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.

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170 thoughts on "Matthew"

  1. Jessi Bee says:

    It’s such a good thing to be reminded of God’s mercy throughout the whole Bible. We do not have a split God. There is no “God of the OT, but not the new.” God has always been merciful, and this was the motivation for sending Jesus.

    I want to be merciful like God. I want to be good like Him. Jesus, make my heart soft so that I can be merciful like you are.

  2. Heather Grissom says:

    God shows no partiality. For those who decide to repent, no matter where they come from or what they’ve done, he allows them into the kingdom of heaven. It’s not our place to judge others, it’s God’s place. Follow him and he’ll show us the way to become “fishers of men”.

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