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Questions Jesus Asked – Matthew 9 Part II

I post the remainder of chapter 9 separately, because the remaining questions in this chapter are stand alone and needed more study.

Jesus Questioned About Fasting

14 Then John’s disciples came and asked him, “How is it that we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples do not fast?”

15 Jesus answered, “How can the guests of the bridegroom mourn while he is with them? The time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast.

16 “No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch will pull away from the garment, making the tear worse. 17 Neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.” -Matthew 9:14 – 17

Jesus Heals the Blind and the Mute

27 As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!”

28 When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?”

“Yes, Lord,” they replied.

29 Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith let it be done to you”; 30 and their sight was restored. Jesus warned them sternly, “See that no one knows about this.” 31 But they went out and spread the news about him all over that region. –  Matthew 9:27-31


Life has been very full since I last posted. This time around, I would love to hear your thoughts on these two questions! Leave a comment to continue the conversation!


  • David

    First thing I thought of was John 11:25,26. Jesus does almost the exact same thing to Martha before healing Lazarus. As a Lutheran we give all glory to God and the Holy Spirit when it comes to statements of faith, AND WE SHOULD! But I also wonder if Jesus sets up situations like this to be an example to others who see our belief. It’s why I pop my head up during the Apostles Creed. So, I can see all the people who are making the same statement of faith I am, through the gift of the Holy Spirit. One more thing of note. In both situations, Jesus makes a full and complete healing (or raising from the dead) and then gives credit to faith or belief. Here, the faith of the asker, and in John, the faith that all may believe.

    Thanks for doing this, Emily. I’ve enjoyed the Scriptural reminders.

    • emily

      Thank you so much for the insight, David! I appreciate hearing from fellow theologians (we all are, as we decipher God’s Word as it applies to our daily lives)! I have a feeling similar questions will pop up as we continue to wade through the Gospels.

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