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. Janna Coker says:


  2. Brandy Deruso says:

    Lord you are good!

  3. Martha Gwebu says:

    Am a few days behind -I feel like when you aren’t ready to take up your cross and follow him that’s when we struggle with repentance in our lives. Even though he says we die daily but there comes a time where we should seek righteousness more and always praying that he washes and cleanses us from the sins we commit unknowingly

  4. Jarin Olvera says:

    I like how this reading reminds us that we are to actively participate in our relationship with God instead of being passive. It mentions fasting, weeping, mourning, turning from our sin, and tearing our hearts to let the Lord in. To be honest the Bible is very confusing to me still but this study has already helped to give me a more “academic” understanding of it as a literary work. For example, who wrote the book, who they were in relation to Jesus, was it a firsthand or secondhand account, what the genres actually mean. I didn’t know any of this. I feel like I have learned a lot in just a few days to make the Bible feel more comprehendable and less intimidating.

  5. Angi says:

    So glad I am able to catch up in time for this study! I have already learned that although we have fleshly desires and some of those are not good, to repent and focus our mindset on Jesus and how He would like us to represent Him. I am so excited to learn what the Lord will speak on to my heart.

  6. Bernadette Perry says:

    Linda and Ashley , I am the same way, I seem to start strong and then three weeks in -life gets me down and I just never finish. Then I feel guilty for not making the time, May the Lord help and guide us strugglers in the struggle of trying to find the time learn and grow closer to you!

  7. Kristine Purcell says:

    It awesome me as to how this redemption story is shown throughout the whole Bible. I teach Sunday School at my church for children and we use a curriculum called the Gospel Project and we go through the whole Bible and as part of the lesson it does a Chirst connection to shoe how each book points to Jesus. It is so neat to see Jesus throughout the whole of scripture.

  8. Rachiel Soliz says:

    You just need the passages shown above. You do not have to read the whole book.

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