Week 1: Matthew 1-14

Honor God with your commitment of time to study His word.
Examine your heart and pray to invite Him into your study.
Ask God to reveal His truths in the passage.
Listen to what He says and write it down.

Matthew 1-14

Healing passages:

  1.  Matthew 4: 23-25 (Jesus heals many with disease and sickness.)
  2.  Matthew 5: 21 – 26 (Healing from conflict.)
  3. Matthew 6: 25 – 34 (Healing from worry.)
  4. Matthew 8: 1 – 4 (Jesus heals the leper.)
  5. Matthew 8: 5 – 13 (Jesus heals the centurion’s servant)
  6. Matthew 8: 14 – 15 (Jesus heals Peter’s mother-in-law.)
  7. Matthew 8: 16 – 17 (Jesus heals many who were demon-possessed.)
  8. Matthew 8: 28 – 34 (Jesus heals two demon-possessed men.)
  9. Matthew 9: 1 – 8 (Jesus heals a paralyzed man.)
  10. Matthew 9: 18 – 26 (Jesus heals a bleeding woman and raises a girl back to life.)
  11. Matthew 9: 27 – 31 (Jesus heals two blind men.)
  12. Matthew 9: 32 – 34 (Jesus heals a demon-possessed man.)
  13. Matthew 10: 1 (Jesus sends out the 12 disciples.)
  14. Matthew 12: 9 – 14 (Jesus heals a man’s hand.)
  15. Matthew 14: 34 – 36 (Jesus heals all who touch him.)

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Comments

  1. Cheryl C

    In reading Matthew 4, I noticed that when Jesus was tempted by the devil in the desert, the devil used scripture and half truths to tempt Jesus. And Jesus threw scripture right back at him. It just reminds me that it’s important to memorize scripture for my daily battles, so when I hear lies or half-truths, I have God’s word as a weapon. And the really neat thing is after that 40 days of temptation, Matthew 4:11 says “Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.” I love that the angels came to Jesus. How many times does God send people to help us out during or after a tough battle.

  2. Cheryl

    1. From the very beginning – before He was even born – God made his overriding purpose known. V. 1:21 “you will call his name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.
    2. Finding Jesus produces joy – not just regular happiness, but “exceeding joy”. I think this is a timeless principle described by the wise men in v. 2:10 when they saw Him.
    3. God’s grace reaches across all social, economic and racial barriers. The genealogy of Joseph mentions four women that demonstrate this even before Jesus was born.

  3. Suzy Griswold

    Cheryl thank you for sharing. So good! What is standing out to me so often is the spoken Word: Jesus spoke and then healed. Also, I love the story of the woman who had been bleeding for 12 years. She SAID to herself: If I only touch the hem of His garment, I will be healed. In another instance with the Centurion whose servant was sick….all the Centurion did was to go to Jesus and tell him about his sick servant. Jesus then said: Should I go and heal him? Knowing that was what was needed, Jesus asked a question instead of just healing on his own. He waited for an invitation to be engaged in the healing. This is such a great study of His word.

  4. Cheryl

    Cheryl, I so agree with your statement. We must memorize scripture as our “line of defense” against the devil. Also, one of Jesus’s responses was “Though shall not tempt (or test in some translations) the Lord.” Taking scripture out of context and using the scriptures inappropriately is just what we shouldn’t do! During the night, a verse came to my mind that I think is important as we study scripture – “ALL scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction and for instruction in righteousness.” 2 Tim 2:16. How can we look at the scriptures in the light of these instructions?

  5. Julie

    The healing power of Jesus is amazing! When I was diagnosed with Uterine cancer, my friend Lynda wrote many different bible verses on sticky notes. The one that got me through my surgery, recovery and even today is Mathew 9:20-22. Just touch the fringe of His outer robe. My Faith has made me well! God is good!

  6. Ami Feller

    Wow! So much we could talk about in these first 14 chapters. The overriding thing for me has been the faith of these men and women. The centurion to Jesus “But just say the Word” and my servant will be healed. He wasn’t even in the vicinity of his servant at that time. The centurion didn’t have to see to believe. Talk about FAITH!!! The man with leprosy “Lord if you are willing, you can make me clean”. “I am willing, He said. “Be clean” Both of these men had an expectation and Jesus met their expectations. And let’s not forget the woman with the issue of blood. She said to herself, if I only touch his cloak, I will be healed. “Take heart, daughter, He said, your faith has healed you. Can I just say we serve an awesome God! 💙

    1. Suzy G.

      Ami…I totally agree with you. There is so much in these first 14 chapter…I keep going back and rereading them. I love how people BROUGHT the sick to Jesus. How Jesus spoke the word and healing took place. Looking forward to our conference call to discuss at 8 this morning.

  7. Cheryl

    The first 14 chapters of Matthew introduce us to Jesus and His ministry on earth. Matthew also tells us why He came and why He was teaching, preaching and healing. These activities, even where He was born, living in Egypt as a child, healing people, speaking in parables and the other miracles He did, all established Him as the prophesied Messiah. For example, 8:17 says, “and healed all who were sick that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet saying ‘He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses.'” There were many prophecies fulfilled in these 14 chapters. Jesus also demonstrated His power to forgive sin by healing. (paralytic). He saw people’s hearts and responded to them with compassion when they believed and warnings for the ones that rejected Him. In spite of many miracles there were many that didn’t believe in Him. In chapters 11-12 He reaffirmed His ministry was to call people to repentance. He assured them that only in Him would they find true rest and peace – rest for their souls!

