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?
From the same stories consider the light cast on the person of Christ.
What characteristics are unmistakably revealed?
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?
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?
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.
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?