Matthew 8 – 9
- the “good word of God” (corresponds to Matt. 5 – 7)
- the “works of power of the age to come” (Matt. 8 – 9)
- First Dispensational Outline: A Leper, Centurion, and Mother-in-law (8:1-17)
- (The Cost of Discipleship) (8:18-22)
- The Messiah’s Power Over Every Other Force (8:23 – 9:8)
- (The Nature of Discipleship) (9:9-17)
- Second Dispensational Outline: The Ruler’s Daughter & Infirm Woman (9:18-26)
- The Messiah’s Power to Heal Israel’s Spiritual Condition (9:27-34)
- The Leprous Man Healed (Matt. 8:2-4)
- The Centurion’s Servant Healed (Matt. 8:5-13)
- Peter’s Sick Mother-in-law Healed (Matt. 8:14-15)
- The Storm Calmed (Matt. 8:23-27)
- Two Demoniacs Healed (Matt. 8:28-34)
- The Paralytic Healed (Matt. 9:1-8)
- The Woman with Bloody Flux Healed (Matt. 9:20-22)
- Raising the Ruler’s Daughter (Matt. 9:23-26)
- Two Blind Men Healed (Matt. 9:27-31)
- The Dumb Demoniac Healed (Matt. 9:32-34)
First Dispensational Outline: A Leper, Centurion, and Mother-in-law (8:1-17)
Descending the Mountain (v.1)
- In the 2000 years that have expired since, when the gospel of God’s grace is going out
- In the millennium, after the gospel of the kingdom has gone out.
(The Cost of Discipleship) (8:18-22)
- Mr. Impetuous – Volunteered quickly without counting the cost.
- Mr. Procrastinator – Delayed following Christ for personal reasons.
Rejection: Discipleship will Cost you Personal Comfort (vv.19-20)
- “Foxes” – sly, and undeserving.
- “Birds” – small, and common.
This scribe was a carnal Jew, who saw the miracles and sought a place of prestige with the Messiah. But the Lord had not so much as a bed, let alone a place of eminence among men.
Son of Man. This is the first time He uses the expression “Son of Man.” His title “Son of Man” is what Christ is given in special connection with mankind; as either:
- Rejected as sufferer on behalf of man, rejected by all.
- Exalted as heir of all that God destines for man (see Heb. 2:6-8, and 1 Cor. 15:27).
The connection between the two is beautiful. “Son of man” is his title in rejection, and it will be the title under which he comes again in power and glory (Psa. 8).
Priorities: Discipleship will Cost you Natural Relationships (vv.21-22)
The Messiah’s Power Over Every Other Force (8:23 – 9:8)
- Over the Forces of Nature: the Storm Calmed (8:23-27)
- Over the Forces of Satan: Two Demoniacs (8:28-34)
- To Governmentally Forgive sins: the Paralytic Healed (9:1-8)
- The Storm: The masses whipped up into a state of turmoil (raging sea) by Satan during the tribulation period. See Rev 13:1.
- The Demoniacs: All the power of Satan employ to bind men to his will, “exceeding dangerous”. See Rev. 16:13-14.
- The Sick of the Palsy: The governmental results of Israel’s sin down through the centuries, resulting in hardship, loss, and sorrow. See Isa. 1:4-7.
Power over the Forces of Nature: the Storm Calmed (vv.23-27)
- Loud. Bondage of the Body – the demon possessed man.
- Quiet. Bondage of the Heart – desiring to get rid of Jesus.
Power on Earth to Forgive sins: the Paralytic Healed (vv.1-8)
(The Nature of Discipleship) (9:9-17)
A Disciple is Characterized by Following Christ (v.9)
A Disciple is Characterized by Grace (vv.10-13)
A Disciple is Characterized by Understanding the Times (vv.14-17)
- The portion and behavior of the disciples has to do with Christ and the place that He fills (vv.14-15).
- It is impossible to carry forward old Jewish forms into a new dispensation of grace (vv.16-17).
Second Dispensational Outline: The Ruler’s Daughter & Infirm Woman (9:18-26)
vv.18-26 is a dispensational outline. This explains why the interruption in v.20 occurs. God’s ways with the nation of Israel have been interrupted by a period of Gentile blessing. But at the close of this period, He will resume His dealings with the ancient people, and bring about Israel’s national resurrection.