Saturday, 5 January 2013

Matthew 8

Here's how the study works: Read the chapter mentioned in the heading several times during the week and share any words, thoughts, verses that stood out to you. Having a week for a chapter creates the opportunity to reread it several times and make additional comments as you feel inclined as well as make comments on other people's insights.


Susan said...

v.24 But Jesus was sleeping.

The waves were sweeping over the boat but Jesus slept. He must have been very tired. Like us Jesus needed sleep.

Susan said...

v.34 Then the whole town went out to meet Jesus. And when they saw him, they pleaded with him to leave their region.

Even after Jesus did an astonishing miracle, they did not want to follow Jesus. The cost was too high. They valued the material, physical things of life more than the spiritual.

Susan said...

v.10 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.

The centurion’s faith wasn’t great because he believed that Jesus could heal from a distance, but rather because he understood Jesus carried God’s authority.

Susan said...

In this passage Jesus heals a leper, a Gentile and a woman. Three groups of people that the Pharisees did not value and discounted from God’s kingdom. So despite prophecies which included Gentiles and women (Joel 2:28-29) the Jews still saw themselves as “uniquely privileged” because of their heritage (Constable).

Susan said...

v.20 Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”

I don’t think this meant that Jesus did not have a house (4:13) but simply that his ministry was iterant and kept him on the move. Likewise Jesus’ disciples are often called upon to give up many of the normal comforts of life.

Susan said...

v.22 But Jesus told him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”

Jesus was asking him to choose between doing a good thing (burying the dead) and a better thing (follow me). So often it is not the bad things that stop us from following Jesus but the good things.

Susan said...

v. 27 The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”

It seems that the disciples didn’t expect Jesus to do what he did – not only stop the wind but also the waves, as normally it would take the waves a while to calm down after the wind had stopped – yet in waking him up they probably figured that God would not let Jesus die in a storm without finishing his mission!

Susan said...

In the Gospels, and here in v.20, Jesus called himself the Son of Man (drawing attention to his humanity); he is also called the Son of David (drawing attention to Jewish-ness) and Son of God (drawing attention to his deity).

The “Son of Man” title was also Messianic (Daniel 7:13-14) but this would not have been immediately obvious to most Jews as it was used elsewhere in a more general sense.