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 (170)

170 thoughts on "Matthew"

  1. Kat Watson says:

    To repent is to turn – to admit our wounding of God’s heart and turn towards him in full abandonment. He knows our shame and our guilt are some of the biggest obstacles to us walking towards him. Repentance removes these shackles and allows us to walk freely into his love and redemption.

  2. Kat Watson says:

    To repent is to turn – to

  3. katie cobb says:

    Is there a study that goes along with this book?

  4. erin mccaig says:

    His ability to die for us is the most selfless act a man can do for anyone and sometimes I think we as Christians take that for granted.

  5. Julia Gibson says:

    Jesus’s call to repent is an invitation to follow him because he has paid the ultimate price for our sins. He came to the Earth as a human just like us and experienced our trials and tribulations first hand and showed us a different path that we can take. A path to God. There is nothing we can do to earn our salvation. We are undeserving of it, but God loves us anyways. Repenting is giving up our control and admitting our inevitable sins to God. This brings us closer to God. It makes us more Jesus-like. I think that is how we can become closer to God. Redemption is being transformed from inevitable death to living fully with God by trusting his plan for us.

  6. Kate Allison says:

    Really helpful seeing how others summarize this. Thank y’all for the extra insight. Sometimes I struggle to decipher scripture. ❤️

  7. Kamryn Turner says:

    I think repentance is an invitation to follow God because we are saved by grace through faith as a gift from God. It cannot be earned and shouldn’t be abused so to repent is to be given an invitation to not only confess you sin but to turn away from it and in doing so turning toward God.

  8. Zee Rivera says:

    God redeems us, He pursues us and loves us so much that we can repent and be free from our guilt of our past sin and He will guide our paths to be straight when we accept His love.

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