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11: Power and Authority of the King (1) (Mt 8:1-22)
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11: Power and Authority of the King (1) (Mt 8:1-22)

I.       The Basics

A.     Setting

These events took place after Jesus’ first discourse on the mountain. Jesus’ ministry in this stage was still in the region of Galilee.

B.     Key Verse

            that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: ‘He Himself took our infirmities And bore our sicknesses.’” (8:17).

C.     Did You Know…?

1.       Leper (8:2): Leprosy here refers to a chronic infectious skin ailment probably not the same as the disease called leprosy today. To touch a leper made one ritually unclean according to the OT law. 1/1425 The law required that the person who has been healed of leprosy be examined by the priest. Then the priest would perform ceremonial cleansing and offer sacrifices on behalf of the person who has been healed.

2.       Centurion (8:5): The centurion was a Roman army officer, theoretically in charge of 100 men…. 1/1425

3.       “Let the dead bury their own dead” (8:22): …Jews placed great importance on the duty of children to bury their parents. 8/1450

II.    Observation

A.     Outline









B.     Key Words/Phrases

III. Segment Analysis

A.     8:1-4

4.       Why did Jesus tell the man with leprosy not to tell anyone about the healing? (see Mk 1:45; Lk 5:15,16).

5.       What was the significance of Jesus’ command to the man with leprosy to show himself to the priest?

6.       What can we learn from the man with leprosy about our attitude in prayer?

B.     8:5-13

1.       How did the healing of the centurion’s servant show Jesus’ authority? Pay attention to Jesus’ and the centurion’s words.

2.       In what ways did the centurion demonstrate his faith?

3.       What do Jesus’ words in verses 10 through 12 teach us about who will be in God’s kingdom?

C.     8:14-15

1.       What can we learn from Peter’s mother-in-law?

D.     8:18-22

1.       Explain the phrase “let the dead bury their own dead.”

2.       Applying the Lord’s words to ourselves, what does following Jesus entail?

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