A time to fast

Matthew Bible Background

01.10.2017 – New Testament: Matt 9.15

To read the Bible in a year, read Matthew 9.1–17 on January 10, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

John’s disciples asked Jesus why did they and the Pharisees fast, and why did His disciples not fast, to which He replied,

And Jesus said to them, “Can the friends of the bridegroom mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast” (Matthew 9.15). 

Fasting flows naturally from your state of mind and the condition of your heart. Therefore, when times of rejoicing exist, fasting is inappropriate, but when times of sadness arrive, fasting has its home.


  • Have there been times when you had no desire to eat?
  • How much do you think about food?

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