Other Accounts of What You Read in Matthew 8–9
Understanding the Scriptures
|Leper, leprosy (vv. 2–3)||Leprosy refers to various diseases of the skin, tissues, or nerves (see also Bible Dictionary, “leper” and “leprosy,” pp. 723–24)|
|Centurion (vv. 5, 8, 13)||A leader in the Roman army in charge of one hundred soldiers|
|Palsy (v. 6)||A disease that left a person disabled|
|Grievously tormented (v. 6)||In terrible pain|
|Even (v. 16)||Evening|
|Infirmities (v. 17)||Weaknesses|
|Bare (v. 17)||Carried|
|Perish, perished (vv. 25, 32)||Die|
|Rebuked (v. 26)||Commanded to quit|
|Torment (v. 29)||Punish|
|Swine (vv. 30–32)||Pigs|
|Besought (vv. 31, 34)||Asked|
|Befallen (v. 33)||Happened|
Matthew 8:4—Why Would Jesus Tell Those He Healed to Not Tell Anyone about It?
See “Understanding the Scriptures” for Matthew 16:20 (p. 24).
Matthew 8:21–22—Why Wouldn’t Jesus Let the Man Bury His Father?
The following statement by Elder Bruce R. McConkie helps us understand why Jesus asked the man to follow Him rather than go and bury his father: “When men are called of God by the spirit of revelation, called in the omnipotent wisdom of him who knoweth all things, those calls take precedence over all conflicting interests. Missionaries so sent forth habitually forsake all personal and family obligations. Loved ones may pass away, but missionaries remain at their posts, preaching the kingdom of God” (Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, 1:304).
It is important to remember that no matter the circumstance, we are to follow Christ.
|His own city (v. 1)||Capernaum (see Bible Dictionary, “Capernaum,” p. 631)|
|Blasphemeth (v. 3)||Speaks irreverently about sacred things|
|Son of man (v. 6)||Jesus called Himself the Son of Man because He is the Son of God the Father, and one of Heavenly Father’s names is “Man of Holiness” (see Moses 6:57). Therefore, Jesus is “Son of Man of Holiness.”|
|Thence (vv. 9, 27)||There|
|Receipt of custom (v. 9)||Place to collect taxes|
|Sat at meat (v. 10)||Was eating a meal|
|Publicans (vv. 10–11)||Tax collectors|
|Oft (v. 14)||Many times (short for often)|
|Children of the bridechamber (v. 15)||Wedding guests|
|Bridegroom (v. 15)||Man who is getting married (often symbolic of Christ, and the woman is the Church)|
|Garment (vv. 16, 20)||Piece of clothing|
|Rent (v. 16)||Tear|
|Minstrels (v. 23)||People who play music|
|Give place (v. 24)||Move away, make room|
|Laughed him to scorn (v. 24)||Made fun of him, were disrespectful|
|Son of David (v. 27)||A special name that shows they believed He was the descendant of King David who was to be their king, or Messiah, or Christ|
|Dumb (vv. 32–33)||Cannot speak|
|Moved with compassion (v. 36)||Felt kind, loving feelings; felt sorry|
|Fainted (v. 36)||Discouraged, weary|
|Plenteous (v. 37)||Many|
Studying the Scriptures
Do three of the following activities (A–D) as you study Matthew 8–9.
Great Examples of Faith
Matthew 8:5–13 tells the story of a leader in the Roman army—a Gentile, not an Israelite—who sought help from the Savior. What did the Savior say in verse 10 about the centurion’s faith compared to the faith of the Israelites of that day?
From what you read in Matthew 8:5–9, explain at least two ways the centurion showed remarkable faith.
Choose an area of your life or a teaching of the gospel in which you would like to have more faith. How could the example of the centurion, the woman, or the two men help you increase your faith in that area?
“Perhaps the Greatest Miracle”
Elder John A. Widtsoe, who was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, said, “I have come to understand that perhaps the greatest miracle in the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ is the transformation that comes to a man or a woman who in faith accepts the truth of the gospel and who then lives it in his or her life. … As new and greater truths come, as the understanding of them develops within us if we accept and live them, we are transformed from ordinary men into new powers and possibilities” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1952, 34).
Among all the stories found in Matthew 9, which do you think is perhaps the best example of the kind of miracle Elder Widtsoe spoke about? Why?
When to See the Doctor
According to Matthew 9:10–12, who needs a doctor?
How could these verses help you grow spiritually?
How could they help you as you try to help another person join the Church or come back into activity?
According to Matthew 9:36–38, how did Jesus feel? Why did He feel that way?
Write an imaginary advertisement for a newspaper, asking for people to apply for this “labour” Jesus spoke of in Matthew 9:36–38. Include in the advertisement the qualifications you think Jesus would want of those who serve with Him.
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