Matthew Chapter 8

Read Matthew Chapter 8
1. Where was Jesus according to Matthew 8:1?

2. Who comes to Jesus in Matthew 8:2? What does he say to Jesus?

3. What was Jesus response according to Matthew 8:3-4?

4. What do you learn about leprosy and the treatment of lepers from the following verses?
Leviticus 13:45-46

Numbers 5:2

5. What was required of someone cured of leprosy according to Leviticus 14:1-32?

6. Where does Jesus go according to Matthew 8:5?

7. Where is Capernaum located? Look at a map to help you.

8. What was Capernaum known for?

9. Who came to Jesus when he entered Capernaum according to Matthew 8:5?

Going deeper: What was a centurion in the Roman army? What was his responsibilities? Why would there have been a Roman centurion in Capernaum?

10. What does the centurion tell Jesus in Matthew 8:6?

11. How does Jesus respond in Matthew 8:7?

12. How does the centurion respond to Jesus’ offer in Matthew 8:8-9?

13. What does the centurion recognize in Jesus?

14. What is Jesus’ reaction to the centurion’s statement according to Matthew 8:10?

15. What prophecy does Jesus make in Matthew 8:11-12?

16. What does Jesus say to the centurion in Matthew 8:13?

17. What happens to the centurion’s servant?

18. Where did Peter’s mother-in-law live? How do you know?

19. What did Jesus do when he entered Peter’s house according to Matthew 8:14-15?

20. What happened that evening according to Matthew 8:16-17?

21. Copy Isaiah 53:4 here. Meditate on this. Record your thoughts and impressions.

22. What does Jesus do when He sees the multitudes around Him in Matthew 8:18?

23. What does the scribe tell Jesus in Matthew 8:19?

24. How does Jesus respond?

25. What does Jesus tell the man who says he must go bury his father?

26. What do Jesus and the disciples do according to Matthew 8:23?

27. What happens according to Matthew 8:24?

28. What was the response of the disciples to the storm and their master sleeping?

29. How did Jesus respond to His disciples in Matthew 8:26?

30. How did Jesus respond to the storm according to Matthew 8:26?

Going deeper: For other gospel versions of this story, see Mark 4:35-41 and Luke 8:22-25

31. Where did the boat with Jesus and the disciples end up? Where is this located in Israel? Consult a map to help you locate it.

32. Who met Jesus when he arrived on the other side of the sea according to Matthew 8:28?

33. What did the demons say to Jesus in Matthew 8:29-31?

34. What did Jesus say to the demons according to Matthew 8:32? What happened as a result?

35. What was the response of those who kept the pigs and the city? Why?

Going deeper: What did it mean that men were raising pigs in this city?

Going even deeper: For other gospel versions of these events, see Mark 5:1-20 and Luke 8:26-39

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Matthew Chapter 7

Read Matthew Chapter 7
1. What is Jesus instructing them not to do in Matthew 7:1-2? Why?

2. What does God say about judging in the following verses?
Leviticus 19:15

Numbers 35:15-25

Luke 6:37:43-45

John 7:24

1 Corinthians 5:9-13

3. Consider words that are synonyms of “judge.” Make a list of some that might be applicable to Jesus’s point in Matthew 7:1-2.

4. Look up the following words in a dictionary. Record what you find as it might apply to this passage.




According to commentators, Jesus is not prohibiting all types of judgment or evaluation among believers. He is addressing the issue of criticizing those of the household of faith. His point is that we should expect to be judged according to the criteria or type of judgment we apply to others. As a result, we should always seek to judge righteously, so that any judgment applied to us would also be done righteously. It seems to be an extension of the command to love your neighbor as yourself. See Matthew 7:12.

5. What is Jesus describing in Matthew 7:3-4? (Hint: See Matthew 7:5)

6. What do you learn about hypocrites and hypocrisy from the following verses?
Proverbs 11:9

Matthew 23:13-30

Mark 7:6

James 3:17

7. What remedy does Jesus suggest in Matthew 7:5?

8. Copy Matthew 7:6. Meditate on this. What is Jesus’ point?

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9. What is the lesson Jesus is teaching in Matthew 7:7-11?

10. How do the following verses help clarify or add meaning to Matthew 7:7-11?
Psalm 37:4

Matthew 21:21-22

John 15:7

John 16:23-24

11. Explain the meaning of Matthew 7:12 in your own words.

12. What is Jesus’ message to them in Matthew 7:13-14?

13. How is Matthew 7:13-14 similar to or different from Deuteronomy 30:15-20? Psalm 1?

14. In Matthew 7:15-20, Jesus is explaining how we are to judge people (as fruit inspectors). What does He say about false prophets? How can we know them?

