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)
(The Cost of Discipleship) (8:18-22)
- Mr. Impetuous – One who volunteered quickly without counting the cost.
- Mr. Procrastinator – One who delayed following Christ for personal reasons.
Rejection: Discipleship will Cost you Personal Comfort (vv.19-20)
Son of Man. This is the first time the Lord uses the expression “Son of Man.” His title “Son of Man” is what Christ is given in special connection with mankind; as either the rejected sufferer by mankind and on behalf of mankind, or as exalted heir of all that God has purposed for mankind (see Heb. 2:6-8, and 1 Cor. 15:27). The connection between the two is beautiful. “Son of man” is the Lord’s 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 (Rev 13:1).
- The Demoniacs: All the power of Satan employed to bind men to his will, “exceeding dangerous” (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 (Isa. 1:4-7).
Power over the Forces of Nature: the Storm Calmed (vv.23-27)
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)
A dispensational outline. If we can see that vv.18-26 is a dispensational outline, it 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.
The Faithful in Our Lord’s Day: The Ruler comes to Jesus (vv.18-19)
A Period of Gentile Blessing: The Woman with Bloody Flux (vv.20-22)
The Messiah’s Power to Heal Israel’s Spiritual Condition (9:27-34)
- The expression “O ye of little faith” is a gentle rebuke, repeated four times in Matthew: first in Matt. 6:30 in regard to care; second in Matt. 8:23 in regard to fear; third in Matt. 14:31 in regard to doubt; and fourth in Matt. 16:7-8 in regard to reasoning in divine things. All four instances have to do with failure in simple faith. And yet the Lord never says to His own “O ye of no faith”.
- Kelly, William. Lectures on the Gospel of Matthew. Loizeaux Brothers, 1943.