August 27th

Matthew 7-8

  • 7:1-5 – It is hard to imagine that we can see the magnitude of someone else’s sin when we ourselves our immersed in sin. This does not, however, instruct us not to lovingly correct the sins of others as we examine our own flaws.
  • 7:6 – Encouragement not to offer the character-forming corrections of God to those who will not appreciate it and take it to heart.
  • 7:7-11 – Another reminder to trust God to be faithful and provide for us and to seek his blessings.
  • 7:15-20 – This is a good tip on how you can recognize if someone is for good and for God or not. Are they bearing the fruit that God provides: love, joy, peace, etc.?
  • 7:24-27 – We are capable of all kinds of great things, but if our foundation is not built on God, it’s all for naught.
  • 7:28-29 – This specifically contrasts the scribes’ authority with the authority of Christ meaning that the scribes were not leading through God.
  • Chapter 8:This section is filled with 3 healing stories. It is important to notice when anything in the Bible comes in 3s. This means it is being emphasized.
  • Note that of the three healings, one is a leper, who is considered unclean and is often outcast, another is a centurion, who is a gentile’s, servant.
  • 8:10-13 – Israelites, because of their covenant with God, sometimes considered themselves above others. Jesus is explaining that this man, though not part of the chosen people, would be with Jesus because of his faith, while some Israelites were banking on their heritage.
  • 8:18-22 – Though both men wanted to follow Jesus, the scribe who volunteers is met with resistance because Jesus knows he will not be open to his nomadic, unsettled lifestyle. The disciple, however, was called by Jesus. It was cultural practice to honor the dead by burying them, particularly a parent. Jesus shows that his way will be countercultural and the disciple will need to choose which path to follow.
  • 8:23-27 – The disciples, even though they had dropped everything to follow Jesus, still often worried and feared. Jesus continually reminds them, in a variety of ways, to trust him.
  • 8:28-33 – This story is reminiscent of when Abraham prayed to God and convinced him to have mercy on the righteous in Sodom and Gomorrah. Here, though, the one requesting something of Jesus and changing his mind, is a demon.
  • 8:34 – Jesus has significantly disrupted the townspeople’s norms and scared them with his power so they ask him to leave.

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