Matthew

Day: 1

Plan: Matthew

Where Did Jesus Come From?

Wendy Blight

This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham. - Matthew 1:1-17

Much to my surprise and delight, when I dug into the genealogy that opens the gospel of Matthew, I found it incredibly foundational to proving Jesus is who He says He is. This is why Matthew opened his gospel with this particular genealogy.

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Day: 2

Plan: Matthew

The Most Powerful Name

Lysa TerKeurst

But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. - Matthew 1:18-25

I picture Joseph in the moment he found out his future wife was pregnant. He knew the child wasn’t his.

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Day: 3

Plan: Matthew

Authentic Worship

Wendy Pope

On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. - Matthew 2:1-12

Some call them Magi. Others call them Wise Men.

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Day: 4

Plan: Matthew

Divine Guidance

Krista Williams

Get up, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who were trying to take the child’s life are dead. - Matthew 2:13-23

Imagine walking through your day in step with God. In Matthew 1 and 2, Joseph and the Magi were all in step with God as they followed His guidance.

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Day: 5

Plan: Matthew

An Uncommon Encounter

Leah DiPascal

Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. But John tried to deter him, saying, ‘I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?’ Jesus replied, ‘Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.’ Then John consented. - Matthew 3

John the Baptist would be considered unusual in any generation. He lived in the Judean wilderness, wore clothes made from coarse camel hair and consumed a daily organic diet of locusts and wild honey.

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Weekend Teaching

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Weekend Wrap-Up

Matthew 1-3 - Weekend Teaching

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Day: 6

Plan: Matthew

We Shall Not Live on Bread Alone

Wendy Blight

The tempter came to him and said, 'If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.' Jesus answered, 'It is written: “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” - Matthew 4:1-11

Matthew chapter 4 opens with the Spirit leading Jesus into the wilderness. Once in the wilderness, Satan initiated an all-out assault to steal the very identity God had recently affirmed at His baptism in the Jordan.

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Day: 7

Plan: Matthew

An Unlikely King

Whitney Capps

As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. ‘Come, follow me,’ Jesus said, ‘and I will send you out to fish for people. - Matthew 4:12-25

Based on their understanding of Old Testament prophecy, Matthew’s primary audience, the Jews, thought the Messiah would come as a king, which helps us understand why Jesus begins his public preaching with the call to repentance because the kingdom of heaven is near. This would have made the Jews happy, because they wanted Jesus to establish a new kingdom.

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Day: 8

Plan: Matthew

Live a Contrary Life

Wendy Pope

Blessed are … - Matthew 5:1-16

Jesus is the most popular person in town. John the Baptist has prepared the way for His leadership.

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Day: 9

Plan: Matthew

A New Way of Living

Leah DiPascal

Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. - Matthew 5:17-48

As Jesus continued teaching to the crowds on the Mount of Beatitudes, He began talking about the Law. This was an uncomfortable topic for many, because most of the people there attempted to keep the Law, but failed time and time again.

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Day: 10

Plan: Matthew

A Protection Only Prayer Can Give

Lysa TerKeurst

… your Father knows what you need before you ask him. - Matthew 6

God doesn’t need our suggestions. But boy am I eager to make suggestions to Him!

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Weekend Teaching

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Weekend Wrap-Up

Matthew 4-6 - Weekend Teaching

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Day: 11

Plan: Matthew

The Fruit We Bear

Lysa TerKeurst

By their fruit you will recognize them … - Matthew 7

A Bible study leader and I were talking recently about a situation that greatly distressed her. Knowing she was going to be on vacation one week, she’d asked one of her friends to come in and lead the group.

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Day: 12

Plan: Matthew

Vain Words and Works Won’t Work

Krista Williams

Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. - Matthew 7

Jesus wraps up the Sermon on the Mount by insisting that the only way to heaven is through the narrow gate. He is the gate and He is the only way to God (John 10:9; John 14:6).

