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Read Matthew Chapter 14
1. Which Herod is being referred to in Matthew 14:1-12?

Going deeper: What do you know about the Herod being referred to in this chapter from Biblical, secular or Jewish history? How did he come to be married to his brother’s wife? What prohibition to such conduct was found in the Torah. Give the scripture if you can.

2. What did Herod do to John the Baptist according to Matthew 14:1-12? Why?

3. What does He think about Jesus according to Matthew 14:1-2?

4. Where does Jesus go when He learns of John’s death according to Matthew 14:13? Who goes with Him?

5. What does Jesus feel when He sees the multitude according to Matthew 14:14? How does He react?

6. In the evening, Jesus disciples come to him. What do they ask Him to do? How does He respond in Matthew 14:16?

7. How do they respond in Matthew 14:17? What is Jesus’ response to them in Matthew 14:18?

8. Summarize what Jesus does next according to Matthew 14:19-20?

9. Copy Matthew 14:20 -21. Meditate on this. Try to imagine you are one of the disciples participating in this. Try to imagine you are a person in the multitude. Record your thoughts and impressions.

Going deeper: The feeding of the five thousand is the only miracle reported in all four gospels. You can find the story in Mark 6:30-44, Luke 9:12-17 and John 6:1-15.

Going deeper: The phrase “blessed and broke the loaves” is a phrase we will see later in Matthew 26:26 during the last supper when Jesus spoke a similar blessing and other places as well. It seems reasonable that the blessing Jesus gave on these occasions was the traditional blessing Jews recite and have recited for more than 2000 years prior to meals, “Baruch atah, Adonai Eloheinu, Melekh-ha’olam, haMotzi lechem min ha’aretz (Blessed are you, Adonai our God, King of the universe, who brings forth bread from the earth).

10. What do you learn from Matthew 14:22?

11. According to Matthew 14:23 where does Jesus go? What does he do?

12. What do you learn about prayer from the following verses?
Psalm 55:17

Matthew 6:6

Philippians 4:6

13. Where was the boat with the disciples at this time according to Matthew 14:24?

14. What does Jesus do according to Matthew 14:25?

Going deeper: What time is the fourth watch of the night?

15. What is the response of the disciples?

16. What does Jesus say to them according to Matthew 14:27?

17. How does Peter respond according to Matthew 14:28? What is Jesus’ response?

18. What happens to Peter according to 14:29-30? What does Jesus do?

19. What happens when Jesus and Peter got into the boat?

20. What was the response of those in the boat?

21. Where does the boat end up according to Matthew 14:34? What happens when they get there?

22. What do you learn from the following verses?
Genesis 1:6-10

Exodus 14:21-22

Isaiah 43:16

Isaiah 51:9-10

23. What do you learn from the following verses about faith?
Habakkuk 2:1-4

Romans 10:17

Hebrews 11:1

24. What application can you make from Matthew chapter 14 to your life with God?

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Read Matthew Chapter 13
1. Where is Jesus at the beginning of Matthew 13 according to Matthew 13:1?

2. Why does Jesus go out in a boat to speak to the multitude on the shore?

3. What parable does Jesus give to the multitude in Matthew 13:3-9?

4. What do the disciples ask him in Matthew 13:10?

5. How does Jesus respond in Matthew 13:11-15?

6. What is Jesus saying about the passage in Isaiah 6:9-10?

7. To whom was Isaiah originally delivering his message? How were they similar or different from the people to whom Jesus is delivering His message?

8. What does Jesus tell His disciples in Matthew 13:16?

Going deeper: The parable of the sower can also be found in Mark 4:2-20 and Luke 8:4-15.

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Read Matthew Chapter 12:22-50
1. What does Jesus do according to Matthew 12:22?

2. What does Jesus do according to Matthew 12:25?

3. What does Jesus say to the Pharisees according to Matthew 12:25-30? Summarize His message in your own words.

Going deeper: This discussion by Jesus of the Pharisees’ comments is also found in Luke’s gospel in Luke 11:14-23.

4. What sin does Jesus say will not be forgiven in Matthew 12:31-32?

Going deeper: This reference to the unpardonable sin is also discussed in Mark’s gospel in Mark 3:28-30.

5. What do you learn from the following verses?
Exodus 20:7

Numbers 15:30-31

Deuteronomy 29:14-20

Going deeper: What is the sin Jesus is speaking of? Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit? What type of conduct would constitute this?

6. What does Jesus say about the fruit of a tree in Matthew 12:33?

7. What does Jesus say about the relationship of between the words a person speaks and the condition of his heart in Matthew 12:34-35?

