Matthew 9 Outline
– Jesus forgave and heals a paralyzed man on a mat (Matthew 9:1-8)
– Jesus called Matthew the tax collector to follow him (Matthew 9:9-13)
– Jesus was asked about fasting (Matthew 9:14-17)
– Jesus healed a dead girl and a hemorrhage woman (Matthew 9:18-26)
– Jesus healed two blind and mute men (Matthew 9:27-34)
– More workers needed in the kingdom of God (Matthew 9:35-38)
Matthew 9 Bible Study
In Matthew 9:1-8, after Jesus has left the Gergesenes town and crossed over to the other side of the lake, people brought to him a lame man on a mat. When the people saw that Jesus said to the lame man that his sins are forgiven, they criticized him. Some people gets ill because of demonic possession not because of malfunctions in the body. Demons can cause sicknesses to people. You must bind the spirits of infirmity and all kinds of diseases in the name of Jesus. Once the demon is cast out, the person will be well again. Sins can cause demons to enter into a person and possess him. Sins can cause the curse of God to pass down to the third and fourth generations. If your ancestors have sinned against God, you must break these curses in the name of Jesus.
In Matthew 9:9-13, the Pharisees started to rebuke Jesus when they saw him eating with tax collectors and sinners. Jesus came to earth to offer himself as a sacrifice for the sins of the people in the world. Everyone is a sinner because we are the offsprings of Adam and Eve. Adam and Eve sinned by disobeying God’s commandment. They ate the fruits from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. From that moment on, the seed of sin is in Adam and Eve and it passed down to us.
In Matthew 9:14-17, the disciples of John the Baptist asked Jesus why his disciples didn’t fast like them and the Pharisees. Jesus used the analogy of using new cloth to patch old cloth. Jesus is pointing out the hypocrisy of the Pharisees. The Pharisees are known for adding numerous laws in addition to God’s law. Many Christians like to do God’s works in their own way and incorporate their values into God’s law. If you want to do God’s works, you must do it in his way and not your way. For example, some people like to incorporate their tradition of celebrating festivities of their old religions into Christianity.
In Matthew 9:18-26, a man pleaded Jesus to come to heal his dying daughter when he is still speaking. When Jesus was following the man, a woman that suffered from bleeding for 12 years was healed when she barely touch his clothes. The woman believed that touching the Jesus’ clothes could heal her so she was healed. It is important that you believe in your prayer when you ask God to do something for you. When Jesus arrived at the house of the man, he saw a crowd of people mourning and musicians. The account is recorded in Mark 5:21-43 and Luke 8:40-56. The girl is the daughter of a man in charge of the Jewish congregation called Jairus. She is twelve years old. By the time Jesus arrived, the girl is already dead but Jesus held the hand of the girl by hand and she was instantaneously healed. Jesus asked the man to give the girl some meat to eat after she was resurrected to live again. After you have accepted Jesus Christ into your heart, you must feed yourself with the word of God. We don’t live on bread alone but also on the word of God. We must keep on renewing our minds with the word of God so that we can become spiritually mature. New born again Christians are like babies that are fed on milk but spiritually mature Christians are fed on meat.
In Matthew 9:27-31, Jesus healed two blind men who are following him. The two blind men believed that Jesus is able to make them see again so they were healed.
In Matthew 9:32-34, Jesus met with a man who is mute. Jesus cast out the evil spirit that caused him to be dumb and he immediately was able to talk. Christians have the authorities to cast out demons in the name of Jesus. When you are being attacked by a demon, you must bind it in the name of Jesus. You must have faith when binding the evil spirit in the name of Jesus so that it will go away.
In Matthew 9:35-38, Jesus preached the good news in the towns and villages that he visited. He healed the diseases of the people. The kingdom of God requires a lot of workers. Every worker has a role in the kingdom of God. Some workers will sow the seed of the gospel while others will reap the harvest. We must pray for God to send gospel workers to preach the good news around the world.