Bible Study Questions – Matthew 26:30-35
Jesus knows His fate, yet He is compelled to sing a hymn with His disciples. What do you think compelled Him?
What does singing do to help in worshipping God?
What other references to singing are found in the New Testament? Colossians 3:16; Ephesians 5:19-20
A Passover meal always ended with singing three Psalms known as the Hallel, Psalms 116-118. Read these verses and discuss how they may have given Jesus comfort at such a difficult time in His life.
Why do you think that Jesus felt the need to tell all of His disciples that they would fall away?
Who was it that ultimately struck the shepherd? Isaiah 53:10; Zechariah 13:7; John 16:32
In verse 32, Jesus told His disciples that He would be raised up. What do you think they thought He meant by that? Hebrews 12:2
Jesus prophesies His meeting with them in Galilee. What does this tell you about Jesus’ frame of mind at this time?
Knowing that Peter would later deny Jesus three times, what are your thoughts on His statement in verse 33? Have you ever made a promise you did not fulfill? Luke 22:31-34
What sins did Peter commit in this statement?
Jesus knew that Peter would fail in what he thought was his strong area – courage and boldness. Why was it important for Peter to fail?
Many times, in life, we are given the chance to walk in boldness. Why do you think we too often fail?
*Interesting note* Apparently it was usual for roosters in Palestine to crow about 12:30, 1:30, and 2:30 a.m.; so the Romans gave the term ‘cock-crow’ to the watch from 12:00 to 3:00 a.m.”
When Peter said “Even if I must die with you, I will not deny you!” all the other disciples fell into line saying the same. What pressure was on them to do so?
Is Peter more to blame because he led this chorus? Explain.