?
-What are you willing to pay?
-“My sin will take me further than I want to go, keep me longer
than I want to stay, and cost me more than I want to pay.”
-Discipleship is an investment

8:23-27 Jesus calms the storm
-storms of nature
-storms of the troubled heart

9:1-8 Jesus heals a paralyzed man
-spiritual sickness more pressing than physical sickness
-Blaspheme: claiming to be God and applying his characteristics to yourself

9:9-13 The calling of Matthew
-Matthew was a tax collector
-his gift of organization and record-keeping was used to journal the ministry of Christ
-leaving his job as a tax collector left him unemployed, he had no backup plan
-2 changes for Matthew 1. New life 2. New purpose
-Jesus’ insistence on eating with public sinners

9:14-17 New wineskins
-Jesus didn’t come to patch up the old religious system of Judaism
-New message: Jesus came to earth to offer all people forgiveness and reconciliation with God
-dawning kingdom, manifest in the presence of Jesus, is a reason to rejoice

9:18-34 Healing
-bleeding woman “untouchables”
-Jairus’ daughter “making the impossible possible”
-Jesus told them to keep quiet about the healing because he didn’t want to just be labled a “miracle worker”. He was focused on spiritual healing as a person’s #1 need.

9:35-38 Pray for workers
-v 37-38 “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”

10:1-4 Commissioning the Twelve
-gave them authority
-Disciples: Peter, Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Thomas, Matthew, James, Thaddeus, Simon, and Judas
-disciples were from all walks of life-fishermen, political activists, tax collectors, rich and poor, educated and uneducated
-God uses ordinary people to do his extraordinary work

The Second Discourse on Mission and Martyrdom (10:5-11:1)

10:5—16 Immediate project
-go to the lost
-live among them
-sheep among wolves

10:17-25 Prepare for Persecution
-Warnings of future sufferings
-Who will oppose us?
* Government (18-19)
* Religious People (17)
* Family (21)

10:26-31 Fear in light of the Father’s providence
-v. 32-33 “Whoever acknowledges me before me, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven.”
-To take our cross and follow Jesus means to be willing to publicly identify with him, to experience almost certain opposition, and to be committed to face even suffering and death for his sake.
-v. 42 How much we love Christ is demonstrated in the way we love and treat others.

Review
Matthew 1-4 Presentation of the King
Matthew 5-7 Description of those in the kingdom
Matthew 8-10 The kingdom extended under Jesus’ authority

Homework
Read and Journal Matthew 11-13

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