Author Archives: David W. Jones

Miracles, Questions, and Teachings – Matthew 9

Read the Passage: Matthew 9 Miracles (9:1–9, 18–34) In Matt. 9:1–8 we read of Jesus meeting a man so severely paralyzed that friends must carry him to Jesus. Interestingly, without even asking for healing or forgiveness, Jesus declares, “So, be … Continue reading

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Jesus’ Miracles – Matthew 8

Read the Passage: Matthew 8 A Leper is Cleansed (8:1–4) As we’ve noted previously, in an attempt to draw parallelism with the Pentateuch, Matthew structures his Gospel around five discourse/narrative cycles. Matt. 5–7 contains the teaching portion of the first … Continue reading

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Sermon on the Mount, Part 3 – Matthew 7

Read the Passage: Matthew 7 Judging Others (7:1–6) Probably one of the most quoted and misapplied verses in the Bible is Matt. 7:1, “Judge not, that you be not judged.” It seems that some people understand this verse to be … Continue reading

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Sermon on the Mount, Part 2 – Matthew 6

Read the Passage: Matthew 6 Good Deeds (6:1–4) In the first section of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus was correcting bad interpretation and teaching from the Old Testament. This is seen in the repeated use of the phrase, “You … Continue reading

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Sermon on the Mount, Part 1 – Matthew 5

Read the Passage: Matthew 5:1-48 Characterization of Believers (5:1–16) Matt. 5:1 begins the first of five teaching and narrative cycles in Matthew’s Gospel. The teaching section covers Matt. 5–7, and the narrative covers Matt. 8–9. Continuing to draw parallels between … Continue reading

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Jesus’ Early Ministry – Matthew 3–4

Read the Passage: Matthew 3-4 Person of John (3:1–17) In this passage Matthew records the message, appearance, and ministry of John the Baptist, whom he has not mentioned previously in his Gospel. Further, Matthew notes that these events were a … Continue reading

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The Birth of Jesus – Matthew 1–2

Read the Passage: Matthew 1-2 Authorship and Date – Although the Gospel of Matthew, like all of the four Gospels, is technically anonymous, Matthew’s name has been associated with it from ancient times. This is the same Matthew, also known … Continue reading

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Ruth’s Redemption – Ruth 3:1–4:22

Read the Passage: Ruth 3:1-4:22 Promise of Redemption (3:1–18) Ruth chapter 2 begins with dire circumstances, but ends with great promise. After the introduction of Boaz, as well as Ruth and Naomi’s encouraging dialog in Ruth 2:20–23, the reader is … Continue reading

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Ruth Meets Boaz – Ruth 2:1–23

Read the Passage: Ruth 2:1-23 Ruth’s Labor (2:1–7) From a human perspective, the circumstances of Naomi and Ruth were quite dire. They were both widows, Ruth was a foreigner, and they were living in a place in which neither one … Continue reading

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Introduction to Ruth – Ruth 1:1–22

Read the Passage: Ruth 1:1-22 Authorship and Date: The book of Ruth is named after the main human character in the book, Ruth the Moabitess. Only two Old Testament books are named after women—that is, Ruth and Esther. Ruth is … Continue reading

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