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 …

Through the Bible, July 13

Reading: Matthew 14-15 Summary: Matthew groups another series of Jesus’ miracles in this section of his Gospel.  In addition to further miracles of healing Jesus feeds multitudes and walks on water.    Also noteworthy are the death of John the Baptist, a surprising demonstration of great faith, and Jesus’ critical teaching …

Through the Bible, July 12

Reading: Matthew 12-13 Summary: Confrontations with and opposition to Jesus begin to grow.  As a matter of fact, the first indication of a plan to “destroy” Jesus is mentioned (12:14).   While this opposition came from “official” sources (Pharisees), He also found rejection closer to home, in the place of his …

Through the Bible, July 11

Reading: Matthew 10-11 Summary: From among the multitudes that have begun to follow Jesus since the beginning of His public ministry, He specifically chooses twelve as apostles.  Of course, these men will play a very special role, particularly following Jesus’ return to heaven. Special attention, training, and instruction will be …

Through the Bible, July 10

Reading: Matthew 8-9 Summary: Following Matthew’s record of Jesus teaching on life in His kingdom, he turns our attention to many of Jesus’ works.  Chapters 8 and 9 tell of some ten specific miracles Jesus performed as well as the fact of “many” others (8:16). Interwoven in these miracle accounts …

Through the Bible, July 9

Reading: Matthew 5-7 Summary: Jesus’ famous Sermon on the Mount is widely recognized, even outside of Christian circles, as among the world’s greatest teachings.  It, as well as all of Scripture, is worthy of very close and careful consideration.  However, there is value in reading it through in one sitting, …

Through the Bible, July 8

Reading: Matthew 3-4 Summary: John is the great forerunner of the Messiah.  Matthew, appropriately, begins telling the story of Jesus’ ministry with the forerunner.  The general sense of anticipation on the part of the people for some messenger from heaven is evidenced in the incredible response to John’s preaching (see …

Through the Bible Week 2 Reading Introduction

Week 2: Jesus’ Ministry—Matthew 4-15 July 8-14          Having drawn last week from across the gospel accounts to cover the introductions to the gospels, Jesus’ genealogies, and the records of Jesus’ and John the Baptists births, our attention now focuses on the gospels individually, beginning with Matthew. Matthew’s author is …

Through the Bible, July 5

Reading: Luke 2:21-38; Matthew 2:1-12 Summary: Following Jesus’ birth some matters of religious importance had to be tended to.  On the eighth day He was to be circumcised and on the fortieth day He was to be presented in the temple with appropriate sacrifices for purification.  Luke tells of these …