Summary: This is the fill in the blank for the Bible study of Matthew & Thomas from 12 Ordinary Men. See also notes from the Bible Study found in the series of sermons here.
Note: This is a study from the book 12 Ordinary Men by John McArthur an excellent book. This is the fill in the blank outline from Adult Bible Fellowships of First Baptist Church Orion. This is not original but worth posting for study.
Twelve Ordinary Men
Matthew and Thomas
I. Matthew the Publican (Matt. 9:9)
a. His Hebrew name was __________.
b. He is the author of the Gospel that bears his name. For that reason, we might expect to have a lot
more ___________ about this man and his character. However, in his Gospel, he only mentions his own
c. Matthew was a publican – or a ______ _________________ when Jesus called him.
d. Publicans were men who had bought tax franchises from the Roman _____________ and then
extorted money from the people of Israel to feed the Roman coffers and to pad their own
e. It is interesting to note that that the three tax collectors mentioned specifically in the Gospels all
found forgiveness. They were ________________ and the publican who “went to the temple to
f. We find the account of Matthew’s call in his own words in 9:9-13.
g. Matthew believed so much that he _______________ all the other tax collectors and ______________
in to hear Jesus speak about being the Messiah.
We know that Matthew wrote his Gospel with a Jewish audience in mind. Tradition says he ministered to
the Jews both in Israel and abroad for many years before being martyred for his faith. There is no reliable
record of how he was put to death, but the earliest traditions indicate he was burned at the stake. Thus this
man who walked away from a lucrative career without ever giving it a second thought remained willing to
give his all for Christ to the very end.
II. Thomas – the Twin (John 11:16)
a. According to this verse, his nickname amongst the other disciples was Didymus which means
“___________.” However he has gotten another nickname during the centuries since then –
“____________ Thomas.” While this is definitely unflattering and probably unfair, it does appear that
he was a somewhat _____________ or pessimistic person.
b. We can see this pessimism clearly in the first time he appears in John’s gospel (John 11:1-16).
c. However it is also clear that he was ______________ to Jesus.
d. We see these two things again in John 14:5. Thomas had become so attached to Jesus that he
would have been glad to _____ with Him, but he could not think of ____________ without Him. His worst
fears were going to be realized – Jesus died and he didn’t.
e. We pick up the story of Thomas again in John 20:19. Jesus appeared to the disciples but Thomas
wasn’t there. He was probably off somewhere wallowing in his own ___________. He always saw the
worst in everything, and now his worst fears had been realized - Jesus was gone and Thomas
was sure he would never see Him again.
f. The others tried to share the joy of their experience with, but Thomas responded with the words that
have earned him his unfortunate nickname (v. 25).
g. When Jesus appeared 8 days later, He was amazingly _______ with Thomas. Then Thomas made
what was probably the greatest statement ever to come from the lips of the apostles: “My _______ and
There is a considerable amount of ancient testimony that suggests Thomas carried the gospel as far as
India. There is to this day a small hill near the airport in Chennai (Madras), India, where Thomas is said to
have been buried. There are churches in South India, whose roots are traceable to the beginning of the
church age, and tradition says they were founded under the ministry of Thomas. The strongest traditions
say he was martyred for his faith by being run through with a spear – a fitting form of martyrdom for one
whose faith came of age when he saw the spear mark in his Master’s side and for one who longed to be
reunited with his Lord.