Week 42|Matthew 17:14-18:6

Do we really understand the power of Jesus? What is the condition of our faith? Pray and ask the Lord to strengthen your faith and give you an understanding of His power and Who He is. Confess any areas of pride in your life and ask for help in submitting to the Lord.

Then read Matthew 17:14-18:6

Comprehension (What does it say?)

1.  What was Jesus’ response to the disciples when they asked why they were unable to cast out the demon? (v. 19)

2.  Who are the “sons” and who are the “others” in Matthew 17:25?

3.  What was the purpose of the two-drachma tax (Exodus 30:12-14, Exodus 38:26)?

Interpretation (What does it mean?)

1.   According to Jesus’ response to the disciples, what is the metaphor “move mountains” in regards to? What does it mean?

2.  In Jesus’ response to Peter about the challenge of the tax collectors, he says “the sons are free.” Who is Jesus referring to in this statement and what does it mean?

3.  What does Jesus mean when He says “unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven?”

4.  How is Matthew 18:4 a rebuke of the question “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”

5.  In what ways do these verses (18:1-6) continue to support Jesus’ earlier teaching in Matthew 5:3?

Application (How should it change me?)

1.  What does Jesus’ response to the disciples in regards to their faith, teach us about trusting God in His will to accomplish His purpose through us?

2.  In what ways is the Lord sanctifying you to strengthen your faith?

3.  In what areas of your life does pride continue to be a barrier in your faith/walk with Christ?

In Matthew 17:22-23, Jesus tells of His death and resurrection again. What a reminder to the disciples and us that Jesus has the power to strengthen our faith (17:14-20). Jesus has the power to pay our penalties (17:24-27) . Jesus has the power to call us into His kingdom (18:1-6). It is all about Jesus and the work He has done for us. It is His righteousness imputed to us that makes us right before our Holy God. Close today’s study in adoration of what Jesus has done for you.

For Further Study:

Mark 9:14-50

1 Peter 5:6-10

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