- Consider how different the people were who received healing, and how different our Lord’s methods with them were. What does this teach us concerning: (a) his power, and (b) our work for him?
- What was so remarkable in the centurion’s faith as to elicit Christ’s great commendation? Contrast John 4:48. Note how the statement of verses 11, 12 anticipates the revolutionary developments recorded in the Acts. See Acts13:45-48.
- Verses 18-22. Why did our Lord leave the crowds, and why did he check two would-be disciples? Cf. Luke 14:25-27.
Matthew 8:23 – 9:8
- In 9:6 and 8 the word ‘authority’ is used to characterize Christ’s ministry. In what three realms is this seen in this passage?
- 9:1-8 reveals Christ’s power to deal with the deepest trouble of man. What is this? How do these verses illustrate the means whereby a man may find this healing? What follows from it as a visible proof of it?
- Demon-possession was clearly treated seriously by our Lord. What may we understand by the demons’ witness to Christ in 8:29 (cf. Mark 1:24; 3:11, 12; Acts 16:16-18)? In what way does the incident of 8:28-34 have any parallel in the ministry of the Spirit today?
- In what ways do verses 9-17 disclose the revolutionary character of the ministry of Jesus? What do they teach us of the character of God (verse 13), and of the way a Christian ought to live amongst sinners?
- Considering the miracles as signs, define the lessons we can learn from the incidents of verses 18-34 about the ability of our Lord to deal with the spiritual problems of weakness, deadness, blindness, dumbness. Have you such a problem that ought to be dealt with?
Matthew 9:35 – 10:23
- Some of the instructions given to the twelve here are clearly temporary and would not apply to every situation. But what principles of Christian service can you find, which are always applicable?
- Verses 16-23 offer the prospect of both persecution in, and power for, service. In this situation, what is to be the attitude of disciples?
- 10:23 has probably no reference to the second advent, but rather to Christ’s coming in triumph after the resurrection, or to his coming in judgment in the fall of Jerusalem.