Matthew 8:1—9:34: The Powers of the King
Someone once commented about a U.S. president: "I don't know where he is going, but I sure like the way he leads."
Leaders must demonstrate authority. But wise leaders know they must not abuse their authority. They know people follow leaders who also demonstrate integrity and compassion. In chapters 8 and 9 Jesus demonstrates that he is a worthy king, one in whom we can safely put our trust.
Warming Up to God
How has Jesus' authority been a guide to you in recent days?
Discovering the Word
- In chapters 8—9 Jesus' miracles occur in three groups, followed by a response, or reaction. Briefly describe how Jesus demonstrates his authority in 8:1-22.
- In 8:18-22 Jesus begins to attract would-be followers. What do these verses teach us about the cost and urgency of following him?
- What do we learn about the extent of Jesus' authority in 8:23—9:17?
- What is the relationship between Jesus' claim to have authority to forgive sins and his healing of the paralytic (9:1-8)?
- In 9:9-17 Jesus compares himself to a doctor and a bridegroom. Then he discusses garments and wineskins. What do these illustrations teach us about his ministry?
- How do people respond to Jesus in 9:18-34?
Applying the Word
- Look back over chapters 8—9. How does Jesus want us to respond to his power and authority?
- How can a knowledge of Jesus' power and authority strengthen your faith?
Responding in Prayer
Spend time praising God for Jesus' leadership.