matthew (book of)

Under pressure from the Pharisees and accused of partnering with Beelzebub, Jesus delivers a stern warning against blasphemy (Matthew 12:22 – 12:37)

A demon-possessed man who was blind and mute was brought to Jesus. Jesus healed the man returning his speech and eyesight. All of the people were astonished and said, “Could this really be the Son of David, the Messiah?” The Pharisees heard this and said, “It is only by Beelzebub (Beelzebul), the prince of demons, that this man drives out demons.” Jesus knew their thoughts and told them: “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand. If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then can his kingdom stand? If I drive out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your people drive them out. So then, they will be your judges. But if it

Pharisees accuse Jesus of violating the Sabbath when disciples pick grain from field (Matthew 12:1 – 12:8)

During their travels, Jesus went through the grain fields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry and began to pick some heads of grain and eat them. When the Pharisees saw this, they said to him, “Look! Your disciples are doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath.” Jesus answered, “Haven’t you read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? He entered the house of God, and he and his companions ate the consecrated bread – which was not lawful for them to do, but only for the priests. Or haven’t you read in the Law that the priests on Sabbath duty in the temple desecrate the Sabbath and yet are innocent? I tell you that something greater than the temple is here. If

Jesus gives authority to the twelve disciples and sends them on mission to spread God’s message (Matthew 9:35 – 10:42)

Jesus travelled through the region (which we can presume was Galilee) teaching in synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. He told the disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Jesus called the twelve disciples and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness. These are the names of the twelve disciples: first, Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew, James son of Zebedee, and his brother John, Philip and Bartholomew,

Jesus brings a dead girl back to life, heals a bleeding woman, a blind man, and a mute – Pharisees accuse him of demonology (Matthew 9:18 – 9:34)

As Jesus explained his purpose to the disciples of John the Baptist (i.e. why Jesus and the disciples did not fast), a synagogue leader knelt before him and said, “My daughter has just died. Come and put your hand on her so she will live.” Jesus and his disciples went with him. Just then, a woman who had been suffering from bleeding for twelve years came up behind Jesus and touched the edge of his cloak. She thought to herself, “If I can only touch his cloak, I will be healed.” Jesus turned and saw her and said, “Take heart, daughter. Your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed at that moment. Jesus arrived at the synagogue leader’s home. Inside he saw a noisy crowd

The disciples of John the Baptist ask Jesus why he doesn’t fast like the traditional Pharisees – (Matthew 9:14 – 9:17)

The disciples of John the Baptist went to Jesus and asked him, “How is it that we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not?” Jesus answered, “How can the guests of the bridegroom mourn while the bridegroom is still with them? The time will come when the bridegroom is taken from them – then they will fast.” Jesus continued, “No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth onto an old garment for the patch will pull away from the garment, making the tear worse. Neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst. The wineskin will be ruined and so will the wine. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins and both are preserved.” What the story means

Jesus calls a hated tax collector, Matthew, to follow him and become his disciple (Matthew 9:9 – 9:13)

As Jesus journeyed through the land, he saw a man named Matthew sitting in a tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” Jesus told him. Matthew got up and followed. While Jesus was eating dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came to the home and ate with him and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they asked the disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with the tax collectors and sinners?” On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. Go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” What the story means to us today A tantalizing, controversial trait – but one that all Christians should strive to mimic In

Jesus heals a paralyzed man – then scribes accuse Jesus of blasphemy (Matthew 9:1 – 9:8)

After residents begged Jesus to leave their region, Jesus boarded a boat and re-crossed the sea back to his home town. Some men brought a paralyzed man, lying on a stretcher. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, “Take heart, son, your sins are forgiven.” At this, some of the teachers of the law (Scribes) said to themselves, “This man is blaspheming!” Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, “Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts? Which is easier to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven’ or ‘Stand up and walk’? But so you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins…” Then Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “Get up, take your stretcher and go home.” The man rose and went home. When

Jesus drives demons from two men into herd of pigs (Matthew 8:28 – 8:34)

When Jesus arrived on the other side of the Sea of Galilee (he landed in the region of the Gadarenes), two demon-possessed men came from the tombs to meet him. The men were violent and no one could pass by them. The men shouted, “What do you want with us, Son of God? Have you come here to torture us before the appointed time?” Near the area was a large herd of pigs feeding. The demons begged Jesus, “If you drive us out, send us into the herd of pigs.” Jesus said to them, “Go!” The demons left the men and went into the pigs. The entire herd rushed down the steep bank and into the lake where they drowned. Those tending the pigs ran into town to report what they

Jesus demonstrates his authority over nature by calming a furious storm on the Sea of Galilee (Matthew 8:23 – 8:27)

To escape the crowd and cross to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, Jesus and his disciples boarded a boat. As they travelled across the lake, a furious storm erupted. The wind was so great, waves swept over the boat. Jesus however, calmly slept through the squall. The disciples woke Jesus shouting, “Lord, save us! We are going to drown!” Jesus replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then Jesus rose and rebuked the winds and waves. The sea became completely calm. The disciples were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!” What the story means to us today Fear shows lack of faith – and lack of faith promotes fear Jesus continues to prove his authority

The cost of following Jesus (let the dead bury their own) – Matthew 8:18 – 8:22

Jesus saw the crowds surrounding him had grown large so he gave orders to cross to the other side of the Sea of Galilee. A teacher of the law came to him and said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” Another disciple said to Jesus, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” Jesus replied, “Follow me and let the dead bury their dead.” What the story means to us today Being a Christian requires commitment – even when it’s hard Two beautiful quotations came from the shores along the Sea of Galilee that day, each a guiding response to a disciple. To the disciple that