Monthly Archives: January 2014

Jan. 18- Ch. 18

The “Parable of the Unmerciful Servant” is a hard one.  I know my natural tendency is to want people to live up to their responsibilities or obligations.  Justice needs to be carried out.  That’s the natural tendency.  But then, when … Continue reading

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Jan. 17- Ch. 17

I don’t know about anyone else, but as I read this 17th chapter it feels as though the tenor of the whole book changes.  After the transfiguration it seems Jesus’ attention has now shifted to his impending death and resurrection. … Continue reading

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Jan. 16- Ch. 16

The thing that has always amused me about this chapter is in the beginning Peter is blessed, and then later on he is the devil incarnate.  I realize that time had elapsed between the two events, but I think it … Continue reading

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Jan. 15- Ch. 15

It is this chapter that really shows how dense the disciples are.  First they don’t get the short parable about what comes out of the mouth defiles you, then,  making them really dense, they ask about where they are going … Continue reading

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Jan. 14- Ch. 14

Hadn’t thought of this before, but John the Baptist was actually the first Christian martyr.  Though Herod didn’t want to kill him he did, all because of a misguided promise he probably wished he never made.  How many times have … Continue reading

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Jan. 13- Ch. 13

This chapter contains a parable that I have never totally understood.  It is the parable of the man who digs up a treasure in a field, reburies it, and then goes out and sells all he has to buy the … Continue reading

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Jan. 12- Ch. 12

I love verse 29 of this chapter, “Or again, how can anyone enter a strong man’s house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he can plunder his house.”  If we are going … Continue reading

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Jan. 11- Ch. 11

How perspectives change over time when you have expectations of people.  When John baptized Jesus he was so sure he was the Messiah.  But now, he has sent his disciples to ask Jesus if they should be looking for someone … Continue reading

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Jan. 10- Ch. 10

The first thought that comes to mind about this chapter is kind of humorous.  During a simple sending out, Jesus, like any good preacher, didn’t miss a chance to preach a sermon!  My second thought is fantasy, and that is … Continue reading

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Jan. 09- Ch. 9

It might just be me, but in this chapter of Matthew, more than any previous, I get the feeling that events moved rapidly.  From the time Jesus called Matthew to the time he threw out the demons it is just … Continue reading

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