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1. Why did the Pharisees criticize Jesus for eating with publicans and sinners?
2. The Pharisees would have had to do a little thinking in order to understand Jesus’ response to this criticism. What was his answer? (Matt. 9:12,13) Explain it.
3. Why did John (the Baptist) and his disciples fast? Why did Jesus and his disciples not fast?
4. What might be the benefit of fasting for a contemporary Christian?
5. Explain briefly the parable of the new garment (or cloth) and the old garment.
6. What, apparently, was the most important ingredient leading to the healing of the woman with the issue of blood? (What made her whole?)
7. Touching is involved in the healing of both the woman and Jairus’ daughter; but the touching is different. Explain.
8. Why did Jesus frequently command the people he healed to tell no man? Did people generally obey him?
9. What were some of the reasons that the people of Nazareth “were offended in [Jesus]”? How seriously were they offended?
10. What experiences and observations led Jesus to say, “Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he send forth laborers into his harvest”?
11. Why the command, “Go not into any way of the Gentiles, and enter not into any city of the Samaritans”?
12. How are we to understand the command that Jesus gave the disciples in verse 9, page 364?
13. Explain: “He that findeth his life shall lose it; and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.”
14. Page 369. Jesus “departed thence to teach and preach in their cities.” Is there a difference between teaching and preaching? How would you distinguish between them?