Day 1


from the This Is the New Testament reading plan

Matthew 3:1-3, Matthew 4:12-25, Ezekiel 18:21-32, Joel 2:12-13, Romans 2:1-11

BY She Reads Truth

This Is the New Testament is part of a twelve-week thematic overview of the entire Bible. As we read, we’ll gain a broader understanding of the redemptive story of Scripture. Each day we’ll read a thematic selection from a different book of the Bible, along with supplemental passages that show how the theme of that day’s main reading is found throughout Scripture. We’ll also read a brief summary of each book and a reflection on how the book fits into the larger story of Scripture. 

What Is Matthew? The Gospel of Matthew is a testimony of Jesus’s life and ministry told from the eyewitness perspective of Matthew, a Jewish tax collector who became a disciple of Jesus. This Gospel affirms Jesus as the Messiah promised in the Old Testament, and the reigning King who inaugurated the kingdom of God on earth. It also describes Jesus coming to call His people to turn away from their sin and toward Him. 

How Matthew Fits Into the Story: Our introduction to the New Testament, Matthew’s Gospel contains the greatest number of direct connections to the Old Testament while also looking forward to the Messiah’s future return. Matthew writes of Jesus as the climax of salvation history—the fulfillment of every prophecy and promise made to Israel, the incarnate presence and wisdom of God Himself, and the reigning sustainer of the Church. 

Reflection Questions: 
1. How is Jesus’s call to repent an invitation to follow Him? 
2. How does today’s reading shape your understanding of the story of redemption?

Take time to reflect on your responses and share what you are learning with others in the community in the comments.

Post Comments (169)

169 thoughts on "Matthew"

  1. Wanda Bell says:

    ❤️I’m just starting and I want to be closer to God

  2. Ada Rojas says:

    Hi just a question I was wondering do we read the whole book in the Bible before the study? I’m kinda confused how this works. Help please

    1. Bernadette Perry says:

      Ada, the study just picked out a few verses from the book to highlight the theme of what the book is about and help us better understand how it all fits together.

  3. Christina Morgan says:

    I too a day behind, just came across the podcast not long ago but never listened until today.

    One thing that stood out to me today was the circle of repentance. We sin, which by definition is a turning away from God. To repent from our sin we must turn to Jesus, actively choosing Him over self desires and will. As humans, we continually make this circle in our sinful flesh and God is ever calling to us in His merciful patience, accepting us back each and every time.

  4. Elisabeth says:

    The call to repent is so beautifully likened to Jesus’ call to his disciples. They dropped what they were doing in order to follow this man who beckoned them. Likewise, as believers, we have this extraordinary opportunity to respond to the beckoning of our Savior by dropping what has burdened our souls and walking in the freedom of following Christ. “Immediately” as the disciples did – putting off the old man, putting on the new. Amazing.

    1. Kim Johnson says:

      So beautifully put! Thank you for sharing this!

    2. Kim Johnson says:

      That was so beautifully put! Thank you for sharing this!

    3. Katie Teage says:

      I’m coming back to the bible after about 15 years. The way you have written this really helps me connect deeper with the meaning. Thank you ☺️

  5. Rachel Blessum says:

    I’m so thrilled to have caught this study on day 2! I missed the Old Testament one when it was a community reading so I’ll go back to it after this one. I’m excited to grow in my faith and understanding, and establish scripture and truth over my insecurity, fear, and busyness!

  6. Samantha Stevens says:

    He constantly reminds me that whenever I choose to repent and come to Him, He is there. He has His arms open wide, ready to receive me.

  7. Becky McGlaunWilsford says:

    I’m overwhelmingly reminded of God’s compassion. Why do I forget how kind and compassionate He is? Over and over I forget and expect Him to scold and correct me. Instead He offers me “a light dawned”

  8. Angela Sutherland says:

    It’s so easy to read these passages on repentance and living in righteousness and think “so and so should really read this…” and then I catch myself and say “right now, so and so is me!! I need to read this!!” If I spent more time holding myself accountable and praying for people rather than judging, things would go a lot better. It’s not always fun to read scriptures that step on our toes, but the beautiful thing about repentance is that when you turn from sin you end up walking in step with Jesus….who wouldn’t want that??

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