lesson six
Burning Hearts

His Ministry

His Forerunner

(Isaiah 40:3) The voice of one crying in the wilderness: "Prepare the way of the LORD; Make straight in the desert A highway for our God.

(Malachi 3:1) "Behold, I send My messenger, And he will prepare the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, Will suddenly come to His temple, Even the Messenger of the covenant, In whom you delight. Behold, He is coming," Says the LORD of hosts.


(Luke 7:27-28) "This is he of whom it is written: 'Behold, I send My messenger before Your face, Who will prepare Your way before You.' 28 "For I say to you, among those born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he."

(Mark 1:2-3) As it is written in the Prophets: "Behold, I send My messenger before Your face, Who will prepare Your way before You." 3 "The voice of one crying in the wilderness: 'Prepare the way of the LORD; Make His paths straight.'"

The Coming of Elijah

(Malachi 4:5-6) Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet Before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD. 6 And he will turn The hearts of the fathers to the children, And the hearts of the children to their fathers, Lest I come and strike the earth with a curse."


(Matthew 11:13-14) "For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. 14 "And if you are willing to receive it, he is Elijah who is to come.

(Matthew 17:10-13) And His disciples asked Him, saying, "Why then do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?" 11 Jesus answered and said to them, "Indeed, Elijah is coming first and will restore all things. 12 "But I say to you that Elijah has come already, and they did not know him but did to him whatever they wished. Likewise the Son of Man is also about to suffer at their hands." 13 Then the disciples understood that He spoke to them of John the Baptist.

A Prophet

(Deuteronomy 18:15) "The LORD your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your midst, from your brethren. Him you shall hear"

(Deuteronomy 18:18-19) "I will raise up for them a Prophet like you from among their brethren, and will put My words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him. 19 And it shall be that whoever will not hear My words, which He speaks in My name, I will require it of him."


(John 6:14) Then those men, when they had seen the sign that Jesus did, said, "This is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world."

(Acts 3:22-25) "For Moses truly said to the fathers, 'The LORD your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your brethren. Him you shall hear in all things, whatever He says to you. 23 And it shall be that every soul who will not hear that Prophet shall be utterly destroyed from among the people.' 24 Yes, and all the prophets, from Samuel and those who follow, as many as have spoken, have also foretold these days. 25 You are sons of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying to Abraham, 'And in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed.'"

His Work & Purpose

(Isaiah 61:1-2) "The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, Because the LORD has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound; 2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn, 3 To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified."


(Luke 4:17-21) And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written: 18 "The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; 19 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD." 20 Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him. 21 And He began to say to them, "Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing."

A Light to the Gentiles

(Isaiah 49:6) Indeed He says, 'It is too small a thing that You should be My Servant To raise up the tribes of Jacob, And to restore the preserved ones of Israel; I will also give You as a light to the Gentiles, That You should be My salvation to the ends of the earth.'"


(John 9:5) "As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world."

(Acts 13:47-48) "For so the Lord has commanded us: 'I have set you as a light to the Gentiles, That you should be for salvation to the ends of the earth.'" 48 Now when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and glorified the word of the Lord. And as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed.

(Acts 26:22-23) "Therefore, having obtained help from God, to this day I stand, witnessing both to small and great, saying no other things than those which the prophets and Moses said would come; 23 "that the Christ would suffer, that He would be the first to rise from the dead, and would proclaim light to the Jewish people and to the Gentiles."

Teach in Galilee

(Isaiah 9:1-2) Nevertheless the gloom will not be upon her who is distressed, As when at first He lightly esteemed The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, And afterward more heavily oppressed her, By the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, In Galilee of the Gentiles. 2 The people who walked in darkness Have seen a great light; Those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, Upon them a light has shined.


(Matthew 4:12-16) . . . He departed to Galilee. 13 And leaving Nazareth, He came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is by the sea, in the regions of Zebulun and Naphtali, 14 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: 15 "The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, By the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles: 16The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, And upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death Light has dawned."

Teach in Parables

(Psalms 78:2) I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old,


(Matthew 13:34-35) All these things Jesus spoke to the multitude in parables; and without a parable He did not speak to them, 35 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying: "I will open My mouth in parables; I will utter things kept secret from the foundation of the world."

Not Understood

(Isaiah 6:9-10) And He said, "Go, and tell this people: 'Keep on hearing, but do not understand; Keep on seeing, but do not perceive.' 10 Make the heart of this people dull, And their ears heavy, And shut their eyes; Lest they see with their eyes, And hear with their ears, And understand with their heart, And return and be healed."