8. Copy Matthew 12:36-37. Meditate on this. Record your thoughts and impressions.

9. What did the scribes and Pharisees ask Jesus for in Matthew 12:38? What was His response?

Review Jonah Chapters 1 to 2.
10. Why was Jonah in the belly of the beast?

11. What does Jonah say of God in Jonah chapter 2?

12. What happens as a result of Jonah’s prayer in Jonah chapter 2?

Read Jonah Chapter 3
13. How was Jonah a sign to the Ninevah? What was the result of the “sign?”

14. What does Jesus say about the Queen of the South and Solomon in Matthew 12:42?

Going deeper: Review 1 Kings 10:1-9 for the story of the Queen of Sheba’s visit to Solomon.

15. What does Jesus teach them about unclean spirits in Matthew 12:43-45?

16. Where is Jesus in Matthew 12:46? Who was asking to see him?

17. How does Jesus respond in Matthew 12:48-50?

18. Why was Jesus’ response not what people expected of him?

19. What do you learn from the following verses about Jesus’ siblings?
Matthew 13:55

Mark 6:3

Going deeper: The interchange regarding Jesus’ siblings is recorded Mark 3:31-35 and Luke 8:19-21.

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Read Matthew Chapter 12
1. What were Jesus and His disciples doing according to Matthew 12:1?

2. What was the reaction of the Pharisees according to Matthew 12:2?

3. What do you learn from the following verses about the Sabbath?
Exodus 20:10

Exodus 35:2

4. What is Jesus’ response to the Pharisees according to Matthew 12:3-8?

5. What do you learn from the following verses?
1 Samuel 15:22

Psalm 40:6

Hosea 6:6

Going deeper: You can review the story of David and his mighty men eating the show bread in 1 Samuel 21:1-6. You can see how Jesus is arguing from biblical precedent (established rule) which is a common rabbinical technique.

6. Copy Matthew 12:8. Meditate on this. What does Jesus mean? Support your answer with scripture.

7. Where does Jesus go next according to Matthew 12:9? Who does He find there?

8. What do the Pharisees ask Jesus? How does He respond?

9. What does Jesus ask the man to do in Matthew 12:13? What happens?

10. What do you learn from Matthew 12:14?

11. What is Jesus response according to Matthew 12:15?

12. What is the significance of Matthew quoting Isaiah in Matthew 12:18-21?

13. Who do they bring to Jesus according to Matthew 12:22? What does Jesus do?

14. How does the crowd react?

15. How do the Pharisees react?

16. What do you read in Matthew 12:25?

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Read Matthew Chapter 11
1. What does Jesus do after He instructs the disciples according to Matthew 11:1?

2. What does John the Baptist do when he hears about what Jesus is doing according to Matthew 11:2-3?

Going deeper: Where was John the Baptist imprisoned?

3. How does Jesus respond in Matthew 11:4-6? What is the importance of these things they are seeing Jesus do?

Going deeper: Review the following scriptures which describe the things Messiah will do when He comes. How are the following passages relevant to what Jesus is telling John? Isaiah 35:4-6, Isaiah 29:18-19.

4. Who is Jesus talking about in Matthew 11:7-10?

5. Copy Malachi 3:1. Meditate on this record your thoughts and impressions on this and Matthew 11:10.

6. What does Jesus say about John the Baptist in Matthew 11:11-15?

7. What comparison does Jesus make in Matthew 11:16-17? What is the meaning He is trying to convey?

Going deeper: The phrase “to what shall I liken” was often used by rabbis when they were telling a parable.

8. What comparison does Jesus make in Matthew 11:18-19?

9. Where was Chorazin located in Israel at the time of Jesus?

10. Where was Bethsaida located in Israel at the time of Jesus?

11. What does Jesus say of Chorazin and Bethsaida in Matthew 11:20-24?

12. What is the significance of Jesus’ mention of Tyre and Sidon? According to Jesus, how would their reaction be different from the other cities of Chorazin, Bethsaida and Capernaum?

13. Copy Isaiah 14:11. How does this relate to Jesus’s statements regarding Capernaum in Matthew 11:23?

14. What is Jesus’ prayer in Matthew 11:25-26?

15. Restate in your own words the truths you find in Matthew 11:27.

16. Copy Matthew 11:28-30. Meditate on this. Record your thoughts and impressions.

Going deeper: What would the “yoke” mean to an observant Jew in the time of Jesus? How does that influence how we understand this passage?

