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.

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166 thoughts on "Matthew"

  1. LaJean Pratt says:

    When Jesus calls us to repent it allows for us to turn from our wicked ways and walk in the light. ❤️

  2. Kylee Westbrook says:

    His call to us to repent allows us to drop our old ways at his feet and turn towards a new life through his path! He gives a new, eternal life to those who follow him!

  3. McKenzie Lenz says:

    God is patient with us and others when we sin. Even though the consequences of sin is death He is patient for us to repent and turn our hearts towards Him. Jesus invites us to leave sin and the flesh behind and welcomes us to follow Him and live in truth and light.

  4. Elle McCall says:

    His grace is so overwhelming, that though we sin again and again, He acknowledges that the penalty of sin is death, and yet he calls us to something greater. How wonderful is it that the God of the universe calls us His own, saved us from our wicked ways, and has called us to abundant life through Him? Hallelujah!

  5. Grace Robinson says:

    To repent is to turn away from our sins and do the exact opposite – to turn to Jesus and follow him. To pursue him and all that he calls us to do.

  6. Megan Mollett says:

    Jesus loves yoy

  7. Lora Janitch says:

    To confess our sins, turn from darkness and follow the true light of Jesus.

  8. Megan Mollett says:

    Jesus loves you❤️

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