Genesis 47:13-48:22; Matthew 16:21-17:13; Proverbs 3:1-10

In Genesis and Matthew, we see Jacob and Joseph looking to the future. It is to be a future of blessing. For both, death was near. the future, however, was life. In Jacob’s time, the expectation concerned an earthly land – “God will be with you and take you back to the land of your …

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Say ‘Yes’ to Jesus.

Matthew 8.1-22 In verses 1-17, we read of three people who received the Lord's blessing - the leper was cleansed (1-4), the centurion's servant was healed (5-13), Peter's mother-in-law was healed (14-17). Reading verses 18-22 together with Luke 9:57-62, we learn of three people who did not receive the Lord's blessing (Matthew mentions two, while …

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Where does the desire to follow Christ come from?

Matthew 8:23-9:17 In 8:23-9:8, we read of three great miracles, in which Christ demonstrates His power over nature (23), demons (28-34) and sickness (1-8). Following such mighty works of power, the next verse seems so ordinary - Jesus said, 'Follow me.' Matthew 'rose and followed Him' (9). Matthew's conversion may seem so unspectacular, but it …

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Blessed are those who hear the Word of God and keep it.

Matthew 12:38-50 Jesus did not 'mince His words' with the Pharisees. He described them as 'a wicked and adulterous generation' (39,45). They were men who, by their stubborn refusal to listen to Jesus, had placed themselves under the judgment of God. The Pharisees may have had no time for Jesus, but there were those who …

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Jesus speaks to us with great authority and powerful relevance.

Matthew 7:15-29 Whenever we are seeking to follow Christ, there will be dangers - false prophets (15-20), empty profession (21-23). Clearly, our faith must be grounded in the Son of God and the Word of God. This is the point of Jesus' parable of the two builders and the two houses (24-27). We must build …

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From the Miracles to the Resurrection

Matthew 15:21-16:4 Above all Jesus' miracles, we celebrate His mighty resurrection from the dead (28:5-7). This miracle is referred to in 16:4 - 'the sign of Jonah': Jonah was raised from 'the belly of a huge fish', Jesus has been raised from 'the heart of the earth' (12:40). We are to 'remember Jesus Christ, risen …

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Spiritual food – from Jesus, our great Saviour

Genesis 43:1-44:34; Matthew 15:10-39; Psalm 13:1-6 We noted a parallel between Joseph and Jesus – the time of testing for Joseph’s family and Jesus’ disciples and the revelation of love coming to them from Joseph and Jesus. Here, we note another parallel between Joseph and Jesus. Joseph gives food to his own family and also …

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