Matthew 2 Wise men from the eastern lands asking about the new born King of the Jews. – How did they know? The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding…Proverbs 9:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow His precepts have a rich understanding. His praise … Continue reading Matthew 2: Of Dreams, Stars, Wisdom, Destiny. Don’t Worry, God is in Control, working out all things!
Matthew 1 notes Ancestry of Jesus Christ... ... a descendant of David... a descendant of Abraham Matthew depicts Jesus as King.... Lion of the tribe of JudahThe Sovereignty of Jesus ... Mark >> Ox / Servant... Luke >> Son of Man / Human nature... John >> Son of God / Divine nature/ Eagle Any King … Continue reading Matthew 1: Lineage >> Jesus as King. Women in the lineage. The birth of Christ in me.
Matthew 12: 1-21 Law of the Sabbath - no work at all?? ( Exodus 35, Exodus 31:12-17, Numbers 15: 32-36). Quite explicit and harsh Kind of an impossible law to keep. How else were they to eat? The law was a school master to show us our need for a Saviour...Galatians 3:24 ...the free gift … Continue reading Matthew 12:1-21: Proclaiming Justice = Spreading the Gospel?! The Model Servant Blueprint? Mercy Trumps Sacrifice. Law fulfilled by Grace.
Matthew 11 Jesus Christ the Messiah - a fulfillment of the law and the prophecy of the prophets - Greater than the law and greater than the prophets. - Came with Grace and Truth. His Truth ( even the hard / harsh truth... Such as the wages of sin is death... ) is revealed to us with Grace, … Continue reading Matthew 11: A new covenant encounter with Jesus? Whose fruit do I bear? Fruit of the Kingdom?? Carrying Unnecessary Burdens?
Matthew 10 Jesus gave His disciples authority to : - Cast out evil spirits - Heal sickness and diseases Am I exercising the authority given to me by Jesus by being His disciple? If not or if I am unable to exercise that authority ... Does it mean that I am not truly His disciple? … Continue reading Matthew 10: Lord have Mercy on me & grant me Your Grace to remain faithful to You to the end!
Matthew 9:27-38 Is a demon preventing me from mentioning and glorifying the name of Jesus? Ashamed of the Gospel? Carrying my cross & following Jesus? The Power of the Cross. The Cross is the Love of God. For God so loved the World that He sent His only Son to die on the Cross … Continue reading Matthew 9:27-38 >> Ashamed of Jesus & the Gospel? Demons fear the Name of Jesus. Carrying my cross?
Matthew 9:18-26 Synagogue leader's dead daughter. Woman with the issue of blood. Faith without works ( of faith - the action confirming that we indeed have faith) is dead ( James 2:17) Synagogue leader comes and humbles himself before Jesus for his dead daughter's sake. Faith act/works - >> Jesus please come and lay your … Continue reading Matthew 9:18-26 >> Do I prophesy Life or Death into my situations? Do I limit God by my level of Faith?
Matthew 9:14 - 17 Fasting The disciples of John the Baptist and the Pharisees fast while this disciples of Jesus don't. Jesus is life! Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life ( John 14:6) Jesus came for us to have life, and life more abundantly ( John 10:10) Anything that is not Jesus … Continue reading Matthew 9:14 – 17 > New Covenant Fasting? Can I contain the New Wine?
Matthew 9:9-13 Hey you sinner, come and follow me and be my disciple!? Jesus calls us just as we are. How else can it be if He is the one that cleanses us from our sin? Most of us may have the mistaken notion of Jesus calling those that are already clean to come to … Continue reading Matthew 9:9-13 > Effective Discipleship through Amazing Grace. Grace overcomes the sin(ner)!
Matthew 9:1-8 Paralysed man on a mat brought by his friends. Jesus saw their friends faith and first released him from the paralysis of sin [ setting the captives free ( Luke 4:18) ]. Is my walk in this life paralysed by sin? Jesus forgave the mans sin then told him to -- stand up, … Continue reading Matthew 9:1-8 > Power of – By Faith through Amazing Grace. Released from the paralysis of sin.