Daily reading

Today’s reading is: Mt. 8:23-34; 13:31-52; Mk. 4:30-5:20; Lk. 8:22-39; 13:18-21


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Matthew Chapter Eight

(Outline continues from Day 296)

  1. During His Galilean ministry, the famous calming of the storm occurred (Mt. 8:23-27).
  2. Although previous examples of casting out demons are mentioned, Matthew’s first recorded exorcism occurs in between a cemetery and a pig farm (Mt. 8:28-34).
    1. Two demoniacs (v.28).  δαιμονίζομαι daimonizomai #1139: to be under the power of a demon (δαίμων daimōn #1142 or δαιμόνιον daimonion #1140).
    2. The demoniacs question why it is the Lord’s purpose to seek them out (v.29).
      1. They recognize Him as the Son of God.
      2. They fear an appointed torment (Rev. 20:10).
      3. The demons request an animal host as a replacement for the two men that they have been occupying.
    3. The Gentiles of the region were terrified of His power which had conquered the demons (Mt. 8:33-34).

Matthew Chapter Thirteen

(Outline continues from yesterday)

  1. The Parables of the Mustard Seed (Matt. 13:31-32), and the Leaven (Matt. 13:33) are not explained by the Lord, but the principles are obvious in light of the first two parables.
    1. The Parable of the Mustard Seed teaches two principles.
      1. The extraordinary growth of the mustard seed illustrates the phenomenal growth of faith communities in the KoH(MS)—applicable both in the Church and Israel (in the Tribulation).
      2. The nesting activity of the “birds” illustrates the attention that Satan’s angels pay to the assemblies of born-again believers.
    2. The Parable of Leaven teaches the pervasiveness of sin throughout the KoH(MS).
  2. The Parables of Hidden Treasure (Matt. 13:44), The Pearl (Matt. 13:45-46), and the Dragnet (Matt. 13:47-50) likewise have no explicit interpretation.  Their principles become obvious in the light of the first two parables.
    1. The Hidden Treasure and the Pearl represent two similar (but not identical) purchases that the buyer obtains through a total expenditure of all personal wealth.
      1. The Hidden Treasure represents Israel, Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb, but hidden away for a period of time.
      2. The Pearl represents the Church, redeemed by the blood of the Lamb, and obtained for immediate good pleasure.
    2. In the KoH(MS), the Lord’s plan for Israel is temporarily hidden while He completes the Father’s plan for the Church.
    3. The Dragnet shows the great spiritual fishing ministries to the Gentiles during the KoH(MS).
      1. The Church in the Church Age, and Redeemed Israel in the Tribulation of Israel will gather many Gentile fish.
      2. At the end of the age (KoH(MS)) the fish will be sorted.
  3. Christ concludes His message to the disciples, and informs them that their new ministry will be to bring forth treasures new and old (Matt. 13:51-52).
    1. The disciples claimed to have understood all the Lord’s parables.
    2. The role of disciples in the KoH(MS) is to accurately teach the Truth of God’s Word through a synthesis of the New & Old Testaments.

(Chapter Thirteen continues tomorrow)

Mark Chapter Four

(Outline continues from yesterday)

  1. Mark’s account of the calming of the sea contains a vivid description of the action (Mk. 4:35-41).

Mark Chapter Five

  1. Matthew’s account mentions two cemetery dwelling demoniacs.  Mark & Luke record only one—named Legion (Mk. 5:1-20).
    1. Mark’s account is the vividly descriptive one.
    2. Mark’s account also tells the origin of the Decapolis Evangelist (Mk. 5:18-20).

(Chapter Five continues tomorrow)

Luke Chapter Eight

(Outline continues from yesterday)

  1. The disciples cried out to “Master, Master!” (Lk. 8:22-25).  ἐπιστάτης epistatēs #1988 common term in Luke & Acts.
    1. In Matthew’s record, they’re shouting “Lord” (κύριος kurios) (Matt. 8:25).
    2. In Mark’s record, they’re shouting “Teacher” (διδάσκαλος didaskalos) (Mk. 4:38).
    3. Remember: Out of Matthew, Mark, & Luke, only Matthew was actually in the boat to write this narrative.  It is likely that the Twelve shouted all three of these names, and perhaps others when they panicked!
  2. The healing of Legion is covered in parallel passages in Matthew & Mark (Lk. 8:26-39 = Mt. 8:28-34; Mk. 5:1-17).

(Chapter Eight continues tomorrow)

Luke Chapter Thirteen

(Outline continues from Day 299)

  1. The Parables of Mustard Seed & Leaven parallel the record in Matthew (Lk. 13:18-21 || Matt. 13:31-33).

(Chapter Eight continues on Day 300)