- Verses 1-6. A new development in the work.
Picture the twelve travelling as described here.
What lessons would they themselves learn, and what would be the impact on those who saw and heard them?
- Verses 10-17. What light do these verses throw on the unselfish love of Jesus, and on his concern for both physical and spiritual needs?
Putting yourself in the place of the disciples, what would you have learned from the incident?
- Verses 18-27. Trace the connection between the three sections: verses 18-20; 21, 22; 23-27.
What does this teach us concerning:
(a) the goals that Jesus was out to reach, and
(b) the demands he makes on those who would follow him?
- Verses 43-48. Try to enter into woman’s hopes and fears.
What made her touch different from that of the rest of the crowd?
Do you have any experiences or a testimony similar to hers?
- What do these two stories teach us about the importance and nature of faith, and the need to continue in faith?
Cf. Heb. 3:14.
- Verses 22-25. ‘Where is your faith?’
In what was their faith defective?
What did they learn from the incident?
- Verses 26-39. Compare the man’s condition before and after he met Jesus.
What evidence can you find of the reality of the change?
What can we learn from this about Jesus’ power to save
- Verses 35-39. What caused the different reactions to Jesus of the cured man and his fellow countrymen? Why did Jesus grant the request of those who wanted to be rid of him, and refuse that of the man he had saved?
- What made the woman act as she did? Cf. 8:2, 3.
Have you a similar incentive?
How can it be expresses?
- Verses 4-15. What sorts of people do the four kinds of soil represent?
What experience have you of the truth of this parable in yourself and in others?
- Verses 16-21. What do these verses teach about:
(a) the responsibilities and
(b) the privileges of Jesus’ followers?
- Why did Jesus now adopt the method of teaching by parables (verses 9, 10)?
Do verses 4 and 18 provide a clue?