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Read Matthew Chapter 10
1. What do you learn about John from the following verses?
Matthew 4:21

Mark 5:37

Mark 9:2

Mark 9:38-39

John 13:21-29

John 18:15-17

2. What do you learn about Philip from the following verses?
John 1:43-48

John 6:5-7

John 12:20-22

John 14:8-14

Acts 1:13

3. What do you learn about Bartholomew from the following verses?
Luke 6:14

John 1:43-51

Acts 1:13

4. What do you learn about Thomas from the following verses?
John 11:-16

John 14:1-6

John 20:19-29

5. What do you learn about Matthew from the following verses?
Mark 2:14

Luke 5:29-32

Acts 1:13

6. What do you learn about James, son of Alphaeus, from Acts 1:13?

7. What do you learn about Judas Iscariot from the following verses?
Matthew 26:14-16

Matthew 27:3-4

Luke 22:3-4

John 6:66-71

John 12:1-8

John 13:1-30

John 18:1-9

Acts 1:15-26

6. What did Jesus give his disciples according to Matthew 10:1?

7. What commands did Jesus give his disciples when he sent them out according to the following verses?
Matthew 10:5-6

Matthew 10:7-8

Matthew 10:9-10

Matthew 10:11-15?

Matthew 10:16

Matthew 10:17-20

Matthew 10:21-23

Matthew 10:24-26

Matthew 10:27

Matthew 10:28

Matthew 10:29-31

8. What does Jesus say about those who acknowledge Him and those who deny Him in Matthew 10:32-33?

9. What does Jesus say about his mission on earth in Matthew 10:34-36?

10. What does Jesus say about those who are worthy of Him in Matthew 10:37-38?

11. Would you be worthy of Jesus based on His criteria in Matthew 10:37-38?

12. Copy Matthew 10:39. Meditate on this. Record your thoughts and impressions.

13. What does Jesus say about those who welcome the disciples in Matthew 10:40-42? How can this apply to our lives today?

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Read Matthew Chapter 10
1. What does Jesus do according to Matthew 10:1?

2. Who are the twelve disciples?

3. What do you learn of Simon (Peter) from the following verses?
Matthew 4:18

Matthew 16:13-20

Mark 1:29

Mark 14:37

Luke 5:1-11

John 6:67-69

John 13:6-9

John 18:10-11

John 18:15-18; 25-26

4. What do you learn of Andrew from the following verses?
Mark 1:16

John 1:35-40

John 1:44

John 12: 20-23

Acts 1:13

5. What do you learn of James from the following verses?
Matthew 4:21

Matthew 27:55-57

Mark 1:19

Mark 3:17

Mark 10:35-45

Luke 5:10

Luke 8:51

Luke 9:28

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Matthew Chapter 7

Read Matthew Chapter 7
1. What is Jesus instructing them not to do in Matthew 7:1-2? Why?

2. What does God say about judging in the following verses?
Leviticus 19:15

Numbers 35:15-25

Luke 6:37:43-45

John 7:24

1 Corinthians 5:9-13

3. Consider words that are synonyms of “judge.” Make a list of some that might be applicable to Jesus’s point in Matthew 7:1-2.

4. Look up the following words in a dictionary. Record what you find as it might apply to this passage.
Discernment

Judgment

Criticism

Inspection

According to commentators, Jesus is not prohibiting all types of judgment or evaluation among believers. He is addressing the issue of criticizing those of the household of faith. His point is that we should expect to be judged according to the criteria or type of judgment we apply to others. As a result, we should always seek to judge righteously, so that any judgment applied to us would also be done righteously. It seems to be an extension of the command to love your neighbor as yourself. See Matthew 7:12.

5. What is Jesus describing in Matthew 7:3-4? (Hint: See Matthew 7:5)

6. What do you learn about hypocrites and hypocrisy from the following verses?
Proverbs 11:9

Matthew 23:13-30

Mark 7:6

James 3:17

7. What remedy does Jesus suggest in Matthew 7:5?

8. Copy Matthew 7:6. Meditate on this. What is Jesus’ point?

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9. What is the lesson Jesus is teaching in Matthew 7:7-11?

10. How do the following verses help clarify or add meaning to Matthew 7:7-11?
Psalm 37:4

Matthew 21:21-22

John 15:7

John 16:23-24

11. Explain the meaning of Matthew 7:12 in your own words.

12. What is Jesus’ message to them in Matthew 7:13-14?

13. How is Matthew 7:13-14 similar to or different from Deuteronomy 30:15-20? Psalm 1?

14. In Matthew 7:15-20, Jesus is explaining how we are to judge people (as fruit inspectors). What does He say about false prophets? How can we know them?

