Thursday, January 24, 2019

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New Testament Bible Meditation- January 24 - Text & Audio

Matthew 12:1-14   

At that time, Jesus went on the Sabbath day through the grain fields. His disciples were hungry and began to pluck heads of grain and to eat.
But the Pharisees, when they saw it, said to him, "Behold, your disciples do what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath." But he said to them, "Haven't you read what David did, when he was hungry, and those who were with him; how he entered into the house of God, and ate the show bread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for those who were with him, but only for the priests?
Or have you not read in the law, that on the Sabbath day, the priests in the temple profane the Sabbath, and are guiltless? But I tell you that one greater than the temple is here.
But if you had known what this means, 'I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,' you would not have condemned the guiltless. For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath."
He departed there, and went into their synagogue.
And behold there was a man with a withered hand. They asked him, "Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath day?" that they might accuse him.
He said to them, "What man is there among you, who has one sheep, and if this one falls into a pit on the Sabbath day, won't he grab on to it, and lift it out?
Of how much more value then is a man than a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath day." Then he told the man, "Stretch out your hand." He stretched it out; and it was restored whole, just like the other. But the Pharisees went out, and conspired against him, how they might destroy him.

Insight- The legalistic attitude and criticism of the Pharisees was dealt with godly wisdom by Jesus. Despite his detractors, Jesus healed a man with a withered hand on the Sabbath, telling the Pharisees that it was lawful to do good on the Sabbath.

Question- Are you legalistic and judgmental in your attitude towards other Christians? Think about it.

Prayer- Dear Father in heaven, help me to be merciful as Jesus was, understanding the difficulties of others and doing good. In Jesus name. Amen.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

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New Testament Bible Meditation- January 23 - Text & Audio

Matthew 11:16-30   

"But to what shall I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces, who call to their companions and say, 'We played the flute for you, and you didn't dance. We mourned for you, and you didn't lament.'
For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, 'He has a demon.'
The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, 'Behold, a gluttonous man and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!' But wisdom is justified by her children."
Then he began to denounce the cities in which most of his mighty works had been done, because they didn't repent.
"Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works had been done in Tyre and Sidon which were done in you, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.
But I tell you, it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you.
You, Capernaum, who are exalted to Heaven, you will go down to Hades. For if the mighty works had been done in Sodom which were done in you, it would have remained until this day.
But I tell you that it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom, on the day of judgment, than for you."
At that time, Jesus answered, "I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you hid these things from the wise and understanding, and revealed them to infants.
Yes, Father, for so it was well-pleasing in your sight.
All things have been delivered to me by my Father. No one knows the Son, except the Father; neither does anyone know the Father, except the Son, and he to whom the Son desires to reveal him.
"Come to me, all you who labor and are heavily burdened, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart; and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."

Insight- There were many who would neither accept what John said nor what Jesus said. They were like children who could not decide whether to play a game of marriage or a game of burial. Jesus rebuked the people of the cities of Chorazin, Bethsaida and Capernaum for not repenting of their sins despite Jesus doing great miracles there. Jesus wants to give rest to those who are weary and burdened and he invites them to himself.

Question- Have you made a decision regarding accepting Jesus as Savior? Are you resting in Jesus?

Prayer- Dear Father in heaven,take my burdens and grant me the rest that Jesus gives. In Jesus name. Amen.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

New Testament Bible Meditation- January 22 - Text & Audio

Matthew 11:1-15 

It happened that when Jesus had finished directing his twelve disciples, he departed from there to teach and preach in their cities.
Now when John heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples
and said to him, "Are you he who comes, or should we look for another?"
Jesus answered them, "Go and tell John the things which you hear and see: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them. Blessed is he who finds no occasion for stumbling in me."
As these went their way, Jesus began to say to the multitudes concerning John, "What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind?
But what did you go out to see? A man in soft clothing? Behold, those who wear soft clothing are in king's houses. But why did you go out? To see a prophet? Yes, I tell you, and much more than a prophet.
For this is he, of whom it is written, 'Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way before you.'
Most assuredly I tell you, among those who are born of women there has not arisen anyone greater than John the Baptizer; yet he who is least in the Kingdom of Heaven is greater than he.
From the days of John the Baptizer until now, the Kingdom of Heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.
For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.
If you are willing to receive it, this is Elijah, who is to come.
He who has ears to hear, let him hear.

Insight- John's faith was blunted when he did not find deliverance after being imprisoned. He wondered whether Jesus was truly the Messiah. Jesus answered the question by telling about the great miracles that he was doing. Jesus spoke very highly of John, telling his listeners that "among those who are born of women there has not arisen anyone greater than John", but he also told them that "yet he who is least in the Kingdom of Heaven is greater than John".

Question- Do you waver in your faith easily? Think about it.

Prayer- Dear Father in heaven, do not let me waver in my faith, but help me to be strong and stand steadfast despite the trials that come my way. In Jesus name. Amen.

