Friday, February 15, 2019

Matthew 16

"A wicked and adulterous generation looks for a sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah." Jesus then left them and went away. v. 4

"Do you still not understand?  Don't you remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many basketfuls you gathered? Or the seven loaves for the four thousand, and how many basketfuls you gathered? How is it you don't understand that I was not talking to you about bread?" v. 9-11a

When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, "Who do people say the Son of Man is?"
They replied, "Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets."
"But what about you?" he asked.  "Who do you say I am?"
Simon Peter answered, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God." v. 13-16

From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.  v. 21

Then Jesus said to his disciples, "Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.  For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it." v. 24-25

Friday, February 8, 2019

Matthew 15

Jesus called the crowd to him and said, "Listen and understand.  What goes into someone's mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them." v. 10-11

"Leave them; they are blind guides.  If the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit." v. 14

"For out of the heart come evil thoughts -- murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.  These are what defile a person; but eating with unwashed hands does not defile them." v. 19-20

A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, "Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me!  My daughter is demon-possessed and suffering terribly." v. 22

Jesus said to her, "Woman, you have great faith!  Your request is granted." And her daughter was healed at that moment. v. 28

Jesus left there and went along the Sea of Galilee.  Then he went up on a mountainside and sat down.  Great crowds came to him, bringing the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute and many others, and laid them at his feet; and he healed them.  v. 29-30

Jesus called his disciples to him and said, "I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat.  I do not want to send them away hungry, or they may collapse on the way.  v. 32

His disciples answered, "Where could we get enough bread in this remote place to feed such a crowd?"
"How many loaves do you have?" Jesus asked.
"Seven," they replied, "and a few small fish." v. 33-34

He told the crowd to sit down on the ground.  Then he took the seven loaves and the fish, and when he had given thanks, he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and they in turn to the people.  They all ate and were satisfied.  v. 35-37a

The number of those who at was four thousand men, besides women and children.  v. 38

Friday, February 1, 2019

Matthew 14

Herod wanted to kill John (the Baptist), but he was afraid of the people, because they considered John a prophet. v. 5

Prompted by her mother, she said, "Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptist." v. 8

His head was brought in on a platter and given to the girl, who carried it to her mother. v. 11

When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place.  Hearing this the crowds followed him on foot from the towns.  v. 13

Jesus replied, "They do not need to go away.  You give them something to eat." v. 16

"We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish," they answered. v. 17

"Bring them here to me," he said.  And he directed the people to sit down on the grass.  Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves.  Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people.  v.  18-19

The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children. v. 21

After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. v. 23a

Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake.  v. 25

But Jesus immediately said to them: "Take courage! It is I.  Don't be afraid." v. 27

"Lord, if it's you," Peter replied, "tell me to come to you on the water." "Come, he said." Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.  But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, "Lord, save me!" v. 28-30

Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him.  "You of little faith," he said, "why did you doubt?"  And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down.  Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, "Truly you are the Son of God." v. 31-33

And when the men of that place recognized Jesus, they sent word to all the surrounding country.  People brought all their sick to him and begged him to let the sick just touch the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed. v. 35-36

Friday, January 25, 2019

Matthew 13

Then he told them many parables, saying "A farmer went out to sow his seed." v. 3

The disciples came to him and asked, "Why do you speak to the people in parables?" v. 10

He replied, "Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. v. 11

"Listen to what the parable of the sower means: When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart.  This is the seed sown along the path.  The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy.  But since they have no root, they last only a short time.  When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away.  The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful.  But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it.  This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown." v. 18-23

Jesus told them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field.  But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away." v. 24-25

"'No', he answered, 'because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them.  Let both grow together until the harvest.  At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it to my barn.'" v. 29-30

"The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field.  When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field." v. 44

"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls.  When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it." v. 45-46

When Jesus had finished these parables he moved on from there.  "Isn't this the carpenter's son?  Isn't his mother's name Mary, and aren't his brothers James, Joseph, Simon and Judas?  Aren't his sisters with us?  Where then did this man get all these things?"  And they took offense at him. v. 53, 55-57

Friday, January 18, 2019

Matthew 12

"I tell you that something greater than the temple is here...for the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath." v. 6, 8

"How much more valuable is a person than a sheep!  Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath." v. 12

But the Pharisees went out and plotted how they might kill Jesus. v. 14

Then they brought him a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute, and Jesus healed him, so that he could both talk and see.  v. 22

"Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters." v. 30

"Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit. v. 33

"For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth." v. 41

Someone told him, "Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you."  He replied to him, "Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?"  Pointing to his disciples, he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers.  For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother." v. 47-50

Friday, January 11, 2019

Matthew 11

"Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?" v. 3b

"The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor." v. 5

"Then what did you go out to see?  A prophet?  Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet." v. 9

"For John came neither eating nor drinking and they say 'he has a demon.'  The Son of Man came eating and drinking and they say 'here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.'  But wisdom is proved right by her deeds." v. 18-19

"All things have been committed to me by my Father.  No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." v. 27-30

Friday, January 4, 2019

Matthew 10

"The kingdom of heaven has come near." v. 7b

"the worker is worth his keep." v. 10b

"I am sending you out like sheep among wolves.  Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves."  v. 16

"But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it.  At that time you will be given what to say, for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you." v. 19-20

"You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved." v. 22

"Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul." v. 28a

"So don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows." v. 31

"Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven.  But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven."  v. 32-33

"Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.  Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it." v. 38-39

"And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward." v. 42