15. What do the following passages add to your understanding of false prophets and how you can identify them?
Deuteronomy 13:1-5

Jeremiah 14:14

Mark 13:22

2 Peter 2:1-3

John 10:12

16. What does Jesus say about those who will enter the kingdom of heaven in Matthew 7:21-23?

17. What does Jesus say about those who hear His words and act on them in Matthew 7:24-27?

18. What was the reaction of the crowd to Jesus’ teaching according to Matthew 7:28-29?

Walking to nowhere

The last day I was in Israel was a Sunday, and I was staying in Jerusalem. As a final way to close the trip, my friends and I visited the Old City one last time. It was a beautiful day. In this post, I will share with you some of the splendor of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. It is a place that can be difficult to navigate for all the apparent organized chaos and the different manifestations of faith and ritual that are all around. This time, perhaps because it was a Sunday, I was able to genuinely enjoy the beauty and serenity of the church. Whatever you may believe about where Yeshua, the Messiah (Jesus Christ) was buried, this church is a place where generations of believers have come and remembered the crucifixion and burial of Yeshua. God said that He would be found by those who seek Him with all their heart. See Jeremiah 29:13.

Shabbat Shalom

I apologize for taking a few days to get back to the tour highlights. I left off in my last post about our recent tour of Israel with our visit to Tel Arad. That is definitely a place to visit. From Tel Arad, we headed north and made our way out of the Negev basin. As we climbed, we noted places along the way such as Maon, Carmel (not the Mt Carmel on the coast), and Ziph. (See Joshua 15:55 for the reference to these cities as being part of the allotment to the Tribe of Judah).

We were not able to visit all the tels, but from a vantage point in the wilderness of Ziph, we were able to remember David’s time in the wilderness of Ziph as described in 1 Samuel 23. We were able to see the route by which David would have easily traveled to En Gedi from Ziph. These connection in the land bring the scriptures to life.

In this area, we were also able to remember the story of Abraham and the three visitors. We could look out and see the Salt Sea, and the traditional location of Zoar at the south end and remember that Lot had asked to be able to go to Zoar after leaving Sodom when it was slated for destruction. Recent excavations and other findings at Tall el-Hamman to the north east of the Salt Sea suggest that the location for Sodom may be in that area, but I leave that for another day. (See article in Nature Journal A Tunguska sized airburst destroyed Tall el-Hammam a Middle Bronze Age city in the Jordan Valley near the Dead Sea)

We reached our final destination, Hebron, with time to visit both the tel and the cave of the Patriarchs. This was not the first time I visited tel Hebron or the Cave of Machpelah. You can see my earlier post here.

We visited the tel first. This is definitely worth the climb. The tel has been partially excavated.

After visiting the tel, we visited the cave of Machpelah – the burial place of the patriarchs. Here are some images from our visit.

Matthew Chapter 6 (Part 2)

Read Matthew Chapter 6:16-34
1. What does Jesus teach them about fasting in Matthew 6:16–18?

2. What do you learn about fasts and fasting from the following passages?
2 Samuel 12:20-22

Ezra 8:21-22

Esther 4:16

Psalm 69:9-11

3. Read Isaiah chapter 58. This passage reveals a great deal about what God thinks about fasts, how they should be conducted, and what they should be about.
a. What does God accuse Israel of doing on their days of fast in Isaiah 58:3?

b. What motives does God accuse Israel of having in their fasts in Isaiah 58:4?

c. What does God say about the fast He has chosen in the following verses?
Isaiah 58:6

Isaiah 58:7

d. What does God promise will be the result of such fasting in Isaiah 58:8-9?

e. Record His additional conditions in the following verses:
Isaiah 58:9

Isaiah 58:10

Isaiah 58:13

f. Record His additional promises in the following verses:
Isaiah 58:11

Isaiah 58:12

Isaiah 58:14

Going Deeper: For more on Fasting, refer to Daniel 9:2-4 and Joel 2:12-32

4. What does Jesus teach them in Matthew 6:19-34?

5. What further insight into Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 6:19-34 do you gain from the following verses?
Proverbs 11:4

Proverbs 12:25

Jeremiah 17:7-8

Luke 10:40-42

Luke 12:22-34

Philippians 4:6-7

6. Copy Matthew 6:21. Meditate on this. Record your thoughts and impressions.

7. What do you learn from the following passages about loving God first?
Exodus 20:1-11

Deuteronomy 4:23-24

Deuteronomy 6:4

Going deeper: What did the idiomatic expression “eye is good” or “eye is bad” mean in first century Jewish society?

