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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150 thoughts on "Matthew"

  1. Brittlee Dunn says:

    Repentance is the first step in opening up and making space to learn who Christ is. Thankful that his grace is sufficient.

  2. Norma Toledo says:


  3. Morgan Walker says:

    Sometimes ego gets in the way of repenting. Judging others sometimes makes your own sin feel “not so bad”. Ugh it is hard sometimes to admit your sinful patterns and hand it over to God. — But it’s worth it. Not always easy. But worth it.

    Lord, give me strength to repent and to trust you.

  4. Linda Fenwick says:

    I’m just starting this study with the group. I tried doing the Ruth and Joshua on my own and of course it didn’t last. So many times life gets in the way now. I used to get up earlier than everyone else and do Bible study etc but I’m no longer able to do that. I would love to become part of this community. I have read all the posts so far and gained great insight and information. @Angie your post really spoke to my heart. I intend to copy it down and reread it.

    1. Ashley Daniel says:

      Welcome! I struggle to keep up sometimes too – Sometimes a fresh start can help. I don’t post a lot but I saw your post and it reminded me of my own journey. The world makes it hard sometimes. I’ve found my anxiety has gotten the best of me the past month or so. I noticed it worsens when I don’t read my Bible. Here’s to a fresh start!

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  6. Courtney says:

    Did we ever hear if church mouse was ok? Miss reading her thoughts! Worried about her!

  7. LaJeana Bailey says:

    To repent is to turn completely away from sin. This is the first step in following Jesus. We can’t follow Him while continuing down our own sinful path. When Jesus calls for us to repent, he is inviting us to leave our old life behind and follow him for an everlasting life. He asking us to make a change so that we can live with him for eternity.

  8. Carissa says:

    My mom and I just did day 1! We loved how Jesus calls us to be near to him as we repent since he alone is the source of goodness and righteousness! Praise God for his faithfulness! Ezekiel 36:26, Hebrews 13:8

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