Devotions October

Mat 9; Luk 7

October 11, 2015

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What does it say?

The paralyzed man brought by his friends to Jesus is the same as in Mark 2 and Luke 5. This story is clearly out of chronological order, because Matthew’s interest is to string together a series of powerful miracles and healings in Matthew 8-9 that affirm Jesus’ identity […]

Mat 5-7

October 10, 2015

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What does it say?

Matthew 5-7 presents the famous Sermon on the Mount. Even many who do not believe are drawn to the simplicity, power and depth of these teachings. Certain elements of these teachings appear elsewhere in the Gospels, but there is no other account of this particular sermon in its […]

Mat 12; Mar 3; Luk 6

October 9, 2015

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What does it say?

The Pharisees attack Jesus and his disciples for gleaning from the grain fields to satisfy their hunger. Jesus responds with scripture and heals a man to further infuriate the religious leaders. Jesus is greater than the Sabbath. Either Jesus is the hope of the nations or, as the […]

Joh 5

October 8, 2015

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What does it say?

John 5 centers on the third of the seven miracles recorded in John. Going to Jerusalem for the feasts, Jesus visits the pool of Bethesda by the sheep market where people seeking healing would gather. Of the multitude gathered there, Jesus chose to heal a man that had […]

Mat 8; Mar 2

October 7, 2015

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What does it say?

Matthew 8 begins a rapid-fire series of miracles and healings. This will continue into chapter 9. The passage is straightforward and presents no great difficulty as far as understanding what it says. Pay careful attention to details.

Mark 2 presents the touching story of four men who […]

Joh 2-4

October 6, 2015

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What does it say?

John 2 opens with the miracle of turning the water into wine at a marriage feast in Cana of Galilee. Jesus then visits the temple in Jerusalem and chases out those who were profiting personally by selling animals for sacrifice at elevated prices, having a monopoly, and exchanging […]

Mat 4; Luk 4-5

October 5, 2015

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What does it say?

Immediately after God’s confirmation of Jesus upon his baptism by John, Matthew 4 tells the story of Jesus being tempted by the Devil following 40 days of fasting. The remainder of the chapter focuses on Jesus calling Peter, Andrew, James and John to be his disciples and on […]

Mat 3; Mar 1; Luk 3

October 4, 2015

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What does it say?

These three chapters are mostly parallel. We already saw Jesus’ baptism by John in John 1. Luke 3 concludes with Luke’s version of Jesus’ genealogical record. From the time following king Solomon, Luke’s record differs from Matthew. Several explanations are possible, but many think that Luke is giving […]

Mat 2

October 3, 2015

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What does it say?

Matthew chapter two provides information unique to Matthew. Joseph, Mary and Jesus remain in Jerusalem for several months before thinking to return to Nazareth. While they are still there, wise men from the East arrive to worship Christ, called here a young child, not a newborn infant. A […]

Mat 1; Luk 2

October 2, 2015

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What does it say?

Each of the four Gospels has a distinct emphasis, Matthew writes his Gospel with fellow Jews in mind. He shows that Jesus is the fulfillment of God’s promises through the prophets of the Messiah to come. His material is very similar to Mark’s.

Matthew begins immediately […]

Luk 1; Joh 1

October 1, 2015

Devotions October|

What does it say?

Luke’s name does not appear in the book, but tradition has always assigned this gospel to this medical doctor that accompanied Paul on some of his journeys. Writing in Greek, Luke’s Gospel is filled with technical medical terms not used by the other writers.  Luke and Acts are […]