Week 6 : Matthew

Discovering Healing Accounts in the Gospels
Part 1: MATTHEW

Note from the HealingStrong Team:

We are praying for you as you continue this journey to discover truths from the healing accounts in the Gospel of Matthew. We want to encourage you to take time to pray and ask God to help quiet your mind each day, set aside time to study, and read God’s word. Use a personal journal to document your notes and answer the questions in each daily reading.

We’ve created an acrostic to help us remember some key points to turn this time of study into a time of spiritual growth and personal healing.

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.

Digging deeper into these books will reveal truths that will change the way you view healing, and most important draw you closer to our Heavenly Father. May God bless you as you commit your time and heart to study His word.

DAY 1:

Healing Brings Praise

Matthew 15: 29 – 39

Jesus had just been in the region Tyre and Sidon.  He came back to the Sea of Galilee and sat down on a mountainside.  Once he got there, crowds came all looking for healing.

They did not come to hear a good sermon or message.  They came seeking a man who they believed could heal their loved ones.  For three days, they brought the lame, blind, mute and crippled all to be healed.  The miracle was that Jesus healed them all. This resulted in a huge praise party for God. 

But then another miracle was yet to come.  These people had not eaten in three days and instead of Jesus sending them home hungry, He had compassion on them.  He asked his disciples what they had available to them – seven loaves of bread and a few small fish. 

What’s beautiful in this passage is that we never see the reproduction of the fishes and loaves all in one place.  Instead, Jesus breaks the loaves and passes them on to the disciples, who in turn, break their pieces and pass them on, and it continues until everyone is fed and seven basketfuls are left over. In the end, because a few people surrendered their last meal, 4,000 men plus women and children had their fill.

Notice they started with seven loaves and ended with seven basketfuls.  Jesus used their offering and multiplied it beyond their need.  

Questions:  

  1. What was the end result of healing the multitudes of people?
  2. What are the lessons that we can learn from this story about trust and surrender?
  3. Is there something in your life that you are holding on to that God can use to help others?

Day 2:

Jesus Heals a Boy

Matthew 17: 14 – 21

Parents struggling with sick children are themselves caught in a great struggle.  They would do anything to take the disease, pain or illness from their children, yet sadly they can’t.  The father in this story was in a desperate situation. He had a son who was being spiritually and physically tortured by demons. In this account, we have an insider’s view of just how much the little boy was being tortured.  It describes seizures, and attempts to end his life by being thrown into the fire or water. Can you imagine how hopeless the father must have been? This man had already sought the help of the disciples to rid the demon, to no avail.  His final measure was to seek Jesus.  

When he approached Jesus, the man knelt down, dejected and weary and described the torture of the tormenting spirits. But the enemy was about to lose this battle.  Jesus rebuked the spirit and healed the man’s son.

When we or a loved one are sick or spiritually tortured, we can learn from the man in this story.  Let Jesus be your first stop and not your last. He is your ultimate healer. He is your comforter, your shepherd, your encourager, your strength and your protector.  He holds your life in his hands and will walk with you in any storm you face.  

Questions:

  1. What does the posture of the father’s approach to Jesus that say to you?
  2. Why do you think the disciples couldn’t remove the spirit?
  3. What kind of changes can we put in our life so that we are running to Jesus first and not last?

DAY 3:

The Squeaky Wheel

Matthew 20: 29 – 34

You’ve heard the phrase, “the squeaky wheel gets oiled.”  These blind men were the squeaky wheels in the story. They heard Jesus was passing by and yelled to get his attention.  They probably had heard he was a great healer and had nothing to lose by trying to get his attention. They yelled so loud the crowd told them to be quiet.  Then instead of quieting down or doing what was socially correct, they risked embarrassment and yelled even louder, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us.” That got Jesus’ attention.

How many times do we pray once and then give up when we don’t see the answer quickly?  Do we pray louder and more impassioned? Desperate cries out to God sometimes yield some of His biggest miracles. 

Questions:

  1. Is there something you have prayed for but given up when you didn’t see the answer?
  2. What would you tell Jesus if he asked you, “What do you want me to do for you?”
  3. What was Jesus’ reaction to them as they yelled for his attention?

