Lesson 189-July 21, 2019
Lesson: “Is Jesus an Outcast in Your Life?”
Scripture: Matthew 14: 34-36, Mark 6:53-56
Lesson Goal: To learn and better understand Jesus’ love, compassion, and grace to all people.
Introduction: What have you learned from the Bible’s account of Jesus walking on the water, Peter walk- ing on the water and the calming of the storm?
Please read Matthew 8:23-27. What was the response of Jesus’ disciples?
Please read Matthew 14:22-33. What was the response of Jesus’ disciples?
What is happening in the hearts and minds of the disciples?
What can we (followers of Jesus) learn from the disciples’ faith?
(v34) When they had crossed over, they came to the land of Gennesaret. (Please read Mark 6:45). As the dis- ciples originally set sail, their course was set for where? As a result of the storm they were blown off course so they did not make land where they had planned. Where did they make land?
Questions: Has a storm ever blown you off course on your journey of life? Please explain. As a result of a storm have you arrived at a place that was not where you had intended for the journey to take you? What hap- pened during that time in your life? What lessons did the Lord teach and show you during those times?
It is a life changing, grueling challenge to be blown off course by the storm!
The Life Application Bible Commentary gives us this rendering of this passage: “The storm had blown the disciples off course, so they did not land at Bethsaida as planned (Mark 6:45). The plan had been to meet Je- sus at Bethsaida, but Jesus came to them on the water. So after the storm ceased, they landed at Gennesaret. Gennesaret was a small fertile plain located on the west side of the Sea of Galilee, as well as, the name of a small town there. Capernaum sat at the northern edge of this plain.
Question: Is it possible that which we see from our perspective as being blown off course can actually be the planned course of our lives? This is absolutely not easy to understand but is it not possible that what we would perceive from our perspective as being blown off course ultimately is God’s course for our lives? As I write I don’t begin to understand, let alone be able to explain this truth but God may choose to bring us through the storm to help us arrive where He wants us to be! Even as I pen those words my spirt deep inside trembles be- cause I know so very little about such heavenly things. With God’s help, and with God’s strength, we learn to trust Him, The Planner, when the storm takes us off our planned course!
(v35) And when the men of that place recognized Him, they sent out into all the surrounding region, brought to Him all who were sick.”
As soon as Jesus and the disciples arrive word spreads very quickly. Although Jesus had ministered previous- ly in this area, healing many, there were many more who were in need of healing. The residents in the nearby villages and farming communities came to Jesus.
Question: Why did Jesus’ arrival create such a great excitement?
(v36) “and begged Him that they might only touch the hem of His garment. And as many as touched it were made perfectly well.”
Question: Do you think that the word of the healing of the woman with an issue of blood had spread? Where had that healing taken place? (See Matthew 9: 20-22)
Question: What does it mean to touch the hem of His garment?
Looking back at Jesus’ ministry, how was He received in Nazareth (Matthew 13:54-580? Now how is He re- ceived in Gennesaret? These outsiders came eagerly to Jesus while the religious traditionalist often rejected Him.
Question: What do we learn about Jesus’ compassion in these verses?
Question: Please give a brief summary of Jesus’ last 24 hours. How does this help us to understand of Jesus’ love, compassion, and grace?
What a contrast in receptions of Jesus. The people of Nazareth turn away and the people of Gennesaret turn to!
Question: How have you received Jesus Christ? Please think clearly and answer honestly.
Question: Have you welcomed Him into your heart and life?
Question: Have you made Jesus an outcast in your own life?