Bible Reading and Commentary January 12-17, 2015
Bible Reading and Commentary
January 12-17, 2015
Monday, January 12, Matthew 19
Vv. 5-6 — God wants commitments of couples living together. He wants a life-long commitment. That’s called marriage. The life-long commitment is in the words, “Let no one separate.” “Joined together” can also be translated “yoked together.” As oxen were joined together with a wooden yoke by an owner and couldn’t separate unless he freed them, so God yokes a couple in marriage. Only He is to separate their marriage. He does so by death. Read Rom. 7:2,3.
v. 24 — While it’s impossible for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, so it’s just as impossible for a rich man to get into heaven through his riches. The disciples realized that this excluded everyone who was trying to use earthly means to get there. How are we saved then? Jesus answers that in vv. 25-26. God made that possible through Jesus’ redemption. (Eph. 1:7; Rom. 3:23-24)
Tuesday, January 13, Matthew 20
vv. 13-14 — In God’s kingdom, it’s true that some work harder for the Lord and put in longer hours than others. On Judgment Day, is the reward different for them? It’s the same for all. That’s because eternal life is ours not because of what we’ve done, but because of what Jesus did for us. (II Tim. 1:10)
Vv. 27-28 — As Christians in God’s kingdom, we are not to seek greatness or a name for ourselves. Our life is to be one of service to others, as Jesus’ life was for us.
Wednesday, January 14, Matthew 21
v. 5 — “Daughter of Zion” is a reference to Christians. We are the brides of Christ. Zion was a hill on which Jerusalem was built. It’s used in the Old and New Testament as a picture of the Holy Christian Church.
v. 9 — “Hosanna” means “save us.” Jesus was about to save all people from sin, death and hell by His suffering and death on the cross.
v. 44 — The stone refers to Jesus. Those who take offense at Christ stumble over Him (Luke 2:34). While they live, there is always hope for repentance. At the time of their death, if they die in unbelief, it’s too late, and all that is left is crushing, everlasting punishment in hell.
Thursday, January 15, Matthew 22
Vv. 11-13 — Your “wedding clothes” are Jesus’ blood and righteousness. They prepare you for attendance at the heavenly banquet. Those clothes are ours through faith in Jesus. (Is. 61:10) Without them on, what is the terrible consequence? (v. 13)
v. 21 — Our responsibilities toward government are also explained in Rom. 13:1-7 and I Peter 2:13-17.
Vv. 42-45 — One of the many verses of Scripture which points out the fact that Jesus is true God.
Friday, January 16, Matthew 23
v. 5 — Phylacteries were bands worn on the arms or forehead. They contained verses of Scripture (Deut. 6:6-8). Tassels worn on robes were to remind Jews of the Law (Num. 15:38-40)
Vv. 23. 26-27, 29-33 — In these verses, Jesus preaches the Law in all its severity to the religious leaders of the Jews. They were hypocrites. They looked good at times because of what they did. But it was only outward appearance. They were foul and corrupt on the inside. They never really knew or kept the heart of the Law. (Chap. 22:37-40)
v. 35 — This passage is proof that Jesus accepted the entire Old Testament. Abel is found in the beginning of Genesis. Zechariah is found in II Chronicles, the last book in the Hebrew Bible.
Saturday, January 17, Matthew 24
v. 1-2 — Jesus begins this chapter foretelling the destruction of the temple which happened in 70 A.D. It was a miniature picture of the final judgment. Because many of the Jews had turned away from God’s Word and hardened their hearts, this led to the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple. Studying this chapter carefully, isn’t Jesus’ description of the end times happening today in the 21st century? We are living in the very last days. You’ll find a growing apathy and coldness toward God’s Word today throughout the world. The love of many is growing cold (v. 12). Let’s not imitate that love, but rather Christ’s love for us revealed at Calvary’s cross. In that love, we have God’s peace, forgiveness and everlasting life.