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Day: 13

Plan: Matthew

Amazing Faith

Wendy Blight

When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, 'Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith. - Matthew 8

Jesus had just finished teaching His famous Sermon on the Mount when He encountered an unnamed Roman centurion (Roman military officer in command of 100 officers). At some point, the soldier came to Jesus and asked Him to heal his servant who was lying paralyzed back at the centurion's house.

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Day: 14

Plan: Matthew

Their Success Does Not Threaten Mine

Lysa TerKeurst

Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. - Matthew 9

We have a choice today. We can look out and see the unlimited, abundant opportunities God has placed before us.

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Day: 15

Plan: Matthew

Priorities, Process and Provision

Whitney Capps

Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness. - Matthew 10:1-25

I’ve been guilty of diving into a Bible study asking, “What’s in it for me?” But to make a good interpretation of a passage, it’s often helpful to ask first, “what was the purpose of these words to the original audience?”

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Weekend Teaching

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Weekend Wrap-Up

Matthew 7-10 - Weekend Teaching

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Day: 16

Plan: Matthew

Remain Faithful

Leah DiPascal

So do not be afraid of them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs. - Matthew 10:26-42

Can you imagine being one of the 12 disciples and spending every day with Jesus? You would watch in awe as Jesus gave sight to the blind (Matthew 9:27-31), healed people from leprosy and disease, (Matthew 8:1-4), cast out demons, (Matthew 8:28-34) and raised children from the dead (Matthew 9:18-19, 23-26).

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Day: 17

Plan: Matthew

Come to Me

Wendy Blight

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. - Matthew 11

The Pharisees demanded. Do this. Do that. Obey the law. But Jesus did not demand. He invited. "Come to Me."

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Day: 18

Plan: Matthew

Lord of the Sabbath

Krista Williams

For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath. - Matthew 12

The word “Sabbath” means rest. From the beginning, God gave us the Sabbath so that we would refrain from regular work and delight in Him.

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Day: 19

Plan: Matthew

Farming 101

Wendy Pope

Then he told them many things in parables, saying: ‘A farmer went out to sow his seed. - Matthew 13

In today’s verse, Jesus is talking about more than agriculture. The sower is anyone who teaches God’s Word.

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Day: 20

Plan: Matthew

Satisfying Leftovers

Leah DiPascal

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. - Matthew 14

Jesus wanted a quiet place to be alone for a while. He had just received news about His cousin’s death and desired time alone with His Father (Matthew 14:3-12).

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Weekend Teaching

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Weekend Wrap-Up

Matthew 10-14 - Weekend Teaching

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Day: 21

Plan: Matthew

Clean hands. Pure hearts.

Whitney Capps

These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules. - Matthew 15

Same song. Different verse. Countless New Testament passages prove how Jesus frustrated the Pharisees and teachers of the law.

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Day: 22

Plan: Matthew

Jesus Predicts His Death and Resurrection

Wendy Blight

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. - Matthew 16

In Matthew 16, we see a turning point in Jesus’ ministry. In Matthew 4:17b, Jesus signaled the beginning of His ministry with these words: "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near."

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Day: 23

Plan: Matthew

Listen to Jesus

Krista Williams

While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, ‘This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to Him!’ - Matthew 17

Jesus went up on a high mountain to pray, and He took Peter, James and John with Him. While He was praying, the fullness of His glory was made visible.

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Day: 24

Plan: Matthew

Stumble Free Faith

Wendy Pope

If your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed or crippled than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire. - Matthew 18

Did Jesus really tell us to cut off our hands or feet if they cause us to stumble in our faith? Those were His words, but let’s understand what He meant.

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Day: 25

Plan: Matthew

You Are Valuable

Leah DiPascal

Then people brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked them. Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these. - Matthew 19

Imagine being a child again and your parents taking you to see Jesus. How would you feel being shooed away and dismissed as if you were nobody?

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Weekend Teaching

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Weekend Wrap-Up

Matthew 15-19 - Weekend Teaching

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Day: 26

Plan: Matthew

Fair Wages

Whitney Capps

But he answered one of them, ‘I am not being unfair to you, friend. Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius? Take your pay and go. I want to give the one who was hired last the same as I gave you. - Matthew 20

“It’s not fair.” Oh how that idea slithers through our brains, lodges in our hearts and rolls off our tongues … and from a very early age!