    Jesus only did miracles that were within His Father’s will. He easily could have turned the stones to bread when tempted by Satan in the wilderness, but He didn’t. He, as God living on earth, has assured us that God will take care of us and provide our needs and that not even a sparrow will die without it being in God’s will. I always knew the verses about Him providing food and clothing for us and that He even knows the number of hairs on our head, but I never really thought about His will over life and death of even a sparrow! We can be assured of our value to God no matter what our circumstances are! He is sovereign and in control of all! Are there times that even though He can do something, that He doesn’t because it’s not God’s will?

    I also am encouraged by the faith of each of the people that Ami mentioned. The faith of the disciples to just leave everything and follow Him also is mind boggling! Even when he told them that they would suffer for His sake and that things wouldn’t be easy for them, they followed Him. Oh to have that faith!

    One final thought . . . Crowds followed Him for physical healing no doubt, but He did much more! He gave them hope for their eternal future, provided for their needs by feeding the crowd of over 10,000 people with only 5 loaves and 2 fish, walked on water and controlled the weather. As the disciples said when he walked out to them on the water and got into the boat, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

  8. Cheryl

    Julie, Praise God for healing you of the cancer!!

  9. Suzy G.

    Hi everyone. We had an amazing group call this morning to discuss what we have all learned through these first 14 chapters. Thank you for those able to be on the call. Here’s just a summary of some of the discussion today.

    A resounding theme continues to weave throughout our hearts and that is the importance of prayer, coming to Jesus with our burdens and requests (even though He knows them already)…Time and time again, He waits for our communication with Him (see each of the healing passages above…Jesus waited for them to invite Him into their need.) Bailey and others on the call spoke about how in these passages it is so clear how faith and belief go hand in hand.

    He tells us not to worry or be anxious. He is listening, waiting for us. He tells us in Matthew 6 “to seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” I love what Afton said on our call…often times, we wait to go to Him until we have exhausted everything else instead of coming to Him first! (Ex:the woman with the issue with bleeding in Matthew 9)….she finally went to Jesus after she had suffered 12 years and she SAID to herself: IF I JUST touch the hem of His garment, I will be made well. Jesus knew the power left Him. Interestingly, we learned today on our call from one of our participants that the Hem of a teacher’s garment:
    On the hem of His garment she would have touched one of the tassels. The “tallit” which also serves as a prayer shawl, which a person would read an inscription that is actually embroidered into the garment. She was reaching out to touch the very record of Jesus prayer which in the Old Testament —- God told His people of Israel not to forget the LORD their God. In the Old Testament, He commanded His people to wear tassels on the hem of their garments to be a reminder that: “I am the LORD thy God”. This is such a significant treasure in this story! May our prayer lives be centered on the Lord God and His mighty power through Jesus.

    Kay on our call today mentioned as a cancer thriver how the last year has been so focused on her food plan and that God is calling her to put her emphasis and focus on His word — the Word of God is the very bread of life. When we place our trust in God and not on the food plan, anxiety leaves us and we focus on the most important part of healing — the Healer. It doesn’t mean we are not supposed to take care of ourselves and walk in the path God is leading us, but it does mean that our emphasis should be on Him and His Word as our daily bread — first.

    Love what Kay said during our call about something her pastor shared yesterday…”the enemy cannot limit God’s power, but we can! ”

    In Matthew 11:12, clearly scriptures point out our limitation: “If you are willing to accept it”….He who has ears, let Him hear. What Cheryl mentions above is highlighted a couple of times in these chapters that healing, signs and miracles came and Jesus spoke about the WHY: for repentance. To lead people to Jesus. In Matthew 11, Jesus actually denounced the cities most miracles were performed because they did not repent. Jesus cares about a repentant heart.

    He wants us to find HIM through our healing. He tells us to proclaim Good News and a message of HOPE. “What I tell you in the dark; speak in the daylight. What’s whispered in your ear, proclaim from the rooftops.” When God shows us truth, He wants us to tell others the Good News. What did Peter’s Mother In Law do when Jesus healed her….it says, Jesus touched her hand and her fever left her…and she got up and served Jesus. What are we doing as a result of our touch from God? Finally, we also spoke about a healing story that isn’t listed in the verses above, but in Matthew 7, and that’s healing from a critical, judgmental spirit. Power of life and death is in the tongue. How we speak to others, are we being critical? Several of us mentioned how easy it is to be loving to outsiders, but in our own homes, are we being critical or judgmental to our spouses, our kids? Jesus is so clear about making certain we don’t judge others or have a critical spirit. This can lead to bitterness and resentment. Soul wounds lead to disease. How we speak, how we capture our thoughts BEFORE they come out of our mouths, making our thoughts obedient to Christ – it matters. Jesus also instructs us during these chapters in how we will recognize good and evil — By their fruit. How wonderful that He gives us a measuring tool….a spiritual tool…to examine the fruit (in our own lives) as well as others. He tells us to choose fruit wisely…do we gather grapes from thornbushes? – No, He shows us that every good tree bears good fruit. Later on in our readings, we will read Galatians 5 that outlines the fruit of the Spirit: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. ”

    Pressing on to Week 2: Matthew 15-28. Everyone is encouraged to find the treasures for yourself. He will show you! Record them in your journal and please comment and share in the post for Week 2.

  10. Cheryl

    Suzy, Thank you for posting the review of the phone call. I hope to be able to be on the next one. The question you ask “What are we doing as a result of our touch from God? ” reminded me of something that I wrote in my Bible awhile ago by Matthew 5:13. I wrote, “Salt has a purpose and so do we. If we don’t find our purpose, we’ve wasted our life.” Something to think about.

  11. Afton

    What a beautiful review, Suzy! Thank you so much. It is precisely what I remember about the call. I am grateful for your putting into writing for us all. I am so thankful and humbled to be part of this group and study, and for what God is doing in my life and family.

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