12: Power and Authority of the King (2) (Mt
took place around the sea of Galilee during Jesus’
ministry in Galilee. He first crossed over to
the Gadarenes and later returned to His home town.
“‘But that you may
know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins’ --then He said to
the paralytic, ‘Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house’” (9:6).
Did You Know…?
Sea of Galilee (8:24): The
position of the lake in the Jordan
rift below sea level with the high mountains to the E and W creates a natural
condition for storms. The cool air masses from the mountain heights rush down
the steep slopes with great force causing violent eruptions of the lake. Such
tempests are not infrequent and are extremely dangerous to small craft. 9,
Gergesenes/Gadarenes (8:28): The region around the city of Gadara, six miles southeast of the Sea of Galilee. Mark and Luke identify the region by the
capital city Gerasa, located about 35 miles southeast
of the Sea. 8/1450
Tax collectors (9:10): see
notes in lesson 7.
In what ways did the Lord
demonstrate His authority in this passage?
Record the various reactions of
the people to Jesus’ words and actions.
What were the objections of the
teachers of the law and the Pharisees?
situations in your life have come upon you like a sudden storm?
1b.What has this
story taught you about dealing with these situations?
2. Why did the people of the town beg Jesus to
leave their region?
3. What lesson can we learn from the people’s
rejection of Jesus?
4. What is blasphemy? Why did the teachers of the
law think that Jesus blasphemed?
5. Explain 9:5-6.
6. What lessons can we learn from Jesus’ calling
of Matthew and His words to the Pharisees?
7. Explain “Those who are well have no need of a
physician, but those who are sick” and “For I did not come to call the
righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”
8. What caused the teachers and Pharisees to
criticize Jesus? How can we avoid making the same mistake today?