In Word and Deed

READ : Matthew 4-6 The structure of the Gospel of Matthew is that he intersperses sections describing the actions of Jesus with those reporting his teachings. Thus Jesus reveals to us what God is like. We must tell people about Jesus in word and deed, and thus model a lifestyle which shows the world how God wants them to live. Having been baptized as a sign that he identifies himself with the people, even though being sinless he does not …

The Promised One Arrives

READ : Matthew 1-3 New Testament means “new covenant.” The Old Testament is the story of the mutual commitment between God and Israel. But Israel failed to keep its commitment. So God made a new covenant with the church, and the story of that covenant is told in the New Testament. The New Testament begins with four accounts of the life of Christ. They are called Gospels, which means “good news.” Here is the greatest news human beings ever heard. …

Get Ready, God Is Coming

READ : Malachi This is the last book of the Bible before God comes in the person of his Son, Jesus Christ. But the people are not ready. They show that they do not take God seriously by three practices of theirs which displease him: They are bringing animals with defects to offer to the Lord. They will not give such defective animals as a gift to a government official, yet they will bring them to God although he had …

Prophecies of Holy Week

READ : Zechariah 9-14 Zechariah may not be a very familiar book to us, but it was to the writers of the New Testament. There are many references to Zechariah in the book of Revelation. Of even greater significance is that in the narratives of what happened to Jesus during the last week of his life on earth, the Gospel writers cite Zechariah more than any other prophet. It begins with Palm Sunday. Jesus comes riding into Jerusalem on a …

Beginning of a Great Future

READ : Zechariah 1-8 Haggai and Zechariah work together to get back to the important task of building the temple. Haggai prods them by telling them that their lack of prosperity has been due to not putting first things first. Zechariah uses a different approach. He inspires them by sharing with them visions God has given him of the glorious future of the project in which they are involved. Today also, we need to be motivated to serve God with …