Matthew 22-23

Daily Reading Matthew 22-23 Daily Thought Jesus describes God’s kingdom as a wedding feast, and all of Israel invited. The celebration promised to be spectacular, “my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered and everything is ready” (Matthew 22:4). One condition, however, proved to be an obstacle: the required attire was a particular wedding […]


Matthew 20-21

Daily Reading Matthew 20-21 Daily Thought When we were kids, my dad would play street football with us. He was the quarterback and drove us crazy. Who the best players were was clearly established and they were chosen first, yet my dad would send them running to the right with defenders in tow, then toss […]


Matthew 18-19

Daily Reading Matthew 18-19 Daily Thought “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them” (Matthew 18:20). Has anyone who quotes this verse ever asked, where is Jesus when you are by yourself? He’s with you, of course, so let’s stop pulling this verse out in small groups, saying […]


Matthew 15-17

Daily Reading Matthew 15-17 Daily Thought The disciples have travelled close behind Jesus since he called them to “follow me, and I will make you fishers of men” (Matthew 4:22; see also 8:22; 9:9). It was time to find out why. “Who do you say that I am?” (Matthew 16:13), Jesus asked the twelve men […]


Matthew 13-14

Daily Reading Matthew 13-14 Daily Thought Jesus began to speak in parables to the hard of heart, because though “seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand” (Matthew 13:13). They are capable, but they are not willing, and so they do not try to understand and are blind […]


Matthew 11-12

Daily Reading Matthew 11-12 Daily Thought John the Baptist is the one prophesied to announce the coming of Messiah, “Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way before you” (Matthew 11:10; cf Malachi 3:1). Now in prison, he asks of Jesus, “Are you the one?” (Matthew 11:3). Jesus says just […]


Matthew 9-10

Daily Reading Matthew 9-10 Daily Thought “So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 10:32). The rancher wanted the farmers to pay for his drowned cattle. “Judge, you know we’ve been having a drought. The farmers had a prayer meeting and asked God to […]


Matthew 7-8

Daily Reading Matthew 7-8 Daily Thought If John 3:16 is the best-known verse in the Bible, one of the most quoted is Matthew 7:1–”Judge not, that you be not judged”–often employed to provide biblical cover to an “I can do whatever I want” lifestyle. The rub comes a few verses later, however, when Jesus says, […]


Matthew 5-6

Daily Reading Matthew 5-6 Daily Thought Jesus said, “I have not come to abolish the Law or the Prophets, not an iota, not a dot” (Matthew 5:17-18); then elaborated on the iotas and the dots. Anger is murder; lust is adultery, and so is divorce; don’t swear to tell the truth, simply tell the truth; […]


Matthew 1-4

Daily Reading Matthew 1-4 Daily Thought Matthew begins with what is important to a Jew, “The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham” (Matthew 1:1). The Hebrew people want to know where you come from;  specifically who was your father and your father’s father. It was a […]

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