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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 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 4

1. What causes Jesus to go to Galilee according to Matthew 4:12?

2. To what town does he travel first in the Galilee according to Matthew 4:13? What is the significance of this town to Jesus?

3. To what town does Jesus travel next? Where is this town located in relationship to the Sea of Galilee?

4. What do you learn from Matthew 4:14 about Jesus going to Capernaum?

5. What was Jesus’ message from this time forward according to Matthew 4:17?

6. What do you learn about Simon and Andrew in Matthew 4:18?

7. What does Jesus ask them to do in Matthew 4:19-20? What is their response?

8. What do you learn of James and John from Matthew 4:21-22?

9. Copy Matthew 4:23-24 here. Meditate on this. Try to picture what this would have looked like for Jesus and the disciples.

10. Find a map of Israel and locate the following: Galilee, Capernaum, Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea, and the Jordan river.

11. What application can you make from Matthew chapter 4 to your life and relationship with God?

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Read Matthew Chapter 4
1. What happened after Jesus’ baptism according to Matthew 4:1?

2. How long had Jesus been fasting when Satan (the devil/tempter) came to Him?

3. What do you think was His physical state?

4. Why would the devil wait and come to Jesus at this time?

5. What application can you make from this timing to your own struggles? When is spiritual warfare (battles against the flesh and temptation) most likely to come?

6. What is the tempter’s question to Jesus in Matthew 4:3?

7. How does Jesus respond in Matthew 4:4?

8. Where does the tempter take Jesus next according to Matthew 4:5?

9. What does he ask of Jesus in Matthew 4:6?

10. How does Jesus respond in Matthew 4:7?

11. What does the devil show Jesus according to Matthew 4:8?

12. What does he say to Jesus according to Matthew 4:9?

13. How does Jesus respond in Matthew 4:10?

14. Copy Matthew 4:11 here. Meditate on this. Record your thoughts and impressions here.

15. What did Jesus use to “battle” the enemy in this passage? Explain how he did this.

16. Read and meditate on 1 John 2:15-17. How does the passage in 1 John relate to the temptation of Jesus. What further insight into Jesus’ temptation does it give us?

17. What do you learn from the following verses?
Psalm 18:30

John 1:1-3

Ephesians 6:17

2 Timothy 3:16-17

Hebrews 4:12

Hebrews 11:3

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Read Matthew Chapter 3
1. What does the phrase “in those days” refer to in Matthew 3:1?

2. What do you learn about John the Baptist in the following verses?
Mark 1:1-10

Mark 6:14-29

Luke 1:57-66; 80

3. What do these prophecies of John the Baptist add to your understanding of his life and mission?
Isaiah 40:2-4

Luke 1:67-79

4. How is John described in Matthew 3:4?

5. Who was coming to see John according to Matthew 3:5?

6. What was John doing at the river Jordan?

7. Where in Israel is the river Jordan located?

8. What other important events in the history of the Jewish people took place at or around the Jordan River?

9. What does John say to the Pharisees and Sadducees in Matthew 3:7-10 when they came for baptism?

Going deeper: Who are the Pharisees? Who are the Sadducees?

10. What is the nature of the baptism John is doing according to Matthew 3:11? Of the one who is coming?

11. Copy Matthew 3:12 here. Meditate on this record your thoughts and impressions. Review Jeremiah 15:3-9, the passage from which John quotes this prophecy of destruction. What is John’s meaning by using this prophecy?

12. From where is Jesus coming when He comes to John at the Jordan according to Matthew 3:13?

13. What is John’s reaction when Jesus comes to John to be baptized in Matthew 3:13-14?

14. Why do you think John responded that way to Jesus’ request to be baptized?

15. How does Jesus respond in Matthew 3:15?

16. Why do you think Jesus insisted on being baptized by John? Provide scripture if you can to support your response.

17. What happened when Jesus came up out of the water according to Matthew 3:16-17

18. What do you learn from the following verses?
Psalm 2:7

Isaiah 42:1

Hosea 11:1

19. Consider these other references to God speaking from heaven. What observations can you make?
Nehemiah 9:12-14

Psalm 18:12-14

Jeremiah 51:16

Daniel 4:31

20. What application can you make to your own life from Matthew chapter 3?

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Read Matthew Chapter 2

1. Who came to Jerusalem according to Matthew 2:1?

Going Deeper: What extra-biblical information regarding the wise men (magi) can youfind? Where were they believed to have been from?

2. What were the wise men (magi) asking according to Matthew 2:2?

3. What was Herod’s response to the inquiries of the wise men in Matthew 2:3-4?

4. What was Herod told by the chief priests and scribes in Matthew 2:5-6?

5. What did Herod do according to Matthew 2:7-8?

6. What do the wise men do after meeting with Herod according to Matthew 2:9-10?

7. What was their response to seeing the star in Matthew 2:10?

8. Where were Jesus and his mother according to Matthew 2:11?

9. Approximately how much time is thought to have passed between the birth of Jesus and this visit by the wise men (magi)?

10. What was the reaction of the wise men (magi) to seeing the child and his mother in Matthew 2:11?

11. Why did the wise men not return to Herod as he had asked?

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Read Matthew Chapter 2
1. When do the events of Matthew chapter 2 take place?

2. Herod is a name like “Pharaoh” or “Czar.” Which “Herod” is being referred to in Matthew 2:1?

Going Deeper: Why is he called Herod the Great? Who were his sons?

3. Where was Jesus born according to Matthew 2:1?

Going deeper: Why did Yeshua need to be born in Bethlehem?

4. Copy Micah 5:2 here. Meditate on this. Record your thoughts and impressions.

Going deeper: When did Micah live and prophesy?

5. Where is Bethlehem located? What does the terrain of the area look like?

6. Who else was from Bethlehem according to the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament)? Provide scripture references where you can.

7. What do you learn about Bethlehem from the following verses?
Genesis 35:19

Joshua 19:10-16

Going deeper: What is the situation in Bethlehem today? Is it part of Israel? Explain.

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