My Time with Matthew

This past month I've been reading the Book of Matthew.

Last year was not a good year for me when it came to reading the bible with any consistency. I floundered badly. It's not that I didn't want to read the Bible, I for some odd reason just couldn't get myself into it.

I was listening to a radio program at the beginning of the year and the guy was talking about daily Bible reading. He said that sometimes we put too much pressure on ourselves by having the goal of reading through the entire Bible in a year. He talked about those of us who have a daily Bible where we read a portion of Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs each day and even though this is not a bad thing, it's just that sometimes we'll miss a day or two or ten and it throws us off to where we feel we have to read 10 days at once just to catch up. It's the catching up that throws us completely off our schedules. Instead, he suggested taking just one book of the Bible and reading it for an entire month. He further added that this will enable you to read 12 books of the Bible for the year and to also really get to know that particular book well.

And that's what I've been doing. This is my last week with Matthew and will have read through it four times by the end of the week. Some of the things that really spoke to me:

  • in the record of the geneology of Christ some of His ancestors were heros of faith, some had shady reputations, some were ordinary and some were evil.
  • when John the Baptist had doubts, he went to the Source for answers.
  • the devil tried to take God's Word out of context with Jesus -- what makes me think he won't try this with me? This affirms our needing to really know that God's Word says.
  • I'm not to worry.
  • God knows my needs.
  • Jesus did not come to bring peace, but a sword.
  • my faith can move mountains.
Certainly that's not all I gleaned but just a few things. I would like to memorize the Sermon on the Mount, especially the Beattitudes. Maybe I'll put that as a goal to achieve for the end of the year!

Next week I'll start the Book of Mark.

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