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3R: Matthew – Chapter 9

Matthew 8 / Matthew 9 / Matthew 10

A short one today as I have been rushing around visiting family in hospital. Nothing serious, (thanks for asking…) they just needed a few extra essentials during their stay.

The Story So Far

  • Chapter 1
    • The genealogy
    • The birth of Jesus
  • Chapter 2
    • The visit of the wise men
    • The escape to Egypt
    • The massacre of the infants
    • The return from Egypt
  • Chapter 3
    • John the Baptist
    • People are being baptised by John in the river
    • But not all are welcomed by John
    • John: One who is coming is greater than he
    • Jesus baptism …
  • Chapter 4
    • Jesus is tested by the devil in the wilderness
    • Jesus begins his ministry in Galilee
    • Jesus calls the first disciples
    • Jesus ministers to a crowd (and his fame spreads)
  • Chapter 5
    • The Beatitudes
    • Salt and light
    • The law and the prophets
    • Concerning
      • Anger
      • Adultery
      • Divorce
      • Oaths
      • Retaliation
    • Love for enemies
  • Matthew 6
    • Concerning
      • Almsgiving
      • Prayer
        • The Lord’s Prayer
      • Fasting
      • Treasure
    • The sound eye
    • Serving two masters
    • Do not worry
  • Matthew 7
    • Do not judge
    • Profaning the holy
    • Ask, seek, knock
    • The golden rule
    • The narrow gate
    • A tree and its fruit
    • Concerning self-deception
    • Hearers and Doers
  • Chapter 8
    • Jesus cleanses a leper
    • Jesus heals a centurions servant
    • Jesus heals many at Peter’s house
    • Would-be followers of Jesus
    • Jesus stills the storm
    • Jesus heals the Gadarene Demoniacs

Matthew 9

And after getting into a boat he crossed the water and came to his own town.

Matthew 9:10; NRSVA

Jesus Heals a Paralytic

  • ‘Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.’
    • ‘This man is blaspheming.’
  • ‘Why do you think evil in your hearts? For which is easier, to say, “Your sins are forgiven”, or to say, “Stand up and walk”? But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins’—he then said to the paralytic—‘Stand up, take your bed and go to your home.’

The Calling of Matthew

As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth; and he said to him, ‘Follow me.’ And he got up and followed him.

  • ‘Why does your teacher eat with tax-collectors and sinners?’
    • ‘Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.
    • Go and learn what this means,
    • “I desire mercy, not sacrifice.”
    • For I have come to call not the righteous but sinners.’

For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God rather than burnt-offerings.

Hosea 6:6; NRSVA

I’m currently looking at Hosea in my own notes here. It’s probably to much to add all of that stuff into a basic study on Matthew. As with this blog, the content is growing from a standing start …

The Question about Fasting

  • ‘Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples do not fast?’
    • ‘The wedding-guests cannot mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them, can they? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast. 
    • No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old cloak, for the patch pulls away from the cloak, and a worse tear is made.
    • Neither is new wine put into old wineskins; otherwise, the skins burst, and the wine is spilled, and the skins are destroyed; but new wine is put into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved.’

A Girl Restored to Life and a Woman Healed

  • ‘My daughter has just died; but come and lay your hand on her, and she will live.’

Then suddenly a woman who had been suffering from haemorrhages for twelve years came up behind him and touched the fringe of his cloak, for she said to herself, ‘If I only touch his cloak, I will be made well.’ 

Matthew 9:20-21; NRSVA
  • ‘Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.’
  • ‘Go away; for the girl is not dead but sleeping.’

Jesus Heals Two Blind Men

  • ‘Have mercy on us, Son of David!’
  • ‘Do you believe that I am able to do this?’
    • ‘Yes, Lord.’
  • ‘According to your faith let it be done to you.’
  • ‘See that no one knows of this.’ 3

But they went away and spread the news about him throughout that district.

Matthew 9:31; NRSVA

Jesus Heals One Who Was Mute

  • Israelites: ‘Never has anything like this been seen in Israel.’
  • Pharisees: ‘By the ruler of the demons he casts out the demons.’

The Harvest Is Great, the Labourers Few

Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest.’

Matthew 9:35-38; NRSVA

Matthew 10

The prep for tomorrow is Matthew 10. Happy reading … Also I’ll be revisiting some of this in the coming days – especially the reference to Hosea: ‘I desire mercy not sacrifice’.

Matthew 8 / Matthew 9 / Matthew 10