'Gospel of Matthew' Tagged Posts

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A Strange Turn Of Phrase

A Strange Turn Of Phrase Daily Devotion for Advent | Thursday, December 6, 2018 … And David was the father of Solomon by the wife of Uriah … (Matthew 1:6b) “By the wife of Uriah.” Why not just call her by name—Bathsheba? Why use a description instead? For that matter, why not just write “David was the father of Solomon” and end the statement there, as with most of the other steps in this genealogy? Why even bring up the…
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A Long Time Coming

A Long Time Coming Daily Devotion for Advent | Wednesday, December 5, 2018 Abraham was the father of Isaac … (Matthew 1:2a) “Abraham was the father of Isaac …” If there’s one verse in the New Testament Abraham would have loved to read ahead of time, it’s probably this one. God reached out to a childless man in the ancient Middle East and promised, “I will make of you a great nation” (Genesis 12:2-3). God kept that promise when Isaac…
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Who Cares?

Who Cares? Daily Devotion for Advent | Tuesday, December 4, 2018 The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. (Matthew 1:1) The book of Matthew starts with an odd choice of subject matter—42 generations of Jesus’ genealogy, all the way back to Abraham. Some people find this fascinating. Other people are probably yawning and saying under their breath, “Who cares?” Apparently, God cares. God cares enough to give us a list of…
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A Sponge And A Stick

Sponge And Stick And Sour Wine Daily Devotion for Lent | Friday, March 23, 2018 Read John 19:28-30. A jar full of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it to His mouth. (John 19:29) Just before Jesus’ final moments, He said, “I’m thirsty.” Someone took a sponge and filled it with the sour wine the soldiers brought to drink. Then they put it on a stick…
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Pain Killer?

Pain Killer? Daily Devotion for Lent | Thursday, March 22, 2018 Read Matthew 27:33, 46-50. And when they came to a place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull), they offered Him wine to drink, mixed with gall, but when He tasted it, He would not drink it. (Matthew 27:33-34) The Roman executioners were not complete monsters. Before they nailed Jesus to the cross, they offered Him wine mixed with gall—a painkiller, probably a bitter-tasting plant like opium poppy.…
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Thirty Pieces Of Silver

Thirty Pieces Of Silver Daily Devotion for Lent | Monday, March 12, 2018 Read Matthew 27:3-10. Then one of the twelve, whose name was Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What will you give me if I deliver Him over to you?” And they paid him thirty pieces of silver. (Matthew 26:14-15) The price of a slave. The price of a cemetery. The price of God. When Judas saw that Jesus was condemned, he brought his traitor’s…
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Just A Colt

Just A Colt Daily Devotion for Lent | Thursday, March 1, 2018 Read Matthew 21:1-11. (Jesus said) “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to Me. If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will send them at once.” (Matthew 21:2-3) It was just a colt—a young donkey, old enough to carry someone safely,…
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Pay Your Taxes?

Pay Your Taxes? Daily Devotion for Lent | Saturday, February 24, 2018 Read Matthew 17:24-27. When they came to Capernaum, the collectors of the two-drachma tax went up to Peter and said, “Does your teacher not pay the tax?” (Matthew 17:24) The two-drachma tax was something that every Jewish man was supposed to pay for the support of the temple. So when the collectors came to Peter about it, they probably wanted to know whether Jesus was a good temple-supporting…
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Stones Or Bread?

STONES OR BREAD? Daily Devotion for Lent | Thursday, February 15, 2018 Read Matthew 4:1-4. And the tempter came and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” (Matthew 4:3) I suppose the stones by Jesus’ feet looked a little like loaves of bread. To someone who had gone hungry for over a month, they probably really looked like bread. But they weren’t. Nobody wants a mouthful of rocks. And…