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28 Days of Bible Study: Day 8

Updated: 7 days ago

The People of Saint James and The Gospel of Matthew

March 23, 2020

Step 1: Read Matthew chapter 8

Read or Listen or Watch or See

Step 2: A little teaching...

The leper, the Centurion’s servant, many, the storm, Gadarene demoniacs... Lots of miracles!!!

A miracle is... something we can’t explain... something that defies the laws of nature.

I have always thought that the miracles work on at least two levels: the historical and the metaphorical.

As history, they happened. Since we believe there is a God who created the universe, and since we believe Jesus Christ is “God with us,” I assume the miracles happened more or less as reported.

And they were performed and remembered and written down to teach us something about God and the world and faith we are living in.

I’ll do the first one... you do the rest..

Look up the word “leprosy.”

It is... or was thought to be... a contagious skin disease, basically ‘cooties.’

The treatment was, I kid you not, social distancing!

Does God like the fact that people suffer from Leprosy, cooties, social distancing? No.

Does God respond to those who ask for help? Yes.

The leper called Jesus, ‘Lord.’ Did he have faith? Did he come in humility?

Jesus told him to ‘say nothing’ and ‘show yourself to the priest.’ The priest in this case was the one with the power to pronounce someone ritually clean. Basically the priest had the power to life the quarantine.

Does God in this instance value human authorities and institutions?

With Bible Study, I’ve discovered that there are often many answers to the questions we would ask.

Our best strategy therefore is to ask a lot of questions!

Step 3: Discuss, Doodle, Draw or Journal...

So go ask questions about the other miracles. Beyond the literal sense, what might they mean metaphorically? Share on facebook.

Step 4: Pray

Dear God, We call you Almighty and so we believe in the miraculous. Open our eyes to see the ways you are at work in our lives and world today. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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