Matthew 9

Matthew 9

  • The Paralytic (v1-8)
    • Our faith can bless others (v2)
    • Jesus demonstrates His divinity (v2-6, Mark 2:1-12)
      • Forgives the paralytic of his sins
      • Knows the thoughts of the scribes
      • Reaffirms His power with a simple statement
    • Did the paralytic leave without thanking Jesus? (v7)
    • Scribes were angry and accused Jesus of blasphemy, the crowds were awestruck and praised God.
    • Which individual are you?
      • One of the people who brought the paralytic
      • The paralytic
      • One of the scribes
      • One amongst the crowds
  • Matthew the tax collector (v9-13)
    • Tax collectors worked for Romans, were despised because they usually collected more than they should
    • Matthew follows Jesus immediately (v9)
    • When you invite Jesus, He will accept your invitation (v10)
    • It’s not Christians who need Jesus/the Good News but the unbelievers / Healthy (self-righteous/good people) vs sick (those made aware of their sinfulness by the Holy Spirit) (v10-12)
    • Compassion/mercy NOT sacrifice (v13 / Hosea 6:6) | Does Jesus mean there are righteous people who can ignore Him? NO. Psalm 14:3/Romans 3:10 says there’s no one who is righteous!
  • Fasting (v14-17)
    • Disciples of John/Pharisees fasted based on Old Testament (Leviticus 16:29, 31). Pharisees changed it to two days!
    • When bridegroom (Jesus) is with attendants (disciples), they should be joyful (v15) and when He’s gone, they’ll fast (to grow in faith)
    • New patch (new teachings of Jesus) shouldn’t be attached to old garment (Old Testament laws) because combining the two will lead to a worse state (v16)
    • New wine (new teachings of Jesus) should go into a new wineskin (born again believer), not the old religious self that cannot handle Jesus on its own (v17)
  • Synagogue ruler (v18-19, v23-26)
    • Daughter has died but believes Jesus can bring her back and acted on that faith.
    • Have you accepted something as a finality OR do you have faith that Jesus can do the impossible?
    • The world/other Christians may laugh at your faith but stand firm!
  • Woman with internal bleeding (v20-22, Mark 5:25–34, Luke 8:43-48)
    • No options left but she believed in Jesus and didn’t give up hope
    • You haven’t tried everything until you have placed your trust and faith in Jesus and act on that faith.
  • Two blind men (v27-31)
    • Are you following Jesus and crying out to Him?
    • Do you believe Jesus can help you?
    • Yes we are loved by God because of Jesus BUT He responds to the measure of our faith in Him!
  • Mute, demon possessed man (v32-34)
    • Jesus shows authority over demon
    • Crowds were amazed
    • Pharisees attribute God’s power to satan: religion without Spirit-led relationship with God
  • Jesus was always serving (v35)
    • Are we always willing/ready to serve under the leading of the Holy Spirit OR are we too caught up in our physical limitations and/or busyness of life?
  • Everyone needs Jesus! (v36-38)
    • We are surrounded by people who are no different from the crowds Jesus has compassion on, the sheep without a shepherd.
    • Are you/we prepared to go into the field to work AND are we asking God to raise up more workers?
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