Matthew 9:1–8

How to spend some quality time listening to what Jesus would like to say through the scriptures:

  1. In preparation, acknowledge the Lord’s presence and love for you and settle yourself before Him (in your mind and heart).
  2. Read the day’s text carefully; take your time.
  3. Reflect on what you have been reading with a listening ear – what word, phrase, or sentence speaks to you from the text? [If you don’t have something you use as a journal, click the blue Notes button on this page, and you can write your thoughts and reflections there.]
  4. Now, talk to the LORD about what you hear from this text. What has Jesus stirred in your heart? If you were with Him walking from one Galilean village to another, what would you say to Him about this?

1 And getting into a boat he crossed over and came to his own city. 2 And behold, some people brought to him a paralytic, lying on a bed. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven.” 3 And behold, some of the scribes said to themselves, “This man is blaspheming.” 4 But Jesus, knowing[a] their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts? 5 For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’? 6 But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he then said to the paralytic—“Rise, pick up your bed and go home.” 7 And he rose and went home. 8 When the crowds saw it, they were afraid, and they glorified God, who had given such authority to men.