- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Matthew 9
Healing ministry as the revelation of Lordship of Jesus.
Jesus heals a paralytic (1-8) — Jesus healed a paralytic man by his authority, “take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.” Illness is caused by sin was one of several explanations why a man suffers among Jews in the first century. Jesus’ healing the man reveals his authority over the sins and forgiveness.
The calling of Matthew (9-13) — Matthew, a tax collector, was treated sinner, despised man by his Jewish people because he worked for Roman empire. Jesus’ calling Matthew to follow and having dinner with him in his house revealed that Jesus was the Savior of all, sinners.
Question about fasting (14-17) — Fasting became a ritual in Jewish tradition. But Jesus revised the interpretation of fasting in light of his own redemptive work, “the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast.” (v15). The teaching of new patch and new wine reveals new life in Jesus Christ.
A dead girl and a sick woman (18-26) — Matthew shows that Jesus has authority over the sick and death as the Messiah the prophets prophesized about him. A woman who was suffered from bleeding for twelve years was healed when she touched Jesus’ cloth. Jesus raised a dead girl.
Jesus heals the blind and mute. (27-34) — “the Son of David,” is a title for the royal Christ in his genealogy (Matthew 1:1). Matthew shows that Jesus’ healing the blind is the fulfillment that Prophet Isaiah prophesied about Jesus (Isaiah 42:7). The first century Jews believed that mute was a sign of demon-possessed. Jesus’ healing the mute was the sign that Jesus had authority over the power of demon.
The workers are few (35-38) — Jesus calls for working for harvest. Harvest is the image for the gathering of God’s people. Workers is the image of people who follows him in his ministry. This call is followed by his calling twelve disciples.
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.
- Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
- Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
- Live it out through the day.