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  • Writer's pictureLuke Humphries

Getting Ready for Sunday 8/13

"Go and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.' For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners." Matthew 9:13

We began chapter nine seeing that Jesus, as the "Son of Man", has the authority to forgive sins. As we continue into the next section of chapter nine, we will realize that Jesus' authority to forgive sins isn't just a power he has, but is the purpose of his ministry, his appearing.

The section begins with Jesus calling Matthew, the tax collector, to be his disciple. After this, Jesus and his disciples go into Matthew's house and eat with other "tax collectors and sinners". It is Jesus' engagement with them that causes concern from the Pharisees. They question his discernment, but he then questions their hearts.

  • Matthew 1:21-25

  • Hosea 6:6 (The whole book of Hosea would be good to read)

  • Luke 18:9-14

  • Isaiah 1

  • Psalm 51:16-17

  • What is the connection between the previous section Mt 9:1-8 and this section 9:9-13?

  • Why are the Pharisees concerned with Jesus eating with "tax collectors and sinners"?

  • Why would Jesus bring up Hosea 6:6? What does that passage have to do with Jesus calling sinners?

Catchesim Question and Answer:

38Q. What shall be done to the wicked at their death? A. The souls of the wicked shall at their death be cast into the torments of hell (Luk 16:22-24), and their bodies lie in their graves till the resurrection, and judgment of the great day (Psa 49:14). 39Q. What shall be done to the wicked at the day of judgment? A. At the day of judgment the bodies of the wicked being raised out of their graves, shall be sentenced, together with their souls, to unspeakable torments with the devil and his angels for ever (Dan 12:2; Jhn 5:28-29; 2Th 1:9; Mat 25:41).


Seek daily communion with God through scripture reading, prayer, and singing. Click on the resources below.

"I feel it is far better to begin with God—to see his face first, to get my soul near him before it is near another." - Robert Murray M'Cheyne



  • Heartcry Missionary Society

  • Youcef: Our brother in Christ from Iran who was recently been released from prison. He was imprisoned because of his faith in Christ.

  • Aniak, Alaska: God provides a biblical/gospel presence in this community for the sake of edifying the believers and proclaiming the gospel to unbelievers.

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18


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