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The Life of Jesus: Bible Overview 10 of 15 | 3/16/14

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Matthew 4:12-25

When Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, he withdrew to Galilee. 13 Leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Capernaum, which was by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali— 14 to fulfill what was said through the prophet Isaiah:

15 “Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali,
the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan,
Galilee of the Gentiles—
16 the people living in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of the shadow of death
a light has dawned.”[a]

17 From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”

Jesus Calls His First Disciples

18 As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peterand his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen.19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” 20 At once they left their nets and followed him.

21 Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them,22 and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.

Jesus Heals the Sick

23 Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good newsof the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people. 24 News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed; and he healed them. 25 Large crowds from Galilee, the Decapolis,[b] Jerusalem, Judea and the region across the Jordan followed him.

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We continue our 15 week ‘Bible overview’ series.

God kept his pledge by sending his son Jesus into the world.  Jesus was a Jew, an Israelite who was a descendant of King David.  He lived the life of special relationship with God that all of Israel was supposed to live.  He fulfilled the words of the prophets.  Unlike Israel (and unlike Adam and Eve), Jesus never disobeyed God.  He told people that it was time for God’s people to be reconciled to him.

Reflection:

    1. Why is it important that Jesus is the Son of David?
    2. How does Jesus fulfill the promises God made to Abraham?
    3. Can you name any prophecies that were fulfilled by the birth, life, or death of Jesus?
    4. Read Mark 1:21-2:17 and write down what happens when Jesus speaks or acts in these different situations.
    5. Look up Westminster Shorter Catechism questions 24-26 to see how Jesus is our prophet, priest, and king.
    6. Read one of the Gospels from the beginning up to the final week of Jesus life: e.g. Matthew 1-20; Mark 1-10; Luke 1-19; John 1-11

Foundation to Fulfilment

On a weekly basis:

  1. Who God is
  2. What God does
  3. How God works
  4. Why it matters