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February 2

Matthew 22:1-22   In verses 1-14, Jesus tells a parable of the wedding feast. These parables were stories that had spiritual meaning. This parable was told after the one of the wicked vinedressers in chapter 21. Both parables cover the refusal of many Jews to enter into Christ’s kingdom. In Matthew 21:45, the Pharisees were listening, and they were furious! They knew He was speaking of them. They would have...
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February 1

Matthew 21   In Matthew 21, we read about the Triumphal Entry, Jesus cleaning the temple, the fig tree that withered, Jesus being questioned, the parable of two sons, and the parable of the wicked vinedressers.    To learn more about the Triumphal Entry, I have a detailed article called “The Triumphal Entry Explained” on www.growchurches.com as a faith download under Resources.    Exodus 27-28   Moses receives and gives...
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January 31

Matthew 20:17-34   In verses 17-19, Jesus predicts His death and resurrection. This is the third time it is recorded in Matthew.    In verses 20-28 Jesus teaches that greatness comes through serving. Jesus had already told the disciples that they would sit on twelve thrones and serve over the twelve tribes of Israel. The mother of the sons of Zebedee, asked Jesus if her two sons could sit on...
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January 30

Matthew 20:1-16   The parable of the vinedresser is one of the most powerful stories on grace Jesus ever told. The vinedresser hired a crew at 6:00 AM in the morning for a denarius each, a standard wage for a full day’s work. Then, for the same wage, hired crews at 9:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 3:00 PM, and 5:00 PM. Then at 6:00 PM, he paid the last crew first,...
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January 29

Matthew 19   In verses 3-9, Jesus teaches on marriage and divorce. For more notes on this topic, see January 5 commentary. The Pharisees are testing again, this time on a law about marriage, a topic that was controversial at the time. To respond to their question, Jesus goes back before the Mosaic Law, to the beginning, in Genesis. He states the plan of God for one man to be...
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January 28

Matthew 18:21-35   Let’s remember our context! Previously, Jesus was talking about how to handle conflict among believers and how much power is available when believers are walking in unity.    THEN Peter asks, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times? To the Hebrew, the word seven means full and complete.  Jesus’ answer to the number seven was “seventy times...
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January 27

Matthew 18:1-20   DEPENDENCY Jesus said you must become like little children to enter the kingdom of heaven. The Greek word for little children actually means a nursing infant. A nursing infant is completely dependent upon its mother for its care. That is the picture of faith, completely dependent on God for our life. The disciples had been talking about who was considered great in the kingdom. Jesus told them...
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January 26

Matthew 17   THE TRANSFIGURATION In verses 1-13, Jesus and three of the disciples participate in a supernatural open vision. This is the type of vision where the physical realm is affected. During this vision, Jesus talks with Moses and Elijah. Jesus has a light radiating from Him, a light that makes His face shine and His clothes white as the light. Then a voice from heaven says, “This is...
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January 25

Matthew 16   DISCERNING THE TIMES Jesus called the Pharisees and Sadducees hypocrites. The Greek word for hypocrite is hupokrites, a word that describes an actor, reading a script, putting on an act. They conceal their true motives, a deceptive manipulator. They came to Jesus to test Him, asking for a sign. He called them pretenders, saying they could look at the sky to predict the weather, yet Jesus said,...
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January 24

Matthew 15:21-39   THE SYROPHOENICIAN  A Gentile woman from Canaan seeks Jesus out and says, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed.” First, this woman asked for MERCY, calling on the deep love and compassion of the Lord. She trusted in the love of the Lord, even when He stated that His mission was to the Jews. Second, when Jesus said “It is...
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January 23

Matthew 15:1-20   It isn’t unusual for a person who is bound up in religious pride to come against the one who has freedom in Christ. What do we do about the religiously proud? In verse 14, Jesus says, “Let them alone.” In the Amplified version, it says, “ignore” or “forget” them. Don’t pay them any attention. In the Greek, the meaning is, “to send away or bid to depart,...
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January 22

Matthew 14:22-36   After feeding the multitude, Jesus immediately gets the disciples in a boat and out to sea while He sends the crowds home. After the people disperse, Jesus desired to get alone to pray. We all need those times of isolation and intimacy with God, don’t we? While Jesus is on the mountain, the disciples are in the middle of the Sea of Galilee. The winds were picking...
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January 21

Matthew 14:1-21   John the Baptist is beheaded. He was a man of faith, a great prophet. He was a bold man who was definitely making a stir among the Jews, preparing them for a new king, a Messiah. Herod captured him, wanting to kill him, but Herod feared the Jews.    John’s message was repentance, preparing people for the Messiah’s kingship over a kingdom. He told Herod he should...
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January 20

Matthew 13:24-58   In verse 24, Jesus tells the parable of the wheat and tares. In verse 36, we read the meaning of the parable, which is prophetic of the future. There are those who chose to live for God. There are those the enemy has won over, who live for him. At the end of the age, after the Millennium, Christ will separate people, according to the kingdom to...
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January 19

Matthew 13:1-23   After ministering to a great multitude, Jesus went out of His house and sat by the sea. The multitudes see Him and come to Him, so He gets into a boat, probably to put a bit of distance between Himself and the crowd.    He teaches the parable of the sower, who is the Lord, who sows seed, which is the Word of God, on different types...
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