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

Matthew 4:18—5:16, Discipleship and Beatitude

What Blessedness Is

[January 22, 2012] What does the word “Blessed” mean?

If we take it out of its Biblical context, which is what a lot of modern translations and preachers do, the word can simply mean “happy.” But poverty, being mournful, and hungering and thirsting, and having people say . . . → Read More: Matthew 4:18—5:16, Discipleship and Beatitude

John 5:1-30, Authority to Give Life to the Dead

[July 10, 2011] In today’s reading the Gospel according to John leaves the Cana sequence behind and Jesus returns to Judea where His own do not receive Him, for “a prophet has no honor in his own country” (John 1:11; 4:43-44). He goes to Jerusalem for a feast (the Byzantine text reads, “the . . . → Read More: John 5:1-30, Authority to Give Life to the Dead