Matthew chapter 17: “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed… nothing will be impossible for you.”*
This chapter of the New Testament features the transfiguration of Jesus. Read Matthew 17 online or look it up in your Bible.
Before you start your daily reading, say a prayer asking God to guide your thinking as you read, and then read the Bible with the aim of learning something new.
After the reading, consider how it may affect your life and relationship with your Heavenly Father and allow your increased knowledge of the Scriptures to shape your character and strengthen your trust in God.
Discussion notes on Matthew 17
- The Transfiguration demonstrates the glory of Jesus, but does it also emphasise how limited our human knowledge is of time and space?
- (See vv 22-23) Is it a surprise or understandable that the disciples were “filled with grief”?
- Verse 27 is quite an amazing occurrence. Why do you think Jesus did such an elaborate thing?
More on Matthew 17
Jesus’ teaching often seems at odds to that of the society he was in, and even of society today – where we expect much of the wise (as they do of themselves) and where little is expected of those who are foolish, or perhaps less well educated or talented.
His teaching illustrated his belief of the potential in all people. Jesus chose fishermen as his disciples, placed an importance on those who were often ignored (lepers, children, women and those of minority religions or races) and of the youngest he made them the example of how faith should operate.
In vv20-21, Jesus uses another extreme illustration to show how God works with those of little faith to change the world. This time he chooses the tiny mustard seed and large mountains. He uses this small seed to represent faith – a mustard seed is usually no bigger than 2mm in size (smaller than a peppercorn) but grows to be the largest of all garden plants. The mountains can represent any challenges or circumstances you face.
Although people may feel they have little to offer God’s Kingdom, or even in their own communities, Jesus says it is these same people who will move mountains with God’s help.
Consider your faith – do you ever feel overwhelmed by those things you must do, inadequate for that which you’re being asked to complete? Today, make a note of situations that seem overwhelming and accept God’s help, acknowledging however small your faith is you want to make a difference. Then watch to see how he helps you meet this situation.
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