Trusting the Seen and Unseen
The Book of Matthew was written mainly to a Jewish audience, both to confirm that Jesus was the Messianic King and to explain God’s plan in light of Israel’s rejection of her king. One of the ways Matthew revealed Jesus as the promised King was by showing he performed the exact miracles which had been promised 700 years earlier in the Old Testament.
- Put yourself in the shoes of a Jew raised during Jesus’ time. If you saw these Messianic prophecies played out right in front of you, how do you believe you would have responded?
Read the Word
Matthew 15:29-31 (ESV)
29 Jesus went on from there and walked beside the Sea of Galilee. And he went up on the mountain and sat down there. 30 And great crowds came to him, bringing with them the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute, and many others, and they put them at his feet, and he healed them, 31 so that the crowd wondered, when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled healthy, the lame walking, and the blind seeing. And they glorified the God of Israel.
- Write out in your own words what occurred in verses 29 and 30 above. Why were the crowds gathering? What reputation had Jesus built up to this point in his ministry?
- Isaiah 35:5-6 prophesied that, when Messiah came, the eyes of the blind would be opened, the ears of the deaf would be unstopped, the lame man would leap, and the mute would sing for joy. How do today’s verses in Matthew line up with Isaiah’s prophecy?
- When the crowds saw Jesus perform these prophesied miracles, how did they respond at the end of verse 31?
- How does seeing Old Testament prophecy come true impact your faith today?
Respond to God
The Scriptures say that, after seeing biblical prophecy play out right before their eyes, both Jew and Gentile glorified the God of Israel. They sat in awe and acknowledged he was God. They came to realize that if his Word said it, it would come to pass. Remembering that God always comes through on his promises gives us the ability to trust him when things do not make sense. As Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, "All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen." We have a God who is always trustworthy and never comes up short!
- Take a moment to pray through Psalm 28:7: “The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with song I give thanks to him.”