DAY 4

Jesus the Empathetic Savior

Matthew 26: 36 – 46

Have you ever been in a time of deep sorrow and anxiety?  Did your circumstances overwhelm your heart to the point of death?  If you’ve felt that way before, you are in good company. Jesus felt like that when He was in the Garden of Gethsemane.  As fully human, he dreaded the pain and suffering of going to the cross. He knew what was to come, and yet scripture tells us that Jesus prayed and asked God to take the cup away from Him. His final surrender we read is that not his will, but the Father’s will be done. Talk about surrendering the outcome. Jesus was fully the Son of God and He knew that dying on the cross was the ultimate way to conquer death and provide salvation for all who believe.  

When we shift our focus to his disciples in the account, what do we see? Jesus described his state of His soul as being “overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death.”  At that moment, he sought support from his friends, asking them to keep watch and pray with him. To his disappointment, they fell asleep, and Jesus admonished Peter about not being able to stay alert for one hour. He then tells his disciples, “Watch and pray so that YOU will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.” 

If you ever feel you are going it alone in your healing journey, be encouraged that Jesus feels your pain and understands the deep trouble and anxiety you face.  In fact, He won’t let you go it alone. As your empathetic Savior, He’ll carry you through it.

Questions:

  1.  Does it comfort you to see that Jesus also struggled with sorrow?
  2.  Do you have “a cup” you’ve been asking God to take away from you?  
  3. How does prayer change your circumstances?

DAY 5

Jesus is Resurrected

Read Matthew 28: 1 – 20

These passages are centered on our ultimate path to healing and conclude with the great commission to make disciples, baptizing them and teaching them to obey what Jesus had commanded. The account of Jesus’ resurrection begins with his grieving friend, Mary, who went at the crack of dawn to “look at his tomb”. She was visiting her loved one’s gravesite when what seemed a violent earthquake, was an angel of the Lord whose appearance was full of splendor and glory.  He passed along an important message that was to be shared with everyone: “Jesus, who was crucified is not here; He has risen, just as he said.”  

With the greatest event in history having taken place, you would think that the chief priests and “men of the cloth” would be rejoicing, but instead – they were scheming and devising plans for cover-up. We don’t hear of Jesus being distracted by the schemes and lies, instead we see Him focused on the goal.  With all authority of heaven and earth given to him, He charges his disciples with a great commission: “to go and make disciples of all nations”. That includes baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey all that he had commanded. The best part is that Jesus didn’t leave them alone, with comforting words he says: “I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Without this crucial event in history, we would still be slaves to sin with no means of atonement. Jesus was crucified on a cross, buried, and then raised to new life so that we can have eternal life. The gospel of Matthew is the true account of Jesus whose life and death pointed to our Father in Heaven. Everything He did was for His Father’s will and was to bring salvation to all people. The healing accounts teach us so much about a Savior that cares more about our wholeness, than just our physical healings.  Did you know that the word wholeness also means salvation?   

 Without the forgiveness of sins, we are walking around in spiritual bondage.  Jesus’ death on the cross for our sins and his resurrection leads to the ultimate healing, no matter if your physical body is ever fully restored here on earth.  Through his resurrection and the forgiveness of our sins, we have an eternal home with eternal bodies that will never fail us or need healing again.

As you heal, have you sought Jesus for the forgiveness of your sins?  If you haven’t asked Jesus to be the Lord of your life and to forgive your sins, we want to invite you to do that now.  Pray this simple prayer out loud and in your heart:

“Dear Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and need your forgiveness.  I believe you died on the cross for my sins and rose from the dead.  I trust you as my Lord and Savior. Please help me to daily surrender to your will.  In Jesus name, amen.”

Questions:

  1. Have you asked Jesus to forgive you of your sins?
  2. What does wholeness mean to you?
  3. What is Jesus calling you to do?

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Comments

  1. Diana Morgan

    Just wanted to say how blessed I am by following this Bible Study!
    Last week on Day One, the passage on Calloused hearts spoke directly to me. When I started my walk in Christ, I saw some pastors healing for profit and included weird ways to set people free from demons. Because of this, I “threw the baby with the bath water”, and decided everything related to healings and demons were not Christian. Since then, I have experienced miracles in my life and loved ones, but nothing in those two areas….until now with my own diagnosis. A Christian relative who knew how opposed I was to those subjects mentioned that maybe I got this to learn something bigger. Well, last week by meditating in that passage I saw myself like a Pharisee who would rationalize, oppose, contradict and argue Jesus Christ Himself by not believing He is able of healing all types of diseases AND setting people free from demons. I thank also the Holy Spirit for helping me turn around, believe His Word and guiding me to this Bible Study!
    I’m so thankful to Suzy and the team!
    Thank you for the introductions to the daily devotionals, the keywords that help me understand the Scriptures, the questions, -which help me think even further in the passage-, and specially the video you included on how to yoke cattle.
    Because of it, I have been reading or looking further on YouTube on sermons that help me to understand more the daily devotional. I’m full of joy, understanding and meditating in His Word!
    Thank you so much for putting this Bible Study together!!!
    Diana

    1. Cheryl

      Diana – thank you for your kind words and encouragement. It warms our souls to see how God is working and encouraging people through this study of His Word. It is active and sharper than a two-edged sword. I can’t wait to view the youtube sermon you posted on the other week as well. Thank you for sharing what the Lord is showing you!

