Gospels in 40 Days – March 13
Welcome to our study of the gospels during the Lenten season. Lent is the Christian tradition of preparing for the resurrection of Jesus by taking intentional steps to grow closer to God during the 40 days before Easter. The tradition mirrors Jesus going into the wilderness to fast and pray for 40 days, where he was tempted by Satan but was able to resist, strengthen, and grow his ministry for the days ahead (Matthew 4). Typical Lenten observances include fasting, repentance, moderation, self-denial, and spiritual discipline.
To join the study, pick a reading plan to follow, journal on the day’s reading using the SOAP method of Bible study (see “What’s SOAP?” on our website for details), and check in for daily posts from our study leaders. We hope you will join us this season, intentionally stepping toward God!
Matthew was a tax collector before he knew Jesus, but once he got the call, he left it all to follow Jesus as one of the twelve apostles. Matthew was raised in the Jewish tradition and knew scripture well. His gospel is placed perfectly at the beginning of the New Testament to connect the Old to the New. He often references Old Testament scriptures that are fulfilled in Jesus, and his gospel’s purpose is to show that Jesus is the Messiah they’ve been waiting for.
Clicking on the following links will take you to the Bible Gateway website where you can read the NIV version of today’s reading:
ALL OF IT: Matthew 13-14,
MOST OF IT: Matthew 13:1-30, or
HIGHLIGHT REEL: Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43
Why did Jesus teach in parables and show in miracles?
Satisfaction…and Then Some | Becky Newman
Matthew 14:20 – They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.
Jesus had just heard that his cousin John the Baptist had been beheaded by Herod, and he wanted to be alone to process it with God. He only had his alone time on the boat because when he got to where he hoped to find rest and comfort, he found 10,000+ men, women, and children waiting to be healed and taught instead. Change of plans. Though he desired rest and comfort, he had compassion on the crowd and chose to meet their spiritual and physical needs instead. The crowd hung on Jesus’ every move and every word. Jesus provided living bread and water so much that the crowd didn’t realize they had skipped a meal. It was the disciples who became concerned for their physical comfort and well-being. Then Jesus performed a great miracle, the only miracle that Jesus performed that is recorded in all four gospels — He met all their needs…and then some.
When I draw near to Jesus, He will meet all my needs, giving me satisfaction and peace and then some to pour into the hungry crowd. I’m frustrated with my follow-through on the commitment I made to draw closer to You for Lent. It seems that I’m putting too much effort into the crowd waiting on their needs to be satisfied and not taking the short boat ride to satisfy myself in You first. How do You do it? Hos do You satisfy “ALL”? I know You have endless compassion, and I am very thankful for that! You also have endless mercy — thank You! I re-commit to seeking You first to satisfy all my needs…and then some.
Thank You, Lord, for satisfying my spiritual and physical needs every time I draw near to You. I am hungering and thirsting for You daily, just not following through spending time with You. Please forgive me for seeking other things first and help me seek You first.
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