Matthew 13:1-17, Having Ears to Hear

The Setup (Matthew 13:1-2)

[July 15, 2012] We come now to the seven parables of Matthew 13. Jesus deliberately takes on the medium of parables as the only means by which He will now communicate with the crowd; in other words, He will no longer speak plainly to them through teaching and . . . → Read More: Matthew 13:1-17, Having Ears to Hear

Matthew 9:35—10:15, The Sending Out of the Called Ones

[May 27, 2012] Today is the Feast of Pentecost in the Christian churches which follow the Western calendar. On that day the ascended Jesus equipped the church with the anointing of the Holy Spirit to empower them to be His witnesses unto the uttermost part of the earth. The portion of Matthew’s . . . → Read More: Matthew 9:35—10:15, The Sending Out of the Called Ones

Matthew 9:9-34, Grace for Those Lost in Sin

[May 20, 2012] We come now to the third cycle of stories that precede and prepare us for the “Missionary Discourse” in chapter 10. The Sermon on the Mount was the first lengthy discourse in the Gospel according to Matthew. The Missionary Discourse is the second. The Seven Parables in chapter 13 . . . → Read More: Matthew 9:9-34, Grace for Those Lost in Sin

Matthew 8:2-17, Dispensations of Salvation

[May 6, 2012] Jesus comes down from the mountain—which in Matthew’s gospel has associations with Sinai (and spiritual revelation)—and returns to the people of Israel, and they follow Him. Here begins the next “discipleship manual” in the gospel, in each of which Matthew presents a narrative followed by a teaching. This section, . . . → Read More: Matthew 8:2-17, Dispensations of Salvation

Mark 12:28-37a, The New Way

Overview

[October 10, 2010] Today’s reading brings to a conclusion the first half of Mark 11:1—14:11, the whole of which I have entitled, “God’s Kingdom and God’s Judgment.” Jesus entered the city as the royal Son of David, as One entitled to the throne of Jerusalem and as such with the right of . . . → Read More: Mark 12:28-37a, The New Way

Mark 11:11-26, It Was Not the Season for Figs

The Way of the Cross (Mark 8:27—10:52)

[September 19, 2010] Last Sunday we ended Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem during which Jesus spoke to His disciples about the cross for the first time and told them that they too must take up the “way of the cross” if they would save their souls. . . . → Read More: Mark 11:11-26, It Was Not the Season for Figs