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Day: 27

Plan: Matthew

Will You Celebrate or Cling to Sin?

Krista Williams

Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit. - Matthew 21

As Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, the crowds cheered. They spread out their coats and covered the road with branches.

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Day: 28

Plan: Matthew

The Greatest Commandment

Wendy Blight

Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law? - Matthew 22

In Matthew 22, we find Jesus engaged in a conversation with a Pharisee, an expert in the Law. He asked Jesus, "Which is the greatest commandment in the Law?"

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Day: 29

Plan: Matthew

Finger Pointing Faith

Wendy Pope

Everything they do is done for people to see: They make their phylacteries wide and the tassels on their garments long. - Matthew 23

The Pharisees were a pious group who held true to the literal interpretation of the Torah or Law of Moses. Jesus didn’t have a problem with their interpretation of or devotion to the law.

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Day: 30

Plan: Matthew

Spoiling the Ending

Whitney Capps

For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you ahead of time. - Matthew 24:1-31

Do you hate it when someone spoils the ending for you? It kind of takes the dramatic tension out of the experience.

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Weekend Teaching

Plan: Matthew

Weekend Wrap-Up

Matthew 20-24 - Weekend Teaching

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Day: 31

Plan: Matthew

When You Least Expect It

Leah DiPascal

Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. - Matthew 24:32-51

When Jesus came to earth in the form of a baby it was a relatively quiet and obscure event. The only witnesses were Mary, Joseph, a few shepherds and a host of angels from heaven (Luke 2:1-21).

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Day: 32

Plan: Matthew

Readiness at His Return

Krista Williams

Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour. - Matthew 25:1-30

Jesus is coming back! Oh, what if it were today?

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Day: 33

Plan: Matthew

The Least of These

Wendy Pope

The King will reply ‘… Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me. - Matthew 25:31-46

Jesus, the greatest storyteller who ever lived, tells of a king who recognized his subjects who had shown kindness. Even though this is a parable, we find its central truth applicable.

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Day: 34

Plan: Matthew

A Meal to Remember

Whitney Capps

While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, ‘Take and eat; this is my body.' - Matthew 26:1-35

It’s nearly the end. Jesus is preparing for the cross.

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Day: 35

Plan: Matthew

The Truth of His Love

Lysa TerKeurst

Then all the disciples deserted him and fled. - Matthew 26:36-75

When I read this scripture my heart aches. How could they? And, why?

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Weekend Teaching

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Weekend Wrap-Up

Matthew 24-26 - Weekend Teaching

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Day: 36

Plan: Matthew

What Will You Do with Jesus?

Krista Williams

'What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called the Messiah?’ Pilate asked. - Matthew 27:1-31

After His betrayal and arrest, Jesus was brought before the Sanhedrin, which was the religious ruling council of the Jews. During the night, Jesus was illegally tried and by daybreak He had been falsely condemned.

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Day: 37

Plan: Matthew

The Crucifixion Scene

Krista Williams

'He saved others,’ they said, ‘but he can’t save himself!’ - Matthew 27:32-56

Roman crucifixion was designed to produce a slow, agonizing death. It involved as much suffering and shame as possible.

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Day: 38

Plan: Matthew

The Hope of the Tomb

Wendy Pope

Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. - Matthew 27:57-66

The trial is over. Jesus, the hope of the Jewish people has died.

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Day: 39

Plan: Matthew

This Changes Everything

Whitney Capps

He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. - Matthew 28:1-15

This simple sentence changed all of human history. In this brief exchange, the angel answers their unspoken questions about their beloved Jesus.

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Day: 40

Plan: Matthew

Go and Tell Your Story

Wendy Blight

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. - Matthew 28:16-20

Matthew opened his gospel establishing Jesus as the Messiah, who came from the line of Abraham. And he now closes his gospel with Jesus' last words.

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Weekend Teaching

Plan: Matthew

Weekend Wrap-Up

Matthew 27-28 - Weekend Teaching

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