8. What do you learn about the light and darkness within from the following passages?
Isaiah 5:20

John 3:18-20

9. What application regarding prayer in your own life can you make from this chapter?

10. How can you apply Jesus’ teaching on forgiveness to your own life?

11. Have you been storing up treasures somewhere other than heaven? How does this chapter help you to reconsider that practice?

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Blessings for Shabbat

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Read Matthew Chapter 9:18-38
1. Who came to see Jesus according to Matthew 9:18?

2. What was the leader of the synagogue’s name according to Mark 5:22?

3. What does Jairus say to Jesus according to Matthew 9:18? What is his posture?

4. What is Jesus’ response according to Matthew 9:19?

5. What happened on Jesus’ way to Jairus’ house according to Matthew 9:20?

6. What are we told of the woman’s thoughts in Matthew 9:21?

7. What is Jesus’ response to her reaching out to touch Him according to Matthew 9:22? What happened to the woman?

8. What does Jesus see when he came to Jairus’ house according to Matthew 9:23? What was the significance of what he saw?

9. What does Jesus tell them in Matthew 9:24? How did the crowd respond to him?

10. What does Jesus do next according to Matthew 9:25? What happened to the young girl?

11. What do you learn from Matthew 9:26?

Going deeper: You can read the account of the healing of these two women in Mark 5:21-43 and Luke 8:40-56.

12. Who does Jesus encounter next according to Matthew 9:27? What are they crying out?

13. What does Jesus ask the blind men according to Matthew 9:28? How do they respond?

14. What does Jesus do next according to Matthew 9:29? What is the result?

15. What evidence of their faith can you see in the passage?

16. What stern warning does Jesus give them in Matthew 9:30? How do they respond?

17. Who is brought to Jesus according to Matthew 9:32?

18. What happened according to Matthew 9:33?

19. What was the response of the Pharisees?

20. What does Matthew tell us that Jesus was doing in Matthew 9:35-36?

21. Copy Matthew 9:37-38. Meditate on this. Record your thoughts and impressions. How is this still true today?

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Read Matthew Chapter 9:1-17
1. What does Jesus do in the opening verse of Matthew chapter 9?

2. What is “His own city?” (Hint: See Matthew 4:13)

3. Who was brought to Jesus according to Matthew 9:2?

4. What does Jesus notice? What does He say to the paralytic?

5. What do you learn about faith from the following verses?
Habakkuk 2:4

Matthew 17:20

Matthew 23:23

Mark 5:34

Mark 11:21-33

Acts 3:16

Acts 6:8

Romans 3:28

Romans 4:5

Romans 5:1

2 Corinthians 5:7

Hebrews 4:2

Hebrews 11:1-3

6. How do the scribes respond in Matthew 9:3?

7. What does Jesus say to the scribes in Matthew 9:4-6?

8. What does Jesus say to the paralytic in Matthew 9:6?

9. What does he do according to Matthew 9:7?

10. What is the reaction of the multitude according to Matthew 9:8?

Going deeper: More of the story of the paralytic and his friends can be found in Mark 2:1-12. We learn in the Mark version that the paralytic’s friends were so desperate to get him to Jesus, they lowered him through the roof of the house He was in.

11. What do you learn about the authority to forgive sins from the following verses?
Exodus 34:6-7

2 Samuel 12:13

Isaiah 43:25

12. Where is Jesus in Matthew 9:9 and what does he see?

13. What additional things do you learn about Matthew (Levi) in Mark 2:13-15?

Going deeper: You can also read the story of Jesus’ encounter with Matthew (Levi) the tax collector in Mark 2:13-17 and Luke 5:27-32.

14. What does Jesus tell Matthew to do in Matthew 9:9? How does Matthew respond?

15. Where is Jesus in Matthew 9:10? Who is with him?

16. What do the Pharisees ask the disciples in Matthew 9:11?

17. How does Jesus respond?

18. Copy Hosea 6:6. Meditate on this. Record your thoughts and impressions.

19. What question do John the Baptist’s disciples ask Jesus in Matthew 9:14?

20. How does Jesus respond in Matthew 9:15-17?

21. What do you learn of the Bridegroom from the following verses?
Isaiah 61:10

Isaiah 62:5

John 3:28-30

22. What is Jesus’s point in Matthew 9:16-17?

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