(Matthew 13:13-15) "Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. 14And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says: 'Hearing you will hear and shall not understand, And seeing you will see and not perceive; 15 For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, And their eyes they have closed, Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, So that I should heal them.'"

Hated Without a Cause

(Psalms 69:4) Those who hate me without a cause Are more than the hairs of my head; They are mighty who would destroy me, Being my enemies wrongfully; Though I have stolen nothing, I still must restore it.


(John 15:23-25) "He who hates Me hates My Father also. 24 If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would have no sin; but now they have seen and also hated both Me and My Father. 25 But this happened that the word might be fulfilled which is written in their law, 'They hated Me without a cause.'"

Miracles: Deaf Shall Hear, Blind Shall See, Lame Shall Walk

(Isaiah 35:5-6) Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, And the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. 6 Then the lame shall leap like a deer, And the tongue of the dumb sing. For waters shall burst forth in the wilderness, And streams in the desert.


(Matthew 11:4-5) Jesus answered and said to them, "Go and tell John the things which you hear and see: 5 The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them."

(Mark 7:37) And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, "He has done all things well. He makes both the deaf to hear and the mute to speak."

Miracles: Heal the Sick

(Isaiah 53:4) Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted.


(Matthew 8:16-17) When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, 17that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: "He Himself took our infirmities And bore our sicknesses."

Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem

(Zechariah 9:9) "Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, Lowly and riding on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey."


(Matthew 21:1-5, 9-11) Now when they drew near Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, "Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Loose them and bring them to Me. 3 And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, 'The Lord has need of them,' and immediately he will send them." 4 All this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying: 5 "Tell the daughter of Zion, 'Behold, your King is coming to you, Lowly, and sitting on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey.'". . . 9 Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying: "Hosanna to the Son of David! 'Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!' Hosanna in the highest!" 10 And when He had come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, "Who is this?" 11 So the multitudes said, "This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee."

Lesson 6

His Ministry

Group Discussion Questions

1. Who was the messenger prophesied by Isaiah & Malachi to "prepare the way of the Lord?" How was the way of the Lord prepared by this forerunner?

2. How did Jesus' followers recognize the "Elijah" of whom Malachi had prophesied?

3. Discuss the similarity of how the Messiah and Elijah were each received and treated by the people of their day. (I Kings 17 - 19; II Kings 1 & 2)

4. What sign had Jesus just performed that caused the people in John 6 to recognize Jesus as a prophet like Moses?

5. From Isaiah 61:1 & 2, list the various aspects of the Messiah's ministry. Discuss instances where these activities of prophecy were actually fulfilled in the earthly ministry of the Messiah. Which of these activities has directly impacted your life and how?

6. What function does light serve? How did Jesus fulfill that role? How does He still fulfill that role today?

7. From Isaiah 49:6, who all would be included in the scope of salvation from the Light of the Messiah? What response did this happy news bring to the non-Jews of Acts 13:47-48? What response does the Light of the World evoke in you?

8. In a parallel passage of Matthew 4:12-16, Luke records some early events of Jesus in Galilee (Luke 4:31-44). From Luke's account, tell how the people of Galilee received Jesus' teachings and of the Galilean events in that chapter.

9. From Matthew 13:10-17, why did Jesus speak in parables?

10. Matthew 13 contains 7 parables. What do the parables teach about the Kingdom of Heaven?

11. The blindness of the people and their unwillingness to repent and receive God's forgiveness came as a result of their willful rejection of God's message through Jesus. What is the outcome for those who do "see with their eyes, hear with their ears, and understand with their hearts (Matthew 13:13-15)?" How can we help others understand and see Jesus as their Savior today?

12. Why would some who had seen Jesus' great works hate Him (John 15:21)? Does this explain why many reject Jesus as their Savior today?

13. In Matthew 11, where was John the Baptist when Jesus sent him the message citing Isaiah 35:5 & 6? Why would this message excite John?

14. From chapters 8 & 9 of Matthew, tell of some of Jesus' miracles. How does Matthew 9:35 & 36 sum up Jesus' ministry? From Matthew 9:37, what should our response be?

15. Reflecting on today's lesson, why would the multitudes rejoice as Jesus humbly entered Jerusalem on a donkey (Zechariah 9:9 & Matthew 21:9)? How can we show similar honor and praise for our King today?

Women IN God's Service

Burning Hearts - His Ministry (lesson 6)
Ladies Bible Class Lesson, 9 February 1999
West-Ark Church of Christ, Fort Smith, Arkansas
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