Category Archives: Matthew

Jesus’ Transfiguration – Matthew 17:1–13

Read the Passage: Matthew 17:1-13 Context (17:1–3) Matt. 17:1–13 contains one of the most interesting and well-known narratives in Jesus’ ministry—that is, the account of the transfiguration of Christ. This narrative is given in each of the Synoptic Gospels, is … Continue reading

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Teaching and Miracles – Matthew 15

Read the Passage: Matthew 15:1-39 Tradition (15:1–20) This passage begins with the scribes and Pharisees accusing Jesus of allowing His disciples to “transgress the tradition of the elders” (Matt. 15:2), namely the practice of ceremonially washing hands before a meal. … Continue reading

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The Ministry of Jesus – Matthew 14

Read the Passage: Matthew 14 Mourning (14:1–12) Earlier, in Matt. 4:12, we saw that John the Baptist had been imprisoned. In Matt. 11:2–6 we saw how John was questioning whether or not Jesus was the Christ. This was likely on … Continue reading

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Parables of the Kingdom – Matthew 13

Read the Passage: Matthew 13:1-43 Parable of the Soils (13:1–9, 18–23) Matthew chapter 13 is a theologically rich chapter, as here Jesus gives eight parables to describe the Kingdom of God, five of which only occur in Matthew’s Gospel. Note … Continue reading

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Jesus and the Pharisees – Matthew 12

Read the Passage: Matthew 12 Rejection of Jesus (12:22–30) This chapter begins with an account about Jesus’ interaction with the Pharisees concerning the Sabbath. Two narratives are recorded. The first account details the Pharisees’ critique of Jesus’ disciples plucking of … Continue reading

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Jesus’ Identity – Matthew 11

Read the Passage: Matthew 11 Dialog with John (11:1–15) In Matt. 4:12 we read that John the Baptist had been put in prison. The details of this imprisonment, as well as his death, are not given until Matt. 14:3–12. In … Continue reading

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Sending of the Disciples – Matthew 10

Read the Passage: Matthew 10 Sending & Instructions (10:1–15) After giving his command to “pray [to] the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest” (Matt. 9:38), in Matt. 10:1–8, Jesus fulfills this prayer by sending out … Continue reading

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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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