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Monday, January 21, 2019

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New Testament Bible Meditation- January 21 - Text & Audio

Matthew 10:29-42 

"Aren't two sparrows sold for an assarion? Not one of them falls on the ground apart from your Father's will, but the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
Therefore don't be afraid. You are of more value than many sparrows.
Everyone therefore who confesses me before men, him I will also confess before my Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies me before men, him I will also deny before my Father who is in heaven.
"Don't think that I came to send peace on the earth. I didn't come to send peace, but a sword.
For I came to set a man at odds against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.
A man's foes will be those of his own household.
He who loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and he who loves son or daughter more than me isn't worthy of me.
He who doesn't take his cross and follow after me, isn't worthy of me.
He who finds his life will lose it; and he who loses his life for my sake will find it.
He who receives you receives me, and he who receives me receives him who sent me.
He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet's reward: and he who receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man will receive a righteous man's reward.
Whoever gives one of these little ones just a cup of cold water to drink in the name of a disciple, most assuredly I tell you he will in no way lose his reward."

Insight- God has his eyes even on sparrows which have not much worth. Jesus told his disciples that they were of more value to God than many sparrows. Everyone who confessed Jesus before men, he would also confess regarding them to his Father in heaven. He warned his disciples that divisions would come in families because of one loving him and the others not. Jesus spoke of rewards to those who received prophets and righteous men, even for giving a cup of cold water to a disciple of his.

Question- Do you confess Jesus before people? Do you take up your cross and follow Jesus? How do you deal with other believers and ministers? Think about it.

Prayer- Dear Father in heaven, grant me grace to confess Jesus before people, pick up my cross and follow Jesus. In Jesus name. Amen.

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Sunday, January 20, 2019

New Testament Bible Meditation- January 20 - Text & Audio

Matthew 10:16-28 

"Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to councils, and in their synagogues they will scourge you. Yes, and you will be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony to them and to the Gentiles. But when they deliver you up, don't be anxious how or what you will say, for it will be given you in that hour what you will say.
For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.
"Brother will deliver up brother to death, and the father his child. Children will rise up against parents, and cause them to be put to death. You will be hated by all men for my name's sake, but he who endures to the end will be saved.
But when they persecute you in this city, flee into the next, for most assuredly I tell you, you will not have gone through the cities of Israel, until the Son of Man has come.
"A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his lord.
It is enough for the disciple that he be like his teacher, and the servant like his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more those of his household!
Therefore don't be afraid of them, for there is nothing covered that will not be revealed; and hidden that will not be known. What I tell you in the darkness, speak in the light; and what you hear whispered in the ear, proclaim on the housetops. Don't be afraid of those who kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul. Rather, fear him who is able to destroy both soul and body in Gehenna.

Insight- Jesus wanted his disciples to be wise when they went out to do the work they had been called to do. He warned them of dangers and evil men, but also told them that the Holy Spirit will strengthen them of what to speak when brought before rulers. They were not to fear men who could kill only the body and not the soul.

Question- Have you been witnessing for Jesus lately?

Prayer- Dear Father in heaven, grant me heavenly wisdom while I deal with people of this world and witness about Jesus Christ. Let me live my earthly life with the fear of the Lord. In Jesus name. Amen.

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Saturday, January 19, 2019

New Testament Bible Meditation- January 19 - Text & Audio

Matthew 10:1-15 

He called to himself his twelve disciples, and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every sickness.
Now the names of the twelve apostles are these. The first, Simon, who is called Peter; Andrew, his brother; James the son of Zebedee; John, his brother;
Philip; Bartholomew; Thomas; Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus; and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus;
Simon the Canaanite; and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.
Jesus sent these twelve out, and charged them, saying, "Don't go among the Gentiles, and don't enter into any city of the Samaritans.
Rather, go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
As you go, preach, saying, 'The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!'
Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, and cast out demons. Freely you received, so freely give.
Don't take any gold, nor silver, nor brass in your money belts.
Take no bag for your journey, neither two coats, nor shoes, nor staff: for the laborer is worthy of his food. Into whatever city or village you enter, find out who in it is worthy; and stay there until you go on.
As you enter into the household, greet it. If the household is worthy, let your peace come on it, but if it isn't worthy, let your peace return to you.
Whoever doesn't receive you, nor hear your words, as you go out of that house or that city, shake off the dust from your feet. Most assuredly I tell you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that ci

Insight- Jesus gave authority to his twelve disciples to preach the kingdom truths, to heal the sick, cleanse lepers and cast out demons. We who abide in his Word are his disciples too and have been given the same authority.

Question- Do you believe that God has given you the same authority that he gave his disciples?

Prayer- Dear father in heaven, empower me to do the works that the disciples of Jesus did and bring glory to your name. In Jesus name. Amen.

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