15. What do the following passages add to your understanding of false prophets and how you can identify them?
Deuteronomy 13:1-5

Jeremiah 14:14

Mark 13:22

2 Peter 2:1-3

John 10:12

16. What does Jesus say about those who will enter the kingdom of heaven in Matthew 7:21-23?

17. What does Jesus say about those who hear His words and act on them in Matthew 7:24-27?

18. What was the reaction of the crowd to Jesus’ teaching according to Matthew 7:28-29?

Walking to nowhere

The last day I was in Israel was a Sunday, and I was staying in Jerusalem. As a final way to close the trip, my friends and I visited the Old City one last time. It was a beautiful day. In this post, I will share with you some of the splendor of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. It is a place that can be difficult to navigate for all the apparent organized chaos and the different manifestations of faith and ritual that are all around. This time, perhaps because it was a Sunday, I was able to genuinely enjoy the beauty and serenity of the church. Whatever you may believe about where Yeshua, the Messiah (Jesus Christ) was buried, this church is a place where generations of believers have come and remembered the crucifixion and burial of Yeshua. God said that He would be found by those who seek Him with all their heart. See Jeremiah 29:13.


Shabbat Shalom

I apologize for taking a few days to get back to the tour highlights. I left off in my last post about our recent tour of Israel with our visit to Tel Arad. That is definitely a place to visit. From Tel Arad, we headed north and made our way out of the Negev basin. As we climbed, we noted places along the way such as Maon, Carmel (not the Mt Carmel on the coast), and Ziph. (See Joshua 15:55 for the reference to these cities as being part of the allotment to the Tribe of Judah). 

We were not able to visit all the tels, but from a vantage point in the wilderness of Ziph, we were able to remember David’s time in the wilderness of Ziph as described in 1 Samuel 23. We were able to see the route by which David would have easily traveled to En Gedi from Ziph. These connection in the land bring the scriptures to life.

In this area, we were also able to remember the story of Abraham and the three visitors. We could look out and see the Salt Sea, and the traditional location of Zoar at the south end and remember that Lot had asked to be able to go to Zoar after leaving Sodom when it was slated for destruction. Recent excavations and other findings at Tall el-Hamman to the north east of the Salt Sea suggest that the location for Sodom may be in that area, but I leave that for another day. (See article in Nature Journal A Tunguska sized airburst destroyed Tall el-Hammam a Middle Bronze Age city in the Jordan Valley near the Dead Sea)

We reached our final destination, Hebron, with time to visit both the tel and the cave of the Patriarchs. This was not the first time I visited tel Hebron or the Cave of Machpelah. You can see my earlier post here.

We visited the tel first. This is definitely worth the climb. The tel has been partially excavated.

After visiting the tel, we visited the cave of Machpelah – the burial place of the patriarchs. Here are some images from our visit.

Read Matthew Chapter 6:16-34
1. What does Jesus teach them about fasting in Matthew 6:16–18?

2. What do you learn about fasts and fasting from the following passages?
2 Samuel 12:20-22

Ezra 8:21-22

Esther 4:16

Psalm 69:9-11

3. Read Isaiah chapter 58. This passage reveals a great deal about what God thinks about fasts, how they should be conducted, and what they should be about.
a. What does God accuse Israel of doing on their days of fast in Isaiah 58:3?

b. What motives does God accuse Israel of having in their fasts in Isaiah 58:4?

c. What does God say about the fast He has chosen in the following verses?
Isaiah 58:6

Isaiah 58:7

d. What does God promise will be the result of such fasting in Isaiah 58:8-9?

e. Record His additional conditions in the following verses:
Isaiah 58:9

Isaiah 58:10

Isaiah 58:13

f. Record His additional promises in the following verses:
Isaiah 58:11

Isaiah 58:12

Isaiah 58:14

Going Deeper: For more on Fasting, refer to Daniel 9:2-4 and Joel 2:12-32

4. What does Jesus teach them in Matthew 6:19-34?

5. What further insight into Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 6:19-34 do you gain from the following verses?
Proverbs 11:4

Proverbs 12:25

Jeremiah 17:7-8

Luke 10:40-42

Luke 12:22-34

Philippians 4:6-7

6. Copy Matthew 6:21. Meditate on this. Record your thoughts and impressions.

7. What do you learn from the following passages about loving God first?
Exodus 20:1-11

Deuteronomy 4:23-24

Deuteronomy 6:4

Going deeper: What did the idiomatic expression “eye is good” or “eye is bad” mean in first century Jewish society?

8. What do you learn about the light and darkness within from the following passages?
Isaiah 5:20

John 3:18-20

9. What application regarding prayer in your own life can you make from this chapter?

10. How can you apply Jesus’ teaching on forgiveness to your own life?

11. Have you been storing up treasures somewhere other than heaven? How does this chapter help you to reconsider that practice?

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Blessings for Shabbat

On day two we started in Beersheva and then made our way to the east to tel Arad. Tel Arad is located in the eastern Negev. Its location is strategic as being on the route which led to both Sinai and Transjordan. Tel Arad was the site of a Canaanite city from the early Bronze Age. The city was a as large as 10 hectares at its peak. The Israelites occupied the site during the Iron Age, building a fortress on the northern portion of the city. Within the fortress, the excavators found a Judahite temple (a cultic site) with two standing stones and two incense altars. The fortress and the lower city both have water systems to collect rain water run off.

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