  2. Lisa

    Thank you for these beautiful healing bible studies…they have helped me see that God is with me… cares for me… heals me… as his word says. What a blessing they have been…even how they came to me…and the timing always seems to be right! Praise God!

    1. Cheryl

      Lisa – God is the author of perfect timing! Doesn’t that amaze you that the Creator of the universe and the Lover of your soul arranged your life so that he could get something to you to encourage you? That just makes me smile when He does that for me. What loving Father wouldn’t do that for His kids? Thank you for your encouraging words!

  3. Cheryl

    “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” 1 John 4:18

    I recently saw an interaction with a toddler and her mother that was a great illustration for us when we are going through fearful times. The toddler and her mom were walking in a park when a dog started barking loudly at her. The toddler looked up at her mom and said, “Mommy, I am scared. I am scared. I am scared.” She kept on repeating it over and over as she looked at the dog. Her mom (who was walking by her side the whole time) grabbed her hand and sweetly said, “I know you are scared. Mommy is right here and won’t let that dog hurt you.” With her mom’s big hand holding her tiny one, the toddler’s fears were swept away in perfect love.

    God does that for us as well. He promises to never leave or forsake us. He’s with us when we are fearful. All we have to do is call out to Him, fix our eyes on Him and when looking to Him, those fears will melt away. I encourage anyone that is fearful of your future to look to Him today instead of your circumstances, diagnosis or current illness. He’s holding out His big hand now ready to take yours.

  4. Diana

    Thank you Cheryl for posting this beautiful illustration of God’s love for us! It reminds me of a sermon on Peter walking on water that when he heard the wind (examples given: the situation of the country is getting bad, or the diagnosis is worse…!) you keep looking onto Jesus, no matter what!

  5. Diana

    I’m still in awe by thinking on the faith, the great faith the woman had in Jesus that I kept looking for good sermons and found this one that explains further more the importance of trusting the Biblical Jesus. Amazing God!
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=3JrAVqoqez0

  6. Suzy

    Y’all this is so encouraging. God is so good! What a blessing to read the posts. Thank you so much for taking time to share how God is speaking to you. I know He is teaching me so much in this study and helping me to be at peace. His word is powerful and active!

  7. Amina H.

    This is beautiful study, but a sad one at the same time for me, because so many thoughts are flying through my mind. I am healthy. My son who is 12 today. He is the one getting treatment from leukemia. I always wonder what is going on in his little heart, what he thinks about God’s grace? Does he trust Jesus in this difficult time? I am sharing with him, praying, and encouraging to have Faith and trust that God is good. But I dont have all the answers to his difficult questions. And I pray that his faith doesnt weaken. Thank you for this study. I needed to get connected to a bible study to get daily bread. God bless you, family!

    1. Suzy

      Amina thank you for sharing your heart and your son’s temporary situation! We will be praying for you and him. I am reminded of the parents in the scriptures that come to Jesus looking for healing. He sees them and knows their greatest needs and desires. In the cases where the children are sick, it is the parents that brought them to Jesus. 🙂 Stay in the Word, Amina. It’s full of encouragement and hope. We will be praying. Hope you can join us on the Live Conference Call this Monday at 8:00 P.M. EST.

  8. S J Johnston

    Thank you all so much for the encouragement…Like Diana Morgan…I had a similar experience. While in a thrift shop I found (by divine apt,) a little devotional book called …Faith to Faith. Early in my journey I was told this author was too radical. I stayed away…until this little book. I really am now just learning about what Faith is. And these authors knew then, but I didn’t understand till now. What a joy, and embrace of love, faith and hope in scripture verse and revelation at this time. Thank you all for your comments it is so uplifting , I am so grateful.

    1. Suzy

      SJ- So good! Love reading your testimony of divine appointment and how God is using a trip to the thrift store to help you in your faith journey! Thank you for sharing.

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