Today, on August 25th, 2014, I finished recording the entire book of Matthew aloud!
To see what I’ve been doing and why, here is my original post on recording the Bible: https://blonderj.wordpress.com/2014/01/06/rjs-1-new-years-resolution/
Two lessons I took away from the book of Matthew:
- God is a righteous God, and He expects righteousness from us. However, He sent Jesus to pay the penalty for our unrighteousness, since there is NO way we could keep His law on our own.
- God loves children, and He saves those who chooses to save. I must give my own children up to Him and trust that He will answer my prayers for their salvation. As I wait for this, I must not fear, but trust His timing and His plan.
Favorite verses from Matthew:
- On confidence, honesty, and faith in prayer: “And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” 6:7-8
- On fear of people: “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” 10:28
- On wanting to be angry with and doubt God because He has not saved your family member yet: “Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.” 10:37
- On how God feels about evil people: “Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to sin! Such things must come, but woe to the man through whom they come!” 18:7
- On trusting God with your child’s salvation: “For I tell you that (these little ones’) angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven. In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should be lost.” 18: 10b, 14″When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, ‘Who then can be saved?’ Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.'” 19:25-26
- On the seriousness of forgiveness: “In anger his master turned him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed. This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart.” 18:34-35
- On how God views disobedience: “‘What do you think? There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, “Son, go and work today in the vineyard.” “I will not,” he answered, but later he changed his mind and went. Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, “I will, sir,” but he did not go. Which of the two did what his father wanted?’ ‘The first,’ they answered. Jesus said to them, ‘I tell you the truth, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you.” 21:28-31