Daily reading

Today’s reading is: Mt. 16:21-17:20; Mk. 8:31-9:29; Lk. 9:22-43


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Matthew Chapter Sixteen

(Outline continues from yesterday)

  1. A significant change occurs within Jesus’ ministry to His disciples (Matt. 16:20-28).  He is preparing them for His crucifixion.
    1. They were to stop identifying Him as the Christ (v.20).
    2. He taught them about the suffering, execution and resurrection (v.21).  So much for Peter’s great praise (vv.17,23)!
    3. He taught that their ministry as followers would have their own crosses to bear (vv.24-26).
    4. He promised that some of them would even “see the Son of Man coming in His Kingdom” (vv.27-28).

Matthew Chapter Seventeen

  1. Six days after the Lord promised, three of His disciples “saw” the Son of Man coming in His Kingdom (Matt. 17:1-13).
    1. They observe a glorified Christ in conversation with Moses & Elijah.
    2. Peter speaks rashly and is immediately humbled by God the Father.
    3. After the experience, Jesus commands them to keep the matter secret until after the resurrection.  He also explains the work of John the Baptist as a foreshadowing of Elijah’s upcoming work.
  2. In Jesus’ absence with Peter, James & John, His remaining 9 disciples were unable to cure a demoniac (Matt. 17:14-21).  Jesus explained that their ineffectiveness was the result of their having too little faith.

(Chapter Seventeen continues tomorrow)

Mark Chapter Eight

(Outline continues from yesterday)

  1. (Day 293)
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    2. The message was a hard one for the disciples to accept, and Peter especially failed in this (Mk. 8:31-33).
    3. Such tough messages illustrated the cost of being a disciple (Mk. 8:34-38).

Mark Chapter Nine

  1. Mark’s servant-oriented gospel account of the transfiguration of Christ is impressed with the superiority of heavenly laundry! (Mk. 9:1-13, esp. v.3)
    1. This event was a preview of the Kingdom of God on earth for these three disciples (v.1).
    2. They were not yet ready for Kingdom teaching (vv.5-7), because they had not yet come to understand the crucifixion teaching (vv.9-10,30-32).
    3. They could not reconcile sufferings and glory (vv.11-13; 1st Pet. 1:10-11).
  2. While Christ was on the Mount of Transfiguration with Peter, James, & John, the remaining disciples were having trouble casting out a powerful evil spirit (Mk. 9:14-29).

(Chapter Nine continues tomorrow)

Luke Chapter Nine

(Outline continues from yesterday)

  1. In view of the difficult times ahead, any follower of Christ must follow with a cross (Lk. 9:23-26).
  2. The Lord promised a view of the Kingdom to some of His disciples (Lk. 9:27), and then made good on that promise when He was transfigured before Peter, James, & John (Lk. 9:28-36).
  3. The crowds kept demanding more miracles, the Lord kept speaking of His approaching betrayal, and the disciples continued to be too afraid to ask questions (Lk. 9:37-45).

(Chapter Nine continues tomorrow)