Matthew 15:1-20

  1. For what reasons does Christ condemn the religious outlook of the Pharisees?
    How may we be in danger of similar failure?
  2. These verses emphasize the importance of man’s heart. Cf. 5:8, 28; 12:34; 18:35.
    What is meant here by the word ‘heart’?
    Cf. Is. 10:7, AV and RV. How then can a person’s actions be put right?
  3. What are the three groups of people to whom Christ speaks in these verses?
    Do you notice any difference in his manner of teaching them?
    Has this any implication for Christian teaching today?
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Matthew 14:13-36

  1. Consider the miracles of these verses as parables in action.
    What particularly do you learn from the response and failure of the disciples?
    For what qualities do we need to pray if we are to be found faithful?
  2. From the same stories consider the light cast on the person of Christ.
    What characteristics are unmistakably revealed?

Matthew 13:53-14:12

  1. What can we learn from the closing verses of chapter 13 about the nature of prejudice?
    Of what can it deprive us, and why?
  2. In the story of 14:1-12, identify the distinctive characteristics of both Herod and John the Baptist; what is the difference between John’s faithfulness and Herod’s keeping of his promise?

Matthew 13:24-52

  1. What is the teaching of the parable of the wheat and the tares (verses 24-30)?
  2. Verses 31-33 records two parables on the theme of growth. What is the main message of these verses?
    Do these verses include warnings against possible dangers?
  3. Verses 44-50 illustrate different ways by which individuals may enter the kingdom.
    What are these?
    Why is there a mixture of good and bad?
    What is the condition of true enjoyment?

Matthew 13:1-23

  1. The parable of the sower (or ‘the soils’) may be regarded as a parable to explain why our Lord taught in parables.
    How did this method serve to reveal truth to some and to hide it from others?
  2. In the parable of the sower what were the reasons why the same seed produced such different results?
    What conditions are signified by the different kinds of soil?
    What is indispensable to fruitfulness?

Matthew 12:22-50

  1. Verses 22-23. What do you understand by the ‘unforgivable sin’ interpreted in the light of its context here? Consider the solemnity of these warnings; and note the connection with them of verses 43-45.
  2. What is taught in verses 33-37 about the dangers of evil or foolish speaking?
    In what way can a Christian deal with failure at this level?
  3. Why does Christ refuge to give a special sign to the Pharisees (verses 38, 39)?
    What is the significance of his references to the Old Testament in verses 40-423?
    What can we learn from verses 41, 42 and 50 concerning our right response to Christ?

Matthew 11:25-12:21

  1. In 11:25-30, there is an amazing combination of Christ’s claims to unique authority and to humility.
    Can both be true?
    What do these verses teach concerning:
    (a) his person, and
    (b) the attitude he asks from us?
  2. Summarize the main principles of Sabbath observance outlined in 12:1-14.
    In what way may we be guilty of the sin of the Pharisees?
    How are we to avoid a secularization of the Lord’s day?
  3. 12:15-21. These verses indicate the significance of the Suffering Servant passages in Isaiah for an understanding of Jesus and his ministry. Cf. 8:17; Luke 2:29-32; 22:37; John 12:37, 38.
    What are the outstanding features of this ministry?