Each month I write a post for Bible.org for their women’s blog: Engage. I am reposting this article for my Pondered Treasures readers because I believe so much in the power of effective listening.
This has been one of the must fulfilling studies of scripture I have ever embarked on. Through my personal study, weekly discussions with my co-teacher and women’s pastor, leading discussions with my small group of precious women, and preaching three messages to a gracious large group, four major themes emerged for me from Matthew.
Simon Peter, a former fisherman, is the third most mentioned person in the New Testament (behind Jesus and Paul) and appears prominently in Matthew’s gospel. He is the spokesman for the disciples, has intimate conversations with Jesus where he questions and rebukes Jesus, and fails greatly. Here are fourteen ways Peter is every one of us.
The Pharisees put rules upon rules around the Ten Commandments in an attempt to guard against breaking them. But Jesus shares our yoke and carries our loads.
Jesus confronts the religious leaders on their hypocrisy with eight divine indictments, calling them pretenders, frauds, play-actors, and cold-blooded snakes.
On April 5, 2022, I gave my third message to the women of my church Bible study on Matthew 20–22. Here is a written version of my message or you may watch the video.
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