Monday, January 22

Week Four–Christian Living: Discipleship Monday, January 22 Matthew 5:1-12 A Listener The crowd that assembled on a Galilean hillside and were privileged to hear the very words uttered that we know as the Sermon on the Mount is described as disciples. If a follower of Jesus is a disciple then …

Friday, January 12

Week 2–Jesus: Son of God Friday, January 12 Matthew 4:1-11 What Temptation? Yes, Jesus was tempted by Satan. We know that. But what was the temptation? We’ve duly noted the event (or series of events) but have we duly noted the gravity of what was at stake? We remember, and …

Monday, January 8

Monday, January 8 Matthew 16:13-20 More Than a Prophet The Jews relished in the many revered personalities from their history, not the least of which were the prophets. When Jesus asked how people were identifying Him, the apostles’ responses evidenced how Jesus occupied in the highest echelon of their admiration …

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 …