Matthew

Jesus calls a hated tax collector, Matthew, to follow him and become his disciple (Matthew 9:9 – 9:13)

As Jesus journeyed through the land, he saw a man named Matthew sitting in a tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” Jesus told him. Matthew got up and followed. While Jesus was eating dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came to the home and ate with him and…
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Jesus heals a paralyzed man – then scribes accuse Jesus of blasphemy (Matthew 9:1 – 9:8)

After residents begged Jesus to leave their region, Jesus boarded a boat and re-crossed the sea back to his home town. Some men brought a paralyzed man, lying on a stretcher. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, “Take heart, son, your sins are forgiven.” At this,…
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Jesus drives demons from two men into herd of pigs (Matthew 8:28 – 8:34)

When Jesus arrived on the other side of the Sea of Galilee (he landed in the region of the Gadarenes), two demon-possessed men came from the tombs to meet him. The men were violent and no one could pass by them. The men shouted, “What do you want with us,…
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Jesus demonstrates his authority over nature by calming a furious storm on the Sea of Galilee (Matthew 8:23 – 8:27)

To escape the crowd and cross to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, Jesus and his disciples boarded a boat. As they travelled across the lake, a furious storm erupted. The wind was so great, waves swept over the boat. Jesus however, calmly slept through the squall. The…
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The cost of following Jesus (let the dead bury their own) – Matthew 8:18 – 8:22

Jesus saw the crowds surrounding him had grown large so he gave orders to cross to the other side of the Sea of Galilee. A teacher of the law came to him and said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have…
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Fulfilling Old Testament prophecy, Jesus heals multitudes of people (Matthew 8:14 – 8:17)

Jesus went into Peter’s house and saw his mother-in-law laying on a bed with fever. Jesus touched her hand and the fever left her. She got up from the bed and began waiting on Jesus. When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to Jesus and he drove out…
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The faith of a centurion amazes Jesus (Matthew 8:5 – 8:13)

When Jesus was at Capernaum, a centurion came to him asking for help. He said, “Lord, my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly.” Jesus said to him, “Shall I come and heal him?” The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you under my roof. But just say…
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Ignoring social constructs, Jesus touches and heals a leper (Matthew 8:1 – 8:4)

After Jesus completed his Sermon on the Mount, he came down from the mountainside. Large crowds of people followed him (recall that prior verses tell us the people were “astonished” at his teachings). A man with leprosy approached Jesus and knelt before him. He said, “Lord, if you are willing,…
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The wise and foolish builders – the wise man builds his house on a rock (Matthew 7:24 – 7:29)

Concluding his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus told his listeners: “Everyone who hears my words and puts them into practice is like a wise man who builds his house on a rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against the house yet it…
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Beware of false prophets and false disciples – the wolves in sheep’s clothing (Matthew 7:15 – 7:23)

During Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, after telling his followers they must decide which road they choose to follow, he said: “Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ferocious wolves. By their fruit, you will be able to recognize them.” "Do you pick…
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