28 A paralyzed man is lowered through the roof to see Jesus.

Matthew 9:1–8; Mark 2:1–12; Luke 5:17–26

How many people might have been packed inside the house and crowded outside the door (Mark 2:2)?

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Why would Pharisees and teachers of the Law have been present (Luke 5:17)?

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How did people outside Capernaum learn where Jesus was (Luke 5:17)?

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What might have prompted four men to take a paralyzed man to see Jesus (Mark 2:3)?

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How could men be so bold that they tore open the roof of a stranger’s house (Luke 5:18–19)?

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Why did Jesus say the man’s sins were forgiven, rather than immediately healing the man (Matthew 9:2)?

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How important was faith in what Jesus chose to do (Luke 5:20)?

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Who objected to what Jesus said (Luke 5:21)? Why?

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How might Jesus have recognized the objection of some Pharisees and teachers of the Law (Luke 5:22)?

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What did Jesus do to address people’s unbelief (Luke 5:22–24)?

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What did the four men do after the paralytic was healed (Luke 5:25)?

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How far might the man have walked to reach his home (Luke 5:25)?

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Why were people so amazed by this miracle (Mark 2:12)?

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A few days after healing the leper, Jesus and the disciples took a boat across the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum. News quickly spread that he had returned home. A crowd packed the room, including Pharisees and teachers of the Law, seemingly from every Galilean and Judean town, so there was no space left, not even outside the door. As Jesus spoke God’s word, the power to heal was present.

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Matthew 9:1 Jesus took a boat across the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum.
Mark 2:1–2 A few days after Jesus arrived in Capernaum, people heard he had returned home. A crowd packed the room, so there was no space left, not even outside the door. As Jesus spoke God’s word,
Luke 5:17 One day, a crowd packed the room where Jesus was teaching, including Pharisees and teachers of the Law, seemingly from every Galilean and Judean town, so there was no space left, not even outside the door. The power to heal was present.
King James

Matthew 9:1 And he entered into a ship, and passed over, and came into his own city.
Mark 2:1–2 And again he entered into Capernaum after some days; and it was noised that he was in the house. And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door: and he preached the word unto them.
Luke 5:17 And it came to pass on a certain day, as he was teaching, that there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, which were come out of every town of Galilee, and Judaea, and Jerusalem: and the power of the Lord was present to heal them.

Four men carried a paralyzed man on a mat. They could not find a way into the house, so they went up onto the roof and lowered him through an opening in the tiles, into the midst of the crowd and right in front of Jesus.

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Matthew 9:2 People carried a paralyzed man on a mat. Impressed by their faith, Jesus said, “Do not worry, my friend. Your sins are forgiven.”
Mark 2:3–4 four men carried a paralyzed man on a mat. They could not find a way into the house, so they went up onto the roof and lowered him through an opening in the tiles, into the midst of the crowd and right in front of Jesus.
Luke 5:18–19 Some men carried a paralyzed man on a mat. They tried to enter the house, to lay him before Jesus. They could not find a way into the house, so they went up onto the roof and lowered him through an opening in the tiles, into the midst of the crowd and right in front of Jesus.
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Matthew 9:2 And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.
Mark 2:3–4 And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four. And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay.
Luke 5:18–19 And, behold, men brought in a bed a man which was taken with a palsy: and they sought means to bring him in, and to lay him before him. And when they could not find by what way they might bring him in because of the multitude, they went upon the housetop, and let him down through the tiling with his couch into the midst before Jesus.

Impressed by their faith, Jesus said, “Do not worry, my friend. Your sins are forgiven.”

Eyewitness

Matthew 9:2 People carried a paralyzed man on a mat. Impressed by their faith, Jesus said, “Do not worry, my friend. Your sins are forgiven.”
Mark 2:5 Impressed by their faith, Jesus said, “My friend, your sins are forgiven.”
Luke 5:20 Impressed by their faith, Jesus said, “My friend, your sins are forgiven.”
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Matthew 9:2 And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.
Mark 2:5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.
Luke 5:20 And when he saw their faith, he said unto him, Man, thy sins are forgiven thee.

Some of the Pharisees and teachers murmured among themselves. “What is he saying? That is blasphemy. Only God can forgive sins.”

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Matthew 9:3 Some of the teachers of the Law murmured among themselves. “What is he saying? That is blasphemy. Only God can forgive sins.”
Mark 2:6–7 Some of the teachers of the Law murmured among themselves. “What is he saying? That is blasphemy. Only God can forgive sins.”
Luke 5:21 Some of the Pharisees and teachers murmured among themselves. “What is he saying? That is blasphemy. Only God can forgive sins.”
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Matthew 9:3 And, behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, This man blasphemeth.
Mark 2:6–7 But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only?
Luke 5:21 And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this which speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?

Immediately, Jesus recognized their reaction. “Why are you thinking I’ve done something wrong? Which is easier to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or, ‘Stand and walk’? So you may know the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he turned to the paralyzed man—“get up. Take your mat and go home.”

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Matthew 9:4–6 Immediately, Jesus recognized their reaction. “Why are you thinking I’ve done something wrong? Which is easier to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or, ‘Stand and walk’? So you may know the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he turned to the paralyzed man—“get up. Take your mat and go home.”
Mark 2:8–11 Immediately, Jesus recognized their reaction. “Why are you thinking I’ve done something wrong? “Which is easier to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or, ‘Stand and walk’? So you may know the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he turned to the paralyzed man—“get up. Take your mat and go home.”
Luke 5:22–24 Immediately, Jesus recognized their reaction. “Why are you thinking I’ve done something wrong? Which is easier to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or, ‘Stand and walk’? So you may know the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he turned to the paralyzed man—“get up. Take your mat and go home.”
King James

Matthew 9:4–6 And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts? For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house.
Mark 2:8–11 And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts? Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house.
Luke 5:22–24 But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, he answering said unto them, What reason ye in your hearts? Whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Rise up and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power upon earth to forgive sins, (he said unto the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy couch, and go into thine house.

Without hesitation, the man stood, grabbed his mat, and walked through the amazed crowd to his own house, praising God.

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Matthew 9:7 Without hesitation, the man stood and walked to his own house.
Mark 2:12 Without hesitation, the man stood, grabbed his mat, and walked through the amazed crowd to his own house. Everyone marveled and glorified God, saying, “We’ve never seen anything like this before.”
Luke 5:25 Without hesitation, the man stood, grabbed his mat, and walked to his own house, praising God.
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Matthew 9:7 And he arose, and departed to his house.
Mark 2:12 And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion.
Luke 5:25 And immediately he rose up before them, and took up that whereon he lay, and departed to his own house, glorifying God.

Everyone marveled and glorified God for sending a man with such authority, saying, “We’ve never seen anything like this before.”

Eyewitness

Matthew 9:8 Everyone marveled and glorified God for sending a man with such authority.
Mark 2:12 Without hesitation, the man stood, grabbed his mat, and walked through the amazed crowd to his own house. Everyone marveled and glorified God, saying, “We’ve never seen anything like this before.”
Luke 5:26 Everyone marveled and glorified God, saying, “We’ve never seen anything like this before.”
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Matthew 9:8 But when the multitudes saw it, they marvelled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto men.
Mark 2:12 And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion.
Luke 5:26 And they were all amazed, and they glorified God, and were filled with fear, saying, We have seen strange things to day.