Week Four Bible Reading Introduction

Week 4: Jesus’ Ministry—Mark July 22-28          This week’s reading will move from Matthew to Mark.  We will also use two of the Supplemental Reading days (29th & 30th) to complete our reading of this Gospel. While Matthew’s original audience was Jewish, Mark’s appears to be Gentile.  This is evident …

Through the Bible, July 21

Reading: no scheduled reading Thoughts and reflections: With no scheduled reading for today, this is a good time to catch up if you have fallen behind. Otherwise, here are some thoughts drawn from this past week’s readings. Matthew’s Gospel, as we’ve noted previously, is primarily for a Jewish audience. One …

Through the Bible, July 20

Reading: Matthew 26-28 Summary: These chapters, of course, tell the final climactic events of Jesus’ life.  The plot to secretly apprehend Jesus and kill Him is set.  He’s anointed by a grateful disciple in Bethany, which Jesus says is actually in anticipation of His burial.  He celebrates the Passover with …

Through the Bible, July 19

Reading: Matthew 24-25 Summary: Chapters 24 and 25 constitute a rather lengthy, continuous teaching relative to Jesus ultimate return and judgment.  It’s all initiated by the disciples drawing attention to the temple and all of its buildings.  Jesus responded by saying the day is coming in which one stone would …

Through the Bible, July 18

Reading: Matthew 22-23 Summary: Jesus’ interaction with the multitudes in Jerusalem and the religious leaders continue. The leaders plot their efforts to discredit Jesus (remember, His popularity makes apprehending Him difficult, see 21:45-46), but to no avail.  Questions had been posed to Jesus and He returned them as well.  Finally, …

Through the Bible, July 17

Reading: Matthew 20-21 Summary: Prior to His arrival in Jerusalem, Jesus continues with more of the same; miracles and teaching.  His teaching involves parables—as usual—and instruction elicited by interaction and discussion with His followers.  His miracle is another healing, this time of two blind men. Finally, in chapter 21, Jesus …

Through the Bible, July 16

Reading: Matthew 18-19 Summary: Though no miracles of Jesus are found in these two chapters, several great and challenging teachings are.  Jesus addresses the question of greatness in His kingdom—a topic frequently under discussion by the apostles, temptation to sin, forgiveness of sin, divorce, and wealth.  Two parables are also …

Through the Bible, July 15

Reading: Matthew 16-17 Summary: Two crucial events dominate chapters 16 and 17.  First is Peter’s confession of Jesus as being the Son of God.  This event plays a critical role in this Gospel as Matthew shows that people thought quite highly of Jesus, yet of critical importance was his true …

Through the Bible, July Week 3 Introduction

Week 3: Jesus’ Ministry—Matthew 16-28 July 15-21          This week will complete the Gospel account as recorded by Matthew.  This portion of Matthew focuses primarily on Jesus journey to Jerusalem and, of course, His climactic death there by crucifixion. Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem comes in chapter 21.  The last large …

Through the Bible, July 14

Reading: No scheduled reading Thoughts and Reflections: With no reading scheduled for today you might want to catch up on reading if you’ve fallen behind. Otherwise, here are some thoughts taken from this previous weeks readings. Readily recognized is the fact that Matthew along with Mark and Luke are very …