Adding even more depression to the fact that I have gotten WAY behind in my Bible reading is the fact that when I open my Pocket ESV, the bookmark ribbon is still where it was on March 25.
You see, the 90 day thing was a challenge. One that I failed. But the best part about reading the Bible is that no matter where you are in life, you can start right now. Read a little Gain a LOT.
God will not allow you to read something and get nothing from it. The Word of God has truth that we need.
Make the effort. Do it.
Once again… I’m reading the Bible through in 90 days. Join me. Click here for more information on the ESV Bible in 90 day plan that I am doing.
I’ve never understood how the Pharisees and the Sadducees missed Jesus being the Son of God. It seems to me that “the signs of the times” were so obvious. Interesting that Jesus is recorded saying that the only “sign” that they will be given is the sign of Jonah. Many discount the story of Jonah as fantasy or as a metaphor. Jesus basically tells us all that it was no metaphor. It happened as written.
Peter answers some questions from Jesus. He confesses that Jesus is Christ.
Jesus tells Peter that the Church will be established and it will not be defeated. Jesus tells the disciples not to tell anyone who He truly is (odd) but he is not yet ready for the cross. He is headed toward it. They too are headed toward death because of their obedience and allegiance to him.
Jesus is transfigured. A few of the disciples are allowed to watch the event, but they can’t repeat it until AFTER he will be raised from the dead. The disciples had to have been so close to the forest, that they could not see the trees. Jesus was so transparent with them, yet they missed so much at first. Guess you can sorta see how the Pharisees and Sadducees missed the most obvious.
Jesus tells the disciples that they could perform miracles if it weren’t for their lack of faith.
Jesus answers questions with other questions. He would not be trapped by a situation. He turned the situation over so that he was in control of the situation and outcomes.
The disciples are clueless at this point. Asking who would be the greatest of them in heaven. Jesus surprises them all by stating that whoever humbles himself like a child will be greatest.
God wants ALL to be found. He rejoices in the one that is lost and returns to Him. We need to remember that!
In the passage that talks about how to handle if a brother has sinned against you, it is interesting that in the end, if there remains refusal to seek forgiveness… Go to the church. But at this time, there really was no church. However, Jesus clarifies that the church isn’t a physical place or even a governed body with bylaws. His Word is the bylaws and anywhere where 2 or 3 are gathered in His name… That is the Church.
Divorce. Again the rulers of the day were trying to trip up the one who made the rules in the first place. He’s ready for them. Divorce is not intended in God’s plan. If christians are going to focus on specific sins that some commit… then they need to address them all. However tough it is for us to understand, Divorce is not what God wants for us. It’s wrong.
Jesus tells them to let the children come to Him.
Jesus disappoints a young rich man by telling Him how to appropriately follow Jesus. The young man is discouraged and thinks that the request is impossible. Jesus reminds him and all of us that “With God, all things are possible.”
Paradox = The first will be last and the last will be first.
Fairness is taught. God can do what he wants to and we have no say in the matter. His generosity does not depend upon our understanding of it. He does what he wants.
Paradox = To be great, you must be a servant. If you want to be first, be a slave and serve others. That is our ransom.
Jesus knew where to find the daughter, the colt, the house… Amazing. He knew all that would be.
Jesus enters Jerusalem and declares the temple as a den of robbers. He turns over the tables and runs off the criminal component. He still heals, but you can cut the tension with a knife. He then goes and curses a Fig Tree. Kind of odd, but does it anyway.
Parable of two sons and parable of talents. Takeaway? The kingdom of God will be taken away from those who aren’t faithful and producing fruit. It will be given to those who will produce fruits. How many churches or servants have been given a lampstand but got to a point where they lost their mission. Now another will be moved into place to produce fruit.
More attempts to get Jesus to trip up his words. Jesus is ready for the questions.
God is not the God of the dead but of the living.
The great commandment tells us to love God and love our neighbor.
The Pharisees and Sadducees preach, but do not practice. it is hollow and void of substance. They lay burdens on their people that they should not. Again, we are told that Servants will be great.
Woe to the scribes and pharasees for their actions. It will be dealt with.
Wow. Jesus tells his disciples about the signs that will occur at the end of time. That had to be some amazing teaching. While there are definite signs, no one knows the time and day. Either way, Jesus tells them to watch and be prepared.
Jesus describes what the kingdom of heaven will be like. We will be judged for what we have been entrusted. To the ones who do much with what we are given, we will be given more.
The plot to kill Jesus is at its climax. Plans are made. Judas agrees to find a time to hand over Jesus to the roman soldiers.
Jesus takes passover with his disciples. Such a beautiful picture of Him coming as the passover lamb. During it though we are reminded that Jesus knows his accuser and knows his role in the redemption plan.
Jesus goes to Gethsemane and prays. He is awaiting the arrest. ALL this had to take place so that scriptures and prophecy could be fulfilled.
Peter denies knowing who Jesus is. Just 10 chapters later, fear controls Peter’s response to pledging allegiance to Jesus.