NT in 30 days: Day 2

14 01 2008

I was able to complete Matthew tonight. Truly, what a blessing even to read Matthew in two brief sittings.

  • Jesus was not afraid of the Sadducees or Pharisees. When questioned by them, He would respond but He would quite often insult them in His response (Matthew 21:31, Matthew 21:43-45, Matthew 22:29, etc.)
  • Jesus continues to speak in parables and He attempts to prepare our hearts for God’s truth. He teaches in love but not in fear.
  • As He prepared His disciples for the day He would leave, He continued to prophesy of His death and crucifixion.
  • Matthew 16:24-28 is Scripture I should commit to memory. Jesus tells his disciples: “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” (Matt. 16:24, 25) I do need to do more research on Matthew 16:28. This passage always challenges me.
  • Matthew 19:26 is a great verse to remember: “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
  • Every time the Pharisees and Sadducees tested Jesus, He always amazed (or marveled) them with His response. They continued to try to catch Him but they were never able.
  • Matthew 22:37-40 (The Great Commandment) is another great piece of Scripture to commit to memory.
  • As Jesus prepares His disciples by explaining to them the end times, I am reminded of the fact that His return will come “like a thief in the night”. I need to be prepared every hour of every day as if it is the last.
  • Reading over the events of the crucifixion make me want to weep.  The way that they treat Him and tortured Him.  Unfortunately, I am no better.  My actions and my words trample Jesus under foot just as painfully.  This is how I need to think of my sin instead of nonchalant.
  • Matthew closes with one of the most memorable passages (The Great Commission): “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18b-20)
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