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Archive for April 2012

Matthew 18

April 30, 2012

What information does the chapter contain? – The greatest in the kingdom (:1-5).  Mark’s account (9:34) tells us that the disciples had been discussing among themselves which was the greatest.  Jesus illustrated with a child that they lacked the needed humility to truly be greatest. – Stumbling blocks (:6-11).  Jesus warned them against being and/or […]

Matthew 17

April 27, 2012

What information does the chapter contain? – The transfiguration (:1-13).  This event included three great people representing three eras – Moses (the old law), Elijah (the prophets), and Jesus (the new law).  God made it clear that Jesus is now the one to be heard and followed. – Casting out a demon (:14-21).  Jesus cast […]

Matthew 16

April 26, 2012

What information does the chapter contain? – Jesus tested by the Pharisees and Sadducees (:1-4).  The Pharisees and Sadducees have seen the popularity of Jesus grow.  They began to test Him in an effort to discredit Him.  They asked for “a sign from heaven.”  He mentioned “the sign of Jonah” and left them. – The […]

Matthew 15

April 25, 2012

What information does the chapter contain? – Tradition vs. commandment (:1-9).  The Pharisees and scribes not only added their own traditions to God’s commandments, they also put those traditions ahead of His commandments.  Jesus called them hypocrites for their actions: “This people honors Me with their lips, but their heart is far away from Me.  […]

Matthew 14

April 24, 2012

What information does the chapter contain? – John the Baptist beheaded (:1-12).  While John was not beheaded at this time, here we find the details about it.  Herod beheaded him after making a rash oath. – The feeding of the five thousand (:13-21).  While this is how the miracle is normally titled, it was actually […]

Matthew 13

April 23, 2012

What information does the chapter contain? – Parables of the kingdom.  This chapter could be called the chapter of parables.  It contains one parable after another – parables about the sower, tares, the mustard seed, leaven, hidden treasure, a pearl of great value, and a dragnet.  They all refer to the kingdom, with most beginning […]

Psalms 23-24

April 21, 2012

“The Lord is my shepherd,…” – you can probably finish the sentence and much of the psalm.  Psalm 23 is the most well-known and often-quoted psalm.  It can often be seen and/or heard at funeral homes, as it provides such comfort.  The Lord leads, restores, guides, comforts, provides, anoints.  No wonder the psalmist concludes by […]

Matthew 12

April 20, 2012

What information does the chapter contain? – Working on the Sabbath (:1-21).  The Pharisees came up with their own definition of what was considered work on the Sabbath.  It included both picking heads of grain and healing.  Jesus pointed out the error of their reasoning in that they overlooked David eating the consecrated bread when […]

Matthew 11

April 19, 2012

What information does the chapter contain? – John questioned Jesus (:1-6).  Some may wonder why John would question if Jesus was really “the Expected One” or not, especially after already knowing who He was (3:13-14).  John had been in prison for a while (4:12) and probably began having doubts about everything.  Notice that Jesus did […]

Matthew 10

April 18, 2012

What information does the chapter contain? – The names of the twelve (:2-4).  This is the first time in the Bible we find the names of all twelve apostles: “Simon (Peter), …Andrew…; and James the son of Zebedee, …John…; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew…; James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Zealot, […]