Luke 2

For the full text of Luke 2, click here. As mentioned in the first chapter of Luke, his telling of the story of Jesus starts earlier than the first two gospels. The second chapter continues with information that we didn't have. First there was the story of John the Baptist's foretelling and birth, then the... Continue Reading →

Matthew 28: Rebuilt in 3 Days

For the text of this chapter, click here. The story of the resurrection itself picks up with two Mary's going to see the tomb of Jesus. When they got there, there was an earthquake that rolled the stone back and an angel that appeared. The Mary's don't seem particularly fazed by this, but why would... Continue Reading →

Matthew 21: Arriving in Jerusalem

For the text of Matthew 21, click here. At the end of the last chapter, Jesus and His followers were leaving Jericho, which is near the border of Judea and Perea (modern Jordan). Chapter 21 begins with them getting closer and into the Mount of Olives and Bethpage. Jesus quotes the prophecy about Him coming... Continue Reading →

Matthew 20: Fairness and service

For the text of Matthew 20, click here. First thing in this chapter is a comparison of God to the master of a vineyard who shows mercy to those who have worked there. He begins by making a deal with a set of workers for a certain wage and a certain amount of work. To... Continue Reading →

Matthew 19: Teaching in Judea

For the text of Matthew 19, click here. The text begins with a fairly simple statement about travel, but then I looked at my map of the region and confused myself. I had previously bought this amazing book that had maps so I could visualize all the travel called Deluxe Then and Now Bible Maps.... Continue Reading →

Matthew 18: Lessons on Sin and Forgiveness

For the text of Matthew 18, click here.   The first story of this chapter is often used to remind people that children exemplify the faith and/or humility required to be among the greatest in the kingdom of heaven, but what does that mean? I mean, Jesus is certainly not talking about modern children. I... Continue Reading →

Matthew 17: How big is a mustard seed

For the text of Matthew 17, click here.  Jesus goes up the mountain with three disciples who all see Elijah and Moses talking to Him. This in itself is pretty remarkable. Elijah is the most famous of the prophets and Moses led the Israelites out of slavery. This is the company of some pretty amazing... Continue Reading →

Matthew 16: Listening to the Right People

For the text of Matthew 16, click here.  After attempting to confuse Jesus's teachings with the mixing of traditions, the Pharisees try again, this time with the Sadducees too. This time they want a sign and though Jesus does rebuke them, He also promises a sign after all. He promises the sign of Jonah. This... Continue Reading →

Matthew 15: Traditions and Miracles

For the text of Matthew 15, click here.  The entire first half of this chapter focuses on the concept of where traditions come from and prioritizing them. Do we pay more attention to the traditions our foreparents created or the ones brought to us from God? Yeah, it's that first one. It's not generally well... Continue Reading →

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