Daily reading

Today’s reading is: Mt. 9:9-17; Mk. 2:13-22; Lk. 5:27-39; Jn. 5


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Matthew Chapter Nine

(Outline continues from yesterday)

  1. The call of Matthew (Levi) was followed by Matthew’s passion to reach out to other lost souls (Matt. 9:9-13).
    1. The Pharisees were shocked at the company Jesus was keeping.
    2. Jesus advises them to learn the lessons of Hos. 6:6.
  2. John the Baptist is under arrest, but he still has loyal disciples and they have a question about fasting (Matt. 9:14-15).
    1. Jesus answers the question with a metaphor and a pair of parables.
    2. His ministry with His disciples is one of joy up until the arrest & crucifixion.
    3. John’s disciples should start getting used to new things coming.
  3. Jesus illustrated with patches and wineskins to demonstrate how new and old don’t mix—both are ruined (Matt. 9:16-17).

(Chapter Nine continues on Day 289)

Mark Chapter Two

(Outline continues from yesterday)

  1. Mark’s (& Luke’s) account of the calling of Matthew uses the tax collector’s Hebrew name: Levi the son of Alphaeus (Mk. 2:14-17). The connection with James the son of Alphaeus (Mk. 3:18; Lk. 6:15; Acts 1:13) is not known.

(Chapter Two continues tomorrow)

Luke Chapter Five

(Outline continues from yesterday)

  1. Levi (a.k.a. Matthew) is personally called by Christ, and is pleased to host a great reception for Him (Lk. 5:27-39║Matt. 9:9-17).

John Chapter Five

  1. The feast of John 5 is almost certainly a Passover feast.  This is the Passover of 31AD, two years before the cross.
  2. The third recorded sign/miracle in the gospel of John is the healing an invalid at the Pool of Bethesda (Jn. 5:1-9a).
  3. The healed man was criticized for breaking the sabbath (Jn. 5:9b,10), but he was obeying the Lord of the Sabbath (Jn. 5:11-13).
  4. When Jesus was identified as the One Who had done the miracle, He was criticized for doing so on the Sabbath (Jn. 5:14-16).
  5. The Lord’s public teaching at that point revealed the Father’s Work (Jn. 5:17-23).
    1. The message of the Father and the Son is a message that produces the greatest Satanic opposition imaginable.
    2. The Father’s work was to demonstrate that work to the Son in love, and to motivate the Son to accomplish the Father’s good pleasure.
  6. This occasion also provides the open-door opportunity for evangelism (Jn. 5:24-29). Notice how resurrection and judgment day is employed evangelistically.
  7. Christ concludes His message by declaring His testimony to be the final witness in the Father’s gospel call (Jn. 5:30-47).
    1. The Baptizer was a witness (vv.33-35).
    2. Christ’s miracles were witnesses (v.36).
    3. God the Father is an abiding witness within believers after salvation (vv.37-38).
    4. The Scriptures are an eternal witness—both for Christ, and against those who reject the gospel message (vv.39-47).