The Gospel of Matthew
This book breaks the Scriptures silence from the Old Testament to the New. Hundreds of years stand in that gap. Though Matthew probably was not the first book written of the New Testament (many scholars suspect James to be the first to be penned), it does serve a unique purpose of leading into the New Covenant.
Matthew writes an eyewitness view and from a very strong Jewish perspective that serves as an amazing bridge. Matthew covers from Genesis to Revelation in his Gospel account. In times in my life when I needed a good reminder of God's faithfulness from the beginning to the end, I pick up this Gospel.
Here's what to expect as we journey through Matthew together:
On Mondays, I will post the reading plan for the week. On Fridays, I will write a blog about that weeks reading. On Saturdays, I encourage you to go back and listen to that weeks reading using a tool like the Bible App. Through out the reading, I encourage you to note questions, mark your Bible up with underlining and circling. I think you will find as you note questions in the margins that the Holy Spirit will be answering those along our Journey. He is so very Faithful! Feel free to share this reading plan with your Life Groups (small groups), friends and family. On Friday blogs, there will be discussion questions to ponder which will be great for small groups or a friend or even just a quiet reflection time by yourself.
This Weeks Reading Plan:
Monday- Matthew 1-2; Isaiah 9:2-7; & Jeremiah 31:15
Tuesday- Matthew 3-4; Isaiah 40:3; & Malachi 4:1-6
Wednesday- Matthew 5:1-16; Psalm 37:11, 2 Corinthians 7:10
Thursday- Matthew 5:17-48; 2 Timothy 3:15-16; & James 4:1-2
Friday- Matthew 6-7; 1 Chronicles 29:11-13; & 1 John 1:28-29
We count on your Spirit's aide as we read this Gospel. If we are reading this for the first time or the 100th time, Lord, you have something new for us and I pray that our hearts are reading to see this Gospel with new eyes and an expectant heart. Lord, show us you! Let us know you! Let us be changed by you!