Christ’s most important work on earth was achieved in his death and resurrection so that we could have new life. While He was on earth, however, He showed compassion as he physically healed countless people – Peter’s mother-in-law, a Roman officer’s servant, a man with a paralyzed hand, Jairus’ daughter, lepers, a paralyzed man, people suffering from demon possession, and blind people. Luke 4:40 states, “All who had friends who were sick with various diseases brought them to Jesus; He placed His hands on every one of them and healed them all.” At the end of Luke 18 is the story of the blind man being healed; at the beginning of the chapter, it says that “Jesus told His disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.” What ties the parable of the widow with the healing of the blind man is persistence.
Read Luke 18:35-43 and Mark 10:46-52. What do you think life was like for the blind man (Bartimaeus)?
Theopedia.com states that “the Sovereignty of God is the biblical teaching that all things are under God’s rule and control, and that nothing happens without His direction or permission.” Theological Charles Spurgeon said, “Cheer up, Christian! Things are not left to chance: no blind fate rules the world. God hath purposes, and those purposes are fulfilled. God hath plans, and those plans are wise, and never can be dislocated.” However, many times God’s sovereignty (and His goodness) are questioned because of the evil in the world. What does the Bible say about God’s sovereignty?
Some believe that all God can do in the threat of sickness is to wring His hands and allow it to play out. Others believe that if God does not act and heal immediately, it must be a result of a lack of faith. What does the Scripture say about God our Healer?
Read Matthew 14:14 and Mathew 20:29-34. Why did Jesus heal those who came to Him?
Our world is in a constant state of change – leaders come and go, laws change, marriages dissolve, our economy fluctuates, babies are born, kids begin school, high school students graduate, clothes and hairstyles come in and out of style, and our bodies change as we grow. Even in our church we have experienced a lot of change in the last few months. Thank God that He doesn’t change! He is an immovable rock and the only sure anchor in our ever-changing world.
Discuss with your group what you think the biggest change in our culture has been over the last 10 years. How have you